Aquatic expert Dan Everton has this advice on how to maintain your pond during November, when the days are short, frost threatens and leaves are falling from the trees.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Larger aquatic plants, such as water lilies, will really benefit from a slow release tablet food. I've used Lily Grow in the past which is a pond plant fertiliser and its much needed nutrients are sure to promote healthy growth.
When the water temperature has warmed it's a good time to replant water lilies. If you didn’t get a chance during March, you should also divide any overcrowded pond plants such as marginals and cut back oxygenators too.
Take the opportunity to introduce new marginal plants in shallow water, Marsh Marigold or Water Forget-Me-Not are favourites. This will give them time to establish before any fish are added.
If you want to know more about plants in your pond then you can read my guide to pond plants.
Blanket Weed, a hair like stringy algae, and Duckweed, with its thousands of tiny leaves, need to be tackled earlier rather than later. Try and remove as much as you can and then use one of the many water treatments that are on the market. Other problems, Green Water comes to mind, can also be treated.
These jobs are all dependent on the weather. So if it continues to be cold and you’re still finding ice on the pond, be patient and wait until warmer weather arrives.
Please read our guide on how to plant aquatic pond baskets.
There's also our guide to April Gardening Jobs.
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The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.
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