Category: WATER GARDENS

RAIN GARDEN CERTIFICATION FOR RAINWATER HARVESTING IN NEW JERSEY

On February 18, 2010 I spent the day working on the first part of my Rain Garden Certification process through Rutgers University Extension. The first part of this process was spent doing class time. I was able to spend the day with several other candidates in a lecture hall meeting with and connecting with some… Read more »

THE FROZEN POND

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    Frozen ponds is a subject that of course only seems to pop up seasonally, like during winter…well of course, why worry about it at any other time of year? The problem I see again and again with many pond owners is a real misunderstanding of what is happening with their ponds during this season,… Read more »

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… Read more »

DE-ICING YOUR POND

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It’s that time of year here in the Northeast US that pond owners need to keep an eye on their ponds. Typically when January hits, this area will receive some sustained below freezing weather that will surely create ice on unheated ponds. Pond heaters are a pretty costly approach to controlling temperatures in the pond… Read more »

POND SAFETY AWARENESS

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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… Read more »

PONDS AND COFFEE

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I have a confession to make; I use pond water to make my coffee. Ok, I’m kidding, not only would my Pond Princess (wife) kick me to the curb if I still did that, more importantly the coffee would taste funky. This morning I sat by my pond and drank a cup of coffee while… Read more »

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;… Read more »

FEEDING YOUR POND FISH

Feeding your pond fish is a seasonal consideration. It is drawing near the end of summer and it is time to make sure that your koi, goldfish, and pond fish are getting all the fish food that they care to enjoy right now! This time of year is an excellent time as a pond owner… Read more »

BATTLE OF THE GREAT BLUE HERON

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At 6:30 this morning eastern time, I was splashing a bit of 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee, looking out my kitchen window at my pond as I do every morning, I must have been looking at it for a good10-15 seconds before I noticed that right before my eyes, standing on one of my… Read more »