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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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DIY 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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3 Spooky Décor Ideas for Around Your Pond

Every year the end of October, everyday household items become opportunities for mischief and fright.  Halloween is arguably one of the most enjoyable holidays to decorate for.  There are endless DIY decorations to give your pond a wonderfully eerie feel.  A spooky pond will give trick-or-treaters extra goosebumps and giggles.  If your decorations are scary enough, the trick-or-treaters will be too frightened to knock on the door, and you’ll have all of the candy to yourself!   (more…)
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How to Repurpose Leaves Into Compost

Composting is a great way to naturally recycle organic materials.  Many cities in the United States have voluntary composting systems.  Unused foods, lawn vegetation, and solid paper products can be disposed of in a covered plastic bin designated for compost, and it will be collected by the city’s waste disposal.  While this isn’t available in every city, it’s easy to compost fall leaves at home. The abundance of leaves during the fall makes for environmentally friendly and nutrient-rich mulch that can be used for gardening! Instead of scooping soggy leaves out of your pond into the trash, add them to the compost; nuisance becomes nutrients! (more…)
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DIY Container Fountain Kit

It would be hard to find a more tranquil sound than a fountain. A garden can be turned into a peaceful sanctuary filled with the calming sounds of running water. Fountains come in all different shapes, sizes, and...price tags.  A pretty self-contained water feature can cost anywhere from a hundred to over a thousand dollars! The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit turns water gardening into an affordable Do It Yourself project with lots of freedom. (more…)
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Prepare Your Plants for Closing Your Pond

Winter is coming and that means so are the snowmen, hot cocoa, and ice skating!  Before winter can be properly enjoyed, water gardeners must prepare their ponds for the upcoming months of freezing temperatures.  Fish can often dominate the winterization strategy, but plants also need extra care in the fall to help make the transition.  As the ponds begin to ice over and your pond closes, depending on their hardiness, plants need to be relocated indoors, pruned, or moved to the bottom of the pond. (more…)
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First Day of Fall DIY!

Happy first day of Fall! The Autumnal Equinox marked the official start of the new season despite the signs of fall already being scattered in supermarkets and Pinterest feeds. Fall is such an exhilarating and fun season, there’s no shame in wanted to make it last as long as possible. The clothes are softs, the trees magical, the food is comforting, everything tastes like pumpkin and smells like cinnamon. There are so many great DIY decorations, but ponds are often left out of the fun! (more…)
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How to Enjoy Your Pond Through Fall

Summer is nearly officially over.  Depending on where you are, you may have already begun to get the first gusts of fall wind.  Fall is a lovely time that smells of cinnamon and tastes of pumpkin.  It is a transitional period to help ease us into winter, which is much needed for pond owners.  Besides the fish care, there are other pond elements which must be prepared for freezing temperatures. (more…)
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Feeding Your Fish as Temperatures Decline

  With Fall around the corner, it’s nearly time to break out the sweaters and boots and begin your diet of Pumpkin Spice.  Florida friends are still at war with algae in bathing suits and flip flops, but those a little more North are starting the battle of the leaves.  Pond care shifts as the weather becomes cooler, and a major area of concern is fish feeding. (more…)
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