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Ponds and Water Features - April

  • If you are in the process of digging a new pond in your garden you should get on with it, as April is the ideal time to add a selection of aquatic plants. Choose a good balance of marginal and deep-water plants and include some oxygenators. Plant into a mesh basket filled with J Arthur Bower’s Aquatic Compost, which contains grit for stability and a careful blend of nutrients that will not upset the balance of your pond. We recommend putting a layer of J Arthur Bower’s Washed Gravel over the pot surface – do rinse the gravel first as it will still have some dirt attached.

  • Water lilies are among the most rewarding aquatic plants. They are available in a wide range of colours and sizes suitable for all sizes of ponds – do make sure you choose the right size for your pond. If flowering is poor it is likely the plants need dividing and April is the best month to do this. Remove the plants carefully making sure you don’t damage the pond liner. The plants get very woody and tough and you will need a sharp knife to cut through them. Repot large pieces with plenty of root into J Arthur Bower’s Aquatic Compost  as described above.

  • Water adds a whole new dimension to gardens. If you don’t have a water feature, now’s a good time of year to set one up. You don’t have to have an excavated pond. Garden centres stock an enormous range of different features ranging from wall fountains and pebble pools to stainless steel spheres and bronze urns. Many are self-contained and solar-powered and can be set up in a couple of hours. You can complement your chosen water feature with beautiful stones from the J Arthur Bower’s Decorative Aggregates range.

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