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Pond tasks for autumn

Pond maintanence is important at this time of year to ensure that you have a healthy pond for spring.  During the windy month of October the leaves start to drop from the trees.

Task 1 – Remove leaves from the pond surface, before they drop to the bottom as this can increase the amount of nutrients as they start to rot altering the gentle eco balance within the pond.

As we head towards winter many of the spring and summer plants begin to die back.

Task 2 – Trim back the pond plants and divide where necessary preventing decaying material from entering the pond.

Task 3 – Remove any blanket weed and remove where possible silt from the bottom of the pond.

If you placed any floating plants on the pond now is a good time to remove them such as the water lettuce and salvina natans are not winter hardy.