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5 Tricks to Prevent Green Pond Water

17 August 2018 03:16
  Pond Water or Pea Soup? When you first dreamed up the idea of having the perfect pond, the last thing you would have imagined is for it to resemble something like pea soup! Unfortunately, that’s the reality for many pond keepers. Green pond water is a common and recurring problem that not only affects...

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The Importance of Aquarium pH Balance

15 August 2018 04:52
Whether you keep fish or aquatic plants, water quality is the single most important factor when it comes to the well-being of any living thing in your aquarium. One of the most essential measures of healthy water is pH, especially if you’re an aquarium owner who keeps fish. A balanced pH is a great indication...

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Gardening Tips for August

13 August 2018 02:29
Despite this being the time when things are seemingly coming to the end, as the most popular gardening period draws to a close, there’s plenty to do while the weather remains warm and in preparation for the colder spells to come. The fruits (and vegetables or flowers) of the labour put in over spring and early...

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Common but Questionable Slug Repellents

13 July 2018 03:01
Image Source: Gardener’s World As a gardener, at some point or another, you have probably scoured the internet in the hopes of finding a solution to the infamous slug pest problem. Like most people, you were probably also delighted at the plethora of results and articles that claim to offer ‘great’ solutions to try. Whether...

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Gardening Tips for July

05 July 2018 10:55
  July is a month where the gardening season is already in full swing and a lot of people should be focusing on the enhanced growth and protection of their crops to see them through to harvest. We’ve put together a few tips to remind gardeners of what to do to maintain their progress, what...

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7 Common Aquarium Keeping Mistakes

03 July 2018 09:38
When it comes to aquarium fish keeping, nobody is exempt from making mistakes. Both newbie and experienced fish tank hobbyists have the potential to do something wrong (although admittedly, beginners are more prone to doing so). When it comes to the nature of this hobby, it’s important to remember that while mistakes are often rectifiable, they...

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Protect Your Plants From The Heat Wave

25 June 2018 10:16
This week, UK residents will find themselves in the midst of a heatwave. With strong sunshine and temperatures increasingly climbing as we go throughout the week. it’s a rare occasion for Brits to not have to carry an umbrella, with the weather not having reached such highs for the past 3 years. In the past,...

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The Most Effective Way to Treat Dog Urine Lawn Burn

21 June 2018 11:25
  Dogs are one of the many special things that make a house more homely. Loyal and friendly in nature, how can anyone forget that they’re man’s best friend? These furry friends, however, can often leave a trail of their toilet trips where it’s least welcomed. Dog owners think they’ve finally hit the jackpot when...

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A Guide to Natural Ponds

11 June 2018 02:45
  Ponds come in various different forms and serve different purposes by the nature of how they exist. In the most basic form, they are simply a body of still, fresh water and their purpose is dependent on what can be found within them. Generally, most people are most familiar with garden ponds but even...

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The Underestimated Danger of Pond Nitrates

31 May 2018 10:59
There’s a lot of information online about nitrates and their effect on pond chemistry and fish. We feel the information currently available gives a general underestimation of the potential danger excessive amounts of nitrates can cause. Not only for aquatic life such as fish, but also the health and quality of the pond water overall....

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Why Slug Pellets are Dangerous for Children, Pets and Wild Life

25 May 2018 09:58
What are slug pellets and what are they made of? Slug pellets are small, rounded and compressed mass containing substances that are poisonous to slugs and snails, often placed around growing plants to prevent them from being damaged. Generally, there are two main types of slug poison ingredients that can be used in slug pellets....

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An Essential Guide to Pond UV Lights

03 May 2018 03:41
What are UV filters? Eco-systems such as ponds require continuous care and maintenance of water to ensure that aquatic life (whether it’s animals or plants) are healthy and able to live in an environment where they can thrive. UV ‘filters’ are ultra violet light systems that have been used for years in ponds and aquariums in...

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The Ultimate Guide to Blanket Weed

27 April 2018 04:13
What is Blanket Weed? There are over 20,000 species of algae with a given name and Blanket Weed is just one of them. Of Blanket Weed, there are two types that can be identified although there are various other names people may use to refer to them. The Two Main Types of Blanket Weed One...

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What Every Gardener Should Know About Heat Stress

24 April 2018 10:57
What is heat stress? Heat stress can be understood as when the temperature of the environment of a plant is high for a period of time sufficient enough to cause irreversible damage to its the life and development. Even the slightest increase in temperature can be detrimental to the growth and progression of many types...

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4 Reasons Why Sweating is Important

19 April 2018 10:42
What is sweat? Sweat is a natural product of the process of body temperature regulation, also referred to as thermoregulation. This process is triggered by physical activity, overheating, stress and other strong emotions; as well as pregnancy, illness or something as simple as eating spicy food. Our brain sends a signal to millions of sweat...

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Why Baking Soda Isn’t the Best Pet Odour Eliminator

17 April 2018 10:24
Having a pet is surely a pleasure! As little as they can be, they are one of the differences that make a house feel more like a home. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the smells they leave around the house. Whether you have a cat, dog or another furry friend, at some point...

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How Young Plants Can Survive the Early Spring Heat

13 April 2018 09:04
The early winter months of 2018 feel like they lasted a lifetime but finally, here we are in the dawn of spring. We can imagine many gardeners have already planted out their flowers, fruits and vegetables with great joy, after the unexpected snow and frost in late march which dragged out the winter season. So...

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The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Aquarium Tank

12 April 2018 12:03
Keeping a fish tank can be a stunning feature to any home and of course, one of a few low maintenance pet owning options. However when it comes to maintenance, emphasis should be put on low maintenance rather than the idea of no maintenance. Regardless of whether you’re a well experienced fish owner or you’re...

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Why Pond Oxygen Levels are Crucial in Summer

09 April 2018 01:56
Keeping the correct pond water parameters is important year around but when it comes to summer, more care has to be taken to keep your pond in good condition. In fact, pond fish deaths occur most often between late July and early August. This is due to the increased environmental effects that summer weather can...

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How to Prevent Helmet Odour

19 March 2018 01:02
  Believe it or not, your sweat isn’t what’s causing your helmet to smell. Rather, it’s the bacteria found on your skin. The smell in your helmet is caused by the process of natural bacteria that live in your skin, (in this case on your scalp) reacting to the lipids and proteins found in sweat and...

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What You Should Know Before Buying Compost

16 March 2018 12:49
  In the past we have often talked about the problem with cheap compost, it’s often poor quality. We always recommend making your own compost as the best option and one of the main reasons we suggest this is because people often don’t know the full extent of they are actually using when they buy competitively...

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Why You Should Protect Plants Beneath the Soil

12 March 2018 09:41
  When you think about gardening and growing your own plants,  a lot of the focus tends to be on tending to the plant above ground. We don’t often consider caring for our roots as much as we do in comparison to the visible part of our plants. Think about it… When was the last...

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3 Reasons to Improve Your Plant’s Root Strength

26 February 2018 12:17
  It’s not news that plant root systems are fundamental when it comes to their growth and progression. One of the first things we learn about roots is how they function to absorb nutrients from soil, enabling plants to have access to the necessary nourishment required for their continual development. While everyone seems to be aware of...

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How to Make Tap Water Safe for Fish

23 February 2018 02:16
  First thing’s first, why isn’t it safe? Tap water is fit for human consumption, so why would we question whether it’s suitable for fish? The answer lies in the chemical composition of tap water. In order to make tap water safe for us to drink, local water companies add chlorine and chloramine (completely safe...

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What You Should Know About Plant Frost Damage

14 February 2018 12:56
February is among us, which means it’s late winter. As each day gets a little lighter and longer, gardeners increasingly have the urge to get back to growing their own vegetables. Most people know the ideal season to begin gardening is spring but for those of you who have a little less patience and are...

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Long-lasting Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Flowers

13 February 2018 03:36
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to show love and appreciation for the special people in our lives but this one day comes with a cost to the environment when it comes to the gift of giving. Each year people head to the shops and florists looking to buy their beloved a bouquet without considering...

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5 Characteristics Your Compost Shouldn’t Have

08 February 2018 03:38
  The lower the price you pay for your compost, typically, you should expect the quality to match. This is due to the fact that shop bought compost is generally produced in mass and therefore less care and precautions are taken to make sure it’s up to the appropriate standard to be as effective as...

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Why Seafeed Xtra Goes Beyond Your Average Seaweed Fertiliser

07 February 2018 03:50
  Seaweed, historically, has been used as a gardening soil enhancer and is a great source of nutrients for plants. It’s known to be rich in trace elements such as zinc, iron, nitrogen and 57 other minerals that plants only require a small amount of for their general intake. Acting as a growth stimulant, it’s...

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How Aquarium Klear Could Save Your Fish from Ammonia Poisoning

05 February 2018 03:28
  Whether you’re a self-proclaimed aquarist or a fish hobbyist, at some point along the road you decided to have your very own aquarium. So, you set up the tank and got a great collection of fish but your dreams of having a fish tank have been going far from great. If you’ve experienced multiple...

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What Does It Take to be a Guide Dog?

31 January 2018 09:00
When you think of a Guide Dog, you may simply think about how they are well trained to assist the blind and partially sighted in making their journeys throughout the day. What you might never have thought about is why each characteristic makes Guide Dogs great at what they do. From intelligence to being family...

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5 Ingredients Everyone Should Add to Their Green Juice #NationalGreenJuiceDay

25 January 2018 11:57
National Green Juice Day was established in 2016 to motivate people to maintain their health and wellness new year resolutions, especially towards the end of January. If you’re growing your own fruit and vegetables, then you might already know a thing or two about the nutritional benefits of green fruit and veggies, but have you...

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Featured Product – Kit Fresh

07 December 2017 11:48
  Unlike the masking effect of many other deodorisers, Kit Fresh is specifically designed to eliminate the smell of sweat in shoes, clothing and sports equipment. By tackling the source of bad odours, Kit Fresh leaves behind a fresh mint smell for a clean and odour free feeling. Free from harsh chemical ingredients, it’s also...

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Featured Product – Winter Pond Treatment

09 November 2017 10:18
What Is Winter Pond Treatment? This weeks featured product is the Winter Pond Treatment. Winter Pond Treatment is a revolutionary, biological pond treatment that has been designed to maintain a ponds condition during winter months. By keeping the bacteria levels topped up throughout winter, your pond will be in the best possible condition to fight...

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Featured Product – Nitrate Klear

23 October 2017 10:15
What Is Nitrate Klear? This weeks featured product is Nitrate Klear. Nitrate Klear is a natural & safe nitrate removal treatment designed for ponds and aquariums. High nitrate levels can be very dangerous to fish and can lead to death. By reducing the nitrate levels in your pond or aquarium you will reduce the risk...

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How To Clean Boxing Gloves

12 October 2017 10:48
Boxing gloves can be an expensive piece of sports equipment when being used for a hobby and with some fetching over £300, if gloves are not maintained properly they can quickly deteriorate and will lead to you needing to spend more money. However, with very minimal effort you can maintain your boxing gloves appearance and...

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Featured Product – Septic Klear

04 October 2017 12:26
What Is Septic Klear? This weeks featured product is Septic Klear. Septic Klear septic tank tablets are a unique mixture of fast-acting, task-specific bacteria with added nutrients for septic tank treatment and cleaning. Septic Klear is an effective, efficient way of maintaining a septic tanks performance whilst reducing the need to have your septic tank emptied....

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Featured Product – Sludge Klear

19 September 2017 10:40
What Is Sludge Klear? This weeks featured product is Sludge Klear. Sludge Klear is biological pond water treatment that targets the build-up of sludge found at the bottom of ponds. As well as being used directly in the water to target sludge, Sludge Klear can be used as a biological filter starter for ponds by...

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Featured Product – Pond Klear

08 September 2017 03:00
What Is Pond Klear? This weeks featured product is Pond Klear. Pond Klear is a biological, bacterial pond algae treatment product that is 100% safe for all fish, wildlife, pets and humans. Pond klear clears pond water, removes green algae and restores the biological balance back into a pond. How Does Pond Klear Work? By...

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The Ultimate Do’s & Don’ts Guide For Ponds

15 August 2017 12:33
Pond keeping can be a mind field when it comes to knowing what you can and can’t do to achieve algae free, crystal clear water. One ‘expert’ will tell you to do this, another ‘expert’ will tell you to do that and suddenly it all becomes a very confusing, tangled web of conflicting information. We...

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The Simplest Way to Protect Your Plants from Heat

01 August 2017 11:30
Physical Plant Protection Is Past Its Prime British weather is some of the most changeable in the world. While we don’t have a lot of ‘extreme’ weather, it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict, which can make life very difficult for gardeners. That’s why we have so many physical methods of protecting our plants. Plant blankets...

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Preparing Your Pond For Winter

28 July 2017 12:53
For any enthusiastic gardener, autumn is a perplexing time. Your arduous work throughout spring and summer begins to fade away, with the promise of next season and another fruitful crop just on the horizon. Pond keepers are no different in this respect; they toil all year to fight off algae blooms and keep their pond...

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Featured Product – SeaFeed Xtra

22 July 2017 11:00
SeaFeed Xtra is not your average seaweed fertiliser. Whilst it may appear to be at first glance, it contains almost double the amount of solid seaweed than its closest competition. We have also added extra micronutrients, extra Urea, extra Iron & extra Amino Acids to really improve the performance or our seaweed fertiliser. A unique...

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Why Is Your Pond Losing Water

05 July 2017 01:03
Why Is My Water Level Dropping? We can probably rule out the baby emptying your pond and unless you have a menagerie of animals who all enjoy regularly drinking from your pond, we can probably rule out that pets are causing your water levels to drop! But let’s have a look at some of the...

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Featured Products – Feed & Fortify and Feed & Protect

30 June 2017 02:00
Feed & Protect and Feed & Fortify are both dual function slug and snail repellents that feed plants whilst deterring pests. They are both 100% safe for all wildlife, pets and humans and can’t be washed away in the rain like other slug products. How Do Feed & Protect and Feed & Fortify Work? Feed...

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Featured Product – Pond Equaliser

13 June 2017 10:30
Pond Equaliser instantly stabilises key water parameters in ponds and aquariums such as pH, KH, GH and ammonia. It is crucial that these parameters are balanced as they determine the biological balance in a pond. Balanced and stable water parameters provide both fish and beneficial bacteria with perfect living conditions and reduces the risk of...

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How To Get Rid Of Blanket Weed

05 June 2017 11:30
What Is Blanket Weed? If you have not yet come across this nuisance, congratulations! Blanket weed or long string algae is one of the most well-known (and hated) pond weeds in the UK. It is a long thin alga that has no leaves, stems or roots and forms large, dense pillows of green weed that...

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Should I Keep Aquatic Plants?

03 May 2017 03:30
There is a split between pond owners as to whether to have plants or not. Aquatic plants can be a great aesthetic addition to your pond, as well as providing several health benefits to the water and fish. They offer shade, compete with algae, remove harmful nitrogen and give back useful oxygen into the pond....

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Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser Benefits

27 April 2017 12:47
UPDATED: 26/07/18 History Of Seaweed Fertiliser Renowned for its ability to improve the condition and fertility of soil, Seaweed has been used for centuries in agriculture, particularly in coastal areas. Containing nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphate and magnesium, it’s the perfect source of nourishment for various plant life. Seaweed also contains several trace minerals...

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What Is Pond Sludge?

13 April 2017 01:00
No matter what you do or how often you try to clean your pond, there will always be a build up of sludge. It is unfortunately inevitable. Although it’s not too much of a problem when found in traces and small quantities. However, when your pond contains a build-up of sludge, we’re talking the thick,...

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Spring Jobs For Your Pond

20 March 2017 10:30
It’s March 20th and spring is officially here so it’s time to start working on your pond, clearing up after the winter and preparing for the rest of the year. Most of the UK had a mild winter and despite the Met Office’s warning of Thundersnow back in January, we haven’t had much snow or...

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How To Protect Your Waxy Hostas From Slugs & Snails

10 March 2017 04:33
Over the last few year Hostas have become one of the best-selling plants out there. Easy to grow, low maintenance and often out living many other plants in the garden – it’s no wonder they’re so popular. They do, however, have one natural-born enemy… Slugs and snails. There are few things tastier to a gastropod...

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What Are The Ideal Water Parameters For Ponds?

20 February 2017 10:30
They are often overlooked, but having the correct water parameters is one of the most important factors to a successful, healthy pond. Providing your parameters are correct, your fish will be healthy, aerobic bacteria will be able to thrive and do its job properly and any pond plants that you may have will be able...

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Common Fish Diseases

01 February 2017 10:01
In our last blog, we spoke about some of the reasons fish jump out of water. One of the issues is due to diseases, which can cause the fish to jump out of the water to escape the pain. Below we have listed some of the most common fish diseases along with their symptoms and...

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Why Do Your Fish Jump Out Of The Water?

01 February 2017 10:00
Why do my fish jump? Fish jumping out of water is not very common but when somebody sees it, it can initially look quite impressive. Fish can just be jumping out of the water for fun or to escape a mate but there could also be more concerning reasons. There are many reasons and theories...

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How To Prepare Your Garden For Spring

11 January 2017 02:57
To save you wondering what to do in your garden this winter, we’ve compiled some advice that will help you get your garden ready for spring. Gardening isn’t just for the summer time; there’s a lot you can be doing while the nights are short and the air is cold.   Create a space for...

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How To Keep Your Bed & Mattress Smelling Fresh

19 December 2016 12:23
As a general rule, most advice says you should change your sheets once a week or once every two weeks. However, when you’re leading a busy life – maybe you’re working 80 hours a week or even worse have young children! – it can be difficult to find time. This is why we’ve developed a...

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Why do septic tanks struggle in winter?

07 December 2016 01:22
  Septic tanks are a great alternative to mains plumbing, but they sometimes need a little helping hand to stay in the best working order. This is particularly true over the cold winter months. To understand why winter is tough on septic tanks and cesspits we need to delve into how they work. Really useful...

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How To Protect Your Plants From The Cold – Gardening Tips

01 December 2016 02:32
Today is the first day of meteorological winter, which is the perfect excuse to tell you about Early Starter – our plant treatment that protects plants against the cold. In England, where Bio8 is based, the weather can be unpredictable. This is because we’re on an island and the weather is affected by the sea...

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Why Do Ponds Go Green In The Spring?

28 October 2016 11:12
Ponds turn green in early spring. That’s pretty much gospel among pond keepers; it’s just the way things are. Why does it happen? Basically, there are two types of bacteria in a pond – aerobic (good) and anaerobic (bad).  These two types of bacteria are in a constant battle to digest the organic debris that...

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How To Prepare Your Pond For Winter

10 October 2016 01:11
Do you really need to prepare your pond for winter? How well you prepare your pond for the winter will determine what happens when the weather starts to get warm again, winter pond maintenance is about making sure your aquatic life are well kept and sustained throughout the colder months so when the weather warms...

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How To Extend The Life Of Your Hanging Baskets And Other Flowers

01 September 2016 01:14
September is a funny time for gardeners. A lot of your time will be spent preparing for next season; treating the garden, planting evergreens, trimming conifers. A lot of jobs that won’t let you reap the rewards for another 8-9 months. But don’t worry. The season isn’t quite over yet and we’ve got a product...

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Testimonial From A Professional Grower

20 July 2016 03:42
Around 2 months ago we sent some product samples to  John Soulsby, professional grower and owner of a massive nursery dedicated to growing hanging baskets for the wholesale market. Here’s what he had to say about Envii Chill Out – “We have not had much of a summer so far this year, but about six weeks...

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Early Starter Makes The Gardening Season Longer!

11 July 2016 09:52
Envii Early Starter Gardening isn’t just for when the sun is out. With more and more people growing their own vegetables and gardening for more than just a hobby, it’s important that they get the most out of the season. This is why we’ve developed a plant treatment that allows plants to grow in colder temperatures...

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How To Bring Your Plants Back To Life

27 June 2016 02:23
Sometimes plants don’t work out quite the way you’d hoped. You’ve followed all the rules and kept a constant, watchful eye but for some reason, it just won’t grow. Don’t blame yourself; there can be a hundred and one reasons why a plant won’t grow. This is why Envii have come up with a solution...

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Feed & Protect – BBC Radio 2’s Terry Walton Endorsement

13 June 2016 02:30
You might remember back in March, Terry Walton (BBC Radio 2’s Allotment/Gardening Expert) gave Early Starter a great endorsement. Well since then he’s been trying out some of our other amazing gardening probiotics. Here’s what he had to say about Feed & Protect, our two-in-one plant food and slug repellent.   ” I am well-known for...

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Using Greenhouse Shading

07 June 2016 03:14
Greenhouse shading has been around as long as…well, greenhouses. Whether it’s emulsion paint, cloth or even those fancy roll-able wooden ones, the idea is the same. On a hot day, greenhouse temperatures can soar to well over 30°C and if we don’t keep plants cool by blocking out the sun, they’ll die. Right? It is...

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5 Tips To Keep Your Greenhouse Plants Protected

03 June 2016 02:50
Treat with Envii Chill Out A plant’s natural reaction to excessive heat is to wilt, abort leaves and flowers. Our first suggestion is for you to try treating your plant with Envii “Chill Out”, this reprograms the reaction, redirecting the plant’s growth to its roots, allowing for greater water and nutrient intake. Chill Out also...

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Customer Stories – Adrian Rodgers

26 May 2016 04:04
Here’s a great review we recieved about Pond Klear from Amazon Customer, Adrian Rodgers – “For as many years as I can recall our well stocked fish pond has turned green in spring and we haven’t seen a fish until almost autumn. We’ve tried plants (much to the delight of our grass carp), as many...

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Customer Stories – Ian Stewart

24 May 2016 04:26
We recently sent some Envii Foundation to competition grower, Ian Stewart. Here’s what he had to say about his experience with it: “I remember as a young boy in the Sixties, watching my father tend the plants in the Colliery Manager’s greenhouse and I asked him, “What makes a good gardener?” He replied, “A plant is...

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Customer Stories – Wolfhound Mum

19 May 2016 02:57
“Wolfhound Mum” bought a bottle of Pond Klear on Amazon. Here’s what she wrote about her experience “After having problems with both my UV lights, the water in my pond had become really bad, not only green, but the debris suspended in the water made it impossible to see all but the largest fish (&...

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How To Clean A Pond Without A Filter

04 May 2016 03:32
We’re constantly being asked –  Will Envii Pond Klear work on a pond without a filter? The short answer is that it does work on ponds without filters. Here’s the longer answer… The bacteria in Pond Klear eat the organic matter (i.e. twigs, bird poo, fish food etc) that decays causing algae and sludge. However, it...

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“Sleepless Slugs” are invading British gardens

03 May 2016 03:14
Last week, BugLife Conservation Charity warned of an invasion of “sleepless slugs” this year. The organisation suggested that 2016 will see an increased number of slugs due to last year’s wet summer and the warmest winter on record. Slugs normally hibernate when temperatures drop and stay low. However, this year the temperatures never really dropped...

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Pond Klear – 10 Day Test in Fish Pond

22 April 2016 01:45
Over the last two weeks or so, we’ve been testing Pond Klear in a real-life situation. A customer bought a bottle of Pond Klear Xtra and approached us for some advice and after hearing how green his pond was we saw a great opportunity to show what our product is capable of. This is the...

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Protect against slugs with Feed & Protect

21 April 2016 03:06
Slugs and snails are coming! Although slugs are active all year round, your garden is most at risk for the next few months when the conditions are warm and damp and there is plenty of new growth for them to feed on. In our last blog post – 6 Tips For The Fight Against Slugs...

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Gardening Tips to Fight Against Slugs & Snails

19 April 2016 03:13
Slugs and snails are a problem in almost every garden. There are a million and one old wives tales that will supposedly stop the insatiable creatures but they rarely have any real effect. We decided to weigh out the options of a few tricks that could work well against slugs and snails, mentioning two products...

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The perfect storm in your pond

15 April 2016 07:11
Last month we wrote an article for Koi Carp Magazine. Here it is –   This winter has been warm! The average temperature in December was a balmy 8°C and January wasn’t much colder. Plants are blooming months earlier than they should and insects don’t know whether to hibernate or pollinate.. It’s almost as though the difference...

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How to protect plants against spring frost

01 April 2016 02:49
Spring is here. The clocks have gone forward, beer gardens are full and the most fruitful stretch of the gardening calendar is upon us. But the sunny days and cloudless nights have a downside… frost. Clouds act like a blanket for the sky at night when there is no direct sunlight; on a cloudless night this blanket is...

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6 Tips For Starting A Vegetable Garden

23 March 2016 11:42
Gardening has gained a vast amount popularity recently and its rise is set to continue for the next 5 to 10 years. There are a number of reasons people have become more interested in growing their own vegetables. Needless to say, improving health is one of the top reasons with the growing trend of health,...

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Why You Should Be Using Compost Accelerator

13 March 2016 03:39
  Garden waste composting is nature’s way of dealing with organic waste, if you do it in the right conditions with the right amount of brown and green waste, you should end up with rich-fertile compost.  This is a natural process and should just happen. Right? Green waste does have indigenous bacteria which, given the...

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Which pond treatments should you be using in spring?

11 March 2016 03:16
Throughout the winter, organic matter is being added to your pond. This includes twigs, leaves, bird droppings, undigested fish food and just about anything that can end up in the pond. As this organic matter breaks down it produces ammonia, phosphorous and hydrogen sulphide, which are all sources of food for algae. This is why...

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Early Starter – Radio 2’s Terry Walton Endorsement!

10 March 2016 04:11
We’re delighted to announce that Terry Walton – BBC Radio 2 Gardening/Allotment Expert – has given Envii Early Starter a ringing endorsement! Early Starter is an advanced biostimulant that allows plants to continue to grow in cold temperatures. This means you can plant earlier and protect your plants against cold snaps. Here it is – “ My gardening...

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6 Tips To Prepare Your Pond For Spring

10 March 2016 12:00
Spring will soon be here and you will definitley be wanting to spend more time outdoors but before you can enjoy your garden, you probably have a thing or two to tend to like your pond. Pond maintenance can be a lot less overwhelming and time consuming at this time of year, if the pond...

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How to Keep Your Compost Healthy

09 March 2016 02:40
Monitor the Moisture Levels Monitoring compost moisture levels is important to achieve healthy compost. This is because if the moisture levels are too low, the bacterial activity of breaking down materials is limited and the process becomes less effective. However, if the moisture levels are too high, the bacteria change their state and become anaerobic,...

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How bacteria-based pond treatments work

07 March 2016 03:02
Bacterial-based pond products – like the Envii Pond Range – work by using task-specific strains of bacteria which digest organic waste. This organic waste is the reason we get water problems like green water, blanket-weed and pond sludge. The process starts with a singular bacterium which produces enzymes that digest waste. As the enzymes digest...

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5 simple tips to get the best from your bacterial pond treatments

05 March 2016 02:51
We’re confident about how well our products work, however to ensure our customers are getting the best out of them, we thought it would be great to share some best use practices to ensure that you get optimum results when you are tending to your pond. Here are 5 simple tips to get the best...

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What has happened to multi-purpose compost?

03 March 2016 09:57
Multi-purpose compost seems to be getting worse and worse. A few years back you could reasonably expect high-quality, fertile compost for a decent price. These days, it seems far too common that compost is full of plastic, glass and large chunks of wood. All you have to do is search for reviews of any of...

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How to reduce nitrate levels in ponds

01 March 2016 03:56
Nitrates are the natural by-product of the breakdown of ammonia and nitrites in a pond environment. While a small amount of these substances is safe, if they remain unchecked they can become very harmful to your fish. High nitrate levels can cause various problems for your fish including brown-blood disease, a potentially fatal disease that...

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5 Simple Tips To Prepare Soil for Spring

01 March 2016 10:59
Failing to prepare soil before planting is one of the most common mistakes made by beginner gardeners. Don’t worry if you’ve done it you’re not alone! All it takes is a little time and effort and your soil will be extra fertile. Here are a few simple tips to help you get your soil ready for a...

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Pond Klear – The Pond Algae Treatment Revolution

26 February 2016 04:09
Envii Pond Klear is a pond algae treatment designed to remove the organics that cause algae-based problems like green water. While water treatments like this have been round for years, Pond Klear has one huge unique advantage. It works in temperatures as low as 4°C which means owners can treat their ponds throughout the year and...

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How to plant garlic the right way this winter

18 January 2016 03:49
It’s really important to know what you’re doing when planting garlic in winter. There’s not much else you can be doing around the garden or allotment at this time of year so if you’re going to plant, you want to do it right. Generally speaking, your harvest will be more successful if you plant in...

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Warm Winter of 2015 – Envii Early Starter – winter protection for your plants

15 January 2016 10:18
This post is all about how Envii Early Starter can protect your plants this winter. Hopefully you’ve been following our series of posts about the strange weather we’ve had this winter and how it can affect your garden. Temperatures have been way above average for this time of year which has tricked some plants into...

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How cold weather affects your plants

13 January 2016 10:35
Throughout the past few months, what should have been winter weather has turned out to be decidedly autumnal weather. In our last blog post, Warm Winter of 2015, we discussed why the weather has been warmer than usual and when we should expect it to change. There has been a great amount of reports of...

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The Warm Winter of 2015

06 January 2016 03:45
As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, the UK has had an unseasonably mild November and December. Aside from the terrible flooding in some parts of the UK, this has seemed a welcome change from the harsh winters of recent years. There’s been no need to dig out that winter coat, spend on fuel has decreased...

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Featured Product – Feed and Protect.

21 September 2015 11:00
This week I’m going to talk about one of our favourite products – Feed and Protect. It’s a product that we supply so admittedly my view is a little biased but I will link you to some other bloggers who have written about it over the summer to even the playing field. What is it?...

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Probiotics for your garden – The good bacteria

15 September 2015 03:31
At Envii, we often talk about ‘Probiotics for your garden’. In the last ten years or so, everyone’s seen those incessant TV adverts about probiotics, the good bacteria (Yakult, Actimel etc), but what do we mean when referring to our garden? Well pretty much the same to be honest. We mean that we are adding...

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How to improve questionable compost

09 September 2015 04:30
There’s a problem in the world of compost We are always hearing stories about the poor quality of shop-bought compost and complaints about how difficult it is to make decent stuff yourself. The quality of shop-bought has undoubtedly dropped in recent years due to competitive pricing strategies driving down quality, but the fact is compost...

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Autumn leaves

01 September 2015 04:31
My drive into the office this morning was different. Same route, same car, same tunes but something had changed. Something that I might have subconsciously noticed because of the date – autumn has arrived. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but I couldn’t help but feel slightly pessimistic at the brown leaves on the pavement and...

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