The seemingly endless months of snow and cold weather have us dreaming of spring (unless you live in Florida and put on a jacket only once or twice this season). Our fingers ache to dig into the soil, tear out weeds, and scoop out fish feed. The poor gardening tools haven’t been touched in months. Our koi are still sluggish and don’t greet us beneath the ice. It can be a little disheartening. We still have about a month until March 20th, the official start of spring, the Spring Equinox. Read More
Each season has it’s own beauty and allure. Winter is a great time for cuddly clothes and rich foods. People tend to spend more time indoors and out of the sun during the fall and winter months, sometimes leading to agitation and depression. While too much sunlight can be damaging, in the right amounts, it lowers blood pressure and provides necessary vitamin D. Read More
Birds bring a yard to life, a blend of nature and beauty with their various personalities, colors, and sounds. They also enjoy munching on bugs, worms, even spiders, and help with pollination. You can watch them for hours, allowing your mind to still, as they flit from one tree to the next, communicating with one another. They induce a state of peace and relaxation, as watching them forces you to live in the moment. It can help ease stress and make your problems seem less monumental, observing how large and intricate the world truly is, while breathing fresh air. Read More
Ready for the newest trend in gardening? Here’s a hint: It involves fairies! Read More
Aeration has become an increasingly popular topic amongst water gardening hobbyists because it is the easiest way to combat algae, mosquitoes, and keep fish healthy by circulating the water and diffusing oxygen. Standing water is rarely a beautiful sight, usually it is covered with green algae, inviting mosquitoes, and lacking healthy fish. Read More
Spring and summer gardens are known for their bright colors and vivacity. Fall has the beautiful changing leaves. Winter has bare trees…and snow? There are many plants that prefer actually prefer the cold weather and will bloom beautiful flowers amidst the falling snowflakes. There are even a few that will die off in the warm weather and reappear every fall or winter, with very little maintenance. Plants help bring a pond to life, adding color and fun. In the fall, before the ground freezes, plant some winter blooming plants around the pond and as the temperatures drop, wait for the flowers to peek under the blanket of snow. Your pond will look extra beautiful even if it’s shut down until spring.
“Water is the driving force of nature”- Leonardo Da Vinci
Here at smartpond the theme for 2017 is “Live Well.” We want to promote well rounded lifestyles balanced by work and play. Water gardening is a great way to destress and enjoy nature. There a few things more calming than watching koi swim around a crystal clear pond with the sound of a fountain flowing. Water is such an important part of our daily lives. Read More
A new year is a fresh start, a chance to reflect and make improvements. Resolutions are made (and hopefully kept!) as people promise more exercise and healthier lifestyle for the New Year. This year try adding a water gardening resolution. Think back to 2016, how was your water clarity? Were your fish healthy? How often did you test your water? Read More
The goal for a winter pond is to have healthy fish and good water quality, leading to a smooth spring transition. A pond filled with fish, frogs, and snails requires a little extra care, but adds for even more fun in the spring with tadpoles and baby fish! Depending on how harsh the climate is and the depth of your pond, you may decide to move everyone inside and close the pond for the winter. If you do not have fish to worry about, the workload is a bit less and the pond can be shut down until the weather warms up in the spring. Before the water freezes, don’t forget to add any lights or in-water decorations! Here are three tips to keep your pond enjoyable throughout winter. Read More
Indoor crafts can help keep the sanity a when blizzard comes through, and a blanket of howling snow prevents you from leaving the house. Everyone can get a little stir crazy, kids especially. Kids can make gifts for grandparents or teachers, it’s a win-win. You can also trick your kids into decorating your house! Hopefully in the fall you started hoarding all of the Mason jars you could find! Mason jars are a DIY staple and make everything better. They immediately add a delightfully rustic and home-style feel.