Dividing overcrowded pond plants

Carefully remove the overgrown plants from the pond and cut back any old foliage. Remove the basket or, if necessary, cut it from the plant’s roots using a pair of secateurs. Stand the rootball on a firm surface then break it up using your hands or slice it into sections with secateurs or a sharp spade making sure each section has plenty of roots and shoots or plump buds. Pot up the youngest most vigorous sections and give away or discard the rest.

Tools required

secateurs, aquatic basket, aquatic compost, gravel

Skill rating

moderate