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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.

Click here to find out how to solve the problem

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.

Click here to read advice on Duckweed

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!

Click here to read our Bog Garden Article

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.

Click to read more about deep water pond plants

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.

Click here to read more about oxygenating plants

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".

Click here to read more about feeding your pond plants

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.

Click here to learn more about aquatic baskets

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!

Click here to learn more about marginal plants

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!

Click here to learn more about oxygenating plants

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.

Click here to learn more about aquatic soil and gravel

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.

Click here to learn more about swimming ponds

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.

Click here to learn more about surface cover for your pond

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.

Click here to learn more about creating a wildlife pond

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.

Click here to learn more about how to attract wildlife to your pond

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!

Click here to learn more about eating pond plants and their uses

Q: How do I get rid of and treat algae problems in my pond?

A: With hundreds of types of fresh water algae, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly how to get rid of all of them. However, at Lilies Water Gardens we have a range of treatments to help stop algae growth and keep it at bay.

Click here to learn more about how to treat algae problems in your pond

Q: What are free floating pond plants?

A: Free floating pond plants are exactly what they say on the tin: plants that have adapted over the years to freely float on the top of a pond's surface.

Click here to learn more about free floating pond plants

Q: How do I plant marginal pond plants?

A: Marginal plants are those designed to adapt in shallow waters, so as long as you have a part of your pond where the water level meets the land, you'll be able to plant your marginal pond plants.

Click here to learn more about marginal pond plants

Q: What plants do I plant to cover exposed pond liner?

A: The perfect solution is to dig your pond first, then trim your exposed pond liner after it has been filled with water.

Click here to learn more about plants used to cover explosed pond liner

Q: How do I attract British amphibians to my pond?

A: The most important thing to think about is the desgin of your pond, to make sure that it suits the needs of all different kinds of amphibians. Create a low gradient beach where the land meets the water so amphibians can come and go as they please.

Click here to learn more about how to attract British amphibians to your pond

Q: How do I plant water lilies?

A: Make sure to pick the best location for your water lily before planting; a sunny area of your garden in warmer, shallow waters. 

Click here to learn more about planting water lilies

Q: Can I plant up my pond in the autumn?

A: Autumn is a great time to plant certain types of pond plants as many will already be established in the months before, so will provide a beautiful display of blooming flowers for Spring.

Click here to learn more about planting in the autumn

Q: What pests are eating my pond plants and water lilies?

A: There are a range of pests that might be prevalent in your water garden, such as spider mites, black fly and white fly, leaf spots, crown rot, snails, Water Lily Beetles and Chinese Dark Moths.

Click here to learn more about pond plant pests

Q: How do I over winter my pond plants?

A: Over-wintering your pond plants is easier than you might think. When tidying up your pond for aesthetic reasons, make sure that you don't cut certain plants back as this will have a detrimental effect.

Click here to learn more about over wintering your pond plants

Q: Are pond snails good for my pond?

A: Snails are beneficial for clearing up decaying matter and keeping algae and blanket weed under control in your pond. However, most of the 30 different species in the UK are unavailable to buy.

Click here to learn more about pond snails

Q: How do I attract dragonflies and damselflies to my pond?

A: Certain shallow and deep water marginal plants are good for emergent nymphs that will become dragonflies and damselflies. There are a range of plants that will bring dragonflies and damselflies to your pond that are listed in the link below.

Click here to learn more about attracting dragonflies and damselflies to your pond

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(Sun, 03 Mar 2019 08:34:45 +0000)

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Clean your Pond Out In February

(Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:12:20 +0000)

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The History of Lilies Water Gardens

(Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:53:35 +0000)

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Bare-Rooted Water Lilies

(Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:51:19 +0000)

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The Demoiselle, Natures Fresh Water Wonder

(Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:43:09 +0000)

The Demoiselle, Natures Fresh Water Wonder Introduction My first sighting of a Demoiselle (from the Dragonfly family), was in North Devon whilst walking up a woodland stream.  Female Demoiselle are brown in color and not as easy to spot but the … Continue reading

Baldelia Ranunculoides (Lesser Water Plantain)

(Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:30:30 +0000)

Baldellia Ranunculoides (Lesser Water Plantain) Lesser Water Plantain is a British, shallow marginal plant that grows in still fresh water at the side of very gentle free flowing water.  It has a creeping habit and produces a very pretty airy … Continue reading