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Live Well in Summer

Live Well in Summer

Summer is the warmest season of the year, full of long sunny days and short nights.  It’s the kid’s favorite time of the year with summer break and plenty of hours of sunlight. Dips in the pool, trips to the beach, and ice cream breaks are all-time favorite ways to beat the heat. It’s a great season for the adults too, finally swapping sweatshirts for tank tops until Fall. Summer is an excellent time to focus on well being.  Nice sunny weather can increase energy levels and overall mood! Read More

How to Make a Spitter Fountain - Version 3

How to Build a Fountain Using a Pond Spitter

Pond spitters are a versatile water feature to add to a garden.  They’re easy to install and can bring a lot of personality and style into your backyard.  Pond spitters add aeration and ambient noise. Spitters can sit on the edge of a pond and playfully “spit” water into the pond or you can turn them into a standalone fountain using a planter!   Read More

Ponds in Drought

The Importance of Ponds in Drought

During droughts water conservation is a top priority.  States like California and Nevada are battling droughts that are hurting wildlife.  Having a pond, particularly a natural pond, is a great way to help local animals in these dry times.  A shimmering pond may look overly indulgent next to brown, brittle grass and oven-like days, but it’s actually extremely important to help maintain local ecosystems.   A water feature like a pond or even a birdbath or fountain brings life to an otherwise dry environment. Read More

Natural Pond

Maintaining an All Natural Pond

Ponds are a great way to connect with nature. A pond can create an entire ecosystem in your backyard and help you spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air. Ponds also invite local wildlife to quench their thirst or beat the heat with a little splash in the water. You may even dip your feet in the water when the weather really warms up. Kids love to splash in the water. You can maintain your pond naturally without using potentially harmful chemicals which may harm pond life, your skin, or hurt the environment. Read More

Fish to Have in Your Pond

Fish are an amazing addition to your pond adding life, color, and all around fun.  They give you a reason to come outside and enjoy your oasis. Choosing your fish is an exciting project, like picking the colors for your painting.  Koi and goldfish come in many different colors and shapes to choose from. Read More

Koi Pond

Luck, Prosperity, & Strength – Your Pond Has It All

Koi fish, nicknamed “living jewels,” can grow up to three feet long, and are considered the most iconic pond fish (and possibly the most expensive). An “award winning” koi fish can sell for over a hundred thousand dollars, but you can get small baby koi for around five dollars at your local fish store. Did you know koi are thought to be the closest animals to dragons in the modern world? Koi are also very important in both Chinese and Japanese culture. They are seen as symbols of many positive qualities such as luck, prosperity, strength, and power. Read More

Water Feature with Planter

How to Create a Water Feature with a Planter

Fountains range from the bursting spray of water in the middle of a lake to an indoor fountain with a light trickle on a desk.  Fountains are flexible in design and whether big or small, still help you connect with water and relax.  You can make an outdoor fountain or bring some serenity indoors.  The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit gives you the freedom to turn nearly any water-holding container into an easy DIY work of art! Read More

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

Fish help bring a pond to life.  They’re beautiful and relaxing to watch.  Koi especially are very friendly and recognizes faces and routines.  Once they get comfortable in their surroundings, koi and other pond fish may swim to the surface and say “hi” when you walk out to feed them.  Koi are pretty smart and can be even be trained to do little tricks for added fun.

Fish are great for kids, they’re outdoor pets that require less attention and maintenance than a puppy or kitten.  They can help teach responsibility, as they take turns feeding and even helping perform water quality checks.  Just like any other pet, they can get sick or injured and can require special care. Read More

Pond Plants

Choosing the Best Pond Plants

Ponds plants can be more than pretty, they can serve a purpose.  Some aquatic plants help oxygenate the water, while others provide shade.  The right pond plants attract butterflies, bees, and frogs, making your pond the local watering hole. You can garden in and around your pond, added a mix of submerged, emergent, marginal, and floating plants.  Plants can add color and life, turning a dull pond into a beautiful Monet painting. Read More

Updating an Existing Pond

Update an Existing Pond

Spring is a great time start on new outdoor projects; the weather is finally warm enough to get back to water gardening.  Is your pond looking a little bland?  It is lacking its initial pizazz?  It might be time for an upgrade.   Read More