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Help! Tens of Tree Saplings all over lawn - how to kill?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 19:53

not sure a way to kill them would be to buy some roundup stump treatment cut the top with secutares and paint some on and wiat this will not damage the lawn either if it doesnt touch it but this may effect the nieighbours tree

Feed spring bulbs

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 19:49

there is such a wide variety avaiulable try a couple on different plants pof the same species and see whats better maybe ????  i have heard that any seaweed based fertiliser is good for bulbs

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 19:46

it could be submerged but it would still be visible through the wtaer surface also it may rust and add dissoved heavy metals

pond lacking in oxygen

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 19:32

first of all i would remove asmuch of the blanket weed as possible by hand

second add some shade either with plants which are the best option or artificially with a opaque tarpaulin for a temparary measure ensuring the shaded half of the pond is open water and the planted half in the sun

third add more fast growing plants to the planted half

then excavate the top pond in a T shape to the old pond esureing that the I part is the old pond and the - part of the t is the new pond excavate the new pond with a slope in depth from one end to the other

purchase a solar pump by shopping online type in search engine will give lots of results

go to b and q and purchases some clear plastic tubing to fit the outlet of the pump(they have it on rolls ask a member of staff)

position the pump in the bottom pond and add the tubing to the outlet and lead it to the top pond you want the outlet to be at the shallow end of the new pond hide the outlet with rocks and there you have a waterffeature gravels and pebels can be added for finishing touches

then fill the top pond to the waterfall level with rainwater

turn the pump on and ensure that the level of water in either pond stays stable making sure that the top pond does not flood valves can be purchased to adjust the water flow nfrom the pump

the reason for putting the waterfall in the shallow end ensures that when the pump is off minimal the water from the top pond will discharge into the bottom so this shouldnt cause the bottom pond to overflow

Talkback: How to grow marginal pond plants

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:44
carol1951 wrote (see)
My pond is much smaller than this but I would like a small bullrush to go in it. I have seem typha minnimus but don't think much of it. Any suggestions?

Butomus Umbellatus are quite nice flowering rush


To fell a tree to ground level, or leave a stump?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:31

we have recently had a tree felled at my house and a stump was left at wall level i intend to carve out the centre at the front side to sort of 'hollow' it out and then add plants for a feature 

Water Feature

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:23

i have never built one my self although i have built rock stacks in my aquarium etc but i think that it would be alot cheaper for you to buy the rocks and the pump separatly

pond lacking in oxygen

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:20

what size outlet will there be from the mini pond

pond pumps move a certain volume of water per hour so for example if the pump moved 1000liters per hour then the waterfall would need to be able to dispense 1000liters of water per hourt into the main pond

how big is the main pond and what is your budget

the issue with solar powered is that at night there will be no oxygenation 

its a good idea but i think a regular pond pund will work better


that is a link to a regular pump this could be used with extra piping or tubing that will fit on the outlet purchased separatly to use your idea however i would probobly use this as a regular fountain pump to add surface agitation and oxygen although your idea is possible and would work 

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:01

having increased levels of dissolved heavy metals in pond water is not really desirable but does little harm is it not possible in your situation to build a timber frame and lay this on the top of the pond with a plastic mesh?? 

Red pond water

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:51

is the pond clay lined or pond lined it sounds like something is leaching ointo the water column are you sure that the water is red and not rusty orangy red

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