ASK JOHN NEGUS
Composting pond weed, clematis nibbler, save a ‘Bramley’ tree
Can I add pond weed to my Q
Tom Owens, Redcar, North Yorkshire A
Generally, the answer is yes, you can add pond weed to your compost. Leave the plants on the edge of the pond for a few days to allow any creatures to slip back into the water, before clearing up and carting it all off to the compost heap.
However, as sedges and wetland horsetails, like water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile) and marsh horsetail (Equisetum palustre) are invasive, I recommend that you kill these before adding them to compost.
You can do this by drowning (completely submerging them in a dustbin filled with water) or by excluding light (bagging up in thick, black bin liners and leaving to decay).
Can pond weed be composted?
Let creatures escape from pond weed before composting