Pondless Waterfall

At the Iverson’s we were faced with a challenge of the grade sloping back toward the home.  When it rained the run off would track down the drive way across a dry stream bed.  Also, people had a hard time approaching the front door when they visited because the driveway was so steep.  We decided to turn the dry stream bed into a pondless water feature transforming a weedy patch of rocks into a beautiful landscape feature.  A bridge transports visitors across the babbling brook to the front entrance.

To tackle the steep hill in front we created a nice pathway of pavers that meanders down the hill to the bridge.  There are some nice planting beds that compliment the steps and water feature.  Overall these improvements have undoubtedly improved the properties access as well as the value.

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September Newsletter

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August Newsletter

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June Newsletter

Then Going Green Newsletter for June of 2008 has been posted. While our attempt to make this a monthly newsletter has not yet succeed I hope you enjoy the latest installment of Going Green. If you would like to view any of our past newsletters check out the Archives.

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Going Green – Feb 2008

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Western Nursery and Landscape Association

Blue Creek Wetland

I attended the Western Sunday through Tuesday of this week. “The Western” is an annual convention/tradeshow that has taken place for 118 years. Landscape contractors, nurseries, and retailers from all over the midwest attend this event to stay up to date on the latest trends in the industry and to improve their trade skills. There we several excellent speakers again at “The Western” this year. Here is a list of the speakers and the materials they presented on.

Quality landscape companies set aside time to attend this convention to make sure they are offering the most up to date and best practices to their clients. Ask your landscape designer if they attended “The Western”?

One very interesting presentation was focused upon building landscapes that are eco-friendly. It is important in this day and Read the rest of this entry »

What to Buy a Koi for Christmas?

It’s December and even in the naturalistic, outdoor-loving mindset of pond enthusiasts around the country, that means lights, decorations, excitement, and to the kid still lingering in all of us, it means presents. So my question this month is, “What are you going to buy your koi for Christmas?” I mean, you don’t exclude your dog, your cat, or your hamster (how do you think PetSmart survives?) from the Christmas giving celebration, do you? I know we don’t exclude ours. So why would any red-blooded, animal-loving, pond enthusiast exclude their koi? Here are a few ideas for you.

How About a Pond Heater?
How about a brand new pond warmer/heater to complement the surface agitator that you have bubbling away in your pond? I mean it’s not quite the same as a new sweater, but it will help keep a bigger hole in the ice throughout the winter, which translates into A Few Happy Koimore oxygen for your hibernating fin flickers parked at the bottom of the pond for the duration of the winter.

Red and Green Underwater Lights
Or how about changing the standard white, underwater light bulbs to red and green bulbs? That would be festive, you must admit. How about decorating the foliage surrounding the pond with colorful Christmas lights so that all your koi feel like they’re part of the Christmas spirit? You could even buy them some new fish food so long as you promise to avoid feeding them in the spring until the temperature has warmed up (at least 55 degrees).

A Bigger Pond
I have some friends who are taking the Christmas koi thing to a whole new level by planning a new and bigger home for their fish in the spring. They speculate that their fish have outgrown their current quarters, and would appreciate a little more room. So they’re laying the groundwork out on paper this winter, planning to double their standard 11’x16’ pond, and adding a brand new fish cave, which will allow their colorful friends to avoid harms way, in case a great blue heron comes a trolling or rocky the raccoon comes a swipin’.

Longer Stream, Another Waterfall
Yes, I’m talking about building an entirely new pond, with a longer stream. They’re considering an additional waterfall as well – that would make two falls and twice the fun and relaxation … right? And for the fish, it would mean lots more room to dart around, more plants to munch on, more oxygen to breathe … just a little more of everything for your favorite koi.
And isn’t more of everything what it’s really all about any more? And if not, maybe you’d prefer to appreciate all the things that Mother Nature does with your pond this winter from inside the house, by the cozy fire. In the end, that could be construed as a little more relaxation, a little more fun, a little more Christmas, right this very moment. Until next month all I can say is … Merry Christmas, and to all a good night.

Six ponds for the price of One!

I recently met a guy from Canada who tells wonderful pond stories. His name is Bill Vernon and he was talking about what he
called the six ponds in one.
Now I’ve been in and around the water gardening business for a while now, and I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. So I asked him to explain.

Bill Explains the first Four

A Nice WaterfallHe basically said that every pond he’d ever seen has had six distinct personalities, including a spring personality, a summer personality, a fall personality, and a winter personality.

“You see the pond is a living and breathing entity,” Bill said, “and it changes right along with the weather and the seasons. Just go ahead and tell me that the spring pond is the same as the summer pond, and the fall pond is the same as the winter pond” Bill challenged. “They’re all different and unique in and of themselves.” Ok, I thought to myself, now I understand four of the six ponds he was talking about, and I couldn’t help but agree with him that all four were unique and different from all the others. But that left two more ponds unexplained, and so
I asked Bill to fill in these other two blanks so I could fully understand where he was coming from.

Bill Explains Two More

Without hesitation Bill continued, “Well, there is also the day time pond and the night time pond, right?”A Cold Winters Night I shook my head in agreement as he continued to explain the magic of the daytime pond, with the sun glistening off the water’s surface, the colorful Koi darting around below, all surrounded by lush green and colorful plants. The daytime pond certainly has magical qualities to it. Then Bill contrasted the daytime pond with the romance of the nighttime pond, underwater lights turning the entire aquatic ecosystem into a transparent liquid world that’s for all practical purposes, invisible during the day. “Do you know anyone who can resist the seduction of the night time pond?” Bill asked. I had to shake my head in agreement once again. I knew nobody who was less than spellbound by a pond at night.

Then I Discovered Bill’s Fuzzy Math

But then I started to question Bill’s math. To use an overused political phrase, I thought it was a little fuzzy. I mean if there were four different pond personalities that corresponded with each new season, that’s four, right? And if each one of these have a night time and a day time edition, that’s two times four or eight different ponds, am I right on this Bill. He looked like a deer who’d just been caught in the headlights as he scratched his head in thought and finally said “hmmmmm. I never thought of it like that before. I’d say that you’re right. I’m changing my story to eight ponds in one from now on. That way you’re getting
more for your money…right?” Right I said. Is it any wonder why Bill Vernon sells lots of ponds?