Build The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen Grill Island

Let’s build the ultimate outdoor kitchen grill island. One that can stand up to the elements, is low maintenance and looks amazing year after year. In this series you will learn how to build a cinder block bbq grill island. Finished with field stone and topped off with a concrete bar and counter top. If this […]

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How Much Does A Koi Pond Cost

So now it’s time to address the elephant in the room. You’ve made up your mind that you want nothing more than to create a wonderful retreat at home. Now the next question is… how much is it going to cost me.  That’s quite a loaded question! So to be clear we are comparing apples to […]

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How To Get Your Pond Ready For Winter

Ready or not it’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting cooler with every passing day. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to get your pond ready for winter. This may not be as exciting as the spring time prep. It’s a necessary evil if you […]

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Submersible Utility Pump – Review

Whether you have a pond or water feature in your backyard this is a must have for any homeowner. Having a dirty water utility pump on hand at all times doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money either. Here is a hands on review of the Stark ½ horsepower submersible pump. One Size Fits […]

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Pondless Water Feature Maintenance – What You Need To Know

So you decided to go the pondless route. All the bells and whistles without all the maintenance. Although it is much less maintenance intensive than having a pond, it does need attention from time to time. That’s right you’re not completely off the hook. Follow the guidelines below. Keep everything running and looking its best. […]

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All You Need To Know About Aerating Your Pond

I often get asked this question so it would be a great topic to write about. Is it necessary to aerate my pond? In this article we will be discussing how aeration works. Why aeration is important to create a backyard ecosystem that will thrive. By the end you will have an understanding of what […]

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Guide To Backyard Tailgating

One thing we can all agree on is that backyard tailgating always gets you ready for game time. Bringing your family and friends together, enjoying great food, laughter and spirits.  Before the coin is tossed or the first ball is snapped,  the time leading up to the game is my favorite time. The smokey smell […]

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How Long Do Koi Fish Live

The short answer is koi fish live an average of 30 – 40 years in the wild. With high water quality and care, koi in captivity can live into their 70’s. The oldest living koi named “Hanako” was born in 1751.  Hanako died in 1977 at the ripe old age of 226 having many owners throughout […]

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How To Use Salt In Your Pond The Right Way

How To Use Salt In Your Pond The Right Way

Although pond fish like koi and goldfish are freshwater fish, there are major advantages to adding salt to your backyard pond. Enhancement of your fish’s slime coat which is their first line of defense against parasites and harmful bacteria.Reduction of parasites and harmful bacteria found in your pond.Stress of your fish is reduced and water […]

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The Truth About Snails In Your Pond

Pond Snails – Basic Facts The more coils, the older the snail Most snails live two-five years Freshwater snails lay their eggs in the Spring Freshwater snails are found in lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, streams and rivers. There are two types of snails (gilled and lunged)  Freshwater snails that have gills can’t survive in low […]

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