The Heat is On- Look After Your Garden Pond

In the summer months your pond water quality is under threat so three ways to improve your pond.

Garden ponds provide fantastic wildlife habitats especially if it is a natural pond, but they can attract algae and pond weed.

Having a small amount of algae or pondweed is beneficial to ponds, providing food for tadpoles and other water creatures, but too much can block light from submerged plants and prevent them from photosynthesising, reducing oxygen levels in your pond and slowly choking the life from it.
So here are some basic tips to help keep your pond healthy:
Oxygenate the pond using Oxygenating plants. Plants such as hornwort and elodea, which sit below the surface, will add oxygen to improve water quality.
Add barley straw. Barley straw limits algal growth by absorbing excess nitrogen. Remove straw after six months, or when it has turned black.
Condition the water. If you top up your pond with tap water, add a conditioner (available from garden centres or online) to remove chlorine and minimise algae.

Always Check pH of pond water and if required, use Pond Equaliser, healthy water will give you a good natural life cycle to your pond, adding Fish will also give you hours of joy just sitting watching them going about their business. Having a well kept pond will bring no end on tranquillity to your garden, but if not looked after can quickly become a smelly unpleasant part of your garden, so its important to be committed and spend some quality time maintaining your pond through the seasons.
The end results are well worth it!

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