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They're a beneficial critter to have around - most of the time
When I was in middle school, there was a small creek behind the school building that was chock-full of crawdads. We had a great time at recess catching them, and then freaking out the teachers when...
A bite-free experience depends on good pond management
When I’m fishing, I hate being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. I use bug spray, but the skeeters always seem to find the one spot I miss. A nasty bug problem can rob anyone of the enjoyment...
Bob and I hosted the Meredith Agrimedia staff -- Successful Farming, Agriculture.com, Living the Country Life -- last week at a summer kick-off party. There was a fishing derby at our pond and BBQ...
If the fish in your garden pond are disappearing, chances are you have a predator eating them for dinner
When you’ve spent a lot of money and time on koi and other fish for your garden pond, the last thing you want is some critter fishing them out for a meal. Erik Tate is the operations manager...
The best way to send a snake packing is to make the pond less enticing
My daughter and I were fishing a few years ago when we saw a snake swimming toward us. She thought it would be fun to try and hook it on her pole. I told her if she catches it, I’m NOT taking...
Using a vacuum meant to clean water features can save you time and make the chore less nasty
A clean garden pond is a healthy garden pond. Even if the water looks pristine, there are areas the pond filter can’t get to because filters aren’t very good at removing settled debris....
There are many different ways to build a retaining wall. Here are some of our favorites!
Find a fish farmer with tadpoles
I love listening to the chorus of bullfrogs especially when we go camping. The male's call is deep and distinctive. It's designed to attract a mate and let other bullfrogs know where its...
A cure for smelly pond water
In my area of the country there are plenty of nutrients that wash into ponds and other bodies of water. Sometimes it causes stinky water and a goopy layer of decomposing organic material on the...
A broom handle and aluminum pie plate can tell you if you need to fertilize
Where I live in the Midwest, there are few worries regarding pond fertility. The soil is nutrient rich and our farm ponds and lakes can produce ginormous fish. But in some parts of the country,...