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Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 11:41

It should not be a problem if it does not rust but the gaps in the grid should be big enough that wildlife can get in and out.  I have always had a pond even when my chidren were born and still small. I always watched them in the garden and they learnt from a very young age to never go near the pond and could both swim by the time they were 5. i had a very small garden so it was easy to watch them but if your pond is out of the way I can see why you would like to put a grill on it. Someone my husband worked with lost their child when they fell in a swimming pool at a party and the child drowned, very sad but I think parents should always watch their children.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 11:15

I get tadpoles, newt larvae, water beetles etc near the top of the deep pond around the edge which spills over into the very shallow area though rarely in the shallow area I suspect this is agin so that they can rush deep if they see a heron.

desperate for advice please

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:50

You could buy an old half barrell and line it with plastic and make a pond out of it with a ramp so frogs etc can get in and out. You can put bricks in it to make shelves for water plants etc and you then may get dragonflies. In addition, hedghogs may still visit if they can get in so make a hole in both sides of your fence. My mother has a small completely paved garden and she has a vixen and cubs under her raised small garden shed.


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:42

I wouldn't because I do not think it will break down.

Talkback: Black spot

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:16
I have been told that I can spray my roses with a water and horsetail mixture to stop blacksopt. Would the water horsetail work since I do not have or want the common one. Also how do you apply it? Is it like comfrey i.e. let it soak for a while and extract the juice?

Work Trousers

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:00

If he suffers with a bad back, he should wear a back protector which i think you can get from a sports shop. Its like a piece of think felt eith velco around it. Sorry don't know where the trousers came from though it could be Scatts.

Dead Daphne

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:44

Does anyone know why my daphnes are dying one after the other. It flowered beautifully then  the leaves on the first to die started to shrivel I watered it and then when it the leaves continued to shrivel I fed it but it still died at the end of summer last year. It was about 5 years old and quite large.  The one that now appears to be dying flowered beautifully and is also now has shriveling  leaves.

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:22

Compost, compost and more compost. In the wettest part of my garden I now have a natural clay pond but in other areas I dump all my homemade compost on it and lots of wood chip as a mulch which I get from a local tree surgeon. I have never dug any of it in, just left it for the worms to sort out. Within a year my soil was nice in the top 15cm and now having been doing this for 6 years I have to go down at least 60cm to find solid clay. You will need to do this or at least top it up each year. The other thing to do is when planting in it, dig a hole at least twice as wide as needed and replace the clay dug out with compost and homemade compost and grit. The plants roots are then more likely to spread out rather than go round and round.

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:10

Ants like dry ground, hence you find them under paving slabs and find them in clay if it is dry. Solution is to keep it wet.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:07

I built the clay pond a few years before the other one and had the clay tested to make sure the ph etc was correct at different levels as it was dug and then compacted. I used to get a lot of wildlife in this pond until I built the straight sided one and then they all seemed to move to this one. Neither of my ponds froze completely last winter and i live in the south of the country.

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