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A water feature can enhance the beauty and tranquility of your garden. This page contains tips and advice about ponds and rockery in your garden.

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Keeping Pond Water ClearIf your pond it beginning to look like a vat of split pea soup it is time to clean it and begin using some maintenance techniques to keep it that way. This is a page about keeping pond water clear.


Controlling Algae in a Pond

Controlling Algae in a PondIt is frustrating when your beautiful garden pond become a murky green from algae. This is a page about controlling algae in a pond.


Preparing Your Pond For Winter, A koi pond with plants around the edge.

Preparing Your Pond For WinterThis is a page about preparing your pond for winter. It is important to properly prepare your pond for winter. If the water freezes without the proper precautions it can damage the pump, plants, and fish.


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Green Slime on Surface of Pond?We have a green (almost a fluorescent green color) algae-like material covering the whole surface of our pond. If you put your hand in it to scoop it up it looks almost like a bunch of tiny seeds and slime that sticks to your hand. Each year it gets worse and this year there are actually plants growing about 6-10 inches high on it. It hardly resembles a pond any more. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it?


Getting Rid of Cattails?This may not be exactly a gardening request, but someone may know something about ridding a pond of cattails. We have a medium sized pond (used for watering cattle) and cattails are taking it over to the point that there is little water space left for our cattle to drink.


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Keep Raccoons Out of Your Pond?How do I keep raccoons away from my fish pond?


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Keeping Cats Out of a Pond?How can I keep my cats and neighbor cats out of my pond? They are eating my fish and frogs.


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Protecting Pond Fish From WildlifeThis is a page about protecting pond fish from wildlife. The lovely fish you have in your pond may be at risk for becoming dinner for the local wildlife.


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Cleaning a Garden PondThis is a page about cleaning a garden pond. Keeping your pond clean and free of algae and debris can be a challenge.


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Caring for Pond Fish?This is a page about caring for pond fish. Watching the fish swim lazily in your backyard pond is a very relaxing, enjoyable pastime. Proper care and feeding of your pond fish is easy to do.


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Fish Pond Is Green?My fish pond is green. I treated it with algaecide, but it didn't help. I have plants in it and just added tadpoles and snails. Is there anything else I should do? Or do I just wait and let them work?


A fountain sculpture with two koi jumping.

Converting Dolphin Fountain Sculpture Into KoiThe tip on this page explains how to modify a garden fountain sculpture to match your pond concept.



A beautiful fish pond in a backyard.

Garden Pond PhotosA pond can lend an air of tranquility to your garden. This page contains garden pond photos.


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Installing a Preformed Garden PondThis is a page about installing a preformed garden pond. A pond can be a beautiful focal point in your garden.


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Keeping Roots From Damaging a Pond's LiningThis is a page about keeping roots from damaging a pond's lining. Tree roots can be very aggressive and invasive.


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Making a Water FeatureThis is a page about making a water feature. Adding a water feature to your garden provides a beautiful, relaxing focal point. With some creativity and skill you can make your own.


A chaffinch sitting on a rock by a garden pond.

Keeping Ponds Safe for Fish and WildlifeThis is a page about keeping ponds safe for fish and wildlife. With thoughtful planning you can create a pond that is safe for your fish and visiting wildlife.


Koi swimming in a pond.

Protecting Pond Fish From Birds?This is a page about protecting pond fish from birds. Birds cannot distinguish between your backyard pond and naturally occurring lakes, streams, etc. when searching for food.


white lily on a pond

Building a Pond Vacuum?This is a page about building a pond vacuum. A pond vac is a useful tool for keeping your pond clean and beautiful. You can buy one or save money by making your own.


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Controlling Grass in a Backyard Pond?This is a page about controlling grass in a backyard pond. In addition to algae, pond grass can detract from the beauty and health of you pond.


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Keeping Mosquitoes Out of a PondThis is a page about keeping mosquitoes out of a pond. Mosquitoes unfortunately will lay their eggs in backyard ponds.


Indoor Water Fountain

Making an Indoor Water Feature?This is a page about making an indoor water feature. Water features are not just for your outdoor garden. You can enjoy the soothing site and sound of a water feature indoors as well.


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Finding Plants for a Water Garden?When establishing a water feature in your yard, you need to procure the appropriate plants. This page is about finding plants for a water garden.


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Pond Has a Bulge in Side?I had a pre-formed pond installed recently and it has a large bulge in the side will this eventually split or crack?


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Building a Garden PondThis is a page about building a garden pond. Building a garden pond helps create a tranquil setting and has the added bonus of attracting wildlife such as birds and frogs.


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Uv Pond Filter Does Not Seem To Be Working?I bought a Oase living water filter 4 weeks ago and the water is still green. How do I know if the UV bulb is working?


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Designing a Pond Canopy to Keep the Leaves Out?I am looking for canopy designs to put netting on to keep the leaves out of the pond. The floating net is sinking with the weight of the leaves. It seems it could be left up all year since it is under the trees.



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Will Sulfur Water Kill Fish in a Pond?Does sulfur water kill fish? We added sulfur water to our pond and it killed all of the fish! Is this typical of sulfur water or do we have bigger problems?Thanks. A


Garden: Rock WaterfallMy husband built this waterfall two years ago and it was just featured in our local newspaper today! We live on a hillside in an area called Mountainview so the waterfall looks very natural. Cars stop often to look at it.


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Using BBQ Lava Rock in Pond Filter?Can I use BBQ lava rock in a pond filter?


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Treating Fish Pond For Fungi?Looking for information on treating a fish pond for fungi.


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Will Blackbirds Harm My Fish Pond?I have blackbirds this Spring flying into my pond and dropping a white jelly substance. Will this stuff harm my fish?


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Making Pond Planting Baskets?Any ideas of how I can make my own pond planting baskets?


Growing Water LiliesIf you are planning on growing water lilies in your back yard pond make sure the pond is situated in place where it receives at least five or six hours of sunlight a day.


Attracting Frogs and Toads to Your PondIf you want to attract frogs and toads to your pond then make sure it has a sizeable shallow area that is not any deeper than six inches deep. Fill this area with lots of rocks for them to hide under so they feel camouflaged and safe.


Preventing Animals from Drowning In Your PondIf you live in a rural area that is populated by a lot of small wild animals then avoid using the kind of pond liner that is like a plastic sheet. This type of liner is placed over a hole in the ground that you have dug yourself. The result is often a slippery slope into the pond and animals drown.


Make Sure Your Pond is Large Enough for KoiBefore planning to host Koi in your pond make sure it is big enough and large enough to support the ecosystem of these delicate fish. Koi need lots of room to thrive in so it is recommended that the pond be at least five feet deep and be able to contain at least 1000 gallons or water.


The Best Type of Liner for Your PondThe best type of pond liner for supporting the life of aquatic plants and ornamental fish are the plastic ones that have flat bottoms and also sport a shelf all away around the edge.


Keep Koi In Partial ShadeDid you know the hotter your pond is the more Koi fish will have to eat? If you have placed the pond where there is no shade then prepare to invest in a lot of food as heat from the sun causes the fish's metabolism to accelerate.



Gardening Decor - Water PondThis is a water pond that we installed in the end of our deck. My husband cut out a section from the deck floor to install it. A very relaxing place to sit and sip tea.


container water garden

Making a Container Water GardenI found a really neat ceramic bowl on clearance last year. The inside had a really neat glaze so I didn't want to plant anything in it, I wanted to be able to see the colors. So I decided that it should be used for a container water garden.


Preparing your pond for winter

Preparing Your Pond For WinterAs the air temperature cools, so does the temperature of the water in your pond. When average daily temperatures drop below 60-70º F, significant biological changes start to take place in aquatic plants and fish. Here are some tips for preparing your pond for winter.


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Installing A Preformed PondPreformed ponds are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get started in water gardening. Most box-garden centers offer several sizes and depths to choose from, including complete kits that contain everything you need to get started


Self Contained Water Fountain

Transform Your Garden with a Self-Contained...There is a universal appeal to the sound of trickling water - it calms the spirit and soothes the soul. Fountains are a great way to add a water element to your garden.


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Protecting Pond Fish From WildlifeTips for setting up a pond to prevent pests from eating the fish.


Keeping Algae from Growing in a Pond?I have a pond that measures about 30' across and is about 5' deep in the very center, and I want to keep algae from forming without having to treat the water with chemicals, or clutter the pond with plants to block out the sunlight.


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Removing Dawn Detergent Residue from Fish Pond?I had a customer tell me that her children played a prank on their neighbors and poured Dawn in their neighbor's pond, not realizing they had koi fish in the pond. It killed all 29 of the fish. My question is doesn't Dawn have chemicals and how would you get that out of the filter box and off the liner?


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Cleaning a Stinky Garden Pond?We recently added a small landscape pond with a waterfall feature to our yard. I recently added a small group of water lilies and noticed a strong skunky water odor. The plants I was gifted smelled before I put them in the pond. I noticed the smell the most when I turned the waterfall feature on.


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Copper Sulfate Killed Fish in Pond?I used copper sulfate for algae control in my pond. I ended up killing all my koi. Is there any way to get the copper to dissipate or do I need to drain my pond to reintroduce koi?



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Algae Control in a Large Natural Pond?I recently moved into a house in rural SE PA. There is a rather large pond that has a lot of green algae floating on the top and what I would call a seaweed growing up from the bottom. I have tried barley straw bales that have been in about two weeks, I tried the use of an algaecide, but so far no positive results.


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Using an Oase 6000 Pump in a Pond?Does an Oase 6000 pump work OK on the bottom of a pond 27 inches deep?


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Clearing the Water in Pool with Fountain?It is not a pond with fish and vegetation, just a water pool with pump and water fountain feature. It gets cloudy. It is in full sun. What can I use naturally, i.e. vinegar, baking soda, or peroxide that will clear the water?


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