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Will it hurt the grass seed in any way?
Water every morning and evening till it germinates. Then just keep it damp for a few weeks till it starts growing well. Then just normal lawn care.
I have just brought a small greenhouse (6.6" x 6.6") i want to start growing veg & bedding plants from seeds, can anyone tell me if i need to heat it over the summer, any tips for growing veg would be good.
They have grown too big for the tank – I have a pond outside with other goldfish in – will the 2 who have been inside be OK in there, or are there ‘inside’ fish and ‘outside’ fish. Thanks in anticipation of your advice!
We moved into the house over the winter and the fish pond was semi drained, not covered & did not have any fish. As I don’t have the time to maintain an active fish pond, I would like to turn it into some type of decorative water feature. Any ideas?
I have now put fishing wire all the way around but I have heard that herons return to the same pond until they are sure there is no free meals left. I don’t feel confident enough to restock straight away – it is only thin wire after all! So how long is it the right time?
Herons can also bring suprises !
Considered to be the world’s best fisherman, herons have an unmistakable shape and are superbly equipped for their lifestyle. This magnificently marked bird has a keen eye for ponds, however small and are particularly attracted by colourful ornamental fish in crystal clear water.
The incidents of heron predation on koi and garden ponds appears to be on the increase as they try to keep up with the continued rise in popularity of ponds and water features.
Spread of disease.
The barrier method.
stretched around the perimeter of a pond will startle an unsuspecting heron if it strides across it, causing it to fly off. This method can complement a pergola and relies on the observation that herons will not land directly into a pond but walk into the water having landed on terra firma. However, some bereaved koi keepers will strongly dispute this theory.
b. Protective Drain Pipe
A couple of sections of drainpipe, placed horizontally on the pond bottom offer heron-proof cover for fish. It relies on the fish being quick enough and the heron not being patient enough to wait for the fish to leave their cover.
Predators. A heli-kite is similar to a helium filled balloon, but it is not as buoyant and has fins which help it to ‘hover’ and move around in the wind. If tethered well above a pond, it can intimidate a heron as it simulates a hovering bird of prey. They have been shown to be very effective over fishing lakes, even deterring cormorants. Home made versions can be put together using a foil helium balloon, so long as your neighbours don’t object to a permanent min Zeppelin hovering over your garden.
If there was a single reliable way of preventing herons from being a real threat to our fish then all of these devices and methods would be redundant. Some are more suited to specific situations and experimentation with various methods will show what works in your situation.
But by then it may be too late!
I have a bag of grass seed that is several years old and I wanted to overseed my lawn this fall. Will the results be limited because the seeds are about 3 years old?
So my opinion is throw them down since you already purchased the bag and if it doesn’t work you only lost the time it takes to overseed.
I have a small garden pond that I am eventually planning on adding comet goldfish to. The problem is, we have raccoons, opossums, and cats around our area, so I am worried about the safety of the fish. So, I was wondering how I could protect them.. is there something I could make/buy to keep them safe.. any help would be appreciated.
Best of luck
EDIT: How big is the pond? Not that big if there is just goldfish right?
i need to build a garden shed / workshop because i can’t really afford to buy a ready made one .what is the cheapest yet still strong and lasting way to do this . it needs to be at least 10ft x 10ft with double doors,it will be stood on a concrete base so would be no need for a floor.
Also have a word with your local DIY store because they will damaged stock which they sell off cheap, many sheds are delivered with panel damage and are easy to repair.
Another option could be to use fence panels but they will need some extra support.