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Spring Jobs For Your Pond

It’s March 20th and spring is officially here so it’s time to start working on your pond, clearing up after the winter and preparing for the rest of the year.

Most of the UK had a mild winter and despite the Met Office’s warning of Thundersnow back in January, we haven’t had much snow or ice this year. Because of the milder temperatures, there is a possibility that pond sludge and algae have been active in your pond for a good proportion of the winter months as they can grow down to temperatures as low as 8°C.

Preparation Is Key

First things first, if you have any plans for your pond this year, now is the time to start putting them into action. Make sure you have all your pond maintenance supplies and feed stocked up, there is nothing worse than running out of something when you need it most! Go over your filters and pump and make sure everything is clean and working as it should be.

Remove Debris

Remove any obvious debris that could have made its way into the pond over winter. Small pebbles, rocks, leaves & twigs can all be blown or washed into your pond and if they degrade, they will eventually turn into pond sludge. Be sure to clear any loose debris from around the edges of your pond as well as these will make their way in.

Inspect all your aquatic plants and remove any that have not survived the winter. Remove any dead leaves and trim back accordingly.

Pond Sludge & Algae

As we mentioned above, the winter has been mild and pond sludge may have been active in your pond for a few months now. Be sure to use your Pond Klear and Sludge Klear early as it can work down to temperatures as low as 4°C. If you have been using Winter Pond throughout the winter months you may not have much sludge so have a look before dosing up.

pH Levels

Your pond hasn’t had much attention for a few months and although chemical and bacterial levels don’t change much in the cold, it is always good practice to use a test kit to ensure your water conditions are perfect.

Poor water quality and the fast transition in a ponds conditions coming out of winter and into spring can lead to “spring kill” which refers to the loss of fish at the start of spring due to series of related water quality issues

How To Prepare Your Garden For Spring

To save you wondering what to do in your garden this winter, we’ve compiled some advice that will help you get your garden ready for spring. Gardening isn’t just for the summer time; there’s a lot you can be doing while the nights are short and the air is cold.

 

Create a space for composting

If you don’t already have a designated spot for your compost, pick one now before the season kicks in. Ideally, you want a space where the conditions are constant; finding some cover from rain and sun will improve the quality of the compost.

Compost bin –  A purpose-built compost bin will provide the best conditions for composting.

Open air compost – While it’s more difficult to control the environment factors effecting an open-air compost spot, it will still compost eventually.

Envii Compost Accelerator is our very own high strength compost accelerator. It’s task-specific bacteria and fungi improve the speed of the composting process whilst improving the fertility of the end-result. Read this review on The Middle-Sized Garden.

 

Tidy up your garden

When there isn’t much else to do on the gardening to-do list, get out there and pick up dead leaves, trim any herbaceous perennials and remove any other debris from your borders. If possible, wait till late winter/early spring to do this because all sorts of creatures may still be using the debris for shelter from the cold.

 

Prepare your soil

  • Remove weeds from the soil
  • Dig, lift and turn all your soil – this gives it better access to air and improves the fertility.
  • Spread compost, manure or fertiliser to your top soil.
  • Add our soil improver:  Envii Foundation – It has beneficial bacteria that improve the germination and growth of young plants and protect against plant diseases.

 

Order your seeds early

Decide early what you want to grow this year and order. This will give you the chance to plan when you are going to plant in advance and take all the stress away.

 

Prepare your defence against garden pests

Cleaning up your garden is the first step to defending against garden pests. It is also worth encouraging birds into your garden by putting up bird feeders etc. These will eat slug and snails and act as your garden patrol.

Use Envii Feed & Fortify as a physical protection against molluscs. As a form of diatomaceous earth, Feed & Fortify dries the molluscs out and kills them. It also included iron silicates that improve the fertility of the soil.

 

Start growing plants indoors

Plants that have a longer growing cycle – like tomatoes and peppers – can benefit from being started indoors. Plant them indoors around 8 weeks before the last expected frost and then re-pot them into deep containers before finally planting them in the ground. This will improve your success rate dramatically. Envii Foundation can still be used on plants started indoors in order to improve the germination and growth.

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How to protect plants against spring frost

Spring is here. The clocks have gone forward, beer gardens are full and the most fruitful stretch of the gardening calendar is upon us. But the sunny days and cloudless nights have a downside… frost.

Clouds act like a blanket for the sky at night when there is no direct sunlight; on a cloudless night this blanket is gone and the earth is exposed. This means that the glorious sunshine is causing us frosty mornings which, in turn can ruin our early efforts at planting out.

Frost damage can be particularly bad in spring when the plants are young and less hardy. We wrote this blog post in the winter about How Cold Weather Affects Your Plants. Now the winter is over, many gardeners have forgotten about the dangers of frost, leaving their plants at risk. Frost damage can catch out even the most experienced gardeners because it’s very difficult to prepare for.

Here are some methods of protecting against frost –

Plant blankets – You can buy these from any garden centre or online. Very effective but expensive when you have a lot of plants.

Avoid frost pockets – Frost tends to gather in sunken areas so avoid these like the plague. Could be worth using raised beds where possible.

Choose hardy plants – This is your first line of defence. Read the back of seed packets and only choose plants that are suited to this time of year.

Cover with an upside bucket – Or anything else for that matter. You can be a bit creative with alternatives to plant blankets.

Water soil – Wet soil is more resistant to frost than dry soil so water it one or two days before frost is forecast.

Apply Envii Early StarterEarly Starter is a bio-stimulant that protects plants against cold weather. It effectively reprograms the plant to generate more root growth, rather than aerial growth, so that it has better access to water and nutrients. Most importantly this means you can plant earlier in the spring and later in the autumn without the risk of your plants dying.

Terry Walton, BBC Radio 2’s Allotment Doctor said he would “strongly recommend it to any gardener looking to grow in the early season when the weather is cold.” To read the full review, click here.

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6 Tips To Prepare Your Pond For Spring

Remove debris 

Use a net or pond vacuum to clean the debris from the top of the pond. Any organic material left in the pond will decay and cause algae problems like green water and sludge. Removing it is the first line of defence against algae problems. It’s also worth clearing the surrounding area to prevent anything blowing into the pond.

Move fish back into the pond 

If you’ve moved your fish into a temporary tank during the winter, now is the time to get them back in the pond. It’s important to ensure the temperature of the tank is within 1°C of the pond temperature.

Clip back and trim plants 

Spring is the best time to have a general tidy up of the pond area. Overgrowth can be a large factor in an imbalance in the pond system.

Feed fish 

You can start feeding your fish again at temperatures of 10°C and higher.

Start treating your pond 

The earlier you can start treating your pond the better. Envii’s pond products work as low as 4°C which means you can get started earlier in the spring and treat later into the autumn. Giving the bacteria longer to establish will greatly increase the chances of keeping your pond clear and healthy. Click here for more information.

Clean your filters 

Most bacterial water treatments will dislodge any algae or sludge and it will get sucked into the filter. If the filter gets clogged it will stop filtering the water and become completely useless. It’s important to clean them regularly for water treatments to work efficiently.

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5 Simple Tips To Prepare Soil for Spring

Failing to prepare soil before planting is one of the most common mistakes made by beginner gardeners. Don’t worry if you’ve done it you’re not alone! All it takes is a little time and effort and your soil will be extra fertile.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get your soil ready for a bountiful harvest this year!

 

Dig, lift and turn!

Follow this procedure and you can’t go far wrong. By loosening and turning the soil you are allowing more air to get to it which is essential for good root growth.

Add manure, fertiliser or compost to your top soil

Manure, fertiliser and compost are full of nutrients that make the growing medium far more fertile. Here’s a post we wrote on improving multi-purpose compost.

Add ‘good’ bacteria

Using a probiotic soil improver like Envii Foundation will populate the soil with ‘good’ bacteria. This will have a massive effect on the success of your plants. Foundation also creates a force-field around your plant’s roots which protects from diseases.
Give it time

Spend two or three weeks preparing your soil. Turn it over and leave for a week then add manure fertiliser or compost. Leave it for another week then add Envii Foundation and give it one more week till planting. This should give the ‘good’ bacteria and nutrients time to establish in the soil.

Prepare for next year

When all is said and done and the season is over, it’s time to prepare for next spring. Dig, lift and turn your soil and then add a probiotic soil improver to condition it. This should also compost any plant roots and debris left over.

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