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Whilst autumn leaves can be a spectacularly colourful sight at this time of year, they are no friend of the garden pond if left unchecked. This article looks at the importance of netting your pond and what’s involved in doing this.

As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and this is definitely true when it comes to protecting your pond during the autumn and winter months by stopping as many leaves as possible falling into it.

While these deciduous leaves look amazing at this time of year, they break down over winter and end up creating an unsightly green sludge in the pond when the warm weather arrives mid spring to early summer. As the carbon breaks down, it deoxygenates the water which is then detrimental for plants, fish and any other pond life present.

A good way to prevent this happening is by netting your pond during the autumn and winter months.

  • Netting stops leaves falling into the water where they rot and produce noxious gases that can be harmful to plants, fish and any other pond life present
  • Netting is also useful to protect any fish or pond life you have from predators such as herons and cats
  • Netting helps to ensure you have a healthy pond for the spring and summer months
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  • Inserting metal or bamboo rods into the wire mesh helps to keep the netting secure
  • Use a few well-placed rocks or large stones on the edges of the nets also helps to keep the netting in place and adds to the natural look of the pond’s surroundings
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Using galvanised wire netting is a good alternative to black netting
  • Make sure the netting is longer than the length of your pond – we recommend adding two feet (approx. 60 cm) past the water’s edge
  • Insert metal or bamboo rods into the wire mesh to help keep the nets secure
  • Black netting would be a preferable colour as it blends with the water
  • A galvanised metal framework (see pic above) is a good alternative
  • Any leaves that end up on top of the netting can be added to the compost heap as carbon

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