9 08, 2017

Native wetland plants for colour, structure, and wildlife

By | August 9th, 2017|Ecology, Plants, Wildlife|0 Comments

Here are my suggestions for some of the very best native wetland plants that will add lots of colour and structure, while attracting a host of wildlife too. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) – this is a simply stunning perennial, with spires of intense magenta flowers that attract insects throughout the summer. In damp soil it [...]

9 08, 2017

Wild Ponds wins Chelsea Gold!

By | August 9th, 2017|Wildlife|0 Comments

When previous Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden designer Gary Breeze needed wildlife gardening experts to design the planting for his 2017 Chelsea garden, he looked no further than Wild Ponds and our sister company Natural Gardens. His instinct was rewarded by the judges with a prestigious Gold Medal, with TV presenter Monty Don praising the [...]

10 10, 2016

Autumn – the best time of year to clean out your wildlife pond

By | October 10th, 2016|Maintenance, Q&A|0 Comments

Autumn is the season for serious pond maintenance. It's an excellent time of year to remove surplus growth from the previous summer, before the vegetation has a chance to die back and rot down into the pond. This clearout has two main advantages; firstly it removes excessive nutrients, essential for keeping the water clear; and [...]

15 08, 2016

When is the best time of year to put in a wildlife pond?

By | August 15th, 2016|Case Studies, Pond Building, Q&A|0 Comments

For pond installation this very much depends on local ground conditions. In a low-lying, waterlogged site it's much better to avoid winter and wait until the drier months. This particularly applies if you have clay soil. Installing a pond usually involves a digger and often a dumper too, so is much better suited to drier ground. [...]

10 08, 2016

Installing a wildlife pond

By | August 10th, 2016|Pond Building|0 Comments

At Wild Ponds we take great care in creating and installing our ponds, so that they look as natural as possible for you. Once the outline has been marked out, the pond is dug to our exacting standards, based on these guidelines for its profile. We then make sure the edges are true, using a laser level for [...]

9 08, 2016

How deep should my wildlife pond be?

By | August 9th, 2016|Pond Building, Q&A|0 Comments

This depends partly on the size of the pond, but a minimum depth of 75 cm (two and a half feet) in the deepest part will give the pond everything it needs. Most of the wildlife usually lives in the top 30cm (one foot) although in the depths of winter the deeper parts can provide an [...]