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How to Build a Bowl Fountain

How to Build a Bowl Fountain

Do you have a statement bowl that you want to incorporate into your garden or patio? Add some rocks and running water, and you have a water feature!  Fountains turn any water-holding container into a work of art.  Fountains look incredibly complex, but can be super easy to make.  Even a small fountain will give you the wonderful sense of serenity that only the sound of flowing water can create.   Read More

The History of Fountains

The History of Fountains

A fountain can be functional, providing water to passersby or it can be decorational, adding peace and beauty to a pond or garden.  Fountains have a fascinating history, as human life has always revolved around water.  Humans are 60 percent water; it is an integral part of our lives, which is why water is the foundation of our “Live Well” theme for this year.  Civilizations were originally built around water sources, for both travel and drinking.  A freshwater river or spring could be the water supply for an entire city.  Fountains started off as being functional and then grew into the decorative water features we know and love today.   Read More

Does My Pond Have a Leak or Is It Just Evaporation?

Water levels in your pond will naturally drop due to evaporation, especially in the summertime.  It can be a slow process if you live somewhere cooler, with high humidity, or it can be quick in a place with high heat and little humidity.  In southern Arizona, you can lose up to 5 inches of water in 7 days, compared to the East Coast where 2 inches would typically be considered normal. Knowing your climate, and what amount of water loss is normal, helps determine if the water loss is due to evaporation or a leak. Read More

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Have you ever noticed your pond water tends to be cloudy in the summer and then crystal clear in the winter?  Ever wonder why?  While your pond is man-made, it is still a part of nature.  Ponds are heavily affected by the weather and the surrounding environment.  Heavy rain can disrupt the water clarity almost overnight.  Freezing temperatures create a layer of ice on the surface of the water.  Pond care and maintenance change with the seasons, each new season bringing in specific issues and concerns. Read More

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Summer is flying by, and fall will be here before you know it!  The official start of fall is September 22nd, the fall equinox. Depending on where you live, the weather might start cooling before then. Fall is usually a favorite time of the year; the changing leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect for taking long walks outside.  Summer is arguably the best time of year to do outdoor projects because the ground is soft, the weather is warm, and you have some time to enjoy your projects before having to prepare for winter. Read More

Vortex Fountain

How to Build a Vortex Fountain

Watching a vortex fountain has the similar calming effect as going through a carwash or watching your clothes spin at the laundromat. The vortex fountain creates an endless cyclone in the water.  The water twists magically, spilling over to create beautiful music.  This fountain can be used indoors or outdoors, making a beautiful addition to a patio or even an office.  The vortex creates a mesmerizing and calming atmosphere. The vortex fountain looks complex and expensive, but is actually an easy DIY project that will impress your guests. Read More

How to Complete a Total Water Change

How to Complete a Total Water Change

So you’ve tried every water treatment under the sun, and your pond still looks like Shrek’s jacuzzi? You may need a complete water change.  A complete water change is necessary in extreme algae or poor water quality cases. If the algae takes over completely and water treatments won’t help your fish become visible beneath the green, cleaning out your pond can help get rid of the algae. When pH levels are very off and the water has very high levels of contaminants that could harm fish and plants, a complete water change can provide a fresh clean start. Read More

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Summer is the perfect time for barbeques, block parties, and outdoor activities.  Unfortunately, it’s also mosquito season. As the temperatures rise, so do the mosquito populations.  They love hot weather, and lay dormant during the cold winter.  Besides the irritating buzzing in your ear and the itchy lumps, mosquitoes can be harmful to your health.  Mosquitoes can carry diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus.  Insecticides and other chemical pest control methods can be dangerous to local wildlife and can be counterproductive, killing insects like dragonflies that eat mosquitoes.  Natural prevention methods help keep the population under control by targeting the larvae and stopping the life-cycle. Read More

What to Do About Snakes Around Your Pond

What to Do About Snakes Around Your Pond

Does the sight of a snake slithering through the grass raise the hairs on your neck? If so, you’re not alone.  Fear of snakes is incredibly common.  Unfortunately, snakes are an important part of the ecosystem and can be found almost everywhere except Ireland, Greenland, Hawaii, Iceland, and New Zealand.  These islands do not have any native snakes.  St. Patrick was said to have banished snakes from Ireland thousands of years ago, but according to National Geographic, it was because of the early end of the land bridge to Ireland.  If you don’t live on one of these islands, chances are you will encounter at least a few snakes, especially if you have a yard or a pond.   Read More

Make Your Own Wine Fountain

Make Your Own Wine Fountain

The best way to end a stressful day?  Drinking a glass of wine and reading a good book, while listening to the bubbling flow of your wine fountain!  Wine fountains are an elegant decoration that will blow your guests away!  This DIY project will create an indoor fountain that is sure to stir up great conversation.  There are a couple towns in Italy, and one in Spain, that have a fontana di vino, or wine fountain.  Abruzzo, Italy is known for its Montepulciano red wine grapes.  Abruzzo set up a fontana di vino that offers free, local, red wine 24 hours a day!  Trip to Italy anyone? Read More