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  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Hi Mark, welcome to the forum. Not my place to say if you have followed the right conventions but it's a friendly place and not many threads stay on track for long. image

    October will be a great time to do the work, least amount of animals in the pond. Collect all the sludge from the bottom and some of the water, put it in buckets and add it to the new pond. That way you'll keep all the invertebrates that live in there and any tadpoles that are left over as some overwinter occasionally and finish development the next year.

    The frogs will be back in the spring and I'm sure they will be happy with their new home. image

  • MarkNMarkN Posts: 17
    Hi Gemma, thanks. Ok I'm reassured! Thanks! Iwonder if it's possible to find the hole if I examine all along the water line ? I'd imagine it would be hard - wonder if anyone has managed to and repair it in-situ ....
  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    I had this prob a couple of years back. What I did was, empty the pond, put some carpet underfelt in and then put another liner over the untraceable leak, it has worked a treat with minimal effort. It also gave me the opportunity to slightly enlarge the pond, just a tad, but it HAS made a difference. Good luck with your pond. Welcome to the madhouse !


  • Hi guysimage we have been thinking about a small wildlife pond but how shallow can we get away with?

    I know it sounds odd but I've a worry about deep ponds and grandchildren.  Ever year we have a solitary toad who patrols our hosta s and keeps the area slug free I would like to encourage more predator s.

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    30 cm is a minimum really. 60 cm is much more ideal for the garden pond primrosecottage because being gardeners we are bound to want a variety of plants. The safest thing to do with grandchildren is to buy a grid that goes over the entire pond. The holes are big enough for wildlife to get in and out, small enough to prevent children drowning.

    I've no idea who this chap is, but I borrowed the picture from the web as it illustrates the idea of the grids very well.

  • Thanks Gemma image He's quite sure of himselfimageimage but it looks like the answer if it's to be a pond rather than a bog garden 

  • Gillian53Gillian53 Posts: 112

    I pulled out a bit of blanketweed and some slimey type stuff the other day. (I had noticed a backswimmer attempting front crawl as he couldn't get around on his back in the weed). I just find it so difficult to 'leave at the side of the pond' because I know that it's full of mayfly larvae, beetles of different sizes and the odd dragonfly larva. So I then have to go through it all carefully to get most of the critters out. If I didn't put my reading glasses on I wouldn't even see them. then I worry about all the eggs I'm probably destroying. It's a worry this pond business. image

    Where does all my Hornwort go? Have put loads in over the last year but never seems to carry on growing.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,298

    I thought Jesus had a beard?



  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    He may have had a beard, but wait 'til the ice breaks  ! !


  • You lot are incorrigibleimage

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