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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

Summer Entertainment

Summer Entertainment Ideas

Summer is the time for BBQs and block parties.  The kids are off from school and the days are long, so you have plenty of sunlight to have fun!  The warm weather lets you get outdoors, soak up the vitamin D, and enjoy nature.  Summer is a lot of fun because you can have adults mingling while the kids have water balloon fights in the back yard. Read More

How to Prevent a Green Pond This Summer

How to Prevent a Green Pond

Have you ever secretly judged a pond that was overtaken by “green,” closer resembling a bowl of pea soup than a pond? Told yourself my pond will NEVER look like that, but got an unwelcome surprise one particularly scorching summer day?  The invasion started slowly.  You noticed your water clarity was off and you thought saw little bit of green in your pond, but shook it off.  Algae?  Not in my pond!  Over the next few days you tried to tell yourself it wasn’t happening, but one morning you couldn’t deny the facts any longer: your pond was under attack!  Your pond that had been crystal clear all spring was overtaken by thick green algae.  You couldn’t see any of your fish and there was a distinct smell.  Your pond looked like that very pond you had scoffed at.  Algae can be a tough battle especially in the warm summertime, but with a little extra effort you can help prevent your pond from turning green. Read More

How to Keep Your Fountain Fabulous

How to Keep Your Fountain Fabulous

Fountains are an incredibly soothing decoration to have indoors or outdoors.  You can use a fountain as a stand alone water feature or it could be the focal point of your pond.  The sounds of running water release stress and calm nerves. The beautiful sight of flowing water paired with the tranquil melody melts away all worries.   Read More

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