Water Plant Monkey Flower   Recently updated !

Monkey flower (Mimulus ringens) has oblong-shaped leaves with jagged edges and lavender flowers.  Monkey flower tolerates full sun but performs best in part shade.  Monkey flower looks great in container gardens or among sedges in up to 6 inches of water.  They are hardy to zone 5. Common Names: Monkey […]

Monkey flowers are native, shallow water pond plants.

Diffused aeration in your pond helps prevent fish kills.

Understand and Prevent Fish Kills in Your Pond   Recently updated !

Each summer, usually starting in late July and accelerating into early August, we hear about fish kills from pond owners. By the time dying fish are observed in ponds, it is often too late to save them. But by understanding the causes of summer fish kills, actions can be taken […]

How to Improve Fish Health   Recently updated !

Whether you have a large pond with sport fish or a backyard water garden with beautiful koi and goldfish, maintaining the health of your fish can be achieved by paying attention to key details.  Optimum fish health is  achieved with good nutrition, sanitation and good water quality. Good nutrition is just […]

Cardinal flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Water Plant Cardinal Flower   Recently updated !

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) has bright green lance-shaped leaves with bright red flowers and enjoys full sun to shade.  Cardinal flower is best enjoyed on the back edge of a bog or the center of a container garden in up to 3 inches of water.  They are hardy in zones […]

Identify and Treat Common Fish Diseases   Recently updated !

    The ability to quickly identify and treat common fish diseases greatly improves the odds that sick fish will bounce back to good health. Key to disease control is observing fish behavior. Any lasting changes to normal behavior should be investigated. When fish start acting differently, it’s time to […]

Fish diseases are common in the spring.

Swamp hibiscus are beautiful, tall pond plants

Water Plant Swamp Hibiscus   Recently updated !

Swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a pond shrub with large heart-shaped leaves and does well in full sun or partial shade.  Swamp hibiscus is best enjoyed in moist or shallow areas and is a great focal point in a container garden.  They are hardy to zone 5. Common Names: Swamp […]

Work with Mother Nature to Reduce Nutrients that support Pond Algae   Recently updated !

Add beneficial bacteria to your pond once a month this summer to help prevent the grueling feud with nuisance algae that many pond owners experience during the hot, sunny summer months. Mother Nature’s prescription for algae control rests with having a balanced pond ecosystem. When used regularly, beneficial bacteria help […]

Beneficial bacteria help maintain a balanced pond ecosystem. Apply monthly during the summer, increasing to twice a month during extended periods of heavy rain.

Water lily blooms grace a pond at Willow Pond Aqua Farms. The lilies are one of a variety of plants that help control pond algae.

Pond Algae thrives on nutrients. Have you considered using Flowering Aquatic Plants   Recently updated !

Creative use of pond plants helps supplement pond filtration and nutrient reduction in your pond. Desirable pond plants and green algae both compete for nitrate, phosphorus, and other minor nutrients in the water.  Without competition, algae will prosper until the nutrient load is consumed. Establishing select flowering aquatic plants along the […]

Keep Pond Algae at Bay   Recently updated !

Algae tend to plague pond owners during the hot, sunny, calm part of the summer. Increased sunlight and rising water temperature create ideal conditions for aggressive algae growth. With a little know-how and planning now, you can help avoid excessive algae in your pond later in the season. For a […]

Keep pond algae at bay with barley straw pellets. Apply pellets every six weeks for best results.

Determining the head height will tell you how high your pump needs to lift the water.

How to Choose the Right Pond Pump Part 2: Size of Pumps   Recently updated !

Pond pumps are sized according to the number of gallons they can move in one hour.  The best pond pumps are going to have a sizing chart to determine how many gallons of water per hour the pump can push at a particular height.  One of the first steps in […]