Have you ever secretly judged a pond that was overtaken by “green,” closer resembling a bowl of pea soup than a pond? Told yourself my pond will NEVER look like that, but got an unwelcome surprise one particularly scorching summer day? The invasion started slowly. You noticed your water clarity was off and you thought saw little bit of green in your pond, but shook it off. Algae? Not in my pond! Over the next few days you tried to tell yourself it wasn’t happening, but one morning you couldn’t deny the facts any longer: your pond was under attack! Your pond that had been crystal clear all spring was overtaken by thick green algae. You couldn’t see any of your fish and there was a distinct smell. Your pond looked like that very pond you had scoffed at. Algae can be a tough battle especially in the warm summertime, but with a little extra effort you can help prevent your pond from turning green. Read More
Fountains are an incredibly soothing decoration to have indoors or outdoors. You can use a fountain as a stand alone water feature or it could be the focal point of your pond. The sounds of running water release stress and calm nerves. The beautiful sight of flowing water paired with the tranquil melody melts away all worries. Read More
During droughts water conservation is a top priority. States like California and Nevada are battling droughts that are hurting wildlife. Having a pond, particularly a natural pond, is a great way to help local animals in these dry times. A shimmering pond may look overly indulgent next to brown, brittle grass and oven-like days, but it’s actually extremely important to help maintain local ecosystems. A water feature like a pond or even a birdbath or fountain brings life to an otherwise dry environment. Read More
Ponds are a great way to connect with nature. A pond can create an entire ecosystem in your backyard and help you spend more time outdoors enjoying the fresh air. Ponds also invite local wildlife to quench their thirst or beat the heat with a little splash in the water. You may even dip your feet in the water when the weather really warms up. Kids love to splash in the water. You can maintain your pond naturally without using potentially harmful chemicals which may harm pond life, your skin, or hurt the environment. Read More
Pond maintenance varies by the seasons. The different temperatures bring out different areas of focus and concern. Summer is the warmest season when algae and oxygen levels become a major target. Fall is a transitional period, preparing the pond for the cold, and possibly dormant, winter ahead. Spring is the pond’s reawakening after a long winter. It’s the time for cleaning and redecorating to help set the tone for the rest of the year. 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
Winter means different things depending on where you live. In Florida, it could mean wearing a tank top on Christmas and owning a few sweatshirts, but if you live in Vermont or Montana it could mean blizzards and snowshoes! Ice is a main concern with water gardening in the winter. If the surface water will freeze over or even get some ice, winter prep is needed. Winterizing your pond is crucial for avoiding winter fish kills, ensuring your plants survive, and easing the transition into spring. Read More
There are cold weather people who love big jackets and hot chocolate and there are warm weather people, who enjoy bathing suits and smoothies. Similar to people, ponds can flourish in any season, but have special needs to succeed in the fluctuating temperatures. During the warm weather, the main concern is algae blooms, water quality, and oxygen levels. The three things you should know about ponds in cooler temperatures are the decline of good bacteria, vulnerability of fish, and potential runoff exposure.
Winter is a magical time of year. Unfortunately your koi can’t curl up in a Snuggie by the fire and read a good book while it snows; they need a little extra TLC to make it through the winter. Fish are better equipped to handle the cold, but may need to be moved indoors depending on the situation. Some plants need no help and will surprise you in spring with a bloom of hello.
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!