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.
Dan Everton explains why it is important to calculate your correct pond capacity, to enable the right level of filtration to be chosen for your pond and to provide a guide as to the minimum flow rate required in conjunction with any pond filter.
When visiting our Aquatics Superstore to buy a pump or filter, or when buying any of our Pond Products online it is important to calculate the correct amount of water in your pond.
The easiest way to do this is to measure the length, the width and the depth of your pond in feet.
If your pond is not a regular shape you will need to work out the average of all sizes and use this to calculate the capacity.
Once you have all three dimensions, you need to multiply these all together and then multiply this calculation by 6.25.
e.g. a pond that is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide and 2 feet deep would use the calculation: 10 x 10 x 2 = 200
200 x 6.25 = 1,250 gallons (remember this is a guide!)
If you require this capacity in litres which most companies now work with, you will need to multiply the number of gallons by 4.5.
e.g. calculate the number of litres by knowing the pond is 1,250 gallons:
1,250 x 4.5 = 5,625 litres.
Again this will give you a guide when your visit our Aquatics Department or order online or call us.
This calculation also works the opposite way, to find the number of gallons from the known number of litres in your pond, by dividing instead of multiplying.
e.g. calculate the number of gallons, knowing the pond is 1,250 litres.
1,250 / 4.5 = 277.77 gallons.
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.