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June Pond Tips & Annual Pond Contest

Need some pond tips for June? We’ve got them. Summer has arrived and it is time to start changing some of the maintenance activities.

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Having a Koi pond at your home is undoubtedly the quickest way to reduce stress and noise that you have to deal with on a regular basis. This peaceful and quiet place is essentially a man-made paradise. Apart from eliminating stress and tension from your mind, a Koi pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to your backyard or any outdoor space.  However, it requires some effort to keep it in its healthiest and most attractive condition.

Need a few more pond tips. Look no further…

  • Do not start feeding your pond fish until the pond water is at least 50°F.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Switch to higher protein food 2-4 times daily.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Whether you have a water garden, pondless water features, large koi pond, or two acre lake, Creative Visions Landscapes can help get what you want out of that body of water and enjoy your pond. We carry many different pond supplies including; pumps, filters, skimmers, liner/underlayment, UV supplies, water treatments, aquatic plants, koi and other fish and fish food. So, if you have a question about your pond, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Don’t forget our Annual Pond Contest!!

Have A Pond Or Water Garden?
We’re eager to see your beautiful and inspired creation!

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Submit a photo of your water feature via email (info@CreativeVisionsLandscape.com) between June 1-10. Enter a picture that best shows why your water feature should win our Pond Contest.

From June 15 – 24, go to our website and vote for your favorite pond. The popular vote will decide the winner. Winners announced June 26th on via email, Facebook and our website. Prizes include:

1st Place – Gift Certificate $250
2nd Place – Gift Certificate $100

*(Residential water features only. Submission must include your name, phone number and email address. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified.)

Pond Tips for October

pond tips for OctoberHere are some pond tips for October we would like to share.

Discontinue bacteria treatments when the water temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees.  When the temperatures are  35 to 50 degrees, you can use the cold water bacteria.  The main reason for using bacteria is to help increase the good bacteria count so the pond will stay in balance.

What do I do with my plants?

Cut back the marginals to just below the water level and cut the lilies to 3 inches above the rhizone. Throw the summer tropicals, such as Hyacinth, into your compost pile. Clean up debris as much as you can from the bottom of the pond.  Remove as many of the leaves as you can by using a small rake.

Netting the Pond?

In the fall, it is recommended that you use pond netting if you have leaves or pine needles that will fall into the pond.  If you do not net the pond, then any material that falls into the pond will have to decompose and as it decomposes, it will produce harmful gasses throughout the winter.  Check out the pond tips for October below

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.0 – 2.5 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • 10% water change every other week.
  • Feed fish once or twice a day.
  • Consider covering your pond with leaf net.
  • Check chemical levels.

Pond Tips for September

pond tips for septemberLooking for some pond tips for September? We’ve got some to share with you. Your pond is an outdoor living ecosystem and unless you live in a part of the country where old man winter doesn’t pay you an annual visit, you will have to prepare for changes in late fall and going into winter. So, add that to your “to do” list for next month. We will talk more about winterizing your water feature and pond in October. In the mean time:

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Consider covering your pond with leaf net.
  • Check chemical levels.

Pond Tips for August

august pond tips 2013Looking for pond tips for August? We’ve got just the right tips to help you maintain your pond, keep the water crystal clear and maintain a healthy environment, whether you have fish or not.

Many people enjoy seeing fish in their ponds, but they do not mix well with other wildlife. If you want a good wildlife pond, which includes frogs and newts, avoid fish. Don’t transfer fish, plants and frog spawn between ponds as this can introduce disease and problem plants.

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Water quality can also be improved by adding a water feature, such as a fountain, waterfall or spitter. One hundred percent of your pond volume should be at least circulated in one hour by your pond pump. Water features aid in circulation in an aesthetically pleasing way. Additionally, waterfalls provide surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and help harmful ammonia into harmless nitrates.

Don’t worry about mosquitoes and other insects that lay their eggs in ponds. Your fish will eat the larvae when they hatch. Ponds are wildlife-rich, so they are the perfect place to have a bench or seat so you can enjoy fish, dragonflies, frogs or any other wildlife that your water feature attracts.

Pond Tips for July

pond tips for julyNeed some pond tips for July? We’re having a beautiful summer and there are some things you need to do to make sure your pond stays clean & looking good.

One of the simplest way to keep your pond clean and healthy is to avoid overfeeding your fish. Give them only what they’ll eat immediately and don’t feed them while they’re hibernating in the winter. Otherwise, routine maintenance chores and pond tips for July include:

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

If you don’t have a pond, do you want a pond? Why do you want a pond, water garden or water feature?  Although this may seem like a silly question many homeowners neglect to think about it. Water gardens and water features can be used to add curb appeal to the front yard, draw visitors to other parts of your garden or to suppress undesirable noise like expressway traffic and noisy neighbors.

Some other questions to ask yourself include:

  • Where are you intending to add your pond or water feature?
  • What are the current conditions of your site now and is electricity available?
  • What are you willing to spend?

Once you have gone through these major considerations you are ready for the fun part, designing your new pond, water garden or water feature.  Do as much research as you can. Talk to as many people with water features or ponds as you can to learn from their joys and mistakes. Many people who own ponds, water gardens or water features are excited to share what they have learned and what they would or would not do again.

When you’re ready to move forward, give us a call. We’ll help you create the pond, water garden or water feature of your dreams.

Pond Tips for June

pond tips for juneNeed some pond tips for June? We’ve got them. Summer has arrived and it is time to start changing some of the maintenance activities.

Having a Koi pond at your home is undoubtedly the quickest way to reduce stress and noise that you have to deal with on a regular basis. This peaceful and quiet place is essentially a man-made paradise. Apart from eliminating stress and tension from your mind, a Koi pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to your backyard or any outdoor space.  However, it requires some effort to keep it in its healthiest and most attractive condition.

Here are a few other pond tips? Look no further…

  • Do not start feeding your pond fish until the pond water is at least 50°F.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Switch to higher protein food 2-4 times daily.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Whether you have a water garden, pondless water features, large koi pond, or two acre lake, Creative Visions Landscapes can help get what you want out of that body of water and enjoy your pond. We carry many different pond supplies including; pumps, filters, skimmers, liner/underlayment, UV supplies, water treatments, aquatic plants, koi and other fish and fish food. So, if you have a question about your pond, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Pond Tips for May

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Pond tips… Your pond is about to wake up and come out of hibernation, so you need some pond tips! First, you need to clear out any debris that is in or around your pond. When water temperatures are between 40° and 55°F, clean your pond filter and pump thoroughly.

Spring is a good time to do a partial water change. As ponds awaken, a “spring green” may appear in the water until plants and bacteria get established. This is a normal algae bloom and will clear up on its own once plants have grown and the filter has recovered to take care of excess nutrients.

Do not start feeding your pond fish until the pond water is at least 50°F.

Here are a few other pond tips? Look no further…

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria removes ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and organic debris such as dead leaves, uneaten fish food, fish waste etc., that cause water clarity problems.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.5 – 3.0 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media weekly.
  • Minimum 10% weekly water change.
  • Check chemical levels.

Remember, if you have questions about your pond, give us a call or stop by the store. We are happy to help you find a solution to your pond problems. We keep pumps, filters, skimmers, liner/underlayment, UV supplies, water treatments, aquatic plants, koi and other fish and fish food in stock.

Pond Tips for April

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Need pond tips to start preparing for spring?

As the snow starts to melt and the temperature starts to change, it’s time for you to prepare your pond for the warmer months ahead. We are happy to help you shop for all the pond supplies you need to get your backyard in shape for spring and summer.

While every koi pond and water garden has different needs, there are some general preparations you should make as spring approaches. So here are some pond tips to get started.

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and  algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 2.0 – 2.5 ppt.
  • Add one dose of Melafix
  • Back flush filter media every two weeks.
  • If you shut down UV and filter for winter, turn them on.
  • Check chemical levels.
  • Begin feeding your fish once the water temperature in your pond returns to a consistent 50 degrees

Keep in mind spring is on the horizon, so it’s a good time to invest in a variety of pond supplies you will need in the coming months. It’s better to have them on hand than to find out you’re missing the supplies you need when you are in the middle of cleaning your pond or trying to “de-winterize” it.

Pond Tips for March

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Happy March! We’re getting closer to Pond Season! So, you’ll want to use these pond tips to get the season off on the right foot!

Because of our unpredictable weather here in Oregon, spring pond cleanings usually begin between the end of March and the beginning of June. A cleaning consists of removing almost all the debris that builds up over the previous year such as leaves, dirt, fish waste, etc. In order to do this all the water and fish (placed in a holding tank) will be removed in order to expose the liner.

Need a few pond tips? Look no further…

  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and  algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.00 ppt.
  • Back flush filter media every two weeks.
  • If you shut down UV and filter for winter, turn them on.
  • Check chemical levels.

Pond Tips for February

February Pond Tips 
Seriously it’s February? We can’t believe that one month of 2013 is already gone. But, the good news is that Pond Season is not too far off. However, remember we can still get some cold weather in late February and into March. So even if you see your fish moving around a little bit, do not start feeding them yet. Here are the rest of your February pond tips:

 

  • Check water levels regularly. Keep water levels consistent, adding fresh water
    when levels recede.
  • Don’t let your pond completely ice over.
  • Add beneficial bacteria. Remember beneficial bacteria helps pond filters control algae and algae blooms in ponds and koi and fish pools by reducing fish waste and pond scum.
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.00 ppt.
  • Do one back flush of filter media.