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  • How to create a low maintenance garden

    Many people think that creating a garden you can really be proud of requires money, time and lots of planning. And even once you’ve created the garden of your dreams, you need to be tirelessly committed to attending to all of its needs and demands, just to keep it presentable. In reality, with an understanding of the most arduous gardening tasks (and the plants that make them a necessity), you can create a low-maintenance garden you’ll really love.

    Discourage weeds by packing plants close together

    One of the most time-consuming and physically demanding gardening chores is weeding. Identifying the pests, and then uprooting them and ensuring they never return can be incredibly difficult. Remove the weeds, and your garden becomes a lot easier to manage.

    Instead of opting for environmentally devastating weedkiller products (that have also been found to be toxic to human cells), you should instead consider the many more environmentally-friendly methods. Putting some thought into the arrangement of plants can go a long way. By packing your garden full of plants, you don’t give weeds the space to flourish and ruin your otherwise pristine garden – all the while siphoning off precious water, nutrients and sunlight from your favourite plants.

    Container gardening

    Placing all your garden’s plants into a container is another alternative that really works. Within the confines of a container, your plant only has a limited amount of room to grow. Because of this – as well as eradicating the possibility of weeds materialising – you don’t have to bother with another tedious task – edging and pruning. With rigidly regimented boundaries for each plant, there isn’t any space for unwelcome problems to develop.

    Using containers to house your plants needn’t come at the cost of the aesthetic of your garden. Durable containers are available in patterns and colours of all styles, and taking the time to ensure that the design of each container synchronises with the rest of your garden, can create a compellingly vibrant and eye-catching outdoor space. You can, however, just as easily opt for a muted and understated design in line with your own aesthetic taste.

    Incorporate decking or a patio into your garden

    While the initial investment can be an obstacle for some, installing decking, a patio or artificial grass in lieu of a lawn, is a time-saving move long-term. Unlike constantly growing grass, shrubs or trees, a patio (or likewise) doesn’t lock the gardener into a constant, unending and ultimately unwinnable tussle to keep it at a manageable size. As well as giving you somewhere to position chairs and a table, patios and decking are popular because, when done well, they also look great and break up the monotony of an all lawn garden.

    Watering plants

    This point is especially important if you have a large garden, with a massive array of plants that need regular watering. Setting up an autonomous irrigation system will not only save you a great deal of time, it can also be a financially (if you have a water meter) savvy move. By incorporating self-priming pumps into your garden irrigation system, you can more accurately and easily provide your garden the water it needs to flourish.

  • Keeping your garden pristine in adverse weather

    Maintaining a garden can be a trying undertaking at the best of times. When the weather isn’t quite in your favour, the work involved can be excessive. Fortunately though, there are a number of measures you can take to ensure the garden that you have invested hundreds of hours of work into remains pristine even in adverse weather conditions - from droughts to floods. Solutions range from permanent to temporary; some require a transformative change in your approach to plant cultivation, whilst others require nothing of the sort.

    Rain

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    Floods caused over £1.5 billion worth of damage during the UK floods of late 2015 and early 2016. Rain is essential for the growth of almost every garden plant yet an overly excessive outpouring can derail the health of even the sturdiest garden. Whilst us Brits are more than well accustomed to receiving our fair share of rain, sometimes it can overwhelm and lead to floods - especially if our gardens lack adequate drainage and runoff.

    The only immediate and 100% effective response is to employ a submersible drainage pump. The trencher range of tt pumps is particularly well-equipped to handle water containing sand and silt, which is common with a flooded garden.

    Wind

    As we transition from summer to autumn, the likelihood of stronger winds multiplies. Burgeoning plants are best supported by wooden stakes that help to prevent them from wilting under the pressure of strong winds. A similarly simple and straightforward countermeasure you can take to safeguard your garden is installing a temporary windbreak - plastic screening tied to a couple of posts is probably your best bet.

    More permanent and natural alternatives require a slightly longer-term approach. Interspersing layers of trees and shrubs can generate a natural windbreak. Similarly, electing to keep trees that border a garden can help to protect the plants within from wind damage.

    Drought

    I am sure the suggestion that areas of the UK are likely to experience drought is likely to raise a few eyebrows, but the effect of climate change has already been dramatic, and drought is a very real prospect every time summer comes around. Ways of combatting drought can consist of the complex and exciting (xeriscaping) to the simple and the mundane (adding mulch and compost).

    Xerophytes are organisms that can survive with little to no water, and are therefore more than capable of outlasting a British drought, which is defined as 3 or more weeks where less than a third of the typical volume of precipitation falls. Acclaimed because of their ability to take on a drought, xerophytes are also popular because they require very little maintenance, making them a very strong choice when a lack of rainfall is predicted. They do however; require an overhaul of your garden if you plan on adopting this approach for your garden in its entirety.

    Simply adding mulch and compost are two far faster and cost-effective ways of fighting drought. Mulch can help off-set high temperatures by up to 10°C, ensuring the soil stays cool and the roots of your plants are able to uptake moisture.

  • 10 energy-saving tips for your hot tub

    With the unpredictable British summer it’s important to make the most out of your hot tub when you can but that doesn’t have to mean costly overhead costs. The team here at Pump Sales Direct have put together a few energy saving tips to help you relax that little bit more.

    energy-saving tips for your hot tub with circulating pumps 1. Buy a multi-mode tub

    Make sure your tub has economy, sleep and standard modes of operating. Sleep mode generally heats the water to a few degrees below the temperature you’ve set, and only does so during filter cycles when the pump is running. When you want to use the tub, you only have to bring up to your preferred temperature - not heat the water from scratch.

    Standard usually maintains whatever temperature you have pre-set. Economy heats the water right up to the temperature you’ve set, but only during filter cycles.

     

    2. Investigate energy-efficient circulating pumps

    If you have an older pump, you’d be well advised to invest in a new one. Circulating pumps have become much more efficient, and pump efficiency is the key determinant of how much energy your hot tub uses.

     

    3. Two pumps may be better than one

    There are two pumping jobs in hot tubs. One task is moving the water through the system. The second task is pumping the water through the jets. However, some systems use a low-energy pump to keep the water circulating and another pump for the water jets. Since the water jets are only turned on when needed, a lot of the time the lower-wattage pump is the only one in use. However, this is initially a more expensive option, and some more sophisticated pumps can combine these options.

     

    4. Make sure you can adjust the duration of the filter cycle

    This can make a lot of difference to how much energy your tub uses. Good models will allow you to set any number between one and eight or ten hours.

     

    5. Put it in the right place

    Site the tub where it isn’t subject to strong winds constantly cooling the water and where you can possibly put an insulation layer below it to conserve heat and keep the base of the tub off the colder ground. If wind is a problem and it will be difficult to re-position the tub, you need to erect a windbreak such as a hedge or fencing panels. This will also make getting out of the tub a more pleasant experience.

     

    6. Use the sun

    Solar panels on your tub’s cover can store energy even when it’s not sunny; they use the daylight. If your tub is outside, this is an ideal energy store.

     

    7. It may be cheaper to leave your tub on

    If you are using your tub frequently, it may be cheaper to leave it on than to allow it to cool completely and then heat the water up again.

     

    8. Check the lid

    Make sure that the lid fits correctly and doesn’t have any damage from wear and tear. The more snugly it fits, the less heat will escape.

     

    9. Easy on the bubbles

    Bubbles are great fun, but of course producing them involves pumping air into the tub. As soon as you do this, the water temperature starts to fall so the heating has to kick in. So if you want to economise, run the bubbles program less often.

     

    10. It’s going to cost more to use on a cold day

    It's obvious really, but the greater the difference between the ambient temperature (the air) and the temperature of the water in the tub, the more rapidly the heat will escape into the surrounding air, and the more heating up will have to take place to maintain the water temperature.

    Find out more about installing a tub then sit back and relax!

  • Summer water-saving tips for your garden

    Have you ever considered how much precious water we use to keep our gardens looking green and beautiful? There are several ways in which you can reduce your levels of irrigation and other water usage throughout the summer months. Some alternatives may require a garden water pump to boost water pressure or to circulate it efficiently.

    Summer Water-Saving Tips for Your Garden: Garden Water Pumps

    Irrigating 

    Don't apply water during the heat of the day, as over 30% may be lost to evaporation. It is best to apply water from 6am to 10am, as this ensures that it has time to infiltrate down through the soil layers to be stored at a safe depth rather than being drawn back up and into the atmosphere. Watering at night can result in the growth of mildew and fungi on your lawn or plants, so it should be avoided.

    Don't overwater your lawn or garden, as this can result in disease. Furthermore, run-off can carry pesticides and fertilizer into nearby streams, where it can cause serious environmental damage. How do you know how much you have watered? Place a rain gauge to measure the amount of water falling from your sprinklers. On average, and depending on the grass variety, you should be applying about 1.3 cm of water twice a week. You can check the uniformity of your sprinklers by placing tins such as empty tuna cans around your laws to see that your sprinklers are doing their job properly.

    Watering infrequently but deeply will encourage root growth so that plants will become stronger and are able to tap into water within the soil when there are dry periods. Don't worry too much about your lawn, as if it is under-watered, such as during a drought, it can go into a state of dormancy for periods of up to two months, depending on the grass variety. So if your lawn isn’t heavily used by children or animals, it will do no harm to leave it without water for a while.

    Don't water the street! Check that your sprinklers and hoses are putting the water where it is needed most and not on the neighbour's garden.

     

    Garden water pumps

    Try using rain barrels to capture water either directly or through the gutters of the house or greenhouse roof. Water can then be stored till needed, and with a small garden water pump you can hook the water up to your irrigation system. With your own pump you can then apply the right volume of water to the specific part of the garden that you need.

     

    Garden Care

    Raise your mower blades before you mow the lawn to leave a depth of grass that can easily compete with weeds and moss. In the flower-beds, minimize weeds, as both of these reduce soil water content.

     

    Ponds

    Pond pumps will move water around your pond, which prevents the build-up of harmful bacteria. Healthy water will attract wildlife to your garden without your having to empty your pond on a regular basis. Ponds that contain fish need to have the water aerated, and a well-fitted pumping system will prevent the need to regularly empty your fish pond.

     

    Pump Sales Direct can supply various types of garden water pump. Find out what type of garden pump is right for you.

  • Which garden pump is best for which purpose?

    The garden water pump comes in many different forms suited to different jobs and situations around the garden. Jobs such as filling a pond or pool or watering plants around the garden are more easily done with a pump, as it’s the most efficient way to shift large amounts of water quickly. Find out more about choosing a pump for you pond.

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    The Garden Water Pump

    Though there are many kinds of pump available, the height of your garden and the level of the groundwater will determine how effective a pump is and therefore narrow the choice considerably.

     

    This guide will give you a better insight into which pump to buy for each environment.

     

    Capacity

    The most popular pump capacity is between 250 and 1,500 gallons per hour, but obviously the smaller your garden, the less you will need and the cheaper the pump will be.

     

    If you have a very small garden, a pump which only outputs 25 gallons of water an hour may be sufficient. It’s best to try it out in your own garden to determine which discharge head will work for you. Also keep in mind that pumps work harder on hot days, so it’s often advisable to buy a pump with slightly more power than you consider you’ll require.

     

    Submersible Pumps

    Submersible pumps work under high pressure, enabling water to be lifted from great depths. They are the most popular type of garden pump you will find.

     

    They can be used for many purposes such as watering the lawn or flower beds, including the use of sprinkler systems. Because they are high-pressure, they’re also suitable for cleaning paths and patios.

     

    The Power

    It is imperative that you choose a pump suitable to your needs in terms of its motor power. If you need to lift water from around 150 feet down, for example, the motor required to create adequate pressure will be 800 watts.

     

    Centrifugal Pumps

    As the name may suggest, this variety of garden water pump uses centrifugal force to move the water. Most pumps are made from steel, which ensures they are sturdy and long-lasting.

     

    Also look out for models which feature a removable cover, as this allows for debris to be removed easily.

     

    Self-Priming

    A pump situated above the water level will ideally need to be self-priming. Pumps require a suction pressure to draw liquid into the inlet. Centrifugal pumps use a mixture of air and water to prime.

     

    Having a self-priming model of pump will mean you don't have to pour water into the suction hose before use.

     

    Drum Pumps

    If you want to empty a container such as a barrel, ensuring no water is left in the bottom, then a drum pump is what you’re going to need. An attached hose and discharge head make it ideal for watering small gardens and flowerbeds.

     

    It’s worth considering that water from a barrel such as captured rainwater may contain dirt and debris, so a filter would be a good choice to reduce blockages.

     

    Many types of pump with varying capacities for various uses are available. Whatever your requirements, we are here to help. Browse our wide selection of garden pumps, where you’ll also find helpful guides and tips within our blog. Contact details are also supplied to help you choose the right pump for your needs.

     

  • Choosing a pump for your pond

    As spring takes hold, we often start to think about the garden - anything from simply mowing the lawn to planning some major changes. In the case of the latter, you may be thinking about adding a water feature. To create a healthy environment for animal and plant life, you need to ensure the water flows so that it is properly aerated and the best way of doing this is with a pump; however, with so many types of pond pumps available, how do you make sure you choose the right one?

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    Flow rates

    One of the first things to consider when choosing a pump for a pond is the amount of water flow you need. It is easy to assume you don't need very much, with pumps usually quoting their output in gallons per hour (GPH). A pump that delivers 1,000 GPH might sound impressive; however, this equates to just two pints a second. Spread across even a quite modest waterfall, this will produce a disappointing trickle.

     

    You also need to consider the size of the pond. It is generally accepted that you want all the water in the pond to circulate once every two hours; therefore, a 2,000-gallon pond will need at least a 1,000 GPH pump.

     

    Keeping fish

    If you are planning to have fish in your pond, you will need a greater flow rate because you will need filters to keep the water clean. To keep the fish healthy, you will generally need twice the flow rate of a pond that does not have fish.

     

    What size pond pump do you need?

    Once you have worked out how much flow you need, you might think it is simply a matter of getting a pump that can deliver the appropriate GPH; however, there is a bit more to it. You have to consider the 'head', which is the distance over which the pump has to lift the water.

     

    The greater the head, the less actual flow the pond pump will deliver; for example, a 15-foot head will roughly halve the GPH you actually get. You can make a rough calculation of the head by adding one foot for every foot in height, one foot for every 10 feet of pipe run, two feet for a 90-degree bend and one foot for shallower bends.

     

    Most pump makers produce a performance chart; therefore, armed with your flow rate and head information, you can calculate how big a pump you need. Pipe diameter is also important here. Greater water flows need larger diameter pipes, otherwise the pump will have to work much harder to push the water through the pipes.

     

    Running costs and reliability

    You can work out how much the pump will cost to run by taking the manufacturer's wattage rating, dividing it by 1,000 and multiplying this by the number of hours per month the pump will be running. This will give you a figure in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Your cost per kWh will he shown on your electricity bill, which will enable you to calculate the running costs.

     

    The health of your pond depends on a working pump; therefore, make sure you choose a reliable brand. Look at online customer reviews and also consider the length of the warranty supplied with the product.

     

    By choosing carefully and taking into account all the above factors, you can ensure that your pond pump will deliver many years of reliable service and you can sit back and enjoy your water feature. Find the right pump for your pond now.

     

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