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Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 07:10

Some of us can only get 'stupidly tiny' ponds in their gardens.  Besides, it wasn't the size of the pond that caused the deaths of so many frogs two years ago, but a combination of factors.  My pond is just under a metre deep, about a metre and a half wide and 3m long, it didn't freeze solid but all the frogs died.  My friend has a pond 4m square and almost 2m deep and he lost all his frogs too.
I go out with a pan of hot water now when the pond freezes, as much for the birds and other mammals as for the frogs and I also use an old pop bottle with gravel in that bobs about in the water and helps stop the ice forming.


slug pellets

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 07:36

I'd have thought being cut in two, or quickly despatched with a big boot would be less painful than being poisoned by pellets.  Not sure whether there's any research on how long it takes a slug to die after ingesting pellets.  Anybody know?
Happily I have frogs, newts, hedgehogs, birds and beetles that take care of any visiting slugs and very canny frog has taken up residence under a large hosta....happy frog, healthy hosta

Lady birds

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 06:57

Quite a few in my garden but nowhere near as many as there were a couple of months ago.  Will do a search for the larvae.....when it stops raining!

water feature

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 08:26

Half barrels make great little raised ponds and they generally blend in quite well to most gardens

how to cultivate moss where there is grass

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 08:22

damp and shade for the lawn is about 40% moss and in those areas violets and fox and cubs thrive.  You'll need to find the right wildflowers for those conditions (perhaps ragged robin and native ferns too), mine just appeared!

Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 08:15

You can just stick with your first plan and then dig a deeper hole somewhere in the middle or at one end.  The point of the depth is so that over-wintering amphibians have a safe place in the mud that won't get frozen.  However, you do need to make sure that there's no rotting vegetation in the pond as this seems to cause a build up of toxins if the pond is frozen over for any length of time.  When we had the bad winter a couple of years ago, hundreds of frogs died in garden ponds and research showed that:
a) a hole should be kept open in the ice at all times
b) any snow laying on top of the ice should be cleared as the lack of light prevents plants oxygenating the water
c) ponds should be cleared of as much dead organic material as possible before winter



Posted: 13/06/2012 at 08:39

I had a ball yesterday squishing lily beetles in my friends' garden

Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 08:36

Yup, if I had my time again I would have gone deeper on the digging....anything over a metre is ideal but the deeper the better.  I used old carpet to line the pond before the liner went in but as Gary says, it's mainly to stop sharp stones (and those ever-present bits of blue and white china) puncturing the liner.


Posted: 12/06/2012 at 17:38

Keep the nettles!!!!!

Mini greehouse slugs

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:18

I found a big fat snail sat in the middle of a pot in my mini greenhouse, I copper taped around the legs and all the way round the plastic cover on the inside which seemed to solve the problem.

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