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How to Add a Water Feature to an Existing Pond

How to Add a Water Feature to an Existing Pond

Has your pond been less than inspiring lately?  Your peaceful oasis and creative muse has left you feeling more “meh” than “ahhh?”  Time for a mini-makeover!  Adding a water feature to an existing pond is affordable, easy to do, and will give your pond much-needed energy and vigor. Read More

Fall Pond Decor

Fall Pond Decor

Fall décor is incredibly versatile.  Traditional fall palettes mimic the natural colors of the changing leaves with deep and rich reds, oranges, browns, and yellows.  These colors work well with a rustic theme, making it easy to up-cycle.  Everyday worn or antique items can be strategic decorative pieces, fitted together to tell a story.  You can also play up Halloween and use brighter oranges or spooky themes.  Fall decor tends to blend elements from nature, using pine cones, leaves, and pumpkins as accents.  Your pond can easily be turned into a decorative focal point with a few decorations, incorporating nature with seasonal trends. Read More

How to Make a 2-Tier Fountain

How to Make a 2-Tier Fountain

Fountains instantly liven up any space, whether it be a patio or an office.  They add relaxing sound and an allure of magic.  When all of the inner workings are hidden, the water seamlessly flows on its own.  Fountains can be pricy; intricate and decorative fountains can cost thousands of dollars.  Most people don’t know that a beautiful water feature, like a 2-tier fountain, can be an affordable DIY project that takes less than 15 minutes to put together! Read More

Sludge Remover - The Best Friend to a Pond in Fall

Sludge Remover: The Best Friend to a Pond in Fall

One of the most quintessential aspects of fall is the changing of the leaves.  The once green landscape takes on beautiful yellow, orange, and reddish hues.  As the leaves become less green, the air becomes sweet and crisp.  Pond owners may find themselves glaring at the changing leaves, instead of admiring their beauty.  The changing leaves means extra work needed to maintain pond clarity. Read More

Live Well In Fall

Live Well in Fall

Changing leaves, comfortable clothes, pumpkin, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice…everything, fall is arguably the best season.  The transition to fall can be bittersweet, saying goodbye to summer, swapping bathing suits for sweaters, and heading back to school.  The start of a new season is the perfect time to focus on wellness and self-care.  Fall wellness will help set the tone for the rest of the year, and carry you into the new year on a positive note. Read More

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