Join the RHS today and support our charity
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Make a donation
I have forgotten my password
Keep me signed in
Register for free to receive our newsletters, add comments to blogs/articles and to save content.
See what events are on near you and browse your bookmarked pages.
Don’t miss out - book in advance and save
Start feeding the fish. Little and often is best, to prevent excess food leading to unwanted algal blooms. Frogs, toads and newts begin to spawn as the weather improves.
Remove pool heaters when the weather starts to warm. Clean out pond filters. Replace pumps, water features and lighting systems, after checking they are in working order.
Remove netting coverings placed over the pond to protect it from autumn leaf fall.
Begin dividing marginal and bog garden plants if overcrowded. Contain vigorous perennials by planting in aquatic plant baskets and top with a layer of gravel to prevent fish stirring up the compost. Cut back old marginal vegetation from around the pond.
Tidy up plants in the bog garden and mulch with composted bark (or similar material).
New or recently-cleaned ponds can suffer problems with algae. Providing some shade (using plants with floating leaves such as waterlilies, left) can help reduce this problem.
Other helpful measures include filling the pond with rain water rather than tap water, avoiding getting soil or compost in the pond (as these contain fertilisers that encourage algal growth), and removing any plant debris from the water promptly.
the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9
Things to do in the garden this month
Trees and shrubs
Greenhouse, conservatory and houseplants
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9