After the recent spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see the recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done during August.
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.
David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.
In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.