More aquatic plants for cleaner water in the Netherlands

Improve water quality with aquatic plants

The water quality in Dutch waters is deteriorating. Drought threatens aquatic life as ditches and small waters dry up or drop in water level, and the use of chemicals pollutes the water. Animal life, and therefore biodiversity, is under pressure. We, Van der Velde Waterplants, are happy to contribute to solving this social problem. We do this by advising parties on the application of water plants and we have the necessary native plant species available for many water features.

Underwater life for biodiversity

What you don't see, doesn't exist. This statement does not apply when we talk about life under and near water. The many rivers, streams, fens and suchlike in our country offer countless birds, plants, insects and other animals the chance to live and survive. Most of them are indispensable for a balanced biodiversity in the Netherlands and therefore also for people. By applying the right (purifying) aquatic plants the quality of the water is improved. The result is that more animals and insects are able to find a place in the water.

What is the water quality like in the Netherlands?

Unfortunately, our waters are in bad shape. The water quality in many places is poor or downright bad, and because of drought, low water levels threaten marine life. Some municipalities issue boating bans in the hope that water plants will grow better in the shallow water. The main culprits for the poor water quality, especially in the smaller waters in our country, are the use of pesticides and fertilizers. And there is a greater danger: it is becoming increasingly difficult to make clean drinking water from the polluted water. It is therefore high time that action is taken, and we are happy to lend a helping hand.

The more aquatic plants, the better

Pond plant grower Simon van der Velde has over 35 years of experience in growing many types of aquatic plants. He is a proponent of water features that maintain themselves without the application of artificial means or devices and advises many companies and individuals on this. The solution to polluted waters - whether a moat, lake or ditch - is to apply an ample amount of aquatic plants. For example, perennial, hardy water lilies from our own nursery. You can place these aquatic plants directly into larger waters without having to plant them, because they do it themselves. Water lilies are useful aquatic plants because they improve water quality; they keep the sun out of the water so it warms up less quickly and algae do not have a chance. At the same time they form a hiding place for amphibians, fish and insects. In our nursery, these hardy water lilies are available per 30 pieces, perfect for placing in large numbers.

A boost with reeds and small iris

Especially recommended by Simon is the bank plant reed (Phragmites Australis). This very strong plant does well in less to very nutrient-rich soil and can also be placed in both fresh and brackish water. Reed provides opportunities for insects to nest in the stems and amphibians and birds choose their places among the reeds. Even beavers and otters find their way into a reed bed. On the water's edge, you'll often see reed among the reeds, such as the little reed (Typha Angustifolia). This riparian plant is an excellent water purifier. The plant does this by transporting oxygen to its roots, where water-purifying bacteria nestle in turn. These organisms do their work there, breaking down nitrates and nitrites in the water. Both reed and common rush are an asset to water that needs to be purified and where biodiversity could use a boost. Van der Velde Waterplanten sells reed and bulrush in large quantities.

 

Need more information or a consultation with Simon? Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you

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