Home /Farm Management /5 Steps to Winterizing a Backyard PondPHOTO: Jessica WalliserIf you have a small landscape pond or water feature on your farm, now is the time to take a few steps to see it safely through the winter. Winterizing a backyard pond isn’t a difficult task, but it is an essential one to ensure your water feature has a long lifespan and that any fish or plants you have in it survive winter’s cold temperatures.
Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products. I love decorating my walls with framed photos, art, and various other décor. There have been times that I& 39;ve been guilty of taking what seemed like the easiest route by skimping on the right hardware or just making do with what I had on hand, knowing it was not the ideal way to do it.
Sean has been in the industry of gardening and landscaping since 2006. He is also a certified arborist that specializes in plant health. Divide and Multiply Your Parlour PalmsParlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is often grown as a houseplant but can also be grown outside in subtropical climates. It grows slow and takes years to reach optimal size—up to 4 feet tall inside and up to 10 feet tall if grown in ideal conditions outside.
The author lives in a quiet seaside community in lower Puna on the Big Island. He& 39;s an avid gardener, traveler, and photographer. Star apple (botanical name Chrysophyllum cainito) is an exotic fruit with a delightful taste that you should try when visiting Hawaii. It’s about the size of an apple and has smooth, shiny green or purple skin.
Jayme has been an online writer for over six years. She is an artist, blogger, and freelancer. She often writes about DIY home projects. A Few Wallet Friendly Ways to Alter a RoomDo you have a room in your house that needs a little refreshing? Perhaps a room that makes you cringe when you turn the light on (or one you deliberately hide from company by swearing that it is inhabited by monsters)?
Chris has a Master& 39;s degree in engineering and uses his knowledge to write about a variety of topics from an analytical perspective. Did you know that, according to the National Swimming Pool Foundation, there are over 10 million swimming pools in the United States? That equates to more than 160 billion gallons of water available for swimming or roughly one pool for every 31 people in America!
Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Do you have green and cloudy pool water? You could have an algae bloom, a common problem plaguing many pool owners with unbalanced water chemistry. Algae is more likely to grow in warm temperatures, low chlorine levels, and high phosphate and nitrogen levels.
Artist, blogger, freelance writer. Experiences include art, DIY, gardening, storm-spotting, caregiving, farming, reading, and kid wranglin& 39;. Baby Wipes Aren& 39;t Just for DiapersAre you always on the lookout for the quickest way to clean up small messes? Disposable baby wipes are a staple in most homes with babies or young toddlers.
Randy has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from U. of Wisconsin and practices his craft at universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service.If you notice that your plants are growing poorly, one of the causes could be the presence of microscopic nematodes in the soil. Nematodes that damage plants do so by feeding on the plant.
Kari Spencer is a Master Gardener volunteer and a local gardening and homesteading speaker. Her family operates The Micro Farm Project. From cities and suburbs to rural environs, people are discovering the joys of vegetable gardening and the health benefits of controlling the chemicals that come in contact with their food.
Susette has a lifelong interest and practice with good physical and mental health, including the environment that sustains us all.More and more swimmers and homeowners are becoming uncomfortable with the health risks of swimming in chlorine. Although municipal regulations might require a certain amount of chlorine in pools, there are ways to get around them, if the alternative keeps the water as clean or cleaner.
Sean has been in the industry of gardening and landscaping since 2006. He is also a certified arborist that specializes in plant health. Alocasia OverviewAlocasia is a genus of broad-leaved tuberous perennials from the family Araceae. The specific alocasia covered in this propagation guide is actually alocasia amazonica dwarf, which is a hybrid and grows great as a houseplant.
Dan has been in the HVAC industry for 23 years with experience ranging from installation and service to sales and distribution. Is Your Furnace Not Lighting?Do you feel it getting a bit chilly? Do you hear the furnace running, but you& 39;re getting only cold air and it keeps turning on and off? And then.
Eugene is a qualified control/instrumentation engineer Bsc (Eng) and has worked as a developer of electronics & software for SCADA systems.How to Measure PowerWith the cost of electricity on the increase, an energy monitoring adapter is a useful device which can measure and track the energy consumption of your home appliances.
We have had a Bosch washing machine for about five years.It has given good service apart from needing the brushes replaced every couple of years or so.We do a lot of washing!Eventually, the thing gave up and needed a new motor. Our home fix guy said it was probably beyond saving so we needed to buy a new machine, and quickly.
Angela loves researching new facts, especially those about science and history. She feels that knowledge is essential in growth. The Key to a Great Looking LawnThe most important thing to a lush green lawn is mowing with a well-sharpened lawnmower blade. The force needed to cut grass alone is enough to dull the blade, but often a mower cuts more than grass, such as twigs, rocks, a stray toy hidden under a tree, which can leave the mower blade with dents as well as a dull edge.
Deborah Neyens is an attorney, educator, and freelance writer who loves to spend her free time surrounded by plants and nature. Visitors to Des Moines, Iowa may be surprised to discover a colorful garden oasis situated on half a city block between a busy downtown street and a high rise office building.
I have many years of experience growing many different crops in vertical gardens, and I love sharing my expertise and passion with others. If you don& 39;t have a lot of space for a vegetable garden, vertical gardening may be the perfect solution for you. You may not realize it, but you can grow and harvest great crops of vegetables in 3 to 5-gallon containers.
Rob is a pool-service industry professional with over 20 years of experience.How to Tell If the Impeller Is CloggedThe pump impeller is what pulls the water through and pushes it out. This can often become clogged when larger debris has gone beyond the pump basket and into the impeller. This is often caused by a cracked or broken pump basket.
I love to share my extensive gardening knowledge with readers, so that they too can enjoy the wonders of all kinds of verdant plant life. One of the most beautiful spring flowering bulbs to grow are crown imperials, also known as Fritillaria imperialis. If you ever see them for sale, consider buying some for your garden.
I love to share my extensive gardening knowledge with readers, so that they too can enjoy the wonders of all kinds of verdant plant life. Spanish X and Wild English BluebellsI had to stare hard at these two photos above for quite a while to find the difference between the two plants.The plant on the left comes from my garden, while the plants on the right comes from a woodland bluebell grove nestled deep in the countryside, miles from the madding crowd.