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Koi 101

If you have a water garden, then undoubtedly you probably treasure your Koi fish as much as I do. This article will give you a brief overview of your prized possessions.

A Little History

Koi are considered the most popular freshwater ornamental pond fish. Koi, known as “Nishikigoi”, is the mascot of Japan. “Nishiki” […]

Troubleshooting Pond Pump Problems

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The pond pump is the heart of your pond. Oftentimes, pumps burn out or die prematurely due to their improper care and installation. Take the right preventative steps to assure longevity of your pump.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to caring for your pond, then hear it […]

7 Steps to a Better Lawn

If you are the primary lawn care expert of your yard, you know that having a beautiful lawn takes work. But, that hard work will pay off in time. Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy has a great publication discussing this very topic. This publication is quite beneficial for individuals in zone 5 so always […]

Fish Health in the Spring

A very informative article concerning fish health in the spring written by Paul Curtis titled, “When the Ice Melts and the Water Warms!” was published in the March/April Pond Trade Magazine. I wanted to share the highlights with you as many of our ponds are currently experiencing this seasonal transition.

Depending on your location, […]

LED Lighting Has A Bright Future

LED, light emitting diodes, are becoming commonplace in most homes. In the past few years, this technology has expanded to the water gardening arena as well. It’s easy to see why this technology is becoming popular since it offers clean, bright light. Compact in size and more energy efficient make LED lights […]

Seasonal Fish Food, Is There a Difference?

The short answer is yes, there is quite a difference. And it’s important to understand the reasoning for the specially formulated foods. Fish food is designed to meet the needs of the fish based on the water temperature. So protein levels in the foods will vary.

Summer is the season when pond […]

Pond Water Treatment Products

Whether you’re a rookie or an old pro in the water garden hobby, the wide selection of pond water treatment products can be overwhelmingly confusing. So, this article is meant to be used as a summary of some of the common water problems associated with ponds and the manufacturer’s product descriptions that will help […]

Rain Gardens

While forests and agricultural land are replaced with urban areas, it’s easy to see why increased storm runoff from these impermeable surfaces becomes a problem. Storm water runoff picks up pollutants from streets, sidewalks and lawns. It’s then rushed off to storm drains and to our local waterways and lakes. The end result is […]

GreenScaping Part 5: Practice Natural Lawn Care

Just a recap in the Series of GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard

Step 1: Build and Maintain Healthy Soil Step 2: Plant Right for Your Site Step 3: Practice Smart Watering Step 4 Adopt a Holistic Approach to Pest Management Today’s Post: Practice Natural Lawn Care


Mow higher, mow […]

How’s Your Pond’s Water Clarity?

Are you experiencing brown, murky water or unwanted pond weeds, such as algae? Don’t despair; these are common occurrences with most ponds at some point. Controlling the source of these water problems can help to keep your pond water at its optimum. Some common sources:

Leaves or other Debris

If leaves and other debris […]