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.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.