Winter Pond Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a healthy eco-system

Winter Pond Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a healthy eco-system

While each season brings its own challenges when it comes to ensuring your garden pond is clean and healthy, winter is definitely a tough time for pond water and pond life due to the cold temperatures and inclement weather. Depending on where you live, this could mean everything from heavy winds and rain that change the water chemistry to bone-chilling temperature that can wreak havoc through freezing the pond water and its residents. This guide shows you how you can clean and maintain your pond throughout winter as well as provides some advice on how to handle some specific winter problems. Winter Pond Cleaning and Maintenance Tips Leaves: Leaves and greenery tend to build up as plants around the pond die and the winds blow debris from nearby landscaping. This plant material will begin to decompose and can adversely affect the water chemistry if not cleared out. It’s a good idea to use a pump and net to scoop out this debris. Also, to make less work for yourself, consider placing fine netting over the pond so that it can catch a lot of the falling debris before it hits the water. Pro tip: collect pond debris, fallen leaves and
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Oliver Heaths Eco Tips to sustainable living

Oliver Heaths Eco Tips to sustainable living

Oliver Heath is an architect and TV personality who believes in and practices smart eco design; he has a great record of working on key projects that encourage this. I had the chance to have a chat with Oliver and grab some insight into what he feels are the steps that we need to take to move towards sustainable living, here is what he had to say. STEP ONE – EDUCATE “Grand Designs are great – but the real problem is the 14 million homes that need a refurb in the UK and getting people a greater understanding of using Eco Smart design to understand the physical and financial benefits” The first step in the process is encouraging and educating people to understand the small changes everyone can make. Some people can afford grand eco designs, however for many the steps that need to be made are much simpler. Oliver encourages us to build a routine of energy consumption, consider how and when you use gas or electricity, write it down and monitor your use. “Lack of creative thought from people who think that the only way to have an eco home has to build a hub …”  Understanding how
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Four products to conserve water on lawn irrigation and reduce your H20 Consumption

Four products to conserve water on lawn irrigation and reduce your H20 Consumption

While working in the landscaping and irrigation business for 15 years, I installed 100’s of irrigation systems.  I have seen time and time again instances when homeowners were shell shocked by the water bill associated with running their irrigation system.  During the peak usage during the year, June, July, and August, it can be as much as $500 a month or more to keep the lawn green. So how do you mitigate these costs?  Well, keep in mind nothing replaces good old fashioned keeping an eye on the temps, rain fall, and adjusting your control panel accordingly.  However, there are some products available to assist with the control panel management, should you not be diligent in doing so. It been my experience that the following products help out with the battle in water conservation: 1: Hunter Mini Click: This is a simple device also known as a rain sensor.  It is fairly simple how it is designed; it will prevent your system from watering in the event of a rainfall.  They can be wired into the control panel, or wired into the common-wire on your system. The advantage to wiring them directly into the control panel is that you will
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Ecotourism in Cambodia: Our favourite selection of activities

Ecotourism in Cambodia: Our favourite selection of activities

Cambodia is a lush, friendly South East Asian country just opening up to tourism. While the country’s history offers the most interesting narrative of any country in the region, the economy at large undergoes a long rebuilding process after nearly being destroyed by internal war and strife. While this happens, Cambodia is becoming more available to visitors so they can experience everything it has to offer, from the Cardamom Mountains, the wonderful Elephants Livelihood Initiative Environment, swimming with Freshwater dolphins,  Phneat Koh Pong Sat Community Fisheries, or a visit to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary. Cambodia flourished in the early twentieth century as French colonization protected the country from domination by its neighbors. One of the benefits of the French development was the construction of a port that would expand the economic opportunities of the country. It also led to the expansion of resorts and tourism, all of which came to an end when a ruthless communist regime took over and sought to destroy much of the new development. Most of the signs of civil war and strife are improving, but there are certain unique structures to explore. Some of the wealthier French residents of the capital city, Phnom Penh, found the
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Visiting China to see the fragile ecosystem of the Pandas

Visiting China to see the fragile ecosystem of the Pandas

Many people go to China to see the legendary pandas. However, one thing to realize is that the majority of the places where people get taken are showing captive animals, often housed in conditions of enormous cruelty. The main focus then when visiting China to see these creatures is to work with companies aware of the ecological and ethical issues at stake here, and who are supporting enterprises which struggled to improve the lot of the dwindling pandas. Pandas are an incredibly peaceful member of the bear family, vegetarian, with a penchant for quantities of bamboo, once in abundance in China’s wilderness. These days, industrial activity, increasing human population, pollution, loss of habitat, are just some of the reasons why the Panda is on the decline. Visiting these animals isn’t just about getting a glimpse of something, as one would in a zoo. It’s about supporting their plight, and bringing awareness to the huge threats Pandas are facing, as their global numbers are now less than 2000. Truly, they are a symbol of the incredible fragility of the natural world. The kind of tours to China which we like make the following commitments. That they make a contribution to the nature reserves they visit,
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