Archive for the ‘NATURAL PONDS’ Category


By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 17th, 2012 | 27 Comments on CRAYFISH FOR YOUR POND

Many ornamental and natural pond owners will at some point look to add some sort of critter to their pond for some added interest or for another reason like algae and aquatic weed control. One of the options that they are sure to see out in the pond market would be crayfish. Crayfish for your pond (Procambarus sp.); also called crawfish, crawdaddys, mudbugs, are pretty commonly offered by pond center retailers. To be sure, crayfish can add interest and a bit of plant and/or algae control to your pond.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 9th, 2012 | 3 Comments on THE LOTUS FLOWER. MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE

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The lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera.

The relationships that are sometimes developed between man and plant can be very fascinating. This definitely holds true for the lotus flower. The lotus flower and human connection goes back well beyond 1000 years, and crosses numerous cultural and geographical boundaries even from ancient times. The lotus is even revered in a spiritual way by several cultures. Still today, lotus is a widely known and popular water garden plant that can be found in about any water garden center, just about anywhere on the planet. The lotus flower has achieved truly an iconic status with its familiar large flower head that is easily identified by even the beginner water garden enthusiasts and chefs.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 9th, 2012 | 4 Comments on PONDEMINIUM 2012 EVENT REVIEW


In the month of February there are not too many people thinking about ponds and water gardens. It is cold, weather is nasty, and the ground has not been seen for a month now. Pond and water garden professionals are huddled around their stoves with blankets draped across their backs impatiently waiting on Spring.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 25th, 2011 | 2 Comments on AERATING YOUR NATURAL POND

Having a natural pond on your property can be a tremendous asset to your property. A pond can enhance your living conditions and add beauty to your property, and a healthy pond can add value to your real estate….a healthy pond that is. One of the very basic elements of a healthy pond is a pond that has good oxygen levels.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 8th, 2011 | 5 Comments on BARLEY STRAW FOR YOUR POND

Barley Straw the newest old time remedy for algae control in modern ponds and water gardens!
Barley straw has gotten some good buzz in the pond industry the last few years as a natural remedy for algae control, but this “new” product actually has some history behind it,

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 16th, 2010 | 2 Comments on THE "NATURAL" POND

Each year I get several calls about natural ponds that need to be worked on. I enjoy working with natural ponds a lot and get great satisfaction from reviving ponds that are on their way out or have been “dead” for some time.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: May 3rd, 2010 | No Comments on THE STAYCATION POND


Every now and then we all come across a new buzzword. Well, in my industry and in several others as well one of the latest “buzzes” is the staycation. Maybe you’ve heard of this latest trend with homeowners.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 14th, 2010 | No Comments on DE-ICING YOUR POND PT.2

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Now you’ve chosen what type of de-icer you plan to use it’s a good idea to know how to install them. It is best to place the de-icer in your pond at the time of winterizing your pond. You may not necessarily have to have it plugged in but it is staged and ready to go. The floating de-icer is best installed away from the edge of the pond as far towards the middle of pond as the cord will allow, if you have a larger pond you will want ot consider using multiple units. Many floating pond de-icers come with attachments to keep the heating element from coming in contact with pond edging or equipment.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: December 30th, 2009 | No Comments on POND SAFETY AWARENESS

Pond Safety New Jersey (NJ)

Pond safety is a pretty tough topic to be able to come to any one solution as to what would be definite guidelines for safety. The difficulty in defining this matter comes from the fact that there are so many types of ponds, waterfalls, koi ponds, fountains, water features, and streams. Each one has its own safety issues that need to be addressed. Discussing some good general guidelines for pond safety should help any reader fine tune some pond safety guidelines for your particular pond installation. Safety is an issue/concern that is often expressed by people who are in the pond market looking at doing a constructed pond installation. Pond installation safety can be addressed regionally as well in that guidelines, regulations and codes of safety will vary from state to state or even town to town; a New Jersey pond installation will not be looked at as the same pond if it is a Pennsylvania pond installation.

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By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: December 4th, 2009 | 8 Comments on A WORD ON POND EXCAVATION

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Pond digging! That seems to be what most call this activity. I call it pond excavation, and as a professional pond excavator that seems to sound so much better to me.

At some point every pond builder has heard, and will hear again, the suggestion from a potential customer, usually while in the negotiating process; “I friend of mine has a backhoe and they will dig the hole, can you do all the rest after them to cut costs a bit?

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