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Winterize Your Waterfalls & Ponds

It’s never too early to think about winterizing your water feature. Take the time to learn how to get your fountain, waterfall, or pond ready for colder temps. A little work can protect your equipment and make springtime a breeze

With the milder winters we’ve been having in Kansas City, it can be easy to think that water features will be just fine. While that may be true, you still do not want to risk damaging expensive equipment.

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Differences Between Winterizing Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls

A big question is whether you should run your water feature through the winter or shut it down. Many factors are at play here. Even in below-freezing weather, most ponds, fountains and pondless waterfalls can run through the winter. But keeping your pond running does require a little bit more maintenance than the others.

Below we’ll provide some useful resources to help you determine the best course of action for prepping your water feature for winter. The biggest thing to remember with winterization? When it doubt, ASK! At Good Earth Water Gardens, we’re always just a phone call away.

Winterization Blogs

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July 14, 2023

Top 3 Low-Maintenance Fountains

So many people tell us they’d love to have a water feature, but they just don’t have the space – or the time for maintenance. The good news is that…
April 28, 2023

Need a reason to go Outside this Summer? A Water Feature is the Perfect Solution!

Are you feeling stuck indoors and craving some fresh air and sunshine? Adding a water feature to your outdoor space could be just the inspiration you need to get outside…
March 27, 2023

How to Clean a Pondless Waterfall

Most spaces can benefit from a good cleaning, and a pondless waterfall is no exception. Regular maintenance can keep your water feature functioning properly and ensure clear, beautiful water. How…
February 27, 2023

How to Choose the Perfect Location for Your Water Feature

The right site will ensure you get maximum enjoyment and satisfaction out of your water feature. The old real estate slogan says location, location, location, and this principle applies to…
February 8, 2023

Vacation in Your Own Backyard

We all need to get away. But a relaxing escape doesn’t have to mean leaving home. At Good Earth Water Gardens, we help our clients create vacation-worthy experiences in their…
January 30, 2023

5 Problems You Can Fix with a Water Feature

Many people see a water feature as an “extra” – extra enjoyment, but also extra work. The part of the equation that often gets overlooked is what a pond, pondless…

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Repairing Your Water Feature

Why isn’t my pump working?

Pond pumps are the workhorses behind incredible fountains. But sometimes they don’t quite get the job done. Here are the most common pump malfunctions – and how you can fix them.

The pump isn’t running. This can be caused by a hiccup in the power supply. You might have a bad connection, a tripped breaker, or a blown fuse. Make sure your electrical connections are safe and working. Know that extension cords can cause a drop in voltage at the pump and a jump in the amps. This can cause the pump to heat up and burn out the motor.

The pump only operates some of the time. You probably don’t have enough water in your fountain. Pumps must be submerged in water to work, so a low water level can cause the pump to shut off. Adding water could fix it.

The pump only pushes a small amount of water. You might have debris in your fountain. Clean it out by disconnecting the pump from the pipe and draining the plumbing. Inspect it to make sure there’s no more gunk or – better yet – give it a good rinse just in case.

The pump hums but doesn’t move much water. There may be debris in the impeller. Unplug the pump and remove it from the basin. Inspect the pump and make sure there isn’t any junk in there. Sticks and rocks are common culprits. Remove what you find, then lay the pump on its side and plug it in. Make sure the impeller spins before you put it back in the basin. You can use a screwdriver to give it a little push.

Fixing a fountain pump is usually a fairly simple task. But if you’re stuck, you can always call in the professionals. Reach out to Good Earth Water Gardens at (816) 720-7577.

How do I get rid of algae in my pond?

The best way to deal with algae is to prevent it. If that ship has sailed, never fear – there are ways to get your water feature looking clear again.

Algae naturally occur in a pond’s ecosystem. But if your water is out of balance, these aquatic organisms can completely take over.

For preventative measures in the spring, we recommend draining and cleaning your water feature. This will remove excess nutrients and muck that can be food for algae. During this time, establishing a balanced ecosystem is crucial for keeping algae at bay. Beneficial bacteria eat the same nutrients in the water as algae, so giving these little microbes a head start can starve out the algae and keep your pond balanced. Supplemental bacteria like Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds can jumpstart the good bacteria. There are even special cold-water bacteria you can add during early cleanings in March and April. Make sure your pond has areas where bacteria can live. They thrive on the surface of rocks and gravel, and love to hang out on filter mats and media inside a biofilter.

Despite doing a spring cleaning, you still may deal with an algae bloom. The most common algae in late spring/early summer are string algae. For small blooms, it may be easiest to just pull it out. Algae may look gross, but it’s harmless. Then, continue to add beneficial bacteria to your water feature. If it continues to occur or you simply can’t stand it, you can install an Ion-Gen. It releases copper ions into the water that target and kill string algae while being safe for your fish.

For filmy, slimy algae that coat your rocks, you can use a combination of SAB Stream & Pond Cleaner and EcoBlast granular algaecide. SAB contains a phosphate binder that makes it harder for algae to adhere to rocks, so it helps keep water clear. EcoBlast kills algae on contact and works best in a stream or a waterfall. When applying Ecoblast, it’s best to turn the pump off, apply the Ecoblast over the algae, and let it sit for a few hours before turning the pump on again.

These products can be helpful throughout the year, but they’re especially useful in the spring. They help balance your pond as the water is warming up and plants, fish, and bacteria are waking up after the winter.

If you have trouble remembering to add treatments throughout the weeks, considering installing an automatic dosing system. This device is like a drip IV for your pond and automatically adds beneficial bacteria and enzymes to your water feature.

When it comes to treating algae, sometimes you need patience. Give your pond time to rebalance. But if you aren’t seeing any improvement, don’t be afraid to call a professional. Good Earth Water Gardens is happy to help – call us at (816) 720-7577.

What do I do if my pond has a leak?

First, make sure the loss of water is actually a leak. There are several reasons your water level is dropping:

  • Evaporation. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and sunlight, it’s possible that extra water loss is due to evaporation each week.
  • Splashing. If water splashes off the rocks in your waterfall or stream, be sure that water falls inside your pond liner. If it doesn’t, you can move the rocks to redirect the water.
  • Plants. If you have many plants in and around your pond, they’re drinking quite a bit. But if your water levels drop the same amount no matter the weather, plants probably aren’t the culprit.

Low edges are one of the most common causes of water loss. New ponds where the ground is still settling commonly have this issue. Look at the stream and waterfall and look for areas where the mulch or soil are wet. If you find a damp area, lift up the liner. Backfill some dirt to hold everything in the right place. You might also need to shift a few rocks. Work your way around the pond to make sure you find all problem areas.

When you rule out other reasons for water loss, it’s time to do some serious investigating.

Turn off the pump. If you have fish, make sure you have an aerator in the pond to keep enough oxygen in the water.

First mark the water level, then let the water sit for 24 hours. If the water level doesn’t change within those 24 hours, the issue isn’t with the pond itself – it’s with the waterfall or stream. But if the water is dropping? Let it keep dropping. Once the water level stabilizes, you’ll know the depth of the leak.

Look at your liner. The hard truth is that if the liner is older or not high quality, it might have multiple tears. Animals, UV rays, and shifting rocks can all damage a liner. It’s possible you should replace the entire liner. But if the liner is in good shape, you can patch any holes. Once you’ve applied patches and let them dry, replace the rock and refill the pond.

If you can’t find a leak, look at the skimmer faceplate to make sure it’s sealed correctly. It’s also possible that the plumbing is leaking.

There are easy fixes for pond leaks and then there are situations when you should call in the pros. When you need an honest, expert opinion, Good Earth Water Gardens can help. You can give us a call at (816) 720-7577. There are no dumb questions!

What are my options when my pond needs to be renovated?

When it comes to water features, the only limitations are imagination – and the site. It’s tough to create a huge pond on a steep hill. But other than that? Dream big.

Some folks renovate their ponds because the water feature just isn’t functioning properly. But other homeowners find that what they want in a pond and how they utilize their outdoor space changes. Your water feature can evolve to meet these needs.

Each project is unique, so there isn’t one set of options when it’s time to renovate. As a first step, we suggest that you find images of what you like and what you might want your renovated pond to look like. Then, talk to the pond pros – not just a landscaper who promises they do ponds, too.

Don’t be afraid to talk to several pond builders. We hope you’ll use Good Earth Water Gardens, but we understand that not every company is for every client. However, we strongly suggest you work with a Certified Aquascape Contractor.



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