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!
Winter is coming and that means so are the snowmen, hot cocoa, and ice skating! Before winter can be properly enjoyed, water gardeners must prepare their ponds for the upcoming months of freezing temperatures. Fish can often dominate the winterization strategy, but plants also need extra care in the fall to help make the transition. As the ponds begin to ice over and your pond closes, depending on their hardiness, plants need to be relocated indoors, pruned, or moved to the bottom of the pond.
Summer is nearly officially over. Depending on where you are, you may have already begun to get the first gusts of fall wind. Fall is a lovely time that smells of cinnamon and tastes of pumpkin. It is a transitional period to help ease us into winter, which is much needed for pond owners. Besides the fish care, there are other pond elements which must be prepared for freezing temperatures.
Joining the Pond Life by building your pond is an awesome decision that will bring a lot of fun and relaxation into your life! As with any big project, you may encounter a few bumps during building that may lessen your motivation to finish your project. Don’t worry though, these types of bumps in the road are ones that most, if not all, people who have built a pond have experienced. To help you avoid potential issues while building your pond, here are three of some common issues you can avoid before putting the shovel in the dirt.