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Archive for month: December, 2016

New Year’s Water Gardening Resolution

A new year is a fresh start, a chance to reflect and make improvements.  Resolutions are made (and hopefully kept!) as people promise more exercise and healthier lifestyle for the New Year.  This year try adding a water gardening resolution.  Think back to 2016, how was your water clarity?  Were your fish healthy?  How often did you test your water? Read More

How to Enjoy Your Pond Through Winter

The goal for a winter pond is to have healthy fish and good water quality, leading to a smooth spring transition.  A pond filled with fish, frogs, and snails requires a little extra care, but adds for even more fun in the spring with tadpoles and baby fish!  Depending on how harsh the climate is and the depth of your pond, you may decide to move everyone inside and close the pond for the winter.  If you do not have fish to worry about, the workload is a bit less and the pond can be shut down until the weather warms up in the spring.  Before the water freezes, don’t forget to add any lights or in-water decorations!  Here are three tips to keep your pond enjoyable throughout winter. Read More

DIY Indoor Winter Crafts

Indoor crafts can help keep the sanity a when blizzard comes through, and a blanket of howling snow prevents you from leaving the house.  Everyone can get a little stir crazy, kids especially.  Kids can make gifts for grandparents or teachers, it’s a win-win.  You can also trick your kids into decorating your house!  Hopefully in the fall you started hoarding all of the Mason jars you could find!  Mason jars are a DIY staple and make everything better.  They immediately add a delightfully rustic and home-style feel.

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Decorate Your Pond for Winter

Ponds are often overlooked during holiday decorations in the winter, but can really make a yard come to life!  Ice skating is one of the best parts of winter, and if your pond is big enough, you have a free rink in your backyard with just a little bit of work!  There is something magical about the glistening of an icy pond in a sea of snow!  You can decorate whether you keep your pond running or shut it down until spring.  
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Winter Pond Tips

Winter means different things depending on where you live.  In Florida, it could mean wearing a tank top on Christmas and owning a few sweatshirts, but if you live in Vermont or Montana it could mean blizzards and snowshoes!  Ice is a main concern with water gardening in the winter.  If the surface water will freeze over or even get some ice, winter prep is needed.  Winterizing your pond is crucial for avoiding winter fish kills, ensuring your plants survive, and easing the transition into spring. Read More