6 es­sen­tial au­tumn pond­care jobs

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1

Re­move dead leaves and de­bris us­ing a net. This ma­te­rial will sink to the bot­tom of the pond, cre­at­ing sludge. Cut back any over­grown plants that may drop into the wa­ter.

2

Clear out weeds such as blan­ket weed from the sur­face, us­ing a bam­boo cane. Leave de­bris on the side of the pond for a few days to al­low any pond crea­tures to re­turn to the wa­ter.

3

Use a fine mesh net or plas­tic scoop to clear out silt or sludge from the bot­tom – there’s no need to re­move it all as a layer of silt will pro­vide pro­tec­tion for pond crea­tures.

4

Cut back up­right mar­ginal plants to around 6in/15cm above the wa­ter; like­wise any sub­merged oxy­genat­ing plants that have out­grown their space and risk tak­ing over.

5

Re­move over­hang­ing tree branches and any fo­liage that has spread across the sur­face, such as old wa­ter lily leaves. This lets in more light, which oxy­genat­ing plants need to grow.

6

Re­assess your pond plants: take out some if you have too many (over­grown plants can be di­vided in the spring); lift any ten­der or half-hardy plants that need win­ter pro­tec­tion.

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