Outdoor kitchens and barbecue areas are great for not only serving guests and having casual, adult or family parties in your backyard without having to worry about space.

Imagine a ponds and a nice outdoor kitchen area where you can cook, grill, and even prepare a full feast for your guests. You and your friends can sit out in cushioned lounge chairs while a fire crackles behind or beside them, sipping cool drinks and enjoying the fish swimming in your own private pond. This is truly the essence of dreams.

Living Water Features provides custom-made outdoor kitchens, patio, garden areas, and grilling porches. You can set up an outdoor fireplace, complete with a place for the kids to cook smores. A minibar can provide cool or sizzling drinks for the adults. Your pond can be the peace for which your buyers are looking. For more information visit our website at www.livingwaterfeatures.com

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Butterfly Koi: Basic Facts to Know

Butterfly Koi: Basic Facts to Know

In certain circles, when you mention butterfly koi it’s like speaking out of turn in an audience with the Pope. You just don’t do this. Quite a few of the koi connoisseurs think of butterfly koi as “mutts,” and some say that butterfly koi aren’t even koi. Others, however, happen to think butterfly koi can be the finest koi in any collection, depending on several factors – size, pattern, and finnage.

First, let’s consider where butterfly koi originated. In the early 80s, a population of common, brown and grey carp with long fins were found in a series of canals and ditches in Indonesia. A company in New York took an interest and brought the fish into the U.S. and sold some. They did not sell well because they were ugly. However, an enterprising and curious group of breeders at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery placed an order for a dozen of these fish to see what the heck they were. Ugly, with long fins, is what they discovered. Over the next se

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The weather in southwest Florida has once again become ideal for spending time outdoors. The intense heat of the summer has receded, and now the weather is perfect for lounging in the backyard with a good book, for entertaining family and friends with a backyard barbecue and more. There is no better way to spruce up your backyard than with the addition of an outdoor water feature like a fountain, a pond or another similar feature.

An outdoor water feature can be a focal point of your yard, or it can be a side attraction that adds yet another element of style to your space. Many people love the unique and relaxing sound of trickling water from an outdoor water feature. This can mask the sounds of traffic, neighbors and more to turn your backyard into a true oasis of relaxation. More than that, the style of the water feature can be customized to enhance your existing space, or the entire outdoor space can be designed around the water feature. This may be a side project, or it may be the

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Water features are a great way to add a relaxing environment to the home. The sound of a stream or waterfall flowing against rocks and pebbles is very soothing. Water therapy is very therapeutic for some people; this may be why water features are generally a fabulous idea for a garden.

Much work can go into creating a pond for the home or garden. If someone is a beginning gardener, and they desire something easy to start out with, container water gardens are a wonderful choice. Very similar to a potted plant, the care of these gardens is as simple as adding water. A plant can be potted in a large urn or basin. Container gardens are a way for young kids to help with gardening as well. With these gardens it is also important to remember that mosquito’s are drawn to stagnant water. Mosquito’s often carry disease, so it is important to try to prevent them from being attracted to the garden. One way to do that is to purchase a 75 gph statuary pump. This will help keep the water circula

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Koi Ponds Provide A Private Paradise

Koi Ponds Provide A Private Paradise

Installing a Koi pond around your home provides a peaceful, relaxing environment to forget the stresses of the day. Originally from Japan, Koi fish signify strength, prosperity and good luck. This beautiful outdoor feature is a great learning tool for children, an enjoyable area for senior citizens, and a fun hobby for all ages.

A Koi pond increases the value of a home and its property. It resembles the natural setting of a rain forest, and the sound of the water and swimming fish offers a private paradise and get away in your own backyard. These features include fountains, waterfalls, stone accents, decorative plants and lily pads. Pond plants feed on the algae preventing overgrowth and give shade to the Koi. This pond also attracts frogs, butterflies and birds.

After the initial setup, this decorative pond is easy to maintain. There is a filtering system that keeps the water clean to ensure the health of the Koi and other wildlife. Sizes vary b

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Simple Tips for Fall Pond Care

Putting your pond to bed for winter doesn’t need to be an arduous process. Sure, it’s sad to say goodbye to your finned friends for a few months, but following our simple fall pond care tips will ensure that your fish joyfully greet you again in the spring.

Remove leaves and debris

Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control. Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until the next time it’s needed.

If you didn’t install netting, you’ll probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed. A long-handled pond net makes an easy job of scooping the debris from the bottom of the pond. If you leave the debris on the bottom of the pond, you’ll be creating a bigger mess to face in the spring.

Trim dead or dying foliage

Trimming dead foliage helps remove excessive organic debris that would otherwise decompose in t

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Enjoy the beauty of self-contained water and fire features

Enjoy the beauty of self-contained water and fire features

Self-contained water and fire features have been gaining in popularity in recent years. The Aquascape Fire Fountain is easy to set up and allows you to enjoy the beauty and elegance of flickering fire and flowing water.

You’ll enjoy the soft sound of trickling water as the flame burns brightly in the center of the bowl. Constructed of durable GFRC and available in three sizes, choose the Fire Fountain that best suits your style and space.

To have your Aquascape Fire Fountain installed, visit www.livingwaterfeatures.com and let us show how beautiful this outdoor feature can be!

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Enjoy the stunning beauty of your own personal water garden

Enjoy the stunning beauty of your own personal water garden

Imagine stepping outside your home into your very own backyard oasis, complete with a beautiful water garden. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of running water. Feel the cares of the world slip away as you enjoy your personal vacation spot!

An Aquascape ecosystem pond is self-sustaining, requires very little maintenance, and provides an opportunity to have fish as pets, without the regular upkeep of an indoor aquarium. Pond plants give you the chance to broaden your gardening horizons with choices that go beyond the standard petunia and rose. Bird lovers will delight in the new variety of feathered friends that flock to a water feature.

Spend quality time relaxing by your pond with family and friends. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to enhance your yard with a beautiful Aquascape ecosystem pond! Visit Living Waters Pond and Garden in Venice, Fl and let us help you create the space of your dre

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Pump Up Your Knowledge

Pump Up Your Knowledge
Aquascape
July 6, 2017

Cross section of Aquascape water garden pumpWhen you had your water feature installed, you trusted your contractor to know enough about water flow and pond building to make sure that your backyard paradise would run smoothly, and he did an amazing job. Not once did it ever occur to you to ask him what kind of pump or plumbing he used while finishing the job. Why not? The retailer that sold you the pond kit told you that you had the perfect size pump for the job, but how do you know?

Not many people want to get involved in the “mechanics” of a pump because it can be too difficult to understand. With terms like TDH, GPH, and flow rate, who can blame you for wanting to turn a deaf ear to the ins and outs of pumps as they relate to your pond? The truth is, knowing a bit more about your pump and plumbing can actually help you understand the living, breathing ecosystem that lies beneath the surface of the water. Most importantly, it can

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Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm

Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm
Aquascape
May 3, 2017

Umbrella palm (Cyperus alternifolius) is a tropical plant that is hardy to Zone 7 that can grow to almost six feet in height. In colder climates, umbrella palm will over-winter if brought indoors and positioned near a sunny window. Dwarf (Cyp. Alt. ‘Gtracilis’) and medium (Cyperus spp.) varieties are available and prove an excellent choice for smaller ponds and container water gardens. The height of an umbrella palm creates a soft backdrop for shorter aquatic plants, such as water lilies.

Umbrella Palm Pond Plant

Larger palms can be invasive without some precautions. Even a small single stalk with roots will grow as a marginal and can be difficult to remove if left alone too long, especially in a graveled pond where the roots will grow deeply into the gravel. This situation can be avoided by planting the large variety of umbrella plant in a plastic tub. The palm will still grow into the tub and its roots will need trimmin

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