Backyard Ponderings

Feng Shui for your outdoor living space

Your outdoor living space should be a source of harmony and happiness. A place for you to relax after a long day at work. There are many ways to create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden. One of which is to use the principals of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese design philosophy, if applied will help promote healing


The Village Pharmacy

village pharmacy

Neem oil comes from the seeds of the Neem Tree. The botanical name for Neem is Azadirachta indica, which translates to “The Free Tree of India”. For many centuries Neem has been used for its antibacterial, antifungal & healing properties. Although, it is fairly new to the western world, it is the most heavily researched remedy in India and is


Pond Predators


Every fall we receive phone calls and emails from upset customers whom have lost fish to pond predators. We can sympathize and know first hand that terrible feeling they have when they realize their pond is now a sushi bar. Herons, Egrets and raccoons are the most popular culprits in our area but there are others to watch for too.


Moon Garden

moon garden

We plant our gardens & landscapes full of colorful, flowering plants perfect for daytime viewing. It looks beautiful, the neighbors and passersby admire your garden, but if you are like most people by the time you get home, it is too dark to enjoy your hard work.  There is something mystical & romantic about a garden at night. A moon


Garden Like an Egyptian, the History of Water Gardens

koi pond

Most people, when looking for inspiration for their water garden, think of Koi and Japanese Gardens. You may be surprised to find that the Japanese were not the first culture to keep water in their garden. In fact there are many very diverse cultures that influence today’s water gardens. Diving into the history of water gardens, the earliest depiction of


Easy Garden Pot Bog Filter

aquatic plants

Create an easy garden pot bog filter for your water garden using an ordinary garden pot, pea gravel, tubing a pump & these simple steps!  1. Choose a pot: Glazed terra cotta works well 2. Drill a hole & pipe it: some pots have holes if not drill one to fit the tubing you are using either 1/2″ or 3/4″


Do It Yourself Pond Installation

Did you know that water gardening is the fastest growing segment in the landscape/garden industry? Although professional installers like us are available, with a bit of research & some hard work you can create a beautiful water garden yourself. If you are thinking about adding a do it yourself pond to your yard there are several things you should consider.


Common Koi Health Problems

feeding frenzy

In fall, it is common to see changes in your ponds water quality. Leaves from nearby trees and vegetation are falling in the pond causing the water to turn brown from the tannins in the leaves. The accumulated decaying plant life mixed with fish waste on the bottom of the pond is the perfect breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria as