Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your PondCreating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

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Creating a Landscape Feature Out of Your Pond

When I first bought my home, I was unsure about the man-made pond in the backyard. The water was green and there was no wildlife to be seen. I decided to work with the water feature instead of spending money on fill materials to get rid of the pond. I added a water fountain to the space first that featured a submersible pump and I later added fish. After installing a filtration system and an aeration device, my pond became the central landscaping feature on my property. I made a lot of mistakes as I completed the installations. I had to learn about the biological filtration and I had to figure out how to control algae with shade plants. I want you to have an easier time than I did creating a water feature, so read my blog to find out what you need to do.


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3 Natural Ways To Control Your Weeds

Controlling the weeds in your lawn or garden can be difficult, and if you don't control them properly, they can easily destroy your lawn. There are a number of ways that you can control weeds, including calling in professionals for weed control, and a lot of the methods of weed control that you can employ are natural. If you want to try to naturally tackle the weeds in your yard yourself, try the following natural weed control methods.


Mulch is one of the most effective forms of preventing weeds from growing in your yard. Mulch essentially contains moisture in the ground and does not allow weeds adequate space for them to get the nutrients that they need. Various forms of mulch can be bought in organic form or inorganic form. It is generally recommended that you choose organic forms of mulch. Organic mulches are biodegradable and can generally be created from any sort of biodegradable material. The only problem revolving around biodegradable mulch material is the fact that it has to be replaced every so often. Generally speaking, biodegradable mulch should be replaced once every month or so.

Boiling Water

Boiling water is perhaps the single easiest method that is time tested for killing weeds. If you have any invading weeds in your lawn, you should pour a large amount of boiling water on top of them. Try digging a small hole where the weed is present, and then pouring hot water into the hole. Hot water will essentially both drown and burn the weeds, effectively killing them. What makes boiling water so effective is the fact that boiling water will reach the roots of your weeds, which is essentially the lifeblood of weeds. It is almost akin to destroying the heart of a human. However, a problem with this method is the fact that it can potentially kill all plants surrounding the weeds in question, so be careful where you pour.


There is a vinegar concoction that you can use on the weeds in your garden. It consists of 4 cups of vinegar, 1 cup of salt and ½ a teaspoon of liquid soap. You can put this into a spray bottle and directly spray the weeds, ensuring that, unlike the boiling water method, you will affect only the plants in question that you wish to destroy. This method is generally very effective, but often times, it does not reach the roots of the plants, essentially allowing the plants to regrow themselves given time. Depending on the density and amount of weeds that have made your lawn or garden their home, you may want to add more vinegar to the admixture.

Try these methods, and if they don't work you might want to try using a business, such as Snyder's Weed Control, to help rid your yard of weeds.