Thursday, February 11, 2010


Depending on where you live, your pond might be showing the first signs of thawing... or it may be another month or two before that happens. No matter where you live here are some tips for when your pond does come out from it's winter hibernation.

You may see lots of string algae. That's okay! Since nothing is taking the nutrients out of the water at this time and the bacteria in your pond is not yet active. Don't panic! It's the only green plant growing - so leave it alone.

Once your pond is cleaned out, some algae may grow again. Remember, it will probably still be cold and the above information is still relevant.

Once the pond's water temperature is above 50 degrees, you can start adding Seasonal Defense cold water benificial bacteria, at 60 degrees switch to Natures Defense benificial bacteria for ponds for the warmer months.

Your fish may look like they need to eat and even come to the surface looking for their first spring treat, but don't do it! Wait until the water temperature will remain over 50 degrees. (If you feed them now, your fish could suffer.)

Consider whether you want to hire someone to clean out your pond this spring.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pondless Waterfalls Ideas

Pondless waterfalls are simply put, "pun intended", a re-circulating waterfall and /or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in the water garden. But if space is lacking or if safety is a concern with a pond, then go Pondless! The name says it all. It's a waterfall and stream without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without the pond? Truth is, not everyone does, but it can be a great attention getter at an entryway to your home or business or an alternative for someone who isn't quite sure if a pond is right for their family.

Here is an example of what a friend of mine on Facebook did for one of their customers. This is for an insurance company, now wouldn't that get you to at least get out of your car to take a look to see what they are all about.

In a nutshell, a pondless system has a hidden basin and waterflows up for the effect (waterfalls or water feature) then returns back to the underground basin.