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Leaning logs in a wildlife pond



  • That Mazus Blue is a pretty plant The h h. Does it die down the in winter months? Our pond is a preformed type with steep sides hence the floating log, but yours looks far more natural.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Ha Ha I have my eye on it too GD. I have a totally wild pond and I know the very spot for it! We're a covetous lot us gardeners! image

    Last edited: 16 June 2016 20:42:00

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,690


    "HALF HARDY". image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    How come it can cope with the Himalayas and here it needs a greenhouse? image

    T&M reckon it's hardy to -15.

    I'll plant it under something else.

    Last edited: 16 June 2016 21:37:20

  • Certainly worth a try plant pauper - let us know how you get on with it.

  • Chris MasonChris Mason Posts: 159

    Hello everyone, sorry for not replying earlier, I have decided to go against putting the logs in the pond and instead put some square shaped stones as the exit/entrance and some water mint on one side of the pond to give things in the pond something to stand on. the logs instead will be chopped up and will be put on a log pile close to the pond. The pond is actually a plastic water trough that has been sunken into the ground so the only sloping areas are the ones I have built in thank you all for the advice.
    To keep this thread going and does anyone else have issues with slugs/snails falling in their pond? I'm often finding dead ones at the bottom of my pond, I don't want to be putting my hand in there every morning through fears of disturbing things living in he pond.
    Thank you all again

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,903

    I wouldn't worry about removing drowned slugs and snails - they'll decompose and provide nutrition for the multitude of micro-organisms and mini-beasts who will soon be inhabiting your pond. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Yes, I agree with Dovefromabove - don't worry about them - I believe that frogs eat slugs and snails(?) as do hedgehogs so keep encouraging them. Most ponds naturally have a bit of sludge and dead matter at the bottom which is where newts and other pond creatures like to hide especially if like us you have visiting herons dropping by for a tasty morsel from the pond.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,496

    My ponds get a regular injection of slugs and snails as this is where I dispose of all the miscreant molluscs I find in my greenhouseimage

  • Oh nice Buttercupdays - food for the monsters at the bottom of your pond!  Mine usually go over the wall into the field next door (belonging to us I might add). It is always good to leave a few for the Thrush and hedgehogs to find though.

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