Archive for category: Maintenance

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter: Part 2

Every pond owner dreams of a healthy pond, with happy fish, and vibrant aquatic plants, that stays crystal clear all year round.  Ponds are living ecosystems and require special help during each season.  During the summer, when you want to show off your pond to everyone, the water tends to be cloudy.  Water clarity is a struggle, and algae tries to take over.  When the weather gets cold and you only go outside to check up on your pond, the water is perfectly clear.  Earlier this year, we explored how to combat cloudy water in the summertime.  In part two of the blog, we are going to focus on extending the winter clarity. Read More

How to Complete a Total Water Change

How to Complete a Total Water Change

So you’ve tried every water treatment under the sun, and your pond still looks like Shrek’s jacuzzi? You may need a complete water change.  A complete water change is necessary in extreme algae or poor water quality cases. If the algae takes over completely and water treatments won’t help your fish become visible beneath the green, cleaning out your pond can help get rid of the algae. When pH levels are very off and the water has very high levels of contaminants that could harm fish and plants, a complete water change can provide a fresh clean start. Read More

What to Do About Snakes Around Your Pond

What to Do About Snakes Around Your Pond

Does the sight of a snake slithering through the grass raise the hairs on your neck? If so, you’re not alone.  Fear of snakes is incredibly common.  Unfortunately, snakes are an important part of the ecosystem and can be found almost everywhere except Ireland, Greenland, Hawaii, Iceland, and New Zealand.  These islands do not have any native snakes.  St. Patrick was said to have banished snakes from Ireland thousands of years ago, but according to National Geographic, it was because of the early end of the land bridge to Ireland.  If you don’t live on one of these islands, chances are you will encounter at least a few snakes, especially if you have a yard or a pond.   Read More

How to Prevent a Green Pond This Summer

How to Prevent a Green Pond

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

How to Keep Your Fountain Fabulous

How to Keep Your Fountain Fabulous

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

Ponds in Drought

The Importance of Ponds in Drought

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

Natural Pond

Maintaining an All Natural Pond

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

Spring Pond

Your Guide to Spring Pond Maintenance

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

How to Enjoy Your Pond Through Winter

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 Pond Tips

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