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Caring for Aquatic Plants in the Winter

Caring for Aquatic Plants in the Winter

During the fall and early winter, water gardening focuses on preparing for shutting down your pond.  Many people close their pond for the coldest winter months, and then reopen in the spring when the ice melts.  Your winter aquatic plant care will depend on where you live and how cold it gets during the winter.  If the pond won’t be subject to freezing temperatures and frost, you can continue business as normal.  Overwintering pond plants makes spring reopening easier, and keeps your plants and pond healthy.  Water quality can be disrupted if plants die and breakdown in the water.  Repurchasing all new plants in the spring can be expensive when many aquatic pond plants can survive the winter with a little help. Read More

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

Pond Fish Care in Winter

Pond Fish Care in Winter

Winter isn’t the most exciting time of the year to be a water gardener, but it’s one of the most important times for maintenance.  Starting in fall, the sunny summer weather slowly starts to cool as the leaves change colors.  Water quality is still the main goal, but instead of fighting algae, the focus turns to winter preparation.  During the coldest part of winter, many ponds are shut down until spring.  Koi, goldfish, and other pond life are often a water gardener’s favorite part of their aquatic oasis, and their lively activity is missed during the winter.  In a deep enough pond, fish are able to spend the winter at the bottom of the pond until the water warms up in the spring, but require a little help. Read More

Closing Your Pond for Winter

Closing Your Pond for Winter

Towards the end of fall, the temperature starts to drop, signalling the beginning of winter.  Winter is a bittersweet season for pond owners.  The cooler weather is perfect for curling up by the fireplace, and the holidays are just around the corner.  Outdoor water gardening comes to a pause once the first freeze hits, until the ground begins to thaw in the spring.  If you live in an area where temperatures consistently drop below freezing in the winter, you may want to close your pond until spring. 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

Live Well through Winter

5 Ways to Live Well Through Winter

Each season has it’s own beauty and allure.  Winter is a great time for cuddly clothes and rich foods.  People tend to spend more time indoors and out of the sun during the fall and winter months, sometimes leading to agitation and depression.  While too much sunlight can be damaging, in the right amounts, it lowers blood pressure and provides necessary vitamin D. Read More

DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder

Birds bring a yard to life, a blend of nature and beauty with their various personalities, colors, and sounds.  They also enjoy munching on bugs, worms, even spiders, and help with pollination.  You can watch them for hours, allowing your mind to still, as they flit from one tree to the next, communicating with one another.  They induce a state of peace and relaxation, as watching them forces you to live in the moment.  It can help ease stress and make your problems seem less monumental, observing how large and intricate the world truly is, while breathing fresh air.   Read More

Plants that Flower in Winter

Spring and summer gardens are known for their bright colors and vivacity.  Fall has the beautiful changing leaves.  Winter has bare trees…and snow?  There are many plants that prefer actually prefer the cold weather and will bloom beautiful flowers amidst the falling snowflakes.  There are even a few that will die off in the warm weather and reappear every fall or winter, with very little maintenance.  Plants help bring a pond to life, adding color and fun.  In the fall, before the ground freezes, plant some winter blooming plants around the pond and as the temperatures drop, wait for the flowers to peek under the blanket of snow.  Your pond will look extra beautiful even if it’s shut down until spring.

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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