The holiday season is typically from November 1st until after New Year’s Day. During this time, stores begin unveiling seasonal decorations, reminders of the festivities to come. Thanksgiving is usually the first big holiday where family and friends come from out of town to celebrate. Sometimes the holidays can be stressful, especially if you’re hosting, have to travel, or are visiting multiple families. The goal for this year is to have a well rounded Thanksgiving, starting off the holidays on a positive note. Here are some tips to help you keep your sanity this year. Read More
As fall comes into full swing, the days become shorter, with less hours of sunlight. The temperatures slowly start to drop, chilly breezes giving a taste of winter. The first official day of fall is September 22nd, but summer weather can linger, keeping the days warm until November or even early December. During the year, you’ve worked hard to keep your pond plants healthy and vibrant. Plants need to be prepared for the cooler fall weather, particularly for the first frost, so they can stay strong until spring. Read More
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
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
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
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
Pinecones are often seen as nuisances, as anyone who has ever stepped on one while running through a yard barefoot can attest, but are great ingredients for DIY projects. Pinecones are perfect for fall decorations because they smell wonderful, and are usually readily available as the leaves change. Pinecones make beautiful and cost-effective centerpieces for the holiday season. They can be rustic and classic, giving the table an earthy, but effortlessly elegant feel.
Every year the end of October, everyday household items become opportunities for mischief and fright. Halloween is arguably one of the most enjoyable holidays to decorate for. There are endless DIY decorations to give your pond a wonderfully eerie feel. A spooky pond will give trick-or-treaters extra goosebumps and giggles. If your decorations are scary enough, the trick-or-treaters will be too frightened to knock on the door, and you’ll have all of the candy to yourself!
Composting is a great way to naturally recycle organic materials. Many cities in the United States have voluntary composting systems. Unused foods, lawn vegetation, and solid paper products can be disposed of in a covered plastic bin designated for compost, and it will be collected by the city’s waste disposal. While this isn’t available in every city, it’s easy to compost fall leaves at home. The abundance of leaves during the fall makes for environmentally friendly and nutrient-rich mulch that can be used for gardening! Instead of scooping soggy leaves out of your pond into the trash, add them to the compost; nuisance becomes nutrients!
It would be hard to find a more tranquil sound than a fountain. A garden can be turned into a peaceful sanctuary filled with the calming sounds of running water. Fountains come in all different shapes, sizes, and…price tags. A pretty self-contained water feature can cost anywhere from a hundred to over a thousand dollars! The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit turns water gardening into an affordable Do It Yourself project with lots of freedom.