Posts Tagged ‘landscaping’

Tips On Building A Backyard Pond

Getting a pond outside the house will definitely be an interesting sight for everyone. It will make or break any garden. The music of water, gorgeous fish and exotic plants all makes your mind cool and relaxed besides feeling fresh.”

Q. I plan to build a pond using concrete blocks that will be 8 feet in diameter and about 4 feet deep, with a 4-foot high waterfall at one end. I hope to keep about a dozen koi. Filtration would be a sand filter that holds about 200 pounds of #20 silica sand and runs on a 1-horsepower pump.

Now for the questions. First, is the sand filter adequate to keep the water clean and healthy? Is the silica sand the right grade? Second, will I need to build more filters, such as a prefilter, a biological filte, or a plant filter? Third, is my pump up to job of circulating water? Lastly, what is the most effective way to lay out the plumbing for the pond?


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Small Garden Ideas – 10 Tips to Grow More Food in Less Space

“Don’t view your small backyard as a limiting piece of your home design. Instead, a small backyard means the opportunity for creative design. You can use new and innovative ideas to maximize the space in your yard. Create a backyard that fits into your lifestyle and  your home.”

small garden featuring herbs mixed with flowers, with overly lay text "small garden, big yields - 10 tips for a great harvest"

Small gardens have seen big growth in recent years. From rooftop gardens to urban homesteads, people are taking back the control of their food supply by planting vegetable gardens in front yards, backyards, patios and anywhere else they have a little space – even kitchen counters. Through creative gardening techniques, people are growing enough food in a small vegetable garden to sustain their families, producing high yields in small spaces. Some even have enough left over to sell and generate an income on less than 1/10 of an acre.


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