Four Tips For Designing The Perfect Backyard Putting Green
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by Ryan Farnol
3w ago
A backyard putting green is the dream landscaping upgrade for many golf enthusiasts, and for good reason! An artificial turf putting green is not only a fantastic way to help improve your short game but is also a catalyst to spending more time outdoors with your family and friends. Plus, there’s no need to drive all the way to the golf course to enjoy it. Finally, artificial turf maintenance is much easier than natural grass! In this article, we’ll show you some things to think about when designing your backyard green. #1 Location The first few decisions to make are on the size and location of ..read more
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The Irresistible Benefits of Having an Outdoor Kitchen
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by Ryan Farnol
2M ago
Imagine savoring the aroma of grilled delicacies, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature, as you entertain family and friends. Welcome to the world of outdoor kitchens, where the joy of cooking meets the beauty of the great outdoors. There are numerous benefits of having an outdoor kitchen at your home that will transform your culinary experience and enhance your overall lifestyle. Al Fresco Dining Experience One of the primary benefits of having an outdoor kitchen is the opportunity to enjoy al fresco dining. Whether it’s a casual family dinner or a lively gathering with friends, dining ..read more
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How To Attract Wild Birds To Your Yard This Winter
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by Ryan Farnol
3M ago
Watching wild birds in your yard is an enjoyable activity any time of year, but this is especially true in winter when not much else is happening in your garden. Although some favorites, such as hummingbirds, migrate to warmer places in winter, many other species stick it out through the cold. There’s a few things you can do to attract these hardy birds when the weather turns cold. Use these tips to attract and feed wild birds in your yard all winter long.  With minimal planning, your yard can become a prime spot for birds to fuel up and take refuge during these long, cold Michigan months ..read more
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8 Steps To Winterize Your Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
4M ago
It’s important to know how to winterize your pond and prepare your fish to survive through the winter. Over the course of a year, your pond will accumulate debris such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and fish waste. Left unchecked, decaying debris can release toxic gas and reduce dissolved oxygen levels within the pond. Removing debris and swapping filtration systems for aeration kits and de-icers will help ensure adequate dissolved oxygen levels as well as provide ventilation and circulation throughout the winter season.  Learn how to winterize your pond by following the 8 steps outli ..read more
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A Deep Dive Into Wetland Filters For Ponds
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by Ryan Farnol
5M ago
Backyard koi ponds are intended to mimic nature, however they require mechanical and biological means to maintain a healthy ecosystem and clear water. A properly designed pond often includes a biological filter, which combines both mechanical and biological treatment, to maintain the health of a pond. Without a biological filter, a pond can quickly become overrun by algae and sediment.  Algae are naturally occurring microorganisms in water. Algae is necessary for a healthy biological system because aquatic life feeds on algae. However, when excess algae growth occurs, they consume large a ..read more
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An Easier Way To Control Pond Algae
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by Ryan Farnol
6M ago
During the warm summer months algae can quickly become a problem for many ponds. Luckily there is an easy way to prevent algae growth without the use of any harsh chemicals. Aquascape Ion-Gen System The IonGen System is an electronic algae controller for ponds, waterfalls, and other decorative water features.This electronic device reduces yearly pond maintenance, allowing you to spend your time relaxing next to your water feature instead of maintaining it! How Does It Work? The Ion-Gen system is designed with a control panel that sends a signal to a probe within the water, releasing copper ion ..read more
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5 Plants That Help Filter Pond Water
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by Ryan Farnol
7M ago
Aquatic plants help blend a pond into the surrounding environment as foliage grows over rocks and gravel. As the plants grow they also provide shade which protects fish from predators and slows algae production. Below is a brief description of five plants that we typically use in our installations to help with water clarity and add great color throughout the year. Be sure to check the planting requirements for any plant you add to your pond as some plants require deeper water than others. Lotus Aquatic Plants help soften the edges of your pond as their foliage grows over rocks and gravel, help ..read more
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New Fish For Your Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
11M ago
Koi are not the only type of fish you can keep in your pond. There are other pond fish out there that can bring beauty and benefits to your water garden. Some are pretty, and others, not so much. Nevertheless they all bring their unique characteristics to a water feature and will lend a little originality beyond the expected koi. Shubunkins Shubunkins are a type of goldfish. They have a blunt head, can have either short or long fins, and they can grow to be about 14 to 16 inches long. They are undemanding fish who tend to be hardy with a friendly demeanor. They don’t tend to pick on each othe ..read more
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6 Things To Do While Cleaning Your Pond
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by Ryan Farnol
1y ago
Warmer weather is on the horizon and it’s time to start thinking about your pond again. These maintenance tasks should be done while cleaning your pond and can help prevent future problems from arising throughout the summer months. Some pond owners enjoy performing their own maintenance, but you can always hire us to take care of it for you. 1. Clean your pond pump and make sure it’s in working order The pump is the center of your water feature and needs to be working well to ensure your pond stays healthy. If you shut down your pond for the winter you will need to place the pump back in the s ..read more
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Better Understand Your Pond Filtration
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by Ryan Farnol
1y ago
Most pond owners already know that good water quality and a healthy pond habitat go hand in hand. However, knowing how to get or to keep high water quality can be challenging to many pond owners. A bit of basic knowledge will help you keep your pond looking beautiful and performing optimally throughout the season. In addition to plants, fish, aeration, and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to keep the water clean. There are three types of pond filters currently available on the market which are biological, mechanical, and clarifying filters. Biological filte ..read more
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