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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

Sludge Remover - The Best Friend to a Pond in Fall

Sludge Remover: The Best Friend to a Pond in Fall

One of the most quintessential aspects of fall is the changing of the leaves.  The once green landscape takes on beautiful yellow, orange, and reddish hues.  As the leaves become less green, the air becomes sweet and crisp.  Pond owners may find themselves glaring at the changing leaves, instead of admiring their beauty.  The changing leaves means extra work needed to maintain pond clarity. 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

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

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

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

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

How to Tell if Your Fish Are Under the Weather

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

What to Expect When Reopening Your Pond

What to Expect When Reopening Your Pond

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

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

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