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Help! How do I clean out my pond?

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 08:09

You've inherited a lovely pond BM 

I'd just watch for any foliage dropping in and make sure you remove it. Netting in autumn is the easiest way if there are overhanging or nearby deciduous trees/shrubs, but the water lilies will have quite a lot of foliage so you might have to just get in there in autumn and take the dead foliage out to reduce the amount of build up. If there are lots of marginal plants, just gather up all the dying foliage from them as you see it. It's inevitable you'll get a bit of foliage dropping into the depths though 

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 07:59
Dovefromabove wrote (see)


That's kind Dove - but what are all the rest of you having?  

We need a fat face smiley  


Happy Birthday - have a great day and many more of them to come xxx  


Posted: 28/01/2016 at 07:56

Morning/afties all. Glad you're a bit better Pat 

Did you get that brought to you in bed Dove? 

Have a totally smashing-y day - will there be cake.... Make sure the fire brigade is standing by 

Have the floodwaters receded a bit B'man? It's been hellish again 

Rain has stopped for a bit here but the last few days have been bitterly cold. The joys of January.

Glad you're getting somewhere now with the landlord Wonks. Have a lovely day with yer ol' mum 

Nice to see doc back and fully charged for the nest few months 

I'll have a quick look round before work to see what I've missed while I've been sorting and adjusting all my photos. I blame DavidK for getting me going on all that   

Pyracantha on house wall

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:13

They're fine in that location Geumf - they'll do no harm to house walls or foundations. I had one next to my front door for years - trained up the wall at the side. The blackbirds were frequent visitors to the steps for the berries 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 08:05

Clari - large a*** I think 

Work for me now. Flippers needed maybe?

Have a good day everyone  


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:58

My hatches are well battened Dove - rain battering the windows though 

Hosta - I have a recommendation for the next holiday - 'Dull'  near Aberfeldy. It's twinned with - 'Boring' in Oregon   

It always makes me giggle when I drive that road. It was nice and snowy and Christmas card-y, the  weekend before last  

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:52

B'cup - I think you've highlighted the real problem with the birdwatch. I reckon they should get keen feeders/watchers to do a different survey - perhaps over a whole weekend or even longer. Two or three half hours over the weekend or something. I think you can log other animals/visitors you've seen in the garden, but I can't remember if you can add occasional bird visitors.

There are loads of woodpeckers in this area, as we have woodland nearby, but they don't always visit gardens on a regular basis. That means it could look as if there are none. Lots of goldcrests (lots of conifers) but you don't always see regularly them either 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:46

Morning /afties all. A vile morning as B'man said - glad you're ok too 

chicky - exams -   Good luck to chicklet. I'm sure she'll be fine

Hosta - you'd have been netter staying at home I think. 

Just read Ggirl's post re her pots. Aren't people utterly lousy sometimes 

Pond ice prevention

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:32

Polystyrene works for me. I use two pieces that had been round a spherical item. Joined them together (with the curved 'space' downwards towards the pond surface) and tied it to a timber edge with string. Stops it disappearing down the road on a windy day.

The air gap is the best bit about it 

Bird feeders

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 17:13

Some great advice re siting of feeders and types of suitable food etc.

I had one of those metal/wire peanut feeders at one time that looked a bit like a sunflower, with the centre as the container. Birds hated it. Had to take the nuts out as they went mouldy. Put an ordinary one up - nuts disappeared at usual speed. 

Some birds are adaptable - my robins happily eat out of the hanging feeder inside a cage, but if you have mainly ground feeders, you may have to be patient with the hanging type. Also - check that the food isn't clogged up inside and has got wet and mouldy. Some of them are a very bad design.

Protection (cover) is definitely a big factor. 

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