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Pond Tips for December

December Pond Tips 
It’s December and the colder temperatures are upon us. Your pond is an outdoor living ecosystem and unless you live in a part of the country where the frigid temperatures of winter don’t pay you an annual visit, you will have to prepare for changes in winter. Don’t forget your pond needs some attention before the snow and ice arrive!

 

Here are a few pond tips for you for December

  • Add beneficial bacteria
  • Maintain salt level between 1.25 – 2.0 ppt
  • Consider waterfall bypass and UV shut off
  • Back flush filter media once

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.

What about my fish?

Stop feeding fish at water temperatures of 55 degrees.   Start back feeding in the spring when water  reaches about 55 degrees. Fish cannot digest food late in the season and feeding late can be detrimental to their health.

Fish will hibernate in the winter.   Your fish will do just fine in 2 feet of water as long as you keep a hole in the ice to allow for gas exchange to take place.   They will rest on the bottom of the pond barely moving.

 

Third Annual Customer Appreciation Event a Success!

Saturday, August 18th marked our Third Annual Customer Appreciation Event. The weather was perfect and many of our customers enjoyed walking around our beautifully upgraded landscaped grounds including new water features.

This is one of our favorite events of the year! We really enjoy showing you, our customer how much we appreciate your business and even more importantly your friendship.

We decided to pop open our barbecues for this event. We cooked up quite a few hamburgers and hotdogs.

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful day. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

How to Build a Pond and Waterfall/Stream Seminar

Saturday, July 9th was our How to Build a Pond and Waterfall/Stream Seminar. It was a great seminar and all the attendees gave us positive feedback. So, we will be planning another one for next summer.

In this informational seminar, we walked people through the 20 simple steps to take in order to build your own pond. After the seminar many attendees picked up the items needed to go home and get started!

We can’t wait to see the pictures! Thanks to all of you who attended!

2011 How to Build a Pond and Waterfall Seminar

Join us this Saturday, 4/23 for an amazing pond building lesson.  This seminar is sure to impress and will prepare you to jump into building your own pond.  Seminar will be held at our water garden center located at 9965 SE Orient Dr. in Boring, OR.  We have two sessions available, the first is at 11am and the second at 2pm.  Please RSVP by email or call us at 503.663.5483 to save your spot.  In this seminar you will learn about each component needed to build a water feature and how to do it and how to determine the cost. 

Water gardening is the fastest growing  division of property enhancement.  We can help you create a beautiful piece of paradise for your landscape.  You can have a koi pond or a plant pond, but they will be best put together.  We carry all of the supplies you need and can give you the knowledge to build it yourself or we can do it for you!

2011 Spring Pond Jumpstart Seminar

Please join us for our first seminar of the season.  Saturday, April 2nd at 10am or 2pm.  At 9965 SE Orient Dr. in Boring.  Space is limited, so please RSVP.  This seminar will go over pond cleaning, fish care, and algae.  Ben will be presenting.  He is new to our staff and we are so happy to have him.  He is very knowledgeable and has extensive experience with pond building, maintenance and fish handling and care.  We know you will enjoy hearing him and come away knowing how to tackle your pond this spring.  There will be a seminar special for (3) products including the Microbe-Lift Bacteria for Spring/Summer and AlgaeFix.

2011 Portland Home & Garden Show

This show was phenomenal.  We really had a good time and enjoyed talking to people about the work we do.  We met many new people and saw some of our valued customers.  Randy and Ted designed and built a beautiful display that included a paver patio, a sitting wall surrounding a Liquid Art Double Bubbler and two columns.  We had a lot of extra room and were able to also bring in some of the fantastic new items we have in our store to show off.  We loved our display so much, that we decided to bring it back to the store and now it is displayed in our showroom.  It looks so great!  As I type this, the guys are building yet another indoor display (insider hint: it will have a waterfall and some koi).  We hope those of you that were able to join us at the Home and Garden Show enjoyed yourselves and will use the coupons we passed out.  For those of you not able to attend, we will be sending the coupons out in the email blast, so make sure to open it.  If you aren’t on our email list just click the link on our website to join or send us an email and we will send one out to you.

2010 Fall/Winter Pond Maintenance-Microbe Management

Did you spend more time than you would have liked this year trying to get your pond water clean and clear?  Did you suffer from a case of never ending pea soup colored pond water? Or maybe you still haven’t been able to see your fish this year… Or the looming thought of just one truck load of dirt to bury the headaches all together?  Face it, a pond or water feature takes a lot of hard work to go from a dream to a reality.  If all of this is sounding a little too familiar, now is the time to start to make next year easier and less of a hassle.  There are a few key steps to take in the next few months as the leaves change that are necessary to prepare for winter and ensure that your water garden is in top shape for the beginning of next spring.  Fall and winter maintenance is often forgotten or overlooked and can be the keystone in your maintenance routine. Continue reading