Barley Straw for Ponds

  Pond algae are the building blocks of the aquatic food chain in ponds and water gardens but too much algae could spell disaster in your pond.  Too much algae can restrict fish and critter movement and destroy the aesthetics of your pond.  In the 1990s several British studies were published citing barley straw as […]

Barley straw is used in ponds to control algae growth.

The butterfly plant is a pond plant that grows in shallow waters.

Water Plant Butterfly Plant

Butterfly plant (Asclepias incarnata) has narrow, willow-shaped leaves with small, fragrant dark pink flowers and enjoys full sun or part shade.  Pink butterfly plant adds height to any landscape and can tolerate up to 5 inches of water. Hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Butterfly plant, butterfly weed, swamp milkweed Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata Sun […]


Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass or Micropterus salmoides are fierce pond fish that are identified by their distinct dark, wide band that extends horizontally along its side.  Their back and sides are an olive to gray or black fading to a whiteish underside and their jaw extends past their eye. Largemouth bass can live up to 15 years, […]

Largemouth bass have dark backs, olive green sides, white bellies and a dotted line down their sides.

Arrow arums are native water plants.

Water Plant Arrow Arum

Arrow arum (Peltandra virginica) has green arrow shaped leaves and displays tiny white flowers on a spadix.  They grow well in full sun or partial shade conditions.  Arrow arum stands tall and looks impressive in a container garden, along the water’s edge and in bog filters. These plants are common in the Northeast and hardy […]


Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout or Oncorhynchus mykiss are stunning pond fish for stocking ponds.  Rainbows are identified by their small dark spots on a lighter background.  Their backs are an olive green fading to a silvery belly and their sides show their characteristic pink to red band that stretches from the mouth to the tail. Rainbow trout […]

Pond stocking with rainbow trout

Duckweed or Lemna minor

Water Plant Duckweed

Duckweed (Lemna minor) is one of nature’s smallest flowering plants. Duckweed has tiny bright green disks and thrives in full sun to partial shade.  Duckweed is a source of food for fish and as the name implies waterfowl. The small plant floats on the water’s surface and is hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Duckweed, […]


Hybrid Bluegills

Hybrid bluegills are a cross between a green sunfish and a bluegill sunfish.  The resulting population are mostly males which will initially slow down their reproduction rate. Hybrid bluegills can live up to 10 years reaching up to 10 inches.  If or when the few females in the hybrid bluegill population successfully reproduce the result […]

Hybrid bluegill sunfish pond fish

Bait fish

Fathead Minnows

Fathead minnows or Pimephales promelas are bait fish identified by their olive green backs that fade to a whiteish belly and a very faint spot at the base of the tail fin. In the spring, the heads of spawning males becomes very dark and a yellowish band encircles the front half of the body making […]


Considering a water feature?

Water tends to attract attention.  The gentle sounds of flowing water sooth our senses.  We feel an automatic connection to the soft, rippling current and the mesmerizing creatures that generally come along with it.  Incorporating a water feature, water garden or pond into your landscape can help you relax at the end of a long […]

Relaxing patio pond

Living around retention pond tips

Living Around Big Ponds

Nearly every commercial and residential development has at least one stormwater management or retention pond.  Stormwater management ponds are designed to collect, store and purify water as it runs through the landscape from rainwater, snow melt or human water use.  Properly maintained stormwater management ponds are beautiful additions to the landscape.  Unfortunately many of these […]