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Update a Pond

Update an Existing Pond

Spring is a great time start on new outdoor projects; the weather is finally warm enough to get back to water gardening.  Is your pond looking a little bland?  It is lacking its initial pizazz?  It might be time for an upgrade.   Read More

How to Build a Pond – Infographic

Thinking of adding a pond to your yard? smartpond® makes it an easy and budget friendly DIY project, with just a trip to Lowe’s and a little elbow grease.  The hardest part will be digging the hole! Read More

Disappearing Feature

How to Build a Disappearing Feature

Water features bring a garden to life, adding peaceful sounds of water flowing and a pretty focal point.  The sound of flowing water has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels.  There are many different varieties of water features to chose from.  Ponds create an oasis, teeming with fish and floating plants.  Smaller scale features like waterfalls and fountains are beautiful, moving, decorations that create music with their flowing water.    Read More

Spring Pond

Dreaming About Spring

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

DIY Bird Feeder

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

Live Well

“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

DIY Indoor Winter Crafts

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.

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Decorate Your Pond for Winter

Ponds are often overlooked during holiday decorations in the winter, but can really make a yard come to life!  Ice skating is one of the best parts of winter, and if your pond is big enough, you have a free rink in your backyard with just a little bit of work!  There is something magical about the glistening of an icy pond in a sea of snow!  You can decorate whether you keep your pond running or shut it down until spring.  
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Craft Ideas for Kids on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the best seasons for kid friendly, DIY decorations.  Pinecones and leaves are readily abundant and can be used for many different craft projects.  Collecting the leaves and pinecones is nearly as fun as the crafts!  You can easily keep your kids busy and by the end of the season, your house will be filled with memorable decorations to bring a smile, as you head into the holiday season. Many projects can be turned into a fun lesson on the history and thankfulness! Read More