Organic Pond Care

Clean-Up Summer Bacteria

Clean-Up Summer Bacteria

Organic waste is the single largest contributor to poor pond water quality and the growth of unwanted plants, such as weeds and algae. Water clarity and sludge removal using bacteria and enzymes is a natural, chemical-free way to reduce pond organic matter. The small 1-ounce dry packets are more effective in dispersing bacteria throughout the whole pond, compared to using larger, fewer dosage amounts. The blend of bacteria we’ve chosen, along with the addition of chopped barley, works very well at reducing organic matter in your pond and reducing the likelihood of an algae bloom.


$32. / 24 Ct.1 Oz. Dry Bacteria Packets – Treats 24,000 gallons or ½ acre

Spring and Fall Clean-Up

Spring and Fall Clean-Up

This stuff works better than anything we have ever tried for cold water applications. This is a vital part of keeping any pond clean during the colder months, where natural bacteria don’t do a lot for your water quality for more than 5 months a year, due to cold weather and water temperatures.


$89./ Gallon – Treats 64,000 Gallons or ¼ acre

These products are safe for all fish, pets, wildlife, plants, and people!

Algae Fighting Products

Algaway 5.4

Algaway 5.4

Great for Swim ponds and pools. Prevents and gets rid of suspended algae and kills string algae can be applied to areas containing fish and plants. Safe for everything since it dissipates quickly. Safe for Swimming ponds and pools!


$63 / 1 Gal.
$23 / 1 Qt.

Algae Off

Algae Off

For large blooms of algae, sprinkle this powder directly onto algae to kill it on contact.


$144 / 25 lbs
$59 / 10 lbs
$20 / 2 lbs

Algae Fix

Algae Fix

Keeps ornamental ponds and water gardens clean and clear of algae, while minimizing future algae problems.


$87 / 1 Gal.
$51 / 64 oz.
$28 / 32 oz.

Garden Pumps

Most water garden pumps are used to both filter water and run moving water such as waterfalls or fountains. There are 2 basic types.



These pumps used to be put right into the bottom of the pond, although today, you are more likely to find them located inside of a skimmer box. They are easy to install and can be fairly efficient.


These pumps are more efficient although rarely used in today’s average water garden. More plumbing is required and they cost from about $300 to about $600.

The cost range varies with quality and energy efficiency. Pumps referred to as “mag-drive” are very efficient submersibles up to about 3,000 gallons per hour.


We like to use a variable speed above ground pump whenever possible as these pumps are very functional and energy-efficient, as they can be slowed down when not needed for waterfalls or fountains, are being used or viewed. For serious water these pumps are great.

Garden Filters

There are as many filters as there are pumps in the water garden industry. 3 basic needs are present when trying to filter your water garden.



A pump is required for any filter so you must protect the inlet of your pump from plugging up, this is sort of pre-filtering of large debris. It usually involves a screen of some sort on the intake of your pump. For some small (5′ x 8′ x 2′ deep) ponds a bottom filter is about all that is required for filtration. This filter connects to a pump at the bottom of your pond.


Skimmers are probably the only real innovation in the water garden industry to date. All skimmer boxes today are made of plastic, a concern here in the freezing north country, and in hot climates where plastic can take on its own shape in the midday sun. We believe that most water gardens benefit from skimming as this is where most debris first enters the pond ecosystem. Today’s skimmer boxes can accommodate a submersible pump or a plumbed suction line from an external pump. These units go in the ground behind your liner outside of the pond. They have a leaf basket and a filter mat which keeps the pump clean and free of debris.


Water is moved from the pump to some sort of filter container or vessel. These can be complex systems of media that must be cleaned periodically, or as simple as what many refer to as a bog or biofilter. These filters from size; the larger, the better to some extent. We find bog filters to be very easy to care for. They require only a few hours per year to maintain, and they are essentially plants filters and mature into very pretty gardens in and of themselves. This bog filter is full of water celery. Most “kits” sold today come with a waterfall filter. This has its use in very limited spaces, but not in an easy-care garden. They must be cleaned frequently and are also vulnerable to freezing and hot temperature movement.


pH Test Strips

pH Test Strips

5 in 1 Tests for:

  • pH
  • Alkalinity
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
    • Pure white/lush green leaf
    • Med/Lg.
    • Very fragrant/Lgst. WhiteHardness (0- 425)

$12.99 / box



This is a sinking thermometer.

  • Easy-to-read Fahrenheit & Celsius Scales.
  • Measures from 120°F to -20°F.


Leaf Net and Pole

Leaf Net and Pole

12 inch net.


Pond Scissors

Pond Scissors

  • Telescoping 6-12 foot pole
  • 49-inch handle makes trimming your lilies and other plants a breeze to keep healthy and blooming


Aquatics Plants

Plant Choices Subject to availability at the time!

8″ Marginals

10″ Marginals

Arrow Arum: Glossy Green Foliage

Arrowhead Leopard Spot: White Flower

Arrowhead: White Blossom

Bamboo Dwarf: Green Foliage

Bog Bean: White Fragrant

Bulrush Green: Brown Seed Head

10″ Bulrush Variegated: Green/White Foliage

10″ Canna Black Knight DWF: Deep Red Burgundy Foliage/Tropical

10″ Canna Longwood: Salmon/Tropical

10″ Canna Stadt Feltbach: Peach Orange/Tropical

10″ Canna Variegated: Yellow Striped Beauty

Cattail Minima: Sm. Brown Catkin

Chameleon Plant: Tri-color foliage Exceptional addition

Clover Variegated: Variegated Foliage/Floats/Spreads

Forget Me not: Sky Blue Clusters

Giant Horsetail: Large Bushy

Giant Pickerel Rush: Blue flower/lush green

Giant Vari. Reed Grass: Pampas Like Plumes

Iris Blue Flag: Blue Purple

Iris versicolor Deep Rose: Two-Tone Pink

Iris Versicolor Wild Wine: Two-Tone Pink, Lighter Than Deep Rose

Iris Yellow Flag Vari.: Showy Yellow Variegated Foliage

Iris Yellow Flag: Yellow (Needs Regular Division)

Lavender Musk: Profuse Lavender Bloom Mid Summer

Lizards Tail: White Droopy Flower Spikes

Lobelia Cardinalis: Intense Red Blooms

Marsh Marigold Giant: Yellow First Bloomer in the Spring

Micro Mini Cattail: The Smallest Cattail

Needle Rush: Grass Like

Palm Umbrella DWF: Tropical/Excellent Foliage

Palm Umbrella: Tropical/Excellent Foliage

Papyrus Dwarf/Giant: Large Seed Head Flower

Papyrus Dwarf Tropical: Unique Flower

Pickerel Rush: Blue/Purple Flower Spike

Pickerel Rush White: Unique White Spike

Rain Lily: White Star Shaped Grass Like Foliage (Beautiful)

Rush Corkscrew: Spiral Curly Foliage

Rush Soft: Reed Texture

Rush Spike: Needle Foliage

Society Garlic: Delicate Green/White Foliage Lite Pink Bloom/Aromatic

Star Grass: White Star Bloom

Strawberries/Cream Grass: White Green Pink Blades

Sweet Flag Variegated: Bold Variegated Foliage

Sweet Flag: Green Foliage

Taro Green: Tropical/Large Elephant Ear Shaped Foliage

Water Celery: Small White Clusters of Flowers

Water Celery Variegated: Tri-Colored Foliage

Water Mint: Lilac Blooms/Aromatic Foliage

Water Poppy: Tropical/Lite Yellow Lily Like Foliage

Water Baby’s Breath: White Breath Like Sprays

Zebra Rush: Green Spike/Cream Bands


Albert Greenburg:

  • Chg. pink/orange/apricot
  • Med/Lg.
  • Robust/blooms into fall

Blue Beauty:

  • Large rich blue blossoms
  • Lg.
  • Profuse blm/Fragrant


  • Speckled bud/Striking
  • Elevated

Margaret Randig:

  • Lrg. Fragrant Dk. Blue
  • Med/Lg.
  • Long Season Many Blooms

Martin Randig:

  • Soft Pink/Speckled Leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Long Season Many Blooms

Pink Star:

  • Soft Pink Yellow Ctr.
  • Med.
  • Very Fragrant/Elevates High


  • Purple Blooms/Yellow Ctr.
  • Med.
  • Vibrant/ Best Tropical

Tropical Night Bloomers:

  • Pink
  • Red
  • White

Hardy Water Lilies


  • White/hint of pink/mottled leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Purple/bronze pink /Ivory


  • Lg. Garnet/Green Leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Very Vigorous

Berit Strawn:

  • Orange/Yellow/mottled leaf
  • Sm/Md.
  • Exceptional in Tubs

Charlene Strawn:

  • Mid. Yellow/Grn. leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Elevates Blossom/Fragrant takes shade


  • Vigorous Yellow
  • Sm/med.
  • Free Blooming


  • Salmon pink/glossy leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Heavy Impressive leaves


  • Apricot to copper/Olive leaf
  • Med./Lg.
  • Blooms/takes some shade


  • Rich pink/dk. leaf
  • Many blooms/long season


  • Hot pink/deep green leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Orange stamen/cup-shaped blossom


  • Heaviest Blooming Yellow
  • Mini
  • Great for tub gardens

Joey Tomocik:

  • Lemon Yellow Mottled leaf
  • Robust/our heaviest bloomer


  • Deep rose/green leaf
  • Prolific Bloomer/Fragrant


  • Lg. Dbl. Fushia
  • Profuse Bloomer

Native White:

  • Wht. Yellow Ctr./gr. leaf
  • Fragrant/ Deep Water

Native Yellow:

  • Yellow Ball/very lg. leaf
  • Colder/deeper water dependable

Peach Glow:

  • Elevated peach cup shape
  • Med.
  • Double peach prolific

Pink Opal:

  • Coral red/cup-shaped
  • Med.
  • Elevated bloom/good for cutting

Queen of Whites:

  • White yellow ctr.
  • Med/ Lg.
  • Cup-shaped free blooming


  • Brilliant Red/mottled
  • Sm/med
  • Compact plant

Rose Arey:

  • Rose Pink
  • Med.
  • Fragrant star-shaped


  • Yellow to copper/bronze
  • Sm/med.
  • Star-shaped bloom


  • Cherry red bloom
  • Sm./Med
  • Prolific good for tubs


  • Strawberry pink/reddish leaf
  • Med/Lg.
  • Early bloomer/Fragrant

Sunny Pink:

  • Soft Pink/lush green
  • Med/Lg.
  • Multiple Blooms/floats on water

Texas Dawn:

  • Yellow blossom/Freckled
  • Med/Lg.
  • Lg.Peony shaped



Water Hyacinth Tropical: Lavender blue bloom spikes

Water Lettuce Tropical: Light Green

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