• Why is my pond cloudy in the summer and clear in the winter?

    Why is my pond cloudy in the summer and clear in the winter?

    A: Frustrating, isn't it? During the summer when it's warm and inviting outside by the pond, the water looks cloudy; when it's too cold to enjoy the outdoor scenery, the water appears crystal clear. What's the deal? Let's look below the water's surface to see what happens during the two seasons. Murky Summer A lot happens in your pond during the warmer months. Fish are actively feeding and creating waste. Pond critters, like turtles and frogs, are digging around in the mud and stirring up muck at the bottom of the pond. Rainstorms wash sediment into the pond along with... Read More »
  • People ice fish on lakes, but can you ice fish on a small pond, too?

    People ice fish on lakes, but can you ice fish on a small pond, too?

    A: Absolutely! Ice fishing on a small pond can be just as rewarding as ice fishing on a lake – particularly if it's stocked with bass, bluegill and perch. Here are five tips for making this wintertime sport safe and enjoyable. Partner Up: Whether you're ice fishing on a huge lake or a small pond, always fish with a partner. Venturing out on the ice is never 100 percent safe, so have someone there to watch your back and lend a hand in case of emergency. Also be sure to have a Life Ring and first aid kit easily accessible. Better to be safe than sorry! Check Ice... Read More »
  • We just bought a house with a half-acre pond. Where do we start?

    We just bought a house with a half-acre pond. Where do we start?

    A: Some home buyers look for granite countertops or in-house movie theaters – but a half-acre pond is an amenity that makes us giddy! Because you likely don't know the history of the pond, how it was built or how it was maintained, it's best to give that new pond a complete rehab from the bottom up so you can use it to its full potential. Here's a five-step process that will make the job easy: Assess the Pond's Condition. Before you begin rehabbing your pond, take some time to examine it, including measuring its size and depth, identifying weeds and beneficial... Read More »
  • We had a couple of warm days. Is there anything I should be working on for the spring?

    We had a couple of warm days. Is there anything I should be working on for the spring?

    A: We may have another month or two of winter ahead of us, but that doesn't mean you can't head out to the pond on sunny days and get a jump-start on your spring cleaning and maintenance chores. Here are a few ideas: Tidy Things Up Rain, snow, wind and winter precipitation do a number on landscaping, so take some time to clean up the foliage around your pond. Remove fallen branches, rake leaves and debris, cut down cattails and pull out any pond weeds you can reach. Two great all-purpose tools to use for the task are the Weed Cutter and the  Pond & Beach Rake .... Read More »