Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
June in the UK is generally quite a warm month, and Dan Everton will be spending much more time in the garden increasing the fish stock and improving the water quality in his pond.
June is the ideal month to add fish, just try not to go overboard introducing too many at one time or overstock your pond. Also bear in mind that if you want a wildlife pond then it is unwise to add ornamental fish as they will, for example, eat tadpoles.
Always use a supplier who is a member of Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA), as you can be assured that the livestock is well looked after to set standards.
Halls Garden Supplies is an OATA member and at our Aquatic Superstore we pride ourselves on looking after livestock to a high level. Why not visit our superstore and see our range of fish which includes Koi, Goldfish, Sturgeon and many more species.
When you buy your fish they should be in a polythene or similar type of bag which will be tied closed. You will usually float this bag on top of your pond, making sure that the water in the bag has equalised with the temperature of the pond water.
If the weather is hot, be careful when you do this as the temperature in the bag may rise rapidly in a similar way to a greenhouse, harming and maybe suffocating your new fish.
The best way to avoid this is to cut open your bag so that a good supply of oxygen can get to the fish. You can also dip the bag every so often so that the water in the bag acclimatises more slowly.
A pond vacuum will remove unwanted silt and sludge from the bottom. Doing this on a regular basis will prevent water pollution and is especially important when you are adding more livestock to the pond.
There are various pond treatments available to improve the water quality and eliminate various fish problems. However, be careful if you're using chemical treatments, many of these can take oxygen out of the water. This is especially important if the weather is hot as the heat will already have reduced the oxygen levels in your pond water. To increase oxygen levels and improve water movement you can consider installing a water feature or fountain.
Particularly if you pond is subject to prolonged periods of sunlight or has been topped up with tap water, you may continue to struggle with blanket weed and algae for which there are natural and chemical solutions. Read our blog on how Monty Don uses barley straw to clear his pond of blanket weed.
Green water will also be more common at this time of year, if you haven't already then you will need to change your UV lamp in your UV Clarifier so that it is at optimum strength. If you do not have a UV clarifier you could use a treatment such as Blagdon Green Away which will kill the green water suspended algae but you need to add a sludge treatment to consume this suspended algae afterwards.
Away from the pond, June Gardening Jobs blog will help you to plan what needs to be done during this month around your garden.
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