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Otter proof raised pond

posted by:Chris Baldry

Otter proof raised pond with two windows

Otter proof raised pond with two windows

Otter proof raised pond with two windows

Otter proof raised pond with two windows


The clients had to fortify their existing pond to stop the frequent threat from Otter’s. They decided to start a fresh and build a Otter proof raised pond with two windows enabling them to enjoy their fish from the house and patios area all year round.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bulrush removal from pond

posted by:Chris Baldry

Bulrush Removal from a pond

Bulrush Removal from a pond

Bulrush Removal from a pond


The pond has been neglected for a number of years and the new owners wished to swim in it during the summer months. The pond was cleared of the Bulrushes and the ponds edge exposed. In total over 80 tonnes of Bulrush was removed!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pond Construction

posted by:Chris Baldry

A newly constructed pond

The pond shown is a medium size wildlife pond constructed by Essential ponds in the past month. the pond incorporates a seating area, water blade and rock face to help encourage wildlife including Butterflies which have already been basking on the warm rocks.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Newly finished Koi pond

posted by:Chris Baldry

A newly constructed koi pond

Newly finished Koi pond with low maintenance filtration system. the post around the edge of the pond are for the electric fence wire which will be installed once the fish are moved in to protect from the Herons and Otters.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pond Construction

posted by:Chris Baldry

A newly constructed pond

The pond shown is a medium size wildlife pond constructed by Essential ponds in the past month. the pond incorporates a seating area, water blade and rock face to help encourage wildlife including Butterflies which have already been basking on the warm rocks.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: March

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a caltha palustris alba

Caltha palustris alba

(White Himalayan marigold)
Height: 20-30cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 10cm
Flowers: Mar to Apr
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: December, January, February

posted by:Chris Baldry

Saucepan on pond

No plant recommendations for this time of year. Please check back in March 2014 or alternatively see our plant section and start choosing some beautiful plants for the spring!

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

star grass

Dichromena colorata
(Star grass)
Height: 40 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 5cm
Flowers: Jul to Nov
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: September

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Bog pimpernel

Anagallis tenella
(Bog pimpernel)
Height: 5-10cm
Planting Depth: 0-1cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Growth Rate: Slow to Medium
Position: Full sun
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: August

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Hydrocharis morsus ranae
(Frogbit)
Spread: 2-7cm
Depth: free floating
Flowers: Jul-Aug
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: July

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a gunnera manicata

gunnera manicata
(Giant prickly rhubarb)
Height: 150-300cm
Planting Depth: 0-5cm
Flowers: Jul
Growth rate: Fast
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: June

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Pygmaea helvola

Pygmaea helvola
Spread: 30-45cm
Depth: 15-40cm
Flowers: Jun-Sep
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: May

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Carex grayi
Spread: 30-45cm
Depth: 15-40cm
Flowers: Jun-Sep
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: April

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Caltha palustris
(King cup or Marsh marigold)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 15cm
Flowers: Mar to May
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: March

posted by:Chris Baldry

Caltha palustris alba

Caltha palustris alba

(White Himalayan marigold)
Height: 20-30cm Planting Depth: 0 - 10cm
Flowers: Mar to Apr
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

star grass

Dichromena colorata
(Star grass)
Height: 40 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 5cm
Flowers: Jul to Nov
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: December, January, February

posted by:Chris Baldry

Saucepan on pond

No plant recommendations for this time of year. Please check back in March 2014 or alternatively see our plant section and start choosing some beautiful plants for the spring!

Plant of the month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

star grass

Dichromena colorata
(Star grass)
Height: 40 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 5cm
Flowers: Jul to Nov
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: September

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Anagallis tenella
(Bog pimpernel)
Height:  5-10cm
Planting Depth: 0-1cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Growth Rate:  Slow to Medium
Position: Full sun
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: August

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Hydrocharis morsus ranae
(Frogbit)
Spread: 2-7cm
Depth: free floating
Flowers: Jul-Aug
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: July

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Gunnera manicata
(Giant prickly rhubarb)
Height: 150-300cm
Planting Depth: 0-5cm
Flowers: Jul
Growth rate: Fast
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: June

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Pygmaea rubra
Spread: 30 - 50cm
Depth: 10 - 50cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Size: Small
Position: Full Sun
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: May

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Cardamine pratensis
(Cuckoo flower or
Ladys smock)
Height: 30 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 10cm
Flowers: Apr to Jun
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: April

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Caltha palustris
(King cup or Marsh marigold)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 15cm
Flowers: Mar to May
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: March

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Aponogeton distachyos

(Water hawthorn)
Spread: 70 - 90cm
Depth: 10 - 60cm
Flowers: Mar to Jul then Sep to Dec
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Flowers very early and late in the year
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: December, January, February

posted by:Chris Baldry

Saucepan on pond

No plant recommendations for this time of year. Please check back in March 2014 or alternatively see our plant section and start choosing some beautiful plants for the spring!

These are a few helpful tips to keeping your pond healthy over the winter months:

As the daytime temperature is dropping,the water will become cooler and your fish’s metabolism will start to slow. The fish will benefit from being fed a lower protein diet such as wheatgerm and when the temperature is below 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius), you should stop feeding altogether. When the spring temperature returns to above 50° Fahrenheit you can then start to feed your fish again with a low protein diet of wheatgerm, ideally at the warmest part of the day.

Your pond will benefit from having some if not all the sludge from its base removed, as the decaying sludge will give off poisonous gases that normally escape into the atmosphere but if the pond is frozen they cannot escape and that can be harmful to your fish. If the pond is frozen please do not break the ice as this can be deadly to your fish, the best way to make a hole in the ice is to place a saucepan of boiling water on the ice and allow it to melt through, but make sure you have anchored the saucepan or you may lose you pan into the pond.

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

star grass

Dichromena colorata
(Star grass)
Height: 40 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 5cm
Flowers: Jul to Nov
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: October

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Lobelia vedrariensis
(Purple lobelia)

Height: 100 - 120cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 3cm
Flowers: Jul to Oct
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: September

Posted by:Chris Baldry



Scirpus angustifolius
(Cotton grass, Bog cotton
Eriophorum angustifolius)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 20cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun
Native to UK

Plant of the month: August

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Alba
Spread: 80 - 100cm
Depth: 50 - 90cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Size: Large
Position: Full Sun
Native to UK

Plant of the month: July

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Hottonia palustris
(Water violet)
Height: 15 - 30cm
Planting Depth: 5 - 80cm
Flowers: Jun to Aug
Growth Rate: Medium
Position: Part shade
Native to UK

Plant of the month: June

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Pygmaea rubra
Spread: 30 - 50cm
Depth: 10 - 50cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Size: Small
Position: Full Sun
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: May

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a Cardamine
pratensis

Cardamine pratensis
(Cuckoo flower or
Ladys smock)
Height: 30 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 10cm
Flowers: Apr to Jun
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: April

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Caltha palustris
(King cup or Marsh marigold)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 15cm
Flowers: Mar to May
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: March

posted by:Chris Baldry

a picture of a water hawthorn

Aponogeton distachyos

(Water hawthorn)
Spread: 70 - 90cm
Depth: 10 - 60cm
Flowers: Mar to Jul then Sep to Dec
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Flowers very early and late in the year
Non Native to UK

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

star grass

Dichromena colorata
(Star grass)
Height: 40 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 5cm
Flowers: Jul to Nov
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: September

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Scirpus
angustifolius
(Cotton grass, Bog cotton
Eriophorum angustifolius)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 20cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun
Native to UK

Plant of the month: August

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Alba
Spread: 80 - 100cm
Depth: 50 - 90cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Size: Large
Position: Full Sun
Native to UK

Plant of the month: July

Posted by:Chris Baldry

water violet near pond

Hottonia palustris
(Water violet)
Height: 15 - 30cm
Planting Depth: 5 - 80cm
Flowers: Jun to Aug
Growth Rate: Medium
Position: Part shade
Native to UK

Plant of the month: June

Posted by:Chris Baldry

an image of a cuckoo flower

Pygmaea rubra
Spread: 30 - 50cm
Depth: 10 - 50cm
Flowers: Jun to Sep
Size: Small
Position: Full Sun
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: May

Posted by:Chris Baldry

an image of a cuckoo flower

Cardamine pratensis
(Cuckoo flower or Ladys smock)
Height: 30 - 60cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 10cm
Flowers: Apr to Jun
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

Spring into action with our spring garden pond tips.

Posted by:Chris Baldry

With the arrival of spring, it's time for some pond maintenance

If you have pump and filtration system then this is the time to clean them, the filters will need to be cleaned with pond or rain water to avoid hurting the beneficial bacteria with our chlorinated tap water. This will allow them to grow and help with the balance the pond during the summer months. If the pump was lifted off the ponds base for the winter months it can now be returned to its original position. Also this is the time to clean your Ultra violet (UV) quartz tube and replace the tube/bulb ready for the warmer months.

If you haven’t already done so the remaining dead growth can be cleared from your plants, being careful not to damage the plants new growth.

Your fish will start to become more active and can be fed on lower protein foods such as Wheatgerm as these are easier for them to digest in lower temperatures, but once the water temperature reaches a steady 8°C / 47°F  they can start to be on summer fish foods. 

We have many years’ experience of dealing with all the aspects of pond maintenance, including cleaning, planting and pond re-lines We like to think that we can answer any query you may have, so if you have a problem with your pond, give us a try; we’re here to help.

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the month: April

Posted by:Chris Baldry

an image of some Caltha palustris
(King cup or Marsh marigold)

Caltha palustris
(King cup or Marsh marigold)
Height: 30 - 50cm
Planting Depth: 0 - 15cm
Flowers: Mar to May
Growth Rate: Slow
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Native to UK

Plant of the month: March

Posted by:Chris Baldry

an image of somewater hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos)

Aponogeton distachyos
(Water hawthorn)
Spread: 70 - 90cm
Depth: 10 - 60cm
Flowers: Mar to Jul then Sep to Dec
Growth rate: Medium
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Flowers very early and late in the year
Non Native to UK

Plant of the month: December-February

Posted by:Chris Baldry

No plant recommendations for this time of year! Please check back in March 2013 or alternatively follow this link and starting choosing some beautiful plants for the spring!

Winter Tips

Posted by:Chris Baldry

winter pond needing oxygen

These are a few helpful tips to keeping your pond healthy over the winter months:

As the daytime temperature is dropping,the water will become cooler and your fish’s metabolism will start to slow. The fish will benefit from being fed a lower protein diet such as wheatgerm and when the temperature is below 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius), you should stop feeding altogether. When the spring temperature returns to above 50° Fahrenheit you can then start to feed your fish again with a low protein diet of wheatgerm, ideally at the warmest part of the day.

Your pond will benefit from having some if not all the sludge from its base removed, as the decaying sludge will give off poisonous gases that normally escape into the atmosphere but if the pond is frozen they cannot escape and that can be harmful to your fish. If the pond is frozen please do not break the ice as this can be deadly to your fish, the best way to make a hole in the ice is to place a saucepan of boiling water on the ice and allow it to melt through, but make sure you have anchored the saucepan or you may lose you pan into the pond.

If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Plant of the Month: November

Posted by:Chris Baldry

Dichromena colorata – (Star grass)

Height: 40 – 60cm

Planting Depth: 0 – 5cm

Flowers: Jul to Nov

Growth Rate: Slow

Position: Full sun/Part shade Non Native to UK

Idea`s & suggestions!

We use this blog simply to let people know about ideas we have or great plants for the season or particular month.

Check back often, you never know you might just find something you like enough to plant yourself, or a variety of fish you have never seen before