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Your First Pond
Trees & Sunshine
Take The Plunge
Preformed Pools
Installing A Liner
Making A Raised Pool
A Koi Pond
Miniature Ponds
Adding A Waterfall
Colourful Ponds
Choosing A Pump
Solar Powered Pumps
Looking After A Pump
Pond Pipework
Installing A Fountain
Self-Contained Fountains
The Leaky Pond
Planting The Pond
A Wildlife Pond
A Bog Garden
Pond Plants
Plants Round A Pond
Choosing A Lily
Floating Plants
Water Hyacinth
Oxygenating Plants
About Fish
When To Buy Fish
Choosing Fish
Quarantining Fish
Fish Under Stress
Feeding Your Fish
Holidays & Fish
Breeding Coldwater Fish
Changing Colours Of Fish
Pond Fish
A Koi Collection
Ghost Koi
Fancy Goldfish
Coldwater Catfish
Grass Carp
Rearing Trout
Swan Mussels
Visitors To The Pond
Visiting A Koi Auction
Clubs & Societies
Caring For Fish
Testing The Water
Are You Poisoning Your Fish
Ponds & Medicines
Diseases & Parasites
Disappearing Fish
Problems With Herons
Green Ponds
Fish Pond Filters
How A Filter Works
Improving Your Filter
Ultra Violet Sterilizers
Looking After A Filter
The Pond Through The Year
Spring Cleaning
Pond Plants In Spring
Ponds In Summer
Autumn & Winter
Breaking The Ice
10 Problems
Useful Facts & Figures

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Allotment Articles 2.

Ponds, Trees And Sunshine

Most people think that ponds need shade to stop them from going green. This is true but they also need sunshine to make the plants grow, this balance might seem impossible to achieve but really is quite simple. All floating plants, whether they are lilies, duckweed, fairy moss, or hyacinths will provide a degree of shade, as will marginal plants around the edges. For these plants to grow healthily they need plenty of sun; Indeed the most common cause of lilies not Flowering is lack of sunlight.

The first year that a pond is installed it may need artificially shading for the protection of the fish that can get sunburn, but after that sufficient surface area should be naturally shaded by the rapid growth of the plants. Never plant trees close to a pond, or position a pool close to overhanging trees for shade. There are a couple of simple and important reasons for this, firstly if it is a deciduous tree such as a willow, which incidentally loves being by water and may seem a natural choice, it will have thick roots which may well damage a preformed or concrete pond and even split a liner. 

Secondly trees will drop their leaves every year thus producing an annual problem that lasts for several weeks. The leaves falling onto the pond must be netted and removed regularly, or else they will rot and pollute the water. Netting the pond can be a partial but unsightly solution and is never totally effective. Conifer trees next to pools are just as much of a problem. The roots are fine and fibrous, but the needles drop constantly throughout the year and are difficult to remove as well.

Furthermore they are a lot more poisonous than most deciduous trees as they are acidic in nature. Even flowering shrubs nearby can be a nuisance as the leaves will blow in the Autumn and in the flowering season, blossom can become a headache for the pond-keeper blowing everywhere. If you really want to provide shade for your pond and it is a very formal square Koi pond with no, or few plants in it, why not build a roof over it and tile it making a feature out of it along the lines of a Japanese building. This will also keep the snow off it and help to make it a little warmer in winter that will benefit Koi.