Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get rid of Blanket Weed?
A: Every year as soon as the sun comes out and the water temperature rises, all beginners and enthusiastic, water garden hobbyists alike, at some point will be confronted with a surge of green slime also known as Blanket Weed.
Q: How do I get rid of Duckweed?
A: Unfortunately duckweed seems to be the curse of every garden pond. Just when your pond is looking at its best, and your plants are starting their spring growth, along it will come invading our beautiful ponds with millions of tiny green floating leaves which spread out over the water’s surface at a rate of knots
Q: How do I make a bog garden?
A: Throughout the Water Garden and pond industry there is much confusement as to what actually is a bog garden, so in this article we're going to set the record straight!
Q: What are deep water pond plants?
A: Here at Lilies Water Gardens, we have created our own name for a category of very special plants and some of these pond plants belong in several different categories.
Q: What type of oxygenating plants do I need for my pond?
A: Out of all of the different types of water plants, it’s the oxygenators that are the most diverse in their uses and they play the biggest role in maintaining healthy, clean water.
Q: Should I feed my pond plants?
A: Just the other day I read a very miss-leading instruction on a website telling people, as quoted, to “Never add fertiliser to your pond”. This couldn’t be further from the truth as all pond plants are extremely heavy feeders.
Q: Do I need to use aquatic baskets when planting pond plants?
A: The answer is no and the explanation for this is simple. pond plants are sold to enhance your pond and there are three types of pond, Fibreglass, Lined and Natural, then there are two types of streams, Lined and Natural, for this reason why we don’t supply plants pre-potted in aquatic baskets.
Q: How many marginal plants should I plant per square foot or metre?
A: I have read so many articles on this subject and unfortunately I have to say, they are all very miss-leading. However, I should emphasise that there is no ’Golden Rule’!
Q: How many oxygenating plants do I need for my pond?
A: There is no possible way of recommending the correct amount of plants per square metre or square foot and not just that, half the varieties of oxygenating plants are not even sold in bunches!
Q: Do I need to use aquatic soil and aquatic gravel when planting pond plants?
A: The use of aquatic soil is very important, not so much as it is low in nitrates, that reduces blanket weed and algae, but more so because aquatic soil has been screened which makes it free from any pollutants such as soil used straight from your garden or from next doors garden where a wandering cat may have visited!
Q: How do I plant up a swimming pond?
A: Swimming ponds ideally should be located in full sun and house two different areas of the same size for swimming and for your plants. The swimming area should be around 8ft deep and the Re-Generation area or areas, should be about 1 to 2ft deep.
Q: Do I need surface cover and pond plants with floating leaves for my pond?
A: Floating leaves on the water’s surface are beneficial to the health of all ponds, streams and lakes. Not only do they provide oxygen and take out harmful nitrates, but they also provide valuable cover for wildlife and cut down on surface sunlight thus reducing algae blooms (green water) and blanket weed.
Q: How do I create a wildlife pond?
A: From the smallest sink to the largest clay bottomed lake, if you add water to your garden, you will soon have a variety of wildlife on your doorstep, that will either fly, walk, slither or hop gladly welcoming the water haven that you have lovingly created and provided.
Q: How do I attract wildlife to my pond?
A: Some creatures will spend their seasonal life cycle undergoing various stages of maturity from, eggs to nymphs, and from larvae to breeding adults in the water, on the water, or under the surface, while others such as some birds, reptiles and mammals will simply use the water to drink, swim, hunt or bath. It is therefore essential that a wildlife garden should have gentle sloping sides to allow all that use it a safe haven and a get out clause!
Q: Can you eat pond plants?
A: These plants not only look attractive and bring the water garden to life but, are also beneficial for the wildlife and for getting a good balance in the pond to maintain healthy water. A vast selection of plants have a hidden use, being edible or medicinal or sometimes 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!