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2018 Inspiration Guide

2018 Inspiration Guide

Each new year is a chance to set personal goals and try new ideas.  It’s the perfect time to start projects and add new decor.  What new additions will you make to your pond and garden this year?  While a total makeover may be a little ambitious for some, small water features can be the perfect addition to a home, patio, or office.  The smartpond® live well theme is extending into 2018 to use water gardening to help create peaceful balance.  Your 2018 inspiration guide has two trends that you can use to create and update water features to stay in vogue this year. Read More

How to Troubleshoot Pump Problems

How to Troubleshoot Pump Problems

The pump is the heart of your pond’s ecosystem.  It powers all of the water features.  A pump can be connected to a fountain or waterfall, or supports a filtration system which keeps the water clean and clear.  If your pump isn’t working as well as normal (or not working at all), you may notice your fountain or waterfall looks a little weak or your pond water a little green.  Many ponds are closed down for the winter, and pumps are put away and stored.  When spring comes around, some pumps need a little help to get back into the swing of things.  Learning how to troubleshoot pump problems can save you time and money.  Many pump problems can be easily fixed, so you don’t have to purchase a brand new pump. Read More

Celebrate Friendship

Celebrate Friendship

“A friend is one of the nicest things to have, and one of the best things you can be” – Winnie the Pooh

 

Can a phone call with your best friend turn your whole day around?  Do your friends make you laugh till your belly hurts?  Friendship is an important social bond that gives us emotional support, love, and encouragement.  Friendship is not just for humans; many animals have friends, sometimes from entirely different species.  It’s easier than ever to keep up with old friends on social media, with texting, and phone calls, but we are often so busy, friendships can sometimes take the backseat to other relationships and responsibilities.  Celebrate friendship, whether its a quick phone call, catch-up over coffee, or a full-fledged Galentine’s Day, reach out to your friends and thank them for just being them. Read More

Bring a Water Feature Indoors

Bring a Water Feature Indoors

Water gardening isn’t just an outdoor hobby!  Bringing a water feature indoors gives you enjoyment all year round.  Most people spend more time indoors in the living room or kitchen than outside on the patio or the garden.  You can create a simple fountain in a planter, or get more creative and add tiers, plants, or even fairies!  The flowing water adds hypnotizing movement and relaxing melodies to your home or office. Read More

How Your Pond Balances the Ecosystem in Winter

How Your Pond Balances the Ecosystem in Winter

Ponds can support an entire ecosystem, keeping it balanced and maintained during the seasons.  In the summer and spring, your pond becomes an oasis for local wildlife, especially on scorching days or during droughts.  The need for fresh water during the summer is more obvious, but no less important than in the winter.  Your pond balances the ecosystem in the winter, providing a vital source of fresh water and places for the local wildlife to hibernate and stay safe and warm. Read More

Shaking Winter Blues

Shaking Winter Blues

Winter typically isn’t a water gardener’s favorite season.  As the weather turns cold, in some areas all water gardening comes to a halt.  Fountains are disassembled and moved indoors, and ponds are shut down for the season.  Any new DIY outdoor water features or pond renovations have to wait until later on in the spring.  Some water gardening can take place indoors, but for the most part we are confined to indoor crafting and periodically braving the cold to check on our pond.  The lack of sunshine, cold weather, and increased time spent indoors can lead to uncharacteristic sadness, anxiety, and overall angst.  Shaking the winter blues can be hard, especially when you’re snowed in and stuck indoors for a while. Read More

Caring for Aquatic Plants in the Winter

Caring for Aquatic Plants in the Winter

During the fall and early winter, water gardening focuses on preparing for shutting down your pond.  Many people close their pond for the coldest winter months, and then reopen in the spring when the ice melts.  Your winter aquatic plant care will depend on where you live and how cold it gets during the winter.  If the pond won’t be subject to freezing temperatures and frost, you can continue business as normal.  Overwintering pond plants makes spring reopening easier, and keeps your plants and pond healthy.  Water quality can be disrupted if plants die and breakdown in the water.  Repurchasing all new plants in the spring can be expensive when many aquatic pond plants can survive the winter with a little help. Read More

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter: Part 2

Every pond owner dreams of a healthy pond, with happy fish, and vibrant aquatic plants, that stays crystal clear all year round.  Ponds are living ecosystems and require special help during each season.  During the summer, when you want to show off your pond to everyone, the water tends to be cloudy.  Water clarity is a struggle, and algae tries to take over.  When the weather gets cold and you only go outside to check up on your pond, the water is perfectly clear.  Earlier this year, we explored how to combat cloudy water in the summertime.  In part two of the blog, we are going to focus on extending the winter clarity. Read More

Pond Fish Care in Winter

Pond Fish Care in Winter

Winter isn’t the most exciting time of the year to be a water gardener, but it’s one of the most important times for maintenance.  Starting in fall, the sunny summer weather slowly starts to cool as the leaves change colors.  Water quality is still the main goal, but instead of fighting algae, the focus turns to winter preparation.  During the coldest part of winter, many ponds are shut down until spring.  Koi, goldfish, and other pond life are often a water gardener’s favorite part of their aquatic oasis, and their lively activity is missed during the winter.  In a deep enough pond, fish are able to spend the winter at the bottom of the pond until the water warms up in the spring, but require a little help. Read More

Closing Your Pond for Winter

Closing Your Pond for Winter

Towards the end of fall, the temperature starts to drop, signalling the beginning of winter.  Winter is a bittersweet season for pond owners.  The cooler weather is perfect for curling up by the fireplace, and the holidays are just around the corner.  Outdoor water gardening comes to a pause once the first freeze hits, until the ground begins to thaw in the spring.  If you live in an area where temperatures consistently drop below freezing in the winter, you may want to close your pond until spring. Read More