Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the best plants to attract butterflies to my Lifepond?
A. A selection of recommended plants is given in the Guide to Garden Wildlife – you should be able to get some of these from your local water garden centre. Alternatively www.puddleplants.co.uk can supply a special selection.
Q. What planting medium can I use?
A. You can use Aquatic Compost from your water garden centre but the Guide gives an alternative. All you need is a mixture of peat free compost and sand but the compost should not have added organic fertiliser which can contaminate the water.
Q. How quickly should I expect to see wildlife attracted to my pond?
A. This depends upon the time of year and what can access your garden. Newts have been known to find the water in a Lifepond in less than a week and once the plants have grown, birds, bees and butterflies will find the pond very quickly. However generally you will find that small aquatic creatures will be the first inhabitants.
Q. Why is there no fountain?
A. This is a wildlife pond and a fountain could deter creatures from using it. The shape is not really designed for a fountain but it’s up to you.
Q. What do I do if there is frogspawn in the pond and we have a freezing spell?
A. Cover the pond with some kind of insulation such as Bubblewrap and in a really cold spell either use a pond heater or frequently replace something like a hot water bottle.
Q. How do I top up my pond?
A. It is best to use clean rainwater if available, but tap water is acceptable provided about 1/4 of the water is replaced regularly.
Q. Can I leave my pond outside all winter?
A.. Yes! Lifepond is intended to be left outside in all weathers. It is made in the UK of high quality material which is designed to withstand cold, heat and sun deterioration. The problem is – what is the best time of year to clean out the pond? I refer to this in the maintenance section of the Guide. Birds particularly as you know appreciate a source of water in frozen conditions. If you pour just a little hot water on the ice then it can stay liquid for a while except in exceptionally cold conditions.
Never try breaking the ice with a hammer since the shock waves will affect the creatures under the ice.
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