Winter isn’t the most exciting time of the year to be a water gardener, but it’s one of the most important times for maintenance. Starting in fall, the sunny summer weather slowly starts to cool as the leaves change colors. Water quality is still the main goal, but instead of fighting algae, the focus turns to winter preparation. During the coldest part of winter, many ponds are shut down until spring. Koi, goldfish, and other pond life are often a water gardener’s favorite part of their aquatic oasis, and their lively activity is missed during the winter. In a deep enough pond, fish are able to spend the winter at the bottom of the pond until the water warms up in the spring, but require a little help. Read More
Towards the end of fall, the temperature starts to drop, signalling the beginning of winter. Winter is a bittersweet season for pond owners. The cooler weather is perfect for curling up by the fireplace, and the holidays are just around the corner. Outdoor water gardening comes to a pause once the first freeze hits, until the ground begins to thaw in the spring. If you live in an area where temperatures consistently drop below freezing in the winter, you may want to close your pond until spring. Read More
Waking up to an empty pond is a koi owner’s worst nightmare. While you see your pond fish and other critters as pets, pond predators see them as an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. Your pond fish are special. Many live for many years, and become part of the family! Having some vanish overnight is horrible! Even in urban areas, pond life can be preyed on by birds, raccoons, and snakes. There are simple measures you can take to keep predators away from your fish. Read More
Koi fish, nicknamed “living jewels,” can grow up to three feet long, and are considered the most iconic pond fish (and possibly the most expensive). An “award winning” koi fish can sell for over a hundred thousand dollars, but you can get small baby koi for around five dollars at your local fish store. Did you know koi are thought to be the closest animals to dragons in the modern world? Koi are also very important in both Chinese and Japanese culture. They are seen as symbols of many positive qualities such as luck, prosperity, strength, and power. Read More
Fish help bring a pond to life. They’re beautiful and relaxing to watch. Koi especially are very friendly and recognizes faces and routines. Once they get comfortable in their surroundings, koi and other pond fish may swim to the surface and say “hi” when you walk out to feed them. Koi are pretty smart and can be even be trained to do little tricks for added fun.
Fish are great for kids, they’re outdoor pets that require less attention and maintenance than a puppy or kitten. They can help teach responsibility, as they take turns feeding and even helping perform water quality checks. Just like any other pet, they can get sick or injured and can require special care. Read More
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
It brings nature to life, combining the sweet sounds of flowing water with the excitement of swimming fish. Ponds are incredibly peaceful. You can put a chair or bench by the edge, and feel the stress melt away while you read a good book. It’s exciting to build a relationship with your fish. You might even get adventurous and try to train them!
The last few months have been spent bundled in sweaters, staring at bare, leafless trees, and grounds covered in snow. Winter is beautiful and quiet, nature seems to go to sleep as animals hibernate and trees lose their leaves. It’s a great time to reflect on life and plan for the upcoming warmer months. Spring is known as the season of new beginnings as nature reawakens. Plants begin to bloom, animals come out of hibernation, and soon little baby squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits will be wandering about. Once the ice and snow thaws and the temperatures warm, you can reopen your pond finally! 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