Posts Tagged ‘pond advice’

ROCKS AND GRAVEL IN POND DESIGN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 28th, 2011 | 11 Comments on ROCKS AND GRAVEL IN POND DESIGN

There is a lot of debate in the pond world about the use of rock and gravel when constructing ponds. I am a huge fan of all types of ponds; big or small, rocks or no rocks, plants or no plants, formal, freeform or natural, waterfalls or calm reflecting pools; they all have a certain appeal to me. I am always amazed at how many different types of aesthetic appeal modern pond builders can come up with.

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HOW TO FEED POND FISH

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: June 2nd, 2011 | 64 Comments on HOW TO FEED POND FISH

One of the first questions that new fish keepers ask is “how much do I feed my fish?”. The more appropriate question could be “how do I feed my fish?”. The part about quantity of food is best answered by the fish themselves, because they will let you know when they’ve had enough and lose interest in feeding time.
Feeding fish in your pond is different than feeding other types of pets,

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POND SPITTERS AND FOUNTAINS

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 13th, 2011 | 3 Comments on POND SPITTERS AND FOUNTAINS

Spitters and fountains are ancient ways of artistic expression using water. The Romans are very famous for the use of fountains and spitters in their water works. The “Brussels Boy ‘spitter'” of a young boy urinating is a cultural icon, now found gracing ponds around the world. Today spitters are still a great way to add personality and put that personal touch to your pond.

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THE GREAT BLUE HERON AND YOUR POND

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 27th, 2011 | 54 Comments on THE GREAT BLUE HERON AND YOUR POND

LOOK! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a pla… no, actually it is a bird! About the size of a plane!
The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is North America’s largest heron coming in at about 4 ½ feet tall, 8 lbs., and with a wing span close to 7’ across!
This is no hummingbird.

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HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR POND FISH

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 22nd, 2011 | 2 Comments on HOW TO QUARANTINE YOUR POND FISH

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How to quarantine your pond fish is a common question koi keepers ask.

For 40 days and nights it rained upon the earth clearing evil from the face of the earth
Moses spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai receiving God
Israelites wandered the wilderness for 40 years
Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness
The Egyptian practice of mummification took 40 days to complete
The cycle of 40 is a theme that occurs in the Bible, Torah, and Quran and crosses numerous cultures and ideologies.

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A KOY STORY

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: March 14th, 2011 | 2 Comments on A KOY STORY

Many who keep koi follow a similar path. Most first become introduced to koi by chance, casually; perhaps at a backyard party of an acquaintance or at a public garden. Then, knowing nothing about koi except that they stirred you somehow; a relationship begins.

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BARLEY STRAW FOR YOUR POND

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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HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR RAIN BARREL

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 28th, 2011 | 5 Comments on HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR RAIN BARREL

When winter sets in for the colder zones, we all have to reel in and winterize most of our backyard living accessories like rain barrels. It becomes time to store this, or tarp over that, put away and shut things down.

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HOW TO WINTERIZE A WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 14th, 2011 | 6 Comments on HOW TO WINTERIZE A WATER GARDEN

The water gardening season always seems to pass by a little too quickly. It seems that just as the water garden is looking at its fullest and best the autumn and winter are lurking just around the next calendar page.

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HOW TO WINTERIZE A TROPICAL LILY

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 8th, 2011 | 2 Comments on HOW TO WINTERIZE A TROPICAL LILY

For water gardeners in the colder regions, the hot summer months are high time to get the most enjoyment out of our water gardens. For water gardeners of the colder regions to enjoy the classic water lily with its floating leaves and colorful fragrant blooms; they have to keep hardy lilies that will make it through the cold winter months and come back the following season.

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