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Water and ponds

Build a wildlife pond in your garden

This will ​attract frogs, toads, dragonflies, newts, divers, waterskaters, beetles and snails. It will also provide a good source of water for birds and other wildlife.

​Make sure there is a shallow area in your pond in-case a hedgehog falls in. This allows them to climb out easily.

Water plants in the morning (better) or evening

Water in the morning or evening, when the temperature is lower and evaporation is less. It’s better to water in the morning so that your plants can dry off before nightfall, because many fungal diseases need damp, cool environments to thrive. If your plants foliage is wet overnight, that gives these diseases a chance to take hold.​

Water in the morning or evening, when the temperature is lower and evaporation is less.

Research your plants

Some actually thrive in drier conditions and do not benefit from over watering. Click here for more information on drought resistant plants.

It’s ok for the lawn to go brown!

It helps it to build up resistance and will recover immediately after rainfall.

Allowing your lawn to go brown helps build up resistance and it will recover immediately after rainfall.

Is it going to rain?

​Check the weather forecast before watering your garden, it may rain later!

Fish may be a bad idea in your pond

They can eat many of the native invertebrate and insect species.

Don’t use a power hose on paths and driveways

That water is a valuable resource and the water you send into the gutter is carrying oil and a host of chemicals, as run-off that go on to pollute our rivers, lakes and oceans.