I designed and built this Koi pond for my clients show fish. It is over 39,000 gallons
Published November 5th, 2012 8:17 PM
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You may remember the pond we installed in our backyard and the tutorial for a more elaborate water feature than we're showing today. This time, we're demonstrating how we installed a much simpler water garden in our small outdoor space.Here's the blank slate we started with. If you are starting from scratch, be sure to check out our full tutorial to see how we dug out for the liner (the link is at the end of this post).
332/5000Upgrade your garden by creating mosaics of old broken tiles!Our pool area needed to be fixed and connected to the patio at the house, so I used old, ugly pavers, a couple of cement blocks and some old broken tiles, and with that I created a new staircase and a pair of flower boxes.
This is how we made a solar powered waterfall for our new fairy herb garden. It cost us less than $10 to make, and is such a fun feature to have.
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
Pond lovers are familiar with Aquascape as the leading water garden innovator in North America, so we were more than flattered when, in early May, our own Bill Renter was invited to do a guest blog on koi ponds for their web site. In case you missed it, we're sharing it today. Koi Ponds - For the Child in Us All By Bill Renter, Outdoor Living Expert "Growing up, I was what they call today a 'free-range' kid. Like most children back then, I was free to explore the outdoors on my own and interact with nature. Things are different today. Parents and child caretakers are far more cautious about letting children wander on their own. This is one reason, I believe, why koi ponds have skyrocketed in appeal. Through them, Mother Nature's best experiences are brought right to our own backyards. For sure, kids love watching and feeding colorful pond fish. Koi are gentle creatures that will swim right up to be fed, accepting food directly from the hand. And since it's better to feed them in small amounts throughout the day, pretty much any time the kids are free, it's a good time for the koi, too. Backyard ponds attract other wildlife that children love: frogs, salamanders - basically any amphibian that lay their eggs in or near water. Plus birds will flock there, including song birds. However, predatory birds like heron may be attracted to the koi. There are steps you can take to dissuade them, like netting, decoys, and electronic scarecrows with sensors that spray water when they catch movement. Also, thoughtful landscaping can provide protection as herons prefer an unobstructed path to wade into the water. And from the outset, having the right depth of water in the pond (no less than 24") is key to keeping heron at bay. My favorite koi ponds are the larger 'swimming ponds.' Children can snorkel in these and get up face to face with the fish. For swimming, you want clean water, so I'd recommend not overstocking your pond. You don't want more fish waste than can be reasonably absorbed by aquatic plants and the pond's bog filtration system. Now while there are a few things to consider, with a little care, koi ponds are ideal to bring out the child in us all. Even today, when a pond is large enough, I can't resist a swim. So I say ... go ahead ... be a 'helicopter' parent or grandparent, and hover over the kids. With a backyard koi pond, kids aren't missing out on much at all." (See original post on Aquscape Inc. web site: (original post: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/koi-ponds-for-the-child-in-us-all)
Backyard ponds are truly the jewel of the water feature lifestyle. They contain all the parts of a balanced ecosystem pond--plants, fish, rocks and gravel, and a biological filtration and circulation system. With all parts of the ecosystem in balance, this kind of Koi pond requires very little maintenance from the owner to maintain crystal-clear water that is a healthy environment for Koi and other pond fish. No backyard pond would be complete without a waterfall. Providing the naturally-realxing sound of moving water, they are practically a must-have feature on any Koi pond. If you have the space, a stream can really increase the size of the overall water feature without increasing the cost as much as building a larger pond. Many of our clients who live in the cities of Houston and Austin, Texas initially want their waterfalls to help drown out the noise of the city traffic. But soon they find that they have created a relaxing retreat in their own backyard. The ever-present sound of gurgling water splashing into a pond helps to melt away the stress of the everyday grind and allows you to decompress at the end of each day. Some of our clients have found themselves having their morning coffee out on the deck every day so they can hear their waterfalls and enjoy their Koi pond before leaving for work. For people who love the look and sound of moving water, but without the open body of water associated with ponds, a pondless waterfall is a great idea! A beautiful, natural looking waterfall will provide all the motion and sound you need without a pond at the bottom. Perfect for front yards, commercial locations, subdivision entrances, or other places where liability could be a problem, pondless waterfalls store all their water safely underground. The water seems to disappear into a bed of gravel at the end of the waterfalls. We've also heard these called disappearing waterfalls, disappearing fountains, bog ponds, or my favorite 'waterless ponds.' Yards that feature a natural slope are begging for a stream! Austin, TX is great for streams because there are a lot of sloped yards in Austin. We've built a few streams in the Houston, TX area. Even though the Harris, Brazoria, and Ft. Bend County area is much flatter than the Travis County area, the occsional site has a good slope or enough space for us to create one. Streams create much more 'shore space' for you to interact with your pond than simply the accessable part of its perimeter. Backyard ponds with streams also allow the waterfalls to be extended with multiple waterfall drops throughout the stream. This allows the interest and sound of the waterfalls to be spread out across the yard, rather then being concentrated near the Koi pond. You can also combine a stream with a pondless waterfall. At the end, the stream simply disappears into a bed of gravel which is the same as the gravel substrate of the stream itself, so it's a seamless transition. Whether you choose a small stream and pondless waterfall or a full-fledged ecosystem pond, complete with waterfalls, Koi and other pond fish, and beautiful blooming water lilies, the addition of a water feature to your life will change your lifestyle. By allowing you to create your own private space to relax and re-energize, ponds and waterfalls allow you to slow down and reconnect with nature right in your backyard. They are a great way for kids to learn about aquatic life cycles as well. Find out what people mean when they talk about the 'water gardening lifestyle.' Certified Aquascape Contractors are the best of the best in the water feature industry. Whether you just want to 'get your feet wet', or you're ready to 'take the plunge', CACs are the ones who will do it right the first time! To find a Certified Aquascape Contractor in your area, click here: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/findcontractors.php
I finally got around to doing something about my curtains. I found these at the thrift store years ago and gave them a makeover, but was ready for a change. We moved the furniture around in my room and we now have a fireplace under the window. The fireplace will be getting a makeover soon also, so any ideas are welcome! I wanted curtains that would close over the fireplace and that’s when these DIY Romantic Ruffle Curtains were created!
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
In all my years of thrifting and vintage hunting, it has become very clear that I am attracted to vintage stools! Not a bad thing for sure, but there are only so many bottoms to sit on those stools! 😉 I’m here to tell you, stools aren’t just for sitting any more! Today I’m chatting about how I DIY plant stands from vintage stools. Thrifty Style Team
You know those inspiration pictures you see and you just have to have it or build it? That was to is project for me. I’m a plant lover and I had the perfect window for several plants but no room to have them. A plant ladder to hang plants off of was the perfect solution. This inspiration picture is everything, especially the dogs!
Do you want to plant a gorgeous container garden to brighten up an outdoor living space but aren’t sure where to start? Learn how to design this outdoor planter that attracts hummingbirds.I love to design container gardens.In spring, my favorite thing to do is plant outdoor planters for my deck and patio areas to enjoy all season long. They add a lot of color and personality to outdoor living spaces.Container gardens help soften the hard lines and lend to a relaxing atmosphere.I’ve got a great container garden recipe for sun today that you can try.And a little tip to keep those planters light so you can move them around easier.The Elements of Container Garden DesignWhen designing an outdoor planter or any container, keep in mind the thriller, filler, and spiller method of design.What does that mean?It means you want a plant that will add height and drama (the thriller).Plants that will fill in the container (the filler).And plants that will trail over the outside of the container to soften the lines (the spiller).There are lots of ways to achieve the look.Here is one of the outdoor planter recipes that I designed for the season.
Hey there! I’m not sure if any of you also suffer with terribly sensitive skin, but this is one of the cleaning product hacks I have found that tremendously help my sensitive skin! Home made laundry detergent, and a fairly natural one at that! I love this detergent! I’ve been using it for almost a year! I work out daily, my husband works on Diesel engines, and we have a six year old, and dogs... stains, smells, and grime run deep in our laundry, and this detergent tackles it all! 3 simple, easy to find ingredients and some optional essential oils, and you have a powerful, natural, cleaner that can tackle the biggest messes and smells! I’ll also throw in a few other natural cleaning extras along the way!
Learn how to easily create your own no sew bed skirt with drop cloth. This bleached drop cloth bed skirt is budget friendly and customizable!
Alissa HaganPlay Kitchen RemodelIt seems kitchens are a trending theme in my world recently. I have been helping a client with a kitchen remodel/refresh and now gave my girls' play kitchen a small makeover! I acquired this play kitchen before we even had kids. Honestly, I think it was even before we were married that I snagged the stove and the sink unit at a garages sale for $10. It sat for years collecting dust and moved three times, but I knew one day we would have kids and a play kitchen would be a great learning experience. I don't have pictures of what they looked like when i bought them, but just imagine wood kitchen units that left a lot to the imagination. The first makeover came when our oldest daughter was three. The stove unit got a door and hardware and the sink unit got an actual sink and faucet recycled from a bathroom remodel. We painted it a bright turquoise blue and gave it to her at Christmas. The first "remodel" cost us the price of spray paint and some hinges for the oven door. Everything else, the towel ring, faucet, sink bowl and oven handle were all recycled from a bathroom remodel my parents had done.
(This post was written in collaboration with H Potter but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for planting ideas for a window box? Wait until you see how to plant flowers in these GORGEOUS window boxes.When I first saw these stainless steel window boxes with an antique copper finish, it was love at first sight.I mean…wow!And I have to tell you, they are even more beautiful in person than they are online.About H PotterH Potter sells absolutely gorgeous garden decor and accessories. I’ve received a few items from them, and these copper window boxes might be my favorite because they added lots of character to my garden shed.H Potter is a family-owned business that has been accenting homes and gardens nationwide for over 20 years with distinctive items that can be used indoors and out.Their product line includes terrariums, lanterns, trellises, window boxes, planters, and torches, handmade by artisans using high-quality materials from stainless steel to copper to hand-blown glass.And let me tell you, from my experience, they are built to last and are just gorgeous!
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
I always HATED my kitchen cabinets. First, they were 42" high, and I am short. My bottom cabinets were full. But I could reach and use only 2 shelves in the upper cabinets. The other 2 shelves in each wall cabinet were empty. Second, the wall cabinets were narrow, 11 inches deep. My dinner plates would not fit. My plate racks would not fit either. My storage containers and jars would not fit. Why did I need the wall cabinets?
Welcome 2021, Happy New Year! Oh boy, 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know that most of us have dealt with personal challenges, I mean that is life in and of itself, right? Life is a crazy ride on a good day, but this past year it’s been extra “special”. As I look back on 2020 I personally don’t want to focus on just the negative(s), I really want to try to focus on the silver linings that presented themselves. One of those good things has been the first Saturday of every month, the Cozy Living series has really been a light for me and has kept me wanting to be creative. As I share this Scandinavian inspired candleholder, my first project for 2021, I want you all to know that I am truly thankful to have you here sharing in my little corner of the world, it means so very much! Thank YOU! Cozy Living Team
My friend wanted to spice up her home office as it was now regularly "featured"On her zoom calls. Her taste is a bit different than mine but I heard her loud and clear when she said she wanted to paint her French provincial desk to something bold.
This oh so Patriotic 4th of July Centerpiece is a wonderful way to give three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue – it’s also super easy to make and cheap!I love almost anything patriotic. I always have for as long as I can remember. I got it from my Dad. He was in the Marine Corps and instilled that love in me from an early age…and I am so thankful to him for that.
So my hubby made my dreams come true this summer by helping me make a stock tank pool in our backyard! If you’ve been wondering how to make one too, I am going to outline all the steps for you here. It’s definitely not as hard as you think it may be! I was honestly surprised because I thought this project would be a little out of our DIY range. But it turned out to be just fine and it only took us a couple of weekends to finish. This is the perfect solution if you don’t have a neighborhood pool to enjoy this summer. Keep on reading to see just how easy and simple this DIY stock tank pool is!