Dreaming of SpringPosted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017
The seemingly endless months of snow and cold weather have us dreaming of spring (unless you live in Florida and put on a jacket only once or twice this season). Our fingers ache to dig into the soil, tear out weeds, and scoop out fish feed. Our poor gardening tools haven’t been touched in months. Our koi are still sluggish and don’t greet us beneath the ice. It can be a little disheartening. We still have about a month until March 20th, the official start of spring, the Spring Equinox.
Until the ice melts, there isn’t too much to do but plan and prep for spring, when the gardens will be brought back to life. While it is still frosty, clean and check all of the pumps, filters, waterfalls, etc. for signs of damage such as cracks. This is the time to replace any worn parts and do any upgrades. Do you need a more powerful pump this year, maybe one with a UV clarifier? Do you want to add a waterfall? Do you still need an aerator?
Spring is a great time of year to add that pond or water feature you have been dreaming about all winter long. Check out our projects page for how to build a pond, how to build a fountain, and keep checking back all year long to see what new ideas we have been dreaming up for you. The possibilities are endless. Grab a pump and a container and let your imagination run wild.
As the weather warms up you can pay more attention to the plants, pruning away any leaves or stems that didn’t make it through the frost. Check to see if your plants are too crowded; now is a great time to repot. You can also start shopping for new plants. Which annuals do you want to plant this year? Buy some plants that will bloom in the summer too!
Plants are a great way to add color to a yard, especially a pond. Algae love sunlight and warm weather. Adding a large plant or tree can shade some of the pond and help with algae growth. Hardier plants can be reintroduced to your pond, and once the water temperature is in the high 60s, you can add your tropical plants.
Could this be the year you start a vegetable garden? Spinach, lettuce, kale, and peas are great plants to start in the spring. They are easy bloomers and do not require too much attention. If you can, get organic seeds, soil, and avoid using any pesticides. You can use pots or do a D.I.Y vegetable bed using wood or even concrete blocks. Maybe you want to help save the bees? Plants like daisies, marigolds, wild lilac, calendula, hyacinth, crocus, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, sunflower, and lavender will attract bees. Be careful not to use any harmful pesticides for them either!
You can do little fun projects in the spring like adding a brick path to the pond. Is your pond comfortable? You can add chairs or a hammock so you can soak up the Vitamin D you’ve been missing or read a good book. Ladybugs and praying mantis will eat aphids and other pests. You can buy them online and release them into your garden. Kids will love this!