Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get rid of Blanket Weed?
A: As soon as the sun comes out every year and water temperatures rise, at some point all water garden hobbyists are confronted with an overwhelming amount of green slime around their pond plants, also known as Blanket Weed.
Q: How do I get rid of Duckweed?
A: Sadly, Duckweed is the curse of all garden ponds. It will invade your pond at the most inconvenient times, mostly when your pond plants are thriving and looking their best, with millions of small, floating leaves that spread out across the surface of the water faster than you may be able to manage.
Q: How do I make a bog garden?
A: The first question you should be asking is: what is a bog garden? A lot of the Water Garden and Pond Industry is confused as to what a bog garden actually is, so we're here to set the record straight!
Q: What are deep water pond plants?
A: With such a specialist range of pond plants, at Lilies Water Gardens we've created our own category. However, some of these pond plants do belong in several other categories as well.
Q: What type of oxygenating plants do I need for my pond?
A: Oxygenating pond plants are some of the most diverse you can purchase for your pond and they play a huge role in maintaining healthy and clean water.
Q: Should I feed my pond plants?
A: Pond plants are extremely heavy feeders, which completely negates the myth to "never add fertiliser to your pond".
Q: Do I need to use aquatic baskets when planting pond plants?
A: Pond plants are sold to enhance your pond, so the simple answer is no. Read more below to find out what kind of pond plants work best in what kind of ponds, as well as why our answer is so definitive.
Q: How many marginal plants should I plant per square foot or metre?
A: There is no 'Golden Rule' for how many marginal pond plants you should put in your pond, however many articles are misleading in this subject!
Q: How many oxygenating plants do I need for my pond?
A: It's extremely difficult to recommend the right amount of oxygenating pond plants depending on the size of your pond, where most oxygenating plants aren't even sold in bunches!
Q: Do I need to use aquatic soil and aquatic gravel when planting pond plants?
A: Using aquatic soil when planting your pond plants is extremely important, not only because it's low in nitrates which reduces Blanket weed and other algae, but also because aquatic soil is free from pollutants.
Q: How do I plant up a swimming pond?
A: Ideally, swimming ponds should be in an area where it will receive full sun and should have two different areas of the same size: one for swimming, one for the pond plants. The area for swimming should be around 8ft deep and the re-generation area should be around 1 to 2ft deep.
Q: Do I need surface cover and pond plants with floating leaves for my pond?
A: Any kind of floating leaves on your pond's surface are beneficial to your ponds, pond plants, streams and lakes. They don't only help remove harmful nitrates and provide oxygen, but also act as cover for wildlife and help protect the water from sunlight, so reducing algae and blanket weed.
Q: How do I create a wildlife pond?
A: Whether you want to attract something that flies, walks, slithers or hops, if you add water and pond plants to your garden you'll bring all kinds of wildlife to your garden.
Q: How do I attract wildlife to my pond?
A: If you want to create a wildlife garden, it's essential that you have gentle sloping sides to allow anything from larvae to breeding adults to exit and enter the water.
Q: Can you eat pond plants?
A: Pond plants don't only look attractive in your garden, but are beneficial to wildlife and balance out your water to help keep it healthy. A wide variety of pond plants are also edible or have a medicinal use; or both!
Q: How do I get rid of and treat algae problems in my pond?
A: There are hundreds of different types of Fresh-Water Algae and the most common problematic forms to invade our ponds are Blanket Weed (Filamentous Algae) and Plankton Algae more commonly known as ‘Green-Water Algae’.
Q: What are free floating pond plants?
A: Plants with floating leaves cut down on sunlight and help prevent green water and blanket weed problems. For this reason, they are among the most popular of all aquatic plants.
Q: How do I plant marginal pond plants?
A: Marginal plants are true aquatics that will thrive where the water level meets the land. In the natural world, this is exactly what happens.
Q: What plants do I plant to cover exposed pond liner?
A: Choosing the right plants is very important as we must consider the wildlife that will live in and around it. We should ultimately view this as a working partnership between you both.
Q: How do I attract British amphibians to my pond?
A: There are two important factors to consider first though, and the first the design of your pond. The second is, to incorporate and establish the right types of pond plants that these little fellows will love.
Q: How do I plant water lilies?
A: The first thing to consider before buying your water lilies, is the location in which they will be planted. All varieties will thrive in a sunny location and all will grow stronger, faster, and produce more flowers in warmer shallow waters.
Q: Can I plant up my pond in the autumn?
A: For any type of gardening, the planting is the process before the reward, so this makes Autumn a very good time to plant certain types of pond plants as they will already be established and therefore, put on a good display of foliage and flowers in the Spring.
Q: What pests are eating my pond plants and water lilies?
A: There are a few significant threats to your pond plants and water lilies that you need to be made aware of: black flies and white flies, spider mites, leaf spots, crown rot, snail infestation, Water Lily Beetles and Chinese Mark Moths.
Q: How do I over winter my pond plants?
A: Over-wintering pond plants is easier than you think, but it’s more about tidying up to please the eye than anything else, as after all, most of the time there is no manual intervention needed on the autumn maintenance of naturally growing water plant habitats.
Q: Are pond snails good for my pond?
A: There are around 30 different species of fresh water snails in the UK, many of which, are very small and currently unavailable to buy.
Q: How do I attract dragonflies and damselflies to my pond?
A: Insects have survived the test of time, and Dragonflies and Damselflies are no exception. Very little has changed in their evolution over the last 300 million years, and these prehistoric flying insects have certainly seen a few changes!