Those looking to impress with a garden pond installation may also wish to tidy up their plants and trees.Those who have bought a pond pump, filter and liner as part of a garden pond installation may wish to turn their attention to the rest of their outdoor space.
Knowing how to prune plants and trees is one of the key skills needed to be a good DIY gardener, according to Times & Transcript expert Bob Osborne.
He said many green-fingered enthusiasts can be unsure of when and how to carry out this important task.
Although mother nature has her own way of pruning plants - shaded branches eventually die and drop off - helping her along is a great way to ensure a garden flourishes.
Those cutting trees should snip close to the bark, while shrubs need to be thinned and shaped.
"Different plants require different methods [and] timing is crucial," Mr Osborne stated. "It is far better to prune lightly more often than to prune heavily in any given year."
Earlier this month, the Daily Telegraph offered advice on lawns, which may prove to be food for thought for garden pond owners planning some outdoor entertaining this summer.
Columnist Helen Yemm said grass should not be cut too short as this can encourage weeds to grow.