Insect Time!

July 20, 2023 // By Scott Brown

July’s hot, humid weather means a spark in insect and disease populations. Be especially diligent this month in your pest prevention methods. Check plants and grass regularly for signs of infestation or disease, properly identify the pest responsible, and then research the best kill method for that particular insect. Pesticides are usually specific to certain […]

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How Big Will My Koi Fish Grow?

July 13, 2023 // By Scott Brown

In an ideal environment, an adult koi can reach a whopping 3 feet long. Under most conditions your finned koi will not grow to that immense length, but there are ways to reach its full potential. Koi will keep growing throughout their lives. How fast and large they grow depend on several factors, including: • […]

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Is It a Leak or Evaporation?

June 28, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Often, people do not realize how much water can evaporate from a pond during the dog days of summer. For a pond to lose ½” – 3/4” of water per day under certain conditions is not terribly uncommon and probably no cause for alarm. The amount of water evaporating will depend on several factors including; […]

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Keep the Grass Long

June 22, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Cutting your grass short is asking for trouble in hot weather. Even if you like the look of short grass, let it grow to at least three inches in the summer to avoid the risk of burning up the blades. Short grass will have nowhere to hide under the sun, and you may scorch the […]

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June 2023 Newsletter

June 19, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Monthly Newsletter How Do I Get Rid of String Algae? It can be challenging to eliminate string algae. We recommend the following solutions: 1) Begin prevention before the algae starts to form by making sure you have enough plant material and fish in the pond. If you already have algae, first remove as much of […]

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How Many Pond Plants Do You Need?

June 16, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Pond plants are a great long-term solution to combat nuisance algae and provide a healthy pond environment.  The addition of pond plants will decrease the amount of maintenance needed to keep your pond water clean. The size of your pond will influence the number of plants it can accommodate. A general guideline is to have […]

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Beware the Insects!

June 7, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Monitor the new growth of plants for insects, especially succulents. Infested plants can be hosed down to remove small insect populations. Don’t apply chemical treatments if ladybugs or other predator insects are present. Mite activity often increases in hot, dry weather. Symptoms include stippled foliage which can be removed from the plant. Refrain from applying […]

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Beware of Hose Water!

May 25, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Clean your biological filter pads with a bucket of pond water, NOT hose water.  Hose water contains traces of chlorine and kills the good bacteria your pond needs.   By using pond water instead, you are keeping the bacteria that need to be there for the health of the pond and getting your filters clean […]

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Decide How Much Design You Want

May 19, 2023 // By Scott Brown

  Although it may be less expensive to build a concrete square patio or deck, it’s no bargain if you find the result so unappealing that you don’t use it. It may be worth it to work with a landscaper directly to create a space that you can really use.   We can help you […]

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Frogs Can Do Princely Things For Your Pond!

May 13, 2023 // By Scott Brown

Frogs gobble insects to keep the population in check and serenade you with their songs. Frogs also add diversity to the species supported by ponds by coexisting productively with fish, plants, insects, and other wildlife. They also play a key role in your pond’s ecosystem—in fact, the number of amphibians in your pond can be […]

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