I am about to clear out about half the waterlilies and reed mace (bull
rushes) in our large pond, 30metres by 40 metres. That bit is fine but
how do i get pond plants to rot down on the comost heap? Last time I had
to burn the reed mace but it took 6 months to dry out! There is also a
lot of excess oxygenating weed which is equally stubborn to rot on the
Would i be better to try to shred it first?
Shredding would speed up composting a lot but first I'd spread it out
in the sun to dry some. Spread in the sun on dry ground I can't
imagine it would take longer than 2 weeks to dry... spread it thinly
and flip it over every few days like tedding hay. I thin the cattails
thet grow around the perimeter in my pond and that's what I do with
them. I cut them with a pole pruning saw, the curved blade easily
cuts them below the water line with a few strokes and then yanks them
out onto the bank. I don't formally compost them in a bin, I cart
them out into the woods and dump them in a pile, in two years they are
practically all composted.
Without knowing how much property and what kind you have it's
difficult to advise... I have several acres of woodland where brush
can decay out of sight and meanwhile provide shelter for critters.
Perhaps you have somewhere to dig a shallow trench and bury your pond
growth. With light brush I simply go over it several times with my
mower fitted with mulching blades, within a few minutes a big pile
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