Start Your Pond Plant Planning Early

Although we are still in winter’s grip, spring will be here sooner than you think. Late January through February is a great time to start planning what pond plants you will add this year and where/how you will plant them. You need to keep in mind having plants that cover the surface, submerged plants, and bog (or marginal) plants. All three of these plant types have specific purpose.

The Benefits of Using Pond Decorations in the Water Garden

While most of the beauty of the pond is found in the colorful goldfish and koi, the use of the proper pond decorations can really accent the look and aesthetics of the pond. With formal-style ponds, the use of pond spitters can add a bit of whimsy along the edge of the pond and also provide aeration and water movement for the fish.

Pond Algae Solutions: the Use of Barley Straw

Unsightly algae is perhaps the biggest problem faced by pond keepers. While we have an arsenal of herbicides and ultraviolet clarifiers, sometimes we need to take a different approach. Herbicides prevent the growth of other desirable plants, like lilies and other bog plants. Ultraviolet clarifiers can require extensive setup requirements.

Protecting Your Pond Fish from Predators

If you have a pond, chances are it has happened to you. You wake up one morning, head out to feed the fish, and notice that a fish is missing. Or, if you are very unlucky, all the fish are missing! You look all around the edges, but they haven’t jumped out, nor are they hiding under the plants.