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.
If you're having people over for a BBQ garden party and your pond isn't looking the best then follow this guide for some easy, quick ways to get it ready and looking neat.
A messy pond can really stand out, especially if you've tidied up the rest of the garden for that BBQ and garden party at the weekend. Maybe you're having guests over that you haven't seen for a very long time and want to impress them or you could be trying to sell your house. No matter what the reason is, these tips are going to help you have the pond looking better anyway.
Cut back any overgrown pond plants, especially removing any dead foliage, this will begin to make them look much neater and cared for. If left wild they will look like no one looks after them and tatty too.
If you don't have pond plants or don't think you have enough and you want them in the pond quickly then you can usually find pre-planted baskets. These will normally come with 2-4 different plants planted in the basket with a hessian liner and gravel on top to give it a nice finish.
Pre-planted baskets are not a good long term solution though as one plant will always dominate a basket and the others will suffer so don't rely on these for revamping your pond for the future.
If you have green water then you will need to add a UV clarifier to keep it clear permanently, these burn the suspended algae particles which cause the water to look green and the filter will catch them after, this can take up to two weeks as a new installation.
To have it clear for the next few days I would advise you use a chemical such as Blagdon Green Away. This will clump the green water particles together allowing your pump to send them into the filter for easy disposal.
Changing the water is a good way to keep your pond fresh, adding more nutrients for the plants to feed off. The downside is that algae feeds off these nutrients too but if you have a good balance of plants they will help prevent this.
Combined with this water change I would also recommend that you clean out your filter with the water you removed from the pond in the first place. Clean the foams and media with the water taken out of the pond and then replace them. Do not rinse them under a tap as the Chlorine in tap water will kill all of the beneficial bactiera.
It's best to do this in case you have a pond enthusiast over who wants to see your filter system.
Adding a fountain pump to your pond is going to give it a nice feature, it also adds vital oxygen which your aquatic life will love and on top of that it helps to keep the pond clear and healthy due to increased friendly bacteria levels as they thrive in oxygen rich water.
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.