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Information About General Water Plant Care

Information About General Water Plant Care


What Is Bubble Aeration: Learn About Pond Bubbler Systems

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Without proper care and maintenance, a pond can become a smelly, brackish pit and a breeding ground for mosquitos. The best way to keep a pond clean and odor free is with an aeration system. To learn about bubble aeration in ponds, click here.

What Is A Floating Forest: Information About Artfully Floating Trees

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

A floating forest consists basically of floating trees in various forms. Floating forests can simply be a few trees in the water or unique ecosystems that host a variety of interesting birds, animals, and insects. For a few floating forest ideas, click the following article.

Microclimate Pond Conditions: Do Ponds Create Microclimates

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Learning more about how yard structures can impact the climate of the garden will help growers make the most of their plantings. The presence of various bodies of water, for example, is just one factor that can impact the microclimate of an area. Learn more in this article.

Feeding Pond Plants – How To Fertilize Submerged Aquatic Plants

By Teo Spengler

Feeding pond plants is not always a necessity, depending on the condition of your pond. But if you do decide to go ahead, you’ll need to know how to fertilize submerged aquatic plants and when to feed them. Click here for the details of adding fertilizer for pond plants.

Flowers Native To Swamps – Learn About Flowering Swamp Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Have a wet, swampy yard and not sure how to still have a nice flowering garden? With the right plants, it is possible to enjoy a wetland garden. Wetlands are simply another type of ecosystem. Click here to find out about flowers that grow in swamp-like conditions.

Bog Garden Maintenance: Growing Healthy Bog Gardens

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Bogs are natural ecosystems, and having one means getting to enjoy a native bog garden. However, if you do not already have one, you may want to create an artificial bog. To learn more about maintaining a bog garden, click on the following article.

Koi Fish And Plants – Choosing Plants Koi Won’t Bother

By Susan Albert, Freelance Garden Writer

First-time koi pond enthusiasts may have learned the hard way that koi love to browse the plants and roots of pond vegetation. What’s a pond owner to do? Click on the following article to learn more about how to keep plants safe from koi fish.

What Is Spirulina: How To Make A Spirulina Algae Kit

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Spirulina may be something you’ve seen only in the supplement aisle at the drug store. This is a green superfood that comes in powder form, but it is actually a type of algae. So can you grow spirulina? You sure can, and it’s easier than you think. Learn more here.

Ponds In The Shade – How To Select Shade-Tolerant Water Plants

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

A shady pond is a serene spot where you can relax and escape from the stresses of the day, and an ideal way to provide a haven for birds and wildlife. If your pond needs more greenery or a touch of color, consider a few shade-tolerant pond plants. This article will help with that.

Upcycled Fountain Ideas: Tips For DIY Water Features

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Upcycling is all the rage for furniture and indoor accessories, but why not for outdoors? A water feature is a great way to add more interest to your garden space, as well as the delightful sound of flowing, tinkling water. Learn how to make upcycled water features here.

Choosing Plants For River Banks – Tips For Planting Along River Banks

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Gardeners having natural water features running through their property may also find challenges when landscaping. Plants must be able to survive occasional flooding and possible erosion issues. Some great options and cautions are discussed in this article.

Rainwater Garden Features: Using Rainwater In The Garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Water is a precious commodity, and drought conditions have become the new norm across much of the country, so many gardeners are harvesting and using rainwater in the garden. Click here on to learn more about rainwater gardens and more.

Patio Water Garden Ideas – DIY Patio Water Gardens And Plants

By Liz Baessler

Not all plants grow in soil. There are a huge number of plants that thrive in water. DIY patio water gardens are a great, non-traditional way to grow in small spaces. To learn about patio water garden plants, click this article.

Water Garden Supplies: Tips On Backyard Pond Equipment And Plants

By Liz Baessler

Everyone loves being near water. It?s just one of those things. But not all of us are blessed with lakefront property. Luckily, if you have any space at all, you can build your very own water garden. Learn about backyard pond equipment and supplies for water gardens.

DIY Wall Fountains: How To Build A Wall Fountain For Your Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

A garden wall fountain enhances the outdoors and has sensory benefits. Outdoor wall fountains have been common features of planned gardens for centuries. Learn more about these interesting water features in this article.

Waterfall Garden Features – Tips For Creating Pond Waterfalls

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Waterfalls are the focal point of a water feature. Tips on how to build a pond waterfall abound on the internet and may be as simple or complex as you wish. Creating pond waterfalls is explained in this article. Click here to learn more.

What Is Algae: Learn About Types Of Algae And How They Grow

By Kristi Waterworth

Algae is an incredible life form that blurs the line between plant and animal, but that doesn't mean that you should let it build up in your garden ponds. Find out what algae is and learn some ways to deal with the green menace in this article.

Winterizing Water Plants: Care Of Pond Plants Over Winter

By Amy Grant

Water gardens require year-round maintenance and unless you are lucky enough to have a professional groundskeeper, this chore will fall to you. A big question is how to winterize pond plants? This article will help with that.

Aquatic Weed Control: Tips For Controlling Weeds In Water Gardens

By Jackie Carroll

Some of the most lovely plants for pools and ponds become weeds when conditions are favorable for their rampant growth. Once established, these plants are very difficult to control. This article will tell you more about controlling weeds in water gardens.

What Are Hydrophytes: Information About Hydrophyte Habitats

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What are hydrophytes? In general terms, hydrophytic plants are adapted to survive in oxygen-challenged aquatic environments, such as wetlands. This article will provide more information about these types of plants.

Plants That Like To Be In Water: Types Of Plants That Tolerate Wet Areas

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although very few plants grow in wet areas, you can learn which plants like wet feet. Some moisture loving plants thrive in standing water and others tolerate soggy, poorly drained areas of your garden. Read this article to learn more about these plants.

What Is A Water Feature: Types Of Water Features For Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is a water feature? In basic terms, a water feature is a landscape enhancement that uses water and other materials to bring beauty and tranquility to the environment. Learn about the types of water features in this article.

Winter Pond Care: Tips For Overwintering Garden Ponds

By Amy Grant

As soon as fall rolls around, it's time for some winter pond care. Learn how to winterize your garden pond by reading this article. Click here to get more information for protecting water gardens in winter.

Pond And Aquarium Algae Removal: How To Get Rid Of Algae

By Jackie Carroll

One of the biggest problems faced by people who maintain aquatic environments is algae. Algae control for aquariums is different from methods used for ponds, but regardless, tips from this article will help.

Eight Most Popular Pond Plants

By Sandra O'Hare

While some are chosen for their beauty, other pond plants are necessary for a pond?s health. This article includes a list of eight of the most popular pond plants and information as to why people love them.

Build Your Own Indoor Water Ponds

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Ponds are not only a welcome addition to the landscape, but they can also be attractive features indoors. They are easy to create, easy to maintain and can be tailored to fit your needs. This article will help.


Water Conservation Summary

In 1990, 30 states in the US reported ‘water-stress’ conditions. In 2000, the number of states reporting water-stress rose to 40. In 2009, the number rose to 45. There is a worsening trend in water supply nationwide. Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you money, it also is of benefit to the greater community.

Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems such as rain barrels, drip irrigation and on-demand water heaters which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost.

By using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,00 gallons of water per year.

For example, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush (gpf). You can invest in a ULF (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 2 gpf. But you can also install a simple tank bank, costing about $2, which will save .8 gpf. This saves 40% of what you would save with the ULF toilet. Using simple methods like tank banks, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators you can retrofit your home for under$50.

By using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,00 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.

When buying low-flow aerators, be sure to read the label for the actual ‘gpm’ (gallons per minute) rating. Often, the big box retailers promote “low-flow” which are rated at 2.5 gpm, which is at the top of the low-flow spectrum. This may be needed for the kitchen sink, but we find that a 1.5 gpm aerator works fine for the bathroom sink and most water outlets, delivering the same spray force in a comfortable, soft stream. Eartheasy’s online store carries a full range of low-flow aerators and showerheads.

Finally, it should be noted that installing low-flow aerators, showerheads, tank banks and other water-saving devices usually is a very simple operation which can be done by the homeowner and does not even require the use of tools. Water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place, and saving water should become part of everyday family practice.