Seasonal Pond Care For Your Home Water Garden

A home water garden need not be an overwhelming experience. In fact, other than some minor maintenance the pond should take care of itself. This article will guide you in the process of maintaining your water garden through the various seasons. Keeping your water quality, plant life, and fish in peak shape will allow you the most fulfillment from your garden.

Spring:

Spring is a crucial time of year for your garden.

1. It is important that the fall netting is removed and all debris and leaves are cleaned from the pond.
2. The heater may be removed and the pump may be reinstalled. Be sure that all electrical components are working properly and filters are cleaned.
3. You may start feeding fish as long as the water temperatures reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. Be sure not to overfeed as wasted food will rot at the bottom of the pond. Also, overfeeding can cause fish to breed also tainting water quality.
4. “Algal bloom” may occur as the water warms leaving the surface of your water green. Patience on your part will allow microorganisms to eat it up within a few days. Large strings of algae can also be removed by hand.
5. Installing new plant material is always a treat! You can begin this process mid to late spring.

Summer:

1. During late spring into summer, plants will begin to flourish. Be sure to thin out plants and separate to keep your garden from overgrowing.
2. Check water levels frequently. As evaporation occurs be sure to top up the pond.
3. If you notice your fish panting at the surface of the water, your pond may need oxygen. The easiest way to oxygenate your water is to spray water along the surface. Having a fountain or waterfall installed will also oxygenate and enhance water quality.
4. Once again, be sure to check pumps and filters to prevent blockages.

Autumn:

1. Continual leaf cleanup may be necessary. Now is a great time to consider installing the fall net to help catch leaves before entering your pond.
2. Cutting back plants to surface level is part of winterizing your water garden. Bring plant material that may not make it through the winter inside.
3. As temperatures start to cool only feed fish on warm days. Feeding on colder days is not required. Fish may also require a higher protein diet to help them through the winter months.
4. Replace pond pump with a heater. This will help keep the pond from freezing solid.

Winter:

1. In the dead of winter the pond may freeze over. Be sure to create a hole by melting through with a pot of hot water. Do not hit the ice with a blunt tool, as fish may go into shock! A hole from the surface will allow a pocket of air between the ice keeping the remaining water from freezing.

Following these seasonal tips will help ensure that you receive the most benefits from your home water garden as well as the most time to enjoy it.

Child Safety Dangers in the Home and Garden

Although any house cannot be 100% child safe there are some straight forward steps parents can take to lessen the risk of accident or injury to you and your children within the home environment. Here we look at some of the key dangers present within the nursery and garden areas of your home and what steps you can take to minimise the risks.

Nursery
For obvious reasons, the nursery is a room in your home that your child will spend a considerable amount of his or her time in. As a consequence, you will therefore need to be extremely vigilant about any dangers posed which additionally will be required to be assessed and monitored on a regular basis. Take into account the development of your child when monitoring the safety of his or her environment and remember that risks which were not posed a few months ago may well be more relevant as your child develops.

Insure that your babies cot and indeed the mattress adhere to the required safety standards and that the mattress is securely fitted to the base of the cot. Should your child sleep in a bed make sure you have a suitable bed rail in place whilst at the same time ensuring that a secure stair gate is fitted at the top of your stairs. Install a suitable dimming light to provide you with sufficient light to walk safely at night whilst at the same time providing comfort and reassurance to your child. Setup a thermometer in the nursery to provide you with an accurate room temperature ensuring that it doesn’t get too hot or too cold. The optimum temperature for a baby’s nursery should be around 18°C or 65°.

Outside in the garden
A significant proportion of accidents occur outside the home with the garden absorbing a large proportion of these accidents. Always remain vigilant if your child is outside in the garden and never leave them unattended. Ensure that all garden implements, chemicals and tools are securely locked away. Make sure garden sheds and garages doors are securely locked and if you have a gate leading out of your property make sure it has a secure lock which cannot be accessed by your child. If your child has play equipment outside in the garden always make sure he or she has an appropriate base to fall on should they require it. If you have a pond or water feature make sure they are securely covered up and a child cannot come to harm even if he or she should fall onto the covering.

Taking just these few simple steps can help to secure your home and garden from dangers thereby protecting the safety of your children from injury.

Brighten up the Home and Garden with Cedar Railings

There are various types of wooden railings and cedar is one of the options you can choose. Not many people consider cedar due to the fact that it is not widely advertised. However, as well as adding a natural color to the home, cedar railings are also lower maintenance than other wood railings are.

Cedar Railings and Their Many Advantages

Cedar is derived from the cedar tree and they are grown in various different parts of the world. The trees grow to around fifty meters and the leaves grow to up to three feet long. There are various different types of cedar and they include:

o Cyprus cedar

o Turkish Cedar

o Deodar cedar

o Lebanese Cedar

Cedar railings have a natural color and it comes in either red or white. This means that you get more of a choice when it comes to which type of wood you would like to use to brighten up the home.

The main advantage of course is that cedar railings do not need as much maintenance as other types of wood railings. Usually you only really need to add a little lacquer once every three years and that only usually takes just fifteen to twenty minutes for every one thousand square feet. Apart from that the cedar looks its best for years before maintenance is needed.

So Easy You Could Do It Yourself!

Cedar railings are so easy to create you could literally do it yourself as long as you had the right tools. Due to the fact that cedar is fairly common, it shouldn’t be a problem finding some cedar and most of the time the railings are pre cut so all you have to do is install them wherever you want to. You can inform the supplier of where you are buying the cedar from what the measurements of the area you are installing it into are and the design which you would like, and they could then send that off to the manufacturer and you could have your own, specially designed cedar railings to fit your home.

The only thing you may need to do if installing the railings yourself, is to chip certain parts of the wood away.

Overall cedar railings not only look good, but they are also easy to maintain compared to other wood railings and they also have a nice, sweet smell to them too. You really cannot go wrong with cedar railings if you are looking for wood railings to make your home complete.