• Importance of Plants in a Water Garden

    Importance of Plants in a Water Garden

    Water gardens and fish ponds offer an outlet for homeowners to design and create features unique to themselves. Adding plants is another way to customize your feature, challenge your green thumb with new types of plants, and balance your pond ecosystem. When planning a water garden, there are 5 key components to consider and aquatic plants are one of them. Here are just a few reasons why plants are such an intricate part of any pond ecosystem. Algae Control : Fish waste and other organic material acts like a fertilizer for vegetation in your pond. Add in some sun and the algae... Read More »
  • Snails 101

    Snails 101

    Get ready to take notes, there'll be a quiz at the end. Ok, so maybe there's not a quiz, but you might learn some things you never knew about Japanese Trapdoor Snails , also known by the scientific name Viviparis malleatus. Snails are invertebrates called gastropods. They are scavenging herbivores that feed on algae and other organic debris. Japanese Trapdoor Snails get their name from the hinged fingernail-like plate that seals the shell's opening, offering protection from drought and predators. These snails are dark in color and vary greatly in size, but usually arrive to your door... Read More »
  • How to Pick Pond Plants

    How to Pick Pond Plants

    Aquatic plants are a perfect addition to any pond, not only do their colors add a great design element, but they also function to keep your water garden healthy. As any gardener knows, the first step in a successful garden is to plan what you want to plant. Below are a few points to consider when selecting plants for your pond. Keep it Covered : Covering your pond's surface area with 40-60% plants will help to reduce excess nutrients, control algae blooms, and provide cover for your fish. For ponds up to 50 square feet, we recommend 6-12 floating plants , 2 bog plants , 5... Read More »
  • Plant Maintenance - Season by Season

    Plant Maintenance - Season by Season

    Just like your car, regularly scheduled maintenance will keep your plants in top performance. From start up to shut down, we have tips to help you check off your to-do list. Divvy in Spring When the ice starts to melt, it means that spring is just around the corner. Start the pond season off by thawing your green thumb and dividing your aquatic plants so they have some room to stretch their roots. In general, bog plants should be divided every one to two years; water lilies and lotus are usually divided every two to three years. Below is a simplified how-to guide, so grab... Read More »