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Does My Pond Have a Leak or Is It Just Evaporation?

Water levels in your pond will naturally drop due to evaporation, especially in the summertime.  It can be a slow process if you live somewhere cooler, with high humidity, or it can be quick in a place with high heat and little humidity.  In southern Arizona, you can lose up to 5 inches of water in 7 days, compared to the East Coast where 2 inches would typically be considered normal. Knowing your climate, and what amount of water loss is normal, helps determine if the water loss is due to evaporation or a leak. Read More

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Cloudy Water in Summer & Clear Water in Winter

Have you ever noticed your pond water tends to be cloudy in the summer and then crystal clear in the winter?  Ever wonder why?  While your pond is man-made, it is still a part of nature.  Ponds are heavily affected by the weather and the surrounding environment.  Heavy rain can disrupt the water clarity almost overnight.  Freezing temperatures create a layer of ice on the surface of the water.  Pond care and maintenance change with the seasons, each new season bringing in specific issues and concerns. Read More

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Summer is flying by, and fall will be here before you know it!  The official start of fall is September 22nd, the fall equinox. Depending on where you live, the weather might start cooling before then. Fall is usually a favorite time of the year; the changing leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect for taking long walks outside.  Summer is arguably the best time of year to do outdoor projects because the ground is soft, the weather is warm, and you have some time to enjoy your projects before having to prepare for winter. Read More

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

How to Prevent Mosquitoes

Summer is the perfect time for barbeques, block parties, and outdoor activities.  Unfortunately, it’s also mosquito season. As the temperatures rise, so do the mosquito populations.  They love hot weather, and lay dormant during the cold winter.  Besides the irritating buzzing in your ear and the itchy lumps, mosquitoes can be harmful to your health.  Mosquitoes can carry diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus.  Insecticides and other chemical pest control methods can be dangerous to local wildlife and can be counterproductive, killing insects like dragonflies that eat mosquitoes.  Natural prevention methods help keep the population under control by targeting the larvae and stopping the life-cycle. Read More

Summer Entertainment

Summer Entertainment Ideas

Summer is the time for BBQs and block parties.  The kids are off from school and the days are long, so you have plenty of sunlight to have fun!  The warm weather lets you get outdoors, soak up the vitamin D, and enjoy nature.  Summer is a lot of fun because you can have adults mingling while the kids have water balloon fights in the back yard. 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

Live Well in Summer

Live Well in Summer

Summer is the warmest season of the year, full of long sunny days and short nights.  It’s the kid’s favorite time of the year with summer break and plenty of hours of sunlight. Dips in the pool, trips to the beach, and ice cream breaks are all-time favorite ways to beat the heat. It’s a great season for the adults too, finally swapping sweatshirts for tank tops until Fall. Summer is an excellent time to focus on well being.  Nice sunny weather can increase energy levels and overall mood! Read More

New Year’s Water Gardening Resolution

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

Don’t Be “Koi” with Water Treatments: The Guide to Water Clarity & Fish

A morning highlight is walking out to your pond, prepped with coffee and fish food, and being greeted by hungry and feisty fish faces popping out of the water, excited for breakfast. The morning fun can be disrupted when your favorites become barely visible in cloudy or even green water.  The warm summer months tempt algae to take over.  Algae can steal your fish’s oxygen while turning your pond green, which is dangerous as oxygen levels naturally decrease in warm water.  As the weather warms, extra care is needed to maintain healthy and clear water.

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Your Guide to Water Treatments

Summer is here and that means sunshine, warm pools, and green…ponds? Yes, this is the time of year when many ponds go from a crystal clear oasis to something resembling a celebrity green juice. The combination of the warm weather and intense direct sunlight creates the perfect conditions for algae to take over, which means you might need some water treatments.

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