Clean Your Pond And Control Algae Naturally

Guest writer: Roland Stockwell

If you want to clean pond algae and develop algae control naturally you need to investigate the various options that you have. Not all products will clean pond algae or other green organic material with the same gentle and natural manner. Some offer harsh chemicals which kill the algae but also harm the ecosystem of the pond.

In order to develop algae control naturally and create a clean pond you want a product that can break down the organic material of algae sludge. For most green organic material, this doesn’t have to be a harsh chemical process. An alga is created in standing water because the water lacks oxygenation and filtration. Algae aren’t eradicated through harsh treatments in nature.

The product you use will have to be nontoxic. Whether you have fish in your pond or it is a natural environment for frogs, chances are there are wild and domesticated animals drinking from the water. Even if you are just treating a small fish pond there are squirrels, raccoons, and probably a few neighborhood cats taking the occasional nip of water.

If you take the time to clean pond algae and develop and maintain algae control naturally, you will end up saving a fortune and keeping the water’s longevity at its peak. It can be costly and time consuming to consistently deal with poor quality water.

Remember that if you are using tap water to replace the pond water that you may very well find you need treatment for algae no matter how often you replace it.

Environmental factors play a large role in keeping your pond free from algae. You don’t want to use any product that could harm the environment, the life inside the pond, or the ground surrounding the pond. Natural products that keep your water fresh and extend the life of your pond are essential to the water’s longevity and the pond’s health.

Roland Stockwell likes writing about natural products. To find some quality products for pond algae control or take care of other problems like fountain algae, visit a natural water treatment supplier’s site now.

Build An Outdoor Pond In Just One Day

Guest writer: Micheal Weskey

Before you start your own backyard pond, it’s best to get used to building one first. Don’t worry if it sounds difficult – this outline will have you building and finishing a pond in just one day.

Yup, you read that right. All it takes is one day.

Starting Small

You’re probably thinking, “What is a starter pond?” Put simply, it’s a trial pond project that allows you to get used to building a pond. This is especially helpful to first time pond builders who haven’t a clue as to what kind of pond to build and what they need to build it.

Now, the idea of the starter pond is that you should keep things small. As Mel Gibson said in The Patriot, “Aim small, miss small.” If you limit the size of the pond, you also limit the things that could go wrong. With that in mind, you’ll be able to judge just how big your starter pond should be.

Tools and Equipment

You’ll need to prepare some tools and equipment for your starter pond. It may not be as complicated as some other construction projects, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. There are some tools and implements that you absolutely must have to successfully accomplish this project.

Obviously, the first thing you need is some sturdy digging tools. Whatever kind of pond you’re building, you’re going to be digging a lot.

If you don’t want to use a pond shell, flexible liner will do the job. Canvas is a popular choice, although you should check out what else is on sale at your local pond supply store.

It will help you a lot if you mark the location of your pond before you start digging. You can do this easily with a garden hose or a few cans of spray paint. Indicate the size and shape of your starter pond on the ground so you know exactly where to dig.

Pond pumps and filters are a must for any home pond. A filtration system keeps your pond water clean, saving you a lot of maintenance work. Just remember that the equipment needs electricity. You may need to install a power source near your pond, preferably somewhere out of sight so it doesn’t disturb the look of your pond.

The Starter Pond Building Procedure

To sum things up, these are the steps in making your one-day pond.

1. Make a pond plan.

2. Mark your pond’s shape with a garden hose or spray paint.

3. Dig the hole for your pond.

4. Put in the pre-made pond shell or pond liner.

5. Install the pump, filter and tubes that will cycle your pond’s water.

6. Fill the pond with water.

7. Plug the pump and filter to the nearest power source.

And that’s all there is to it! Don’t expect anything fancy though, this is just a starter pond after all. If you want to make it look good, go ahead and add plants and fish. But remember that this is just practice for making your real, full-blown pond project.

Learn more about Pond Building. Visit Michael W.’s site where you can find out all about building an outdoor pond, with practical tips, tutorials and inspiration.

Recycling tip for container gardening

I enjoy recycling materials in gardening when I can. The money I save on gardening supplies can be put toward new plants and seeds.

This week in my garden recycling projects I picked up garden pots, some of which will need repaired. With all the perennial plants I start I need all the containers I can find.

As I was looking for directions of how to repair a plastic pot I came across this use for old Pepsi and coke crates. These crates being made of plastic will hold up to weather and water and could be used for years.

What I enjoyed the most about this you tube was the use of the crates for proper drainage and the way this man has created waist high garden beds in his back yard by recycling items.

Many people cannot bend down to garden because of back or kneed injuries. This you tube may give you ideas on how to set up a raised bed or waist high garden area.

It also reminded me of the need for proper plant drainage for healthy insect free plants and garden crops. In my clay based garden soil proper drainage is always a concern.

I can also see these being used in a greenhouse or potting shed.

Potting Soil Tips for Container Gardening

Proper potting soil for the indoor gardens is one step that is often overlooked. But remember, you are providing a home for a plant and the soil need to be rich in nutrients and healthy.

Many people use recycled soil, which is ok if you follow a few rules.

  1. Sterilize the soil to make sure it has no germs or bugs. Do this by placing it in the oven on low heat, 250 degrees, for an hour.
  2. Replenish nutrients that were used up in the soil. A mix of fresh potting soil and compost will work well.
  3. Make sure the soil drains well. You can buy soil that will drain or add the drainage pellets that can be bought in garden centers.

There are specially blended soils just for indoor plants and container plants. The mixes are more lightweight and have better water holding capabilities.

There are also soils made for certain plants. And example of such a mix would be for the African Violet plants. Cacti also have their own mix which is higher in sand. So check your local garden centers for soil mixes.

Note: outdoor soil rarely ever works for indoor plants. It’s usually too high in sand or clay. Take the time to get the right soil mix for your plants.

Most pots come with drain holes in them. If they don’t, drill them yourself. A pot or container without a drainage hole will collect water in the bottom and cause root rot. Once you have a hole in the container, place a couple of layers of newspaper or a piece of broken pot over the hole. This will allow for drainage but will keep the soil from spilling out the bottom.

Container tips

  1. Pots do dry up fast, especially if they are small. Check the soil regularly.
  2. Choose plants requiring less water to make it easier to maintain your container garden.
  3. Water you plants from the bottom by setting in a pot or tray of water. This keeps the top of the soil drier and helps prevent soil disease.
  4. Most plants like misted. it gives the leaves instant water and also cleans them from dust.
  5. Use a pebble tray under most containers. It will catch any run off, moisture and soil. It also adds humidity to the air around the plants, which the plant will enjoy.
  6. Terracotta left unsealed (on the inside of the pot) will soak up a lot of your plant’s water before the plant does. If you brush on a good water sealant this prevent moisture from being absorbed. You can also mist the pot to keep it moist.
  7. I scratch the top of the soil on the planters to keep the soil loose. You get better aeration for the plants roots and this prevents soil disease.

Container gardening for enjoyment or for adding nutritional food to your table can be easy and fun if set up properly. And by making planters, collecting pots from sales and making your own soil or plant food, you can reduce the cost of growing plants indoors.

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