Keep your pond healthy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

In our in­creas­ingly ur­ban land­scape, ponds not only pro­vide a place of so­lace and re­lax­ation, but also a fan­tas­tic haven for wildlife.

Yet they are not as low­main­te­nance as you might think, par­tic­u­larly in sum­mer when it’s vi­tal to strike and main­tain a good bal­ance to keep plants healthy and wa­ter fresh.

Blan­ket weed needs to be re­moved reg­u­larly by hand. Al­ter­na­tively, slip a bam­boo cane into it and twirl it around so a big clump comes out in one go. Leave it by the side of the pond for a cou­ple of days to give the pond crea­tures in it a chance to re­turn to the wa­ter, then you can add it to the com­post heap.

An­other com­mon pond pain is duck­weed. It has two small leaves float­ing on the sur­face and short trail­ing roots. If left to its own de­vices, it will soon mul­ti­ply, form­ing mats that smother the pond; skim it off reg­u­larly with a fish­ing net.

In the height of sum­mer your pond will be in need of oxy­gen, es­pe­cially if you have fish, and you may well need to top it up to re­place the wa­ter that’s evap­o­rated. If your fish are at the sur­face gasp­ing for air, spray the wa­ter sur­face with a fine shower from the hosepipe, it helps oxy­genate the wa­ter faster. If you want to keep your wa­ter clear, it’s best to cover half the sur­face with enough mar­ginal plants and wa­ter lilies, or other wa­ter plants. You may also need to in­stall an small un­der­wa­ter pump, which will aer­ate the wa­ter. If the plants start to look un­tidy, dead­head and cut them as nec­es­sary.

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