Water tends to attract attention. The gentle sounds of flowing water sooth our senses. We feel an automatic connection to the soft, rippling current and the mesmerizing creatures that generally come along with it. Incorporating a water feature, water garden or pond into your landscape can help you relax at [...]
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Pond Maintenance: The Role of Bacteria Products in Your Pond Most indigenous microorganisms (bacteria) found in your pond fail to breakdown and remove difficult to degrade organic matter. These same bacteria may also be less efficient at reducing higher than normal levels of nutrients like phosphorous and nitrate. When selecting [...]
Garden Pond Construction: Rock Fountains This carved rock fountain would look beautiful in a garden with shade so the moss will continue to grow. The fountain rock is 59"long x 33"wide and 12" high and we estimate it weighs between 1000 and 1200 pounds. A pump is included to make [...]
This is one of several research articles that we have studied to learn how deciduous leaves contribute to increased levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in pond water. The author of this article is John R. Dorney and was published in Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 28 (1986)
Using a Secchi Disc to measure water clarity can provide useful information for keeping your pond healthy. A Secchi Disc is made of metal or plastic with contrasting colors that can be observed as it is lowered into the water with a string. A seldom used coffee or tea cup [...]
If you have a direct drive submersible pond pump and you are getting your pond ready for Spring it is important to check the oil level in the pump. Direct drive pumps use non-toxic turbine oil to lubricate the drive shaft assembly unlike magnetic drive pumps which require no oil. [...]
I took this picture after the ice just disappeared on this pond. Why is there so much live green algae? The most likely cause is the release of nutrients from the organic sediments on the bottom of this pond, no surface waters run into it. Along the edge there are [...]
As mentioned on the previous blog it is important to have the basin full of water and the system flowing before you start trimming the liner just in case an adjustment is needed or you have soft soil (sand)beneath the filter. When trimming the raceway liner it is best to [...]
After the basin frame is constructed and leveled, position the two pieces of 30mil liner. The larger piece is for the basin and the other piece is for the return raceway. It is helpful to dig a shallow channel from the basin frame to the pond edge before placing the [...]
If you have a flat level location next to your pond to place a Country Pond Filter you may avoid the need to excavate with equipment. We have tested a variety of common building materials that can be used to build a basin frame. treated wood 4" x 4" or [...]