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Waterscapes: The Most Effective Way to Filter Water


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One of the most popular misconceptions homeowners have today about pond ownership is that it’s too high maintenance. They’ve heard myths and horror stories about algae taking over, fish dying, mosquito infestation, smelly water, and more.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Basic Pond Building


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Trying to put the basics about building a pond into one short article is very difficult, to say the least. However, in an effort to keep it concise, I’ve broken it down to 15 points that you should keep in mind when building a pond..   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Water Features Make Your Backyard a Paradise


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When we go to the movies, we escape from everyday life. Take a film like The Jungle Book. The viewer is instantly brought to a land of adventure; a world of natural wonders that many would give just about anything to spend some time in. Of course, at some point we have to face reality; most of us will never get the chance to live in the natural oasis that Mowgli does. But, relaxing next to a waterfall in paradise doesn’t have to be a dream.    More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Preparing Ornamental Waterscapes for Winter


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You have to take many things into consideration when you think of “winterizing” a pond or waterscape. In southern climates, it may be that putting a leaf net up if deciduous trees are present is all you’ll need to do.   More
 
Friday, November 16, 2012

Can Your Waterscape Business Survive the Drought?


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There’s something about flowing water that we humans crave. It’s hard to look at a fountain, a babbling brook or peaceful pond and not feel more relaxed. Having a calm, scenic oasis in one’s very own backyard can provide a much-needed reprieve from the stress of everyday urban life.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Green Water

What causes it and what to do about it


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Why is the water green?” you might ask. Whenever there is a surplus of available plant food (nitrate), Mother Nature steps in and supplies something to use it, in an attempt to achieve balance. Your water is green because of an explosive growth of small algae and phyto- and zooplanktons.    More
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Simple Techniques to Create Natural-Looking Streams


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Steams are simple to build, but can easily become very difficult if a few rules aren’t followed. When designing streams, the main thing to look for is elevation changes that can work for or against you. Elevations working for you will have the slope coming towards the customer’s viewing area (such as a patio or deck).   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 BRIAN HELFRICH

Spring Start-Ups: Ponds

Getting your pond ready for spring


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In my last article (January, 2012), I discussed the importance of draining, rinsing, and cleaning of a pond in the spring as one of the most effective ways to start the pond year. I still believe this is very true. There are many people who do nothing else for the rest of the year, and that spring cleaning is the only thing that allows their pond to function properly rather than be a nightmare.   More
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Start-Ups


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With the holidays just winding down, now is the time to get your ducks in a row for the spring start-up season. Don’t put it off; the more you plan and do now, the more successful your season will be. Luck tends to frequent those who do their homework..   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

Building a Better WATER FEATURE


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Water is a powerful resource. A welldesigned water feature can add natural beauty and visual excitement to its surroundings, offer an inspiring view and create a peaceful atmosphere within a host of environments   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011