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Old 05-10-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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I have a pond in my backyard and during summer times a lot of algae is developed. I was thinking if there is someway I can utilize that algae and give to my plants, roses, vegetables, flowers etc.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Yes, put it into your compost bin and let it breakdown with the other plant material. The algae will help restore minerals to your soil.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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I do not have any other compost material. Can I just put algae directly on the root of the plants? I mean directly from pond to the root of the plants?
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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I do not have any other compost material. Can I just put algae directly on the root of the plants? I mean directly from pond to the root of the plants?
I would not. You can start composting though and include the algae with it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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Create a small composting area where the heat can kill possible pathogens so that you don't "import" something to your plants that then will need treatment. The algae is not that good a fertilizer to be worth the worry. About 75% of the time it might be fine to apply the algae right to the soil area (never close to any stem!) but why take a chance?
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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I agree with J&Em. it might cost you money for new plants in the long run.
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