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
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
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
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.
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
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
Indoor crafts can help keep the sanity a when blizzard comes through, and a blanket of howling snow prevents you from leaving the house. Everyone can get a little stir crazy, kids especially. Kids can make gifts for grandparents or teachers, it’s a win-win. You can also trick your kids into decorating your house! Hopefully in the fall you started hoarding all of the Mason jars you could find! Mason jars are a DIY staple and make everything better. They immediately add a delightfully rustic and home-style feel.
Ponds are often overlooked during holiday decorations in the winter, but can really make a yard come to life! Ice skating is one of the best parts of winter, and if your pond is big enough, you have a free rink in your backyard with just a little bit of work! There is something magical about the glistening of an icy pond in a sea of snow! You can decorate whether you keep your pond running or shut it down until spring.
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.