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RHS gives gardeners tips for ponds in winter

By Hannah McLaverty-Williamson, on 1 December 2010

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have issued a number of tips to gardeners, so they can better advise homeowners on how best to look after their gardens and green spaces during the colder weather.

As reported by Swell UK, most of the UK have received snowfall in the past few days, but for those homeowners with garden ponds, it is not too late to properly prepare it and any other outdoor features for the winter months.

If those with garden ponds have seen them freeze over in the last few days, they do not need to worry too much about breaking the ice. However, it is imperative that property owners keep an eye on the ponds oxygen levels, particularly if there are fish kept in there. Those in doubt should keep a small section of the ice clear so toxic gasses can escape.

Often, a soft ball floating on the surface is enough to keep a hole open, although it should be removed during the day and homeowners should try and ensure it doesn't get iced in.

If the pond hasn't frozen over, there are a number of things that can be done in preparation. Firstly any dead or dying foliage should be removed from all pond plants and any overhanging plants, this is because frost will kill the growth and it will just cause pollution in the pond.

RHS Advisor Jenny Bowden said: "With a bit of care and attention during this inclement weather people can avoid having to replace valuable plants, trees and shrubs."

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