... so I started trying to clean out the gunked up pond in my parent's yard today. It was even more disgusting and difficult than I had imagined. Within five minutes of digging the whole thing smelled like a sewer (I've probably just released enough buried ammonia to kill everything in the pond...)
But I figured, well, whats done is done, might as well keep going.
The main problem I'm having is that I can barely get at the gunk because the overgrown water lilies have formed a jellyfish like tangle of monster roots (skin looks sort of like a long pineapple or pinecone) which is now taking up most of the water and trapping all sorts of crud beneath and around itself. I felt like I was wrestling with an octopus and it was winning.
I've never seen anything like it, really and I'm not sure what to do - when I tug on it, it pulls every water lily along with it. I tried hacking at it with a shovel but I can't really see what I'm doing through the murk, and I'm not strong enough to pull it out of the water (it must eight a couple hundred pounds)
Anybody have any advice? I mean, I don't want to kill it but I have no idea how to tame it. Can I cut it in half and have the other half survive?
And by the way - I'M not at risk for ammonia poisoning while doing this sort of work, am I??