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Get your pond fit for spring!

Now is the ideal time to deal with how your garden pond has over wintered.  Here are three simple jobs Devon experts Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre recommend that will help your pond come out of winter mode.

Firstly, change your UV Bulb.  These important bulbs help keep your pond free of algae but they only have a life span of one year.  If you change your bulb now you will ensure that it will be operating at 100 per cent during spring when you are most likely to suffer from an algae bloom.

Secondly, do a general clean – remove any dead leaves or debris from the surface of the pond as these will sink and turn into sludge. To really make sure you have a clean pond it is worth investing in a Pondvac.  These are perfect for removing all of the sludge from the bottom of your pond.  

Finally give your pond equipment a little maintenance.  The main cause of pump failure comes from a broken impeller.  These can be easily cleaned by dismantling your pump (follow manufacturers’ instructions) and cleaning the housing with a cotton bud and rinse it through to remove any build up.  It is also worth changing your filter foams.  

Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre is a gardener, pet and fish-keepers’ haven with an extensive garden and pet shop, gift shop, a giant koi pond and a waterside cafe that serves breakfasts, home-made lunches cakes and scones and Sunday roasts. 

Bow Garden & Aquatic Centre is on the A3072 between Crediton & Okehampton, 01363 82438 www.bowgardencentre.co.uk

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