What to do now in your pond

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

■ As tem­per­a­tures rise your pond will be spring­ing back to life af­ter win­ter’s freez­ing dor­mancy.

■ Test the wa­ter to make sure it con­tains the cor­rect bal­ance of nu­tri­ents for an­i­mal and plant health.

■ Cut back dead and dy­ing plant ma­te­rial so it doesn’t con­tam­i­nate the wa­ter.

■ Scoop off sur­face weeds and ex­cess oxy­gena­tors to let warmth and light back down into the depths.

■ Check the health of your fish, and once the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture reaches 10°C start feed­ing them again.

■ They may still be slug­gish, so don’t over-feed them. Cover the pond with net­ting to pro­tect them from hun­gry preda­tors.

Re­move ex­cess weed so it doesn’t clog up the pond

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