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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

Update a 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

How to Build a Pond – Infographic

Thinking of adding a pond to your yard? smartpond® makes it an easy and budget friendly DIY project, with just a trip to Lowe’s and a little elbow grease.  The hardest part will be digging the hole! Read More

Enjoy Being Outdoors

The Benefits of Being Outdoors

Ponds are a beautiful decoration to a yard, but their benefits go way beyond the aesthetics.  Ponds motivate you to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.  If you have koi or other fish in your pond, every day you’ll find yourself outside for a minute or two.  This little bit of exposure can help lift your mood for the day.  The fish will learn your schedule and will eventually greet you at feeding time, popping their little heads out of the water and swimming close to the edge to say “hi.”   Read More

Spring Pond

Your Guide to Spring Pond Maintenance

Pond maintenance varies by the seasons.  The different temperatures bring out different areas of focus and concern.  Summer is the warmest season when algae and oxygen levels become a major target.  Fall is a transitional period, preparing the pond for the cold, and possibly dormant, winter ahead.  Spring is the pond’s reawakening after a long winter.  It’s the time for cleaning and redecorating to help set the tone for the rest of the year. Read More

Small Pond Build

How to Build a Pond

It brings nature to life, combining the sweet sounds of flowing water with the excitement of swimming fish.  Ponds are incredibly peaceful.  You can put a chair or bench by the edge, and feel the stress melt away while you read a good book.  It’s exciting to build a relationship with your fish.  You might even get adventurous and try to train them!
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Waterfall

How to Pick the Right Pond Pump

The pump is the life force of the pond.  Stagnant water quickly attracts algae and mosquito larvae.  Water in a pond must be circulating and ideally filtered.  A pump can be used to power a filtration system, waterfall, fountain, or water feature.  Waterfalls, fountains, and other features are decorative, but also play a vital role in the pond’s ecosystem.  They keep the water flowing and oxygenated.  There are many different pumps to choose from, ranging in function, features, and strength. Read More

Spring Pond

Spring Cleaning

Spring has become synonymous with cleaning.  The longer days of sunlight and warmer weather subconsciously remind us it’s time to break out the mops and brooms.  During the winter we get a little stir crazy spending more time indoors, and during the short, darker days, the house gets filled with dust and dirt despite our best efforts.  Spring cleaning has become a movement, a cleansing ritual to help get out of the winter funk and prepare for the the rest of the year. It is good for our health and state of mind.  We open our windows, get rid of junk we never use, and finally clean all of the nooks and crannies we promised ourselves we’d get to eventually. Read More

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What to Expect When Reopening Your Pond

The last few months have been spent bundled in sweaters, staring at bare, leafless trees, and grounds covered in snow.  Winter is beautiful and quiet, nature seems to go to sleep as animals hibernate and trees lose their leaves.  It’s a great time to reflect on life and plan for the upcoming warmer months.  Spring is known as the season of new beginnings as nature reawakens.  Plants begin to bloom, animals come out of hibernation, and soon little baby squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits will be wandering about.  Once the ice and snow thaws and the temperatures warm, you can reopen your pond finally! Read More

Disappearing Feature

How to Build a Disappearing Feature

Water features bring a garden to life, adding peaceful sounds of water flowing and a pretty focal point.  The sound of flowing water has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels.  There are many different varieties of water features to chose from.  Ponds create an oasis, teeming with fish and floating plants.  Smaller scale features like waterfalls and fountains are beautiful, moving, decorations that create music with their flowing water.    Read More