Spring Outdoor Pond Tips

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We’ve compiled a list of sites offering great information for you on getting your pond ready for spring!

http://www.watergarden.org/Seasonal-Care provides information on what to do for you pond in every season.

This blog provides 5 Spring Tips for Clear Water

Aquascape Inc has a variety of Spring Maintenance Tips

Koi-Care.com has great specific tips for managing Koi ponds.

Don’t forget J&M Aquatics and Pet Center stocks a large selection of Outdoor Pond supplies!

Spring Safety Tips from KONG

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If you’re looking for information on which garden plants are dangerous to pets, what to do about shedding, and why you shouldn’t use sticks as chew toys, look no further.  This great article from KONG will answer all your questions!

Spring Safety Tips with KONG

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Spring is the time of year when winter melts away and we emerge from Netflix binges to get back to life. Whether you’re focused on a tropical getaway or scrubbing away the winter blues, don’t forget about your furry friend. Keep your pup occupied with a KONG classic stuffed with their favorite treat.

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From Tetra: Spring Pond Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

This winter has been absolutely brutal in most of these United States. So, let’s shift our thoughts to warmer things, like that pond of yours. Now is a good time to go through your spring cleaning checklist so you can hit the ground running come that first break of warm weather.

Remember these important steps:

  • Check your pond for any areas that may require repairs, such as rocks that have displaced, a tear in the liner, and broken piping or valves.
  • Remove any accumulated debris from the pond bottom and surface.
  • Remove and dry your de-icer (if applicable), inspect it, then store properly for next season.
  • Inspect and replace hoses, and tighten any fittings that are leaking.
  • Start up your pump and filter in shallow water to ensure everything is working properly (there’s nothing worse than putting it the bottom of the pond only to discover you need to take it out again).
  • Replace up to 25% of the pond water with tap water. Remember to add a water conditioner to remove chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals found in most tap water.
  • Take a good look at your fish. Examine their activity, ensure they are not struggling or swimming oddly, and inspect their fins and scales to ensure they are healthy. Begin feeding according to seasonal feeding cycle.

For more from Tetra’s latest newsletter, click here!

From Tetra: The Greener Side of Ponds

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The ‘Greener’ Side of Ponds:
Environmental Benefits of Owning a Pond

There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
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There also seems to be a constant change in energy costs, as well as huge shifts in our nation’s weather patterns. More and more areas of the country are being affected by extended drought conditions, primarily in the western half of the United States.

By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax!

Here are TetraPond’s seven environmental benefits of owning a pond:

  1. Lawns require watering; whereas, ponds can be re-filled with rainwater.
  2. Ponds are a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without having to water them.
  3. Less mowing means less use of gas and carbon monoxide emissions.
  4. Pesticides and fertilizers for the lawn can be harmful, creating run-off that ends up in groundwater, streams and rivers.
  5. Sludge collected by your pond filter can be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowerbed and garden.
  6. Ponds attract and create a haven for beautiful fish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.
  7. Water gardens influence the young to help create a better future for the planet.

Remember, every little bit helps, especially when it comes to water conservation. And these are just a few things you can easily affect, right in your own back yard.
For more from Tetra’s latest newsletter, click here!

Latest news from Tetra – Free Water care apps and more

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Here’s the latest news from Tetra:

Check out their new water care app by visiting this spot on their website: http://www.tetra-fish.com/care-app.aspx It’s free and works with their pH strips to help you better understand and evaluate the pH of your pond water.

Tetra's Water Care App - photo from Tetra

Tetra’s Water Care App – photo from Tetra

In other news, make sure you check out the TetraPRO Nutrition Line. It provides better nutrition for your fish because it’s made using a low heat process that allows it to lock in all those great vitamins and minerals!

Photo from Tetra

Photo from Tetra

 

Digging and Barking

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Summer is in full swing and, for many people and their pets, that means
more time spent outdoors. While dogs love to bask in the glory of fresh
air, outdoor time can also lead to some unwanted behaviors, like digging
and barking.

Dogs bark to communicate and dig when they’re bored or afraid. Although
these are completely natural, instinctual behaviors for dogs, we humans
aren’t too fond of all that noise and/or dirt flying everywhere. Read
on for our tips on using KONG toys to combat these common pet peeves.

Photo taken from Kong.com

Dogs bark to communicate and dig when they’re bored or afraid.  Although
these are completely natural, instinctual behaviors for dogs, we humans
aren’t too fond of all that noise and/or dirt flying everywhere. Read
on for our tips on using KONG toys to combat these common pet peeves.

Creating good behaviors starts with productive play, which allows
dogs to expend excess energy. The more you tire out your dog, the less
time or inclination they’ll have to dig up your prize begonias.


The KONG Classic toy
is an excellent multitasker for playtime with your dog. Every time you
throw a KONG, the unpredictable bounce sends the toy in a new direction.
This ensures no two games are ever the same, keeping your pup engaged
and excited for more. After a hearty game of KONG fetch, your dog will
look forward to some rest in the shade.

If you’re not able to be outside with your dog, a stuffed KONG makes a
great companion. Planning ahead is key here—stuff a KONG (or a few)
with a mixture of wet and dry ingredients, such as your dog’s favorite
treat, kibble, apple sauce, etc.


Once stuffed, you can put the KONG in
the freezer for several hours, ensuring a cool and delicious treat for
your pup’s outdoor time. In addition, directing their energy toward
something positive like working for the food inside the KONG diminishes
bad behaviors. To increase the challenge, you can even hide a few frozen KONGs in the yard for your best friend to hunt down.


Whether you’re able to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog or not,
you can rely on KONG to get them through the summer on their best
behavior.

How do you enjoy fun in the sun with your best friend? Share your pictures with us using #KONGdog and we’ll pick our favorites to receive a KONG summer fun gift box.

Article taken from: http://www.kongcompany.com/2014/07/08/digging-and-barking

Dealing with Lawn Burn

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Lawn burn occurs when your dog’s urine damages your grass; you end up
with ugly brown spots instead of beautiful unblemished green grass.
Before you accuse your dog, however, make sure he or she is the actual
problem. Grubs can also cause brown spots in the grass. If the grass
pulls up easily, you’ve most likely got a grub problem. If it is still
firmly attached, then it’s more likely lawn burn. Also, make sure it’s
your own dogs causing the problem and not the neighbors’!

There are many factors that can make lawn burn worse. It’s caused by
the nitrogen in a dog’s urine and dogs with high protein diets are
likely to have more nitrogen in their urine than other dogs. Larger
dogs, because they just produce more urine in general, will also cause
more damage. Female dogs are more likely to be culprits of lawn burn
because they empty their bladders all at once instead of marking areas
like male dogs.

If your yard is already heavily fertilized, then
the added nitrogen from your pet will obviously make lawns more
susceptible to damage. Yards that are already stressed because of other
issues like new seeding, grubs or disease will also be more likely to
experience lawn burn.


To solve the problem, try these solutions: Dilute the area
with water soon after the dog urinates. Feed your dog a high quality
food with less protein than his or her current dog food. Teach your dog
to urinate in a location that isn’t quite so visible to passersby.
Encourage your dog to drink more water and then perhaps replant parts of
your yard with grasses that are more resistent to these issues, like
ryegrass and fescue.