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Pond plants that are not native can cause problems

Autumn brings the time of year for gardeners to clean out their ponds.  Ponds are a great haven to wildlife, but many invasive plants grow there as well.  These plants, such as New Zealand pygmy weed, floating pennywort, parrot’s feather, water fern, and creeping water primrose are sold to gardeners.

The problem is that these plants are not native to the UK and can be highly invasive.  In fact, they spread with such ease that you should take great care removing them from your pond at end of season.  Their spread can clog waterways and be detrimental to wildlife.

Experts say to dispose of these and other pond plants by using the collection service for green waste or composting.  Dumping the plants out in the wild might be illegal and it will negatively impact the environment.  Never toss them in other ponds or water systems.

Creeping water primroses have become a problem at Breamore Marsh.  Once there they began to grow with such ferocity that they are threatening to push out native growth in just one single year.  It will already take a lot of work to drive them back.

No one is sure how they got there, but it is quite possible that someone cleaning out a garden pond just dumped them.  That is why you must take care in disposing of your garden pond plants.  You could single-handedly begin a grave eco problem without even knowing.

Creeping water primroses have developed into major problems for France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.


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