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.
Choosing a pond pump can be very confusing. You'll find a large range of different makes and specifications on GardenSite, and here David Coton explains how to decide which Fountain Pump is best for you and makes the process a whole lot easier!
Fountain Pumps are ideal for adding extra aeration to a pond especially when we have hot weather. Also known as dirty water pumps, they aren't designed to handle solids but, depending on the brand, may have an internal sponge or mesh filter, to protect the pump from damage or blockage.
All Fountain Pumps will have several attachments and can be used to run filters, waterfalls and pond side ornaments. If you are running a filter, bear in mind it will not be as efficient as a standalone Filter Pump, and a pond vac may be required to remove sludge build up over a period of time.
Also in larger ponds, with fish and in full light, fountain pumps can be hard work to maintain. I would therefore recommend a Filter Pump if you want low maintenance.
It is important to calculate the capacity of your pond, however, as a guide, for small ponds solely to run a fountain, a 700 - 1000 litre per hour pump is recommended. Refer to the product packaging or instruction manual to see what fountain height the pump will deliver (the 'head' is the maximum height above water level that the pump will lift water), although most fountain pumps can be controlled so you can always adjust the power.
For a medium to large pond to run a fountain and small waterfall, a 1500 litre per hour pump is required as a minimum. Refer to the product packaging or product details to see what head the pump can handle, and bear in mind that the greater the lift to a filter or waterfall, the slower the flow rate, and a bigger pump will be required.
As a guide to maintain a good flow rate, for every 0.5m lift, a 500 litre pump would be required (1m lift will require a 1500 litre pump), you are always better to go bigger though. For larger ponds to run a fountain and a large waterfall, a 4000 litre per hour pump is required as a minimum.
There's no doubt that many people find the calculations and considerations confusing. That's why GardenSite has a dedicated aquatics helpline so that you can speak to one of our experts. See our range of fountain pumps at www.gardensite.co.uk or call now on 0121 355 7701.
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.