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6 05, 2020

A beautiful rock fountain

2020-05-06T08:35:17-04:00

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 water flow from the top [...]

A beautiful rock fountain2020-05-06T08:35:17-04:00
16 04, 2020

Leaves may be adding nutrients to your pond

2020-04-16T13:23:39-04:00

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)

Leaves may be adding nutrients to your pond2020-04-16T13:23:39-04:00
10 04, 2020

Secchi Disc Values for Ponds

2020-04-10T15:57:33-04:00

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 [...]

Secchi Disc Values for Ponds2020-04-10T15:57:33-04:00
13 03, 2020

Algae Blooms on ponds after ice out

2020-03-13T09:08:01-04:00

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 [...]

Algae Blooms on ponds after ice out2020-03-13T09:08:01-04:00
6 03, 2020

Country Pond Filter trimming the liner

2020-03-06T15:44:18-05:00

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 [...]

Country Pond Filter trimming the liner2020-03-06T15:44:18-05:00
6 03, 2020

Country Pond Filter liner installation

2020-03-06T15:34:51-05:00

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 [...]

Country Pond Filter liner installation2020-03-06T15:34:51-05:00
6 03, 2020

Country Pond Filter frame material

2020-03-06T14:07:14-05:00

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 [...]

Country Pond Filter frame material2020-03-06T14:07:14-05:00
6 03, 2020

Selecting a pond filter location

2020-03-06T13:55:33-05:00

The best location for a Country Pond Filter is on level ground next to your pond that is elevated enough to prevent flooding and easy to mow around if needed.  Leveling the ground can be accomplished by adding material or digging down to create a flat spot slightly bigger than [...]

Selecting a pond filter location2020-03-06T13:55:33-05:00