Clean­ing your butt

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

Keep­ing your wa­ter butts clean is es­sen­tial for healthy plants.

A dirty butt not only smells foul, but is also likely to con­tain pest eggs and lar­vae, as well as fun­gal spores washed down from gut­ter­ing.

Keep­ing gutters clear is one way of re­duc­ing the risk of con­tam­i­na­tion, but so is wash­ing out the butt reg­u­larly.

A so­lu­tion of Jeyes Fluid will work and there are also lots of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly washes on the mar­ket.

Th­ese work by restor­ing the nat­u­ral bal­ance of the wa­ter and keep­ing it free from al­gae and slime.

Pop­u­lar prod­ucts in­clude Gar­den Ge­nie Wa­ter Butt Cleaner and Hoze­lock Wa­ter Butt Treat­ment.

Re­move smells and nas­ties by clean­ing your wa­ter butts in au­tumn

Keep gutters clear of toxic de­bris

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