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Plants that Flower in Winter

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Spring and summer gardens are known for their bright colors and vivacity.  Fall has the beautiful changing leaves.  Winter has bare trees...and snow?  There are many plants that prefer actually prefer the cold weather and will bloom beautiful flowers amidst the falling snowflakes.  There are even a few that will die off in the warm weather and reappear every fall or winter, with very little maintenance.  Plants help bring a pond to life, adding color and fun.  In the fall, before the ground freezes, plant some winter blooming plants around the pond and as the temperatures drop, wait for the flowers to peek under the blanket of snow.  Your pond will look extra beautiful even if it’s shut down until spring.

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Live Well

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Live Well
“Water is the driving force of nature”- Leonardo Da Vinci Here at smartpond the theme for 2017 is “Live Well.”  We want to promote well rounded lifestyles balanced by work and play.  Water gardening is a great way to destress and enjoy nature.  There a few things more calming than watching koi swim around a crystal clear pond with the sound of a fountain flowing.  Water is such an important part of our daily lives.     (more…)
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New Year’s Water Gardening Resolution

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016
New Year's Water Gardening Resolution
A new year is a fresh start, a chance to reflect and make improvements.  Resolutions are made (and hopefully kept!) as people promise more exercise and healthier lifestyle for the New Year.  This year try adding a water gardening resolution.  Think back to 2016, how was your water clarity?  Were your fish healthy?  How often did you test your water? (more…)
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How to Enjoy Your Pond Through Winter

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Winter Pond
The goal for a winter pond is to have healthy fish and good water quality, leading to a smooth spring transition.  A pond filled with fish, frogs, and snails requires a little extra care, but adds for even more fun in the spring with tadpoles and baby fish!  Depending on how harsh the climate is and the depth of your pond, you may decide to move everyone inside and close the pond for the winter.  If you do not have fish to worry about, the workload is a bit less and the pond can be shut down until the weather warms up in the spring.  Before the water freezes, don’t forget to add any lights or in-water decorations!  Here are three tips to keep your pond enjoyable throughout winter. (more…)
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DIY Indoor Winter Crafts

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Winter Crafts
  Indoor crafts can help keep the sanity a when blizzard comes through, and a blanket of howling snow prevents you from leaving the house.  Everyone can get a little stir crazy, kids especially.  Kids can make gifts for grandparents or teachers, it’s a win-win.  You can also trick your kids into decorating your house!  Hopefully in the fall you started hoarding all of the Mason jars you could find!  Mason jars are a DIY staple and make everything better.  They immediately add a delightfully rustic and home-style feel. (more…)
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Decorate Your Pond for Winter

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Winter Decor
Ponds are often overlooked during holiday decorations in the winter, but can really make a yard come to life!  Ice skating is one of the best parts of winter, and if your pond is big enough, you have a free rink in your backyard with just a little bit of work!  There is something magical about the glistening of an icy pond in a sea of snow!  You can decorate whether you keep your pond running or shut it down until spring.   (more…)
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Winter Pond Tips

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Winter Pond Tips
Winter means different things depending on where you live.  In Florida, it could mean wearing a tank top on Christmas and owning a few sweatshirts, but if you live in Vermont or Montana it could mean blizzards and snowshoes!  Ice is a main concern with water gardening in the winter.  If the surface water will freeze over or even get some ice, winter prep is needed.  Winterizing your pond is crucial for avoiding winter fish kills, ensuring your plants survive, and easing the transition into spring. (more…)
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Craft Ideas for Kids on Thanksgiving

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Craft Ideas for Kids on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is one of the best seasons for kid friendly, DIY decorations.  Pinecones and leaves are readily abundant and can be used for many different craft projects.  Collecting the leaves and pinecones is nearly as fun as the crafts!  You can easily keep your kids busy and by the end of the season, your house will be filled with memorable decorations to bring a smile, as you head into the holiday season. Many projects can be turned into a fun lesson on the history and thankfulness! (more…)
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3 Things You Should Know About Ponds In Cooler Temperatures

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016
3 Things You Should Know About Ponds In Cooler Temperatures
There are cold weather people who love big jackets and hot chocolate and there are warm weather people, who enjoy bathing suits and smoothies.  Similar to people, ponds can flourish in any season, but have special needs to succeed in the fluctuating temperatures.  During the warm weather, the main concern is algae blooms, water quality, and oxygen levels.  The three things you should know about ponds in cooler temperatures are the decline of good bacteria, vulnerability of fish, and potential runoff exposure. (more…)
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DIY Pinecone Centerpiece

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Pinecone Centerpiece
Pinecones are often seen as nuisances, as anyone who has ever stepped on one while running through a yard barefoot can attest, but are great ingredients for DIY projects.  Pinecones are perfect for fall decorations because they smell wonderful, and are usually readily available as the leaves change.  Pinecones make beautiful and cost-effective centerpieces for the holiday season.  They can be rustic and classic, giving the table an earthy, but effortlessly elegant feel. (more…)
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