One of my greatest joys in the garden is a pond, the sight of fish and the sound of running water are great but I also enjoy the plants that come with water gardening. The construction of whole habitat is something to be relished especially if you know how to get it right.
In winter though there are still maintenance issues, the leaves should be cleared from the pond by now and the plants cut back. Filters and pumps cleaned and maintained and either turned off for the winter or in tip-top shape to run right through, something Mow-N-Blow can always do for you.
A small football or piece of polystyrene placed on the surface does help to keep a clear patch of water when it freezes over but if you do have to break the ice don’t smash it, pour warm water on to the ice to create a hole. The sound of smashing ice can be very damaging to fish.
As an award winning aquatic gardener I’m only too happy to help with any questions you may have regarding your pond or water feature.
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business