March 29, 2015
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A pond can be many things and there are many different options depending on what you actually want. Perhaps you simply want a nice water feature with a fountain and not a lot else. Or maybe your want your pond to be a wild paradise for every form of life you can think of...
Well personally I am in the latter camp. I like my ponds to be bursting with life, full of friendly faces and beautiful plants and flowers. But designing a wild pond isn't as easy as you might expect.
When you are starting out you will need to carefully plan its ecosystem, so that it has everything it needs to become self-sufficient. But trust me, it's worth it in the end.
Here's how to get started:
Understand the Ecosystem
Your pond will essentially have a 6-tier food chain at the base of its eco-system and to create a successful pond you need to ensure that each tier compliments the next.
- Tier 1: Bacteria, protozoa and plants
- Tier 2: Zooplankton
- Tier 3: Worms, snails and insects
- Tier 4: Amphibians
- Tier 5: Fish
- Tier 6: Birds
As you can see, each tier will feed on the one below it, and in a healthy pond the higher tiers will reinvest vital nutrients back into the pond to support the bottom tier. This is a big topic and this post explains it in more detail if you are interested. Additionally, a good bio filter will act as a medium to allow bacteria to grow.
The Nitrogen Cycle
The next thing to understand is nitrogen, as the presence of nitrogen is what creates nitrates and nitrites and in turn serve as nutrition for algae and plants.
- 1: Addition of food and nutrients
- 2: Production of Urea and Ammonia by Fish
- 3: Ammonia is converted to Nitrites by bacteria
- 4: Less toxic Nitrates are removed by plants
- 5: Evaporation
- 6: Light
- 7: Oxygen Cycle
- 8: O2 produced by plants
- 9: CO2 produced by Fish
The fish will eat the algae (which is important because too much algae reduces light levels in the pond) and in turn the fish' waste will decompose at the bottom of the pond and release ammonia.
This is the important bit:
- Too much algae reduces light levels, bad for plants
- Too much ammonia is bad for everything in the pond
- Algae processes the ammonia and turns it back into fish food
- So as you can see, it's all a careful balancing act.
Of course insects will also attract brids, which are pretty, and birds will help to control the insect population, keeping it in check. And of course the way to attract insects is to have some plants in the pond. But here is a more detailed post about the nitrogen cycle and pond maintenance.
Putting It All Together
So with all of that information in mind, how do you actually create a balanced habitat? Here are some actionable tips:
- Ensure that your pond has several levels. Shallow areas are good for insects and larvae, while deeper areas are essential for your fish.
- Keep plants under control. A few plants are critical, but ensure that they do not overwhelm the pond, light must be able to get in.
- Get a bio filter like this one, in order to ensure a healthy population of friendly bacteria and hence keep down the ammonia levels.
- Get a bucket of water from a local pond - this is a great way to quickly fill your pond with hundreds of micro-organisms and get your ecosystem kick started.
- Fit a pond pump. It is possible to create a sustainable pond without one, but adding one keeps the water oxygenated and prevents stagnation, so it's worth it.
- Alternatively, install a fountain or a waterfall, this will prevent mosquito larvae from hatching, will attract birds and will look and sound nice too!
Ultimately, keeping a healthy pond shouldn't be too difficult once it is established. You simply need to ensure that all of the food chain is accounted for. When the pond is young, be sure to check chemical levels regularly, as these provide clues as to which aspects of your ecosystem need help.
Hopefully before long you will have regular visitors and an established community, and of course a stable ecosystem!
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Adding value to property.
Landarchs has published a great round-up of creative terraced gardens.
We hope these modern garden designs inspire you for your own outdoor spaces - however small they seem at first.
February 18, 2015
Adding value to property.
February 17, 2015
A pond in the back garden creates a tranquil space in your very own outdoor space. However depending upon your housing situation this is not always a viable option. Space, time to build and of course if you rent, you may not be permitted to start excavating the land!
A modern compromise can be a temporary feature pond. Swell UK have a range of temporary ponds that can be installed easily, quickly and of course moved again should you wish. Some are suitable for fish and some just for plants, but all can help you create your very own oasis in your back yard.
The most simple and affordable option is the pop up pond. Often available in a variety of colours, these simple ponds are ideal for a small space, such as a balcony or terrace. It's not advisable to keep fish in this type of pond but plants look great and create a beautiful talking point.
If you're feeling creative and have time to spare, visit a scrap yard for inspiration. Old tin baths, sinks and many other receptacles are ideal to transform into a feature pond. They look great too and can add some interest to an otherwise ordinary small garden. A huge planter also looks great as a feature pond, and can create an attractive, rustic look.
If you have the space there are many flat packed ponds that can be used indoors (such as a conservatory) or outside. More advanced versions contain a filter, UV lighting and more to make them suitable for fish, so you can have an advanced pond without the need for spades and pond liners.
Of course whichever pond you decide upon, it will need some maintenance:
- When filling with tap water, use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other elements, making the water safe for wildlife and plant growth.
- Keeping plants in good condition with regular pruning keeps the water in good condition and plants looking good.
- Scrub away algae blooms to keep it at bay - regular water changes and maintenance will help.
- If you have fish you must have a pump and filter to keep the water clean and fish in good health
There are many ways to add interest to a feature pond. Plants look great, even in a small pond. Floating varieties such as Lilies add oxygen to the water and look beautiful.
Lights look good too. Floating solar lights make a real feature on a summer's evening and can add an elegant touch to a summer's evening.
To make life even easier, opt for artificial décor. No pruning or tending needed, simply add plastic plants or flowers to the water for a splash of colour.
February 16, 2015
Well groomed gardens are a fantastic asset for any home, offering a space for relaxing and entertaining and adding value to your home, and whether your garden is big or little, ensuring it is looking its best is imperative. Mistakenly, we often believe that enhancing our garden means having to spend a large amount of money on doing so, but there are plenty of quick fixes that can be made which won't cost you the earth. From furniture to flowers, here are just a few small changes you can make in order to help keep your outdoor space looking its best.
Adding or updating the furniture in your garden can automatically improve the look of your garden. Shabby should only ever be cherished in terms of shabby chic, which means if your furniture is looking a little worse for wear it's time to refresh the paintwork yourself or replace it completely. Before you spend any of your hard earned cash, consider what style you wish your garden to adhere to. Do a little research on websites such as Pinterest and you'll find and abundance of inspiration and easy DIY tutorials to help you.
Flowers can automatically brighten the look of your garden, and planting a colourful mix of flowers could not be simple. Unfortunately, not everyone has an abundance of garden space to utilise in the way. If you want to introduce blooms to your garden without taking up too much precious space, then hanging flower baskets is the perfect solution. Ensuring you've got the correct tools and fixtures to do so is essential, shops such as Anglia Tool Centre are a great place to stock up on these necessities.
If you have chosen to use plant pots in your outdoor space, then why not paint them to add a splash of colour, even throughout the colder months. Terracotta planters offer the perfect canvas for your creativity. There are plenty of super weatherproof paints available and it's worth investing to ensure the colours you choose will stay looking vibrant, even when the weather is at its harshest.
Getting the lighting just right in your garden can prove to be a trickier task than you might have first thought, but luckily, there is plenty of wonderful lighting choices for you to choose from. Sensor activated lighting is perfect in terms of providing security lighting but can prove to be a little harsh when it comes to lighting your room when entertaining. Hanging outdoor LED lighting or lanterns can create an enchanting mood for evening soirees and BBQ, and can easily be strung over the dining area or zigzagged across the garden.
For the eco-conscious among you, why not transform some of your garden space into a small allotment area. An allotment will enable you to grow a family sized crop of seasonal fruit and vegetables at home, from potatoes to tomatoes to pumpkins, there are plenty of delicious natural treats to nurture and grow throughout the year. If you have young children, an allotment is also a wonderful way for them to learn and discover more about nature and the way things grow.
Of course, there are plenty of other easy fixes you can implement within your garden, without having to dip into your savings to do so. Creating a calm and relaxing area outdoors is simple and can be done in stages or over the course of a weekend. Once the hard work is done, it's important that you sit back and enjoy your hard work too!
February 12, 2015
February 8, 2015
Adding value to property.
Many so called outdoor rooms are designed to house a gym. These gyms are now really key to maximise your property's value.
We loved the tips on how to design such spaces for on the Technogymblog.
In short, you can either get the gym to mimic the actual 'gym' club look. In contrast, you can go the opposite direction, and ensure the equipment mimics the indoor decor.
Compact equipment for compact spaces
Home owners increasingly buy space-maximising equipment and choose our products, such as Kinesis Personal or the Spazio Forma folding treadmill, because they possess a strong design aesthetic that makes them resemble space-efficient exercise furniture more than simple fitness tools.
Kinesis Personal, for example, sits just 30cm away from the wall but the arms fold out to create a unique and stunning cable-pulley machine where you can perform over 200 exercises for a full body workout.
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February 2, 2015
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The issue of costs will come into the equation, of course.
It is worth reminding ourselves that IKEA has really upped their offer and a little imagination can lead to great design on a shoestring buget.
January 31, 2015
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Adding value to property.
Research shows the rise and rise of numbers of homeowners wanting to have gardens that really make them feel great and relaxed thanks to 'therapeutic' tools.
Surfing the trend, Duravit have opened a dedicated section on their site and have very interesting pools/outdoor bathing systems you can explore.
THE DREAM OF LIVING IN NATURE. What could be better than having your own patch of green for recharging your batteries, relaxing and simply enjoying life. Everyone can "furnish" even the smallest area of nature just the way they want it. The outdoor area increasingly becomes a "green living room", organised and furnished like a room in the house but just without a roof. Thanks to recent innovations from the bathroom world, this garden living room can even become a wellness oasis. Manufacturers such as Duravit are moving the indoor spa pleasure out into the open air with weather-resistant bathtubs and pools.
The outdoor variants of the Sundeck and Blue Moon pools from Duravit combine comfortable tub design with sophisticated spa technology. Inside the pool, a system with three relaxing cycle by shoppi">OPTIONS transforms the green area into a private spa. The heart of the installation is the "Emotion" cycle, which features 24 Durapearl jets built into the tub's floor. Large air bubbles or thousands of tiny pearls rise to the surface, gently caressing the skin. The "Power" cycle uses large jets to produce a powerful jet stream massage that relieves tense muscle groups. The force of the massage jet can be adjusted by opening and closing the jets. The feet and back area require a more gentle massage treatment, which is provided by the third cycle. These jets, some of which rotate, provide a more gentle massage jet in order to act upon as large an area as possible. The "Relax" cycle is particularly soothing, and its more dispersed action is an ideal supplement to the effect of the targeted "Power" cycle. All cycles can be operated separately or together. The bather can use the waterproof remote control to adjust the individual feel-good program. A LED coloured light with fixed colours or programs ranging from a splash of varying hues to a pulsing display create a more atmospheric effect - both in the pool and in the garden in the evening.
Everyday life is quickly forgotten when breathing in the healthy fresh air in your own private relaxation area...
With white acrylic panelling or various wooden surfaces, such as Wengé and Cherrywood, the pools are comfortable decorative pieces that can be covered with robust upholstery. This hand-sewn, white upholstery quickly converts the pools into a large sunbathing area, reminiscent of a maritime deck. The cover is simply removed or folded away for bathing. A tarpaulin protects them against environmental elements; this can be simply pulled across the pool and is, in turn, equally easy to remove. The pool itself offers round-the-clock bathing and maintains a constant water temperature. A permanent water connection is not necessary as the pools can be filled with a garden hose. So there is absolutely nothing to stand in the way of a truly pleasurable experience. Enjoy balmy summer evenings with family and friends or simply gaze up at the starry night sky. Everyday life is quickly forgotten when breathing in the healthy fresh air in your own private relaxation area...
January 29, 2015
Shedworking, described by the blog itself:
It is edited and published by Alex Johnson who is part of The Independent newspaper's online team (where he writes on property, including a daily blog) and the founding editor/publisher of two internationally popular blogs, Shedworking and Bookshelf. His book Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution is published by Frances Lincoln. He is also a judge for the annual National Shed of the Year competition.
January 28, 2015
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There are good reasons for this way of thinking. Garden sheds are lasting investments that come with endless gains because they are aesthetically appealing, durable, and easy to assemble. They're also very functional and can serve many purposes. If you're considering erecting a shed in your garden, make sure you know what it's going to be used for.
Choosing your purpose
You may already have an intended use in mind. It could be a convenient storage area for garden tools or bicycles. Alternatively, it could be put to far more interesting and rewarding uses. How about a place to indulge a hobby? Think of the freedom it would offer - your private refuge from the endless distractions of family activity. In fact, a growing number of people are starting to take their sheds a lot more seriously. From model railway enthusiasts to successful authors, these "sheddies" as they've become known often spend more time in their sheds than in their home.
Laying down the Law
Unfortunately, not all family members will see your shed the way that you see it. Rather than the haven of creativity that you know it to be, some will see it as a handy place to dump anything that they have no use for but can't quite bring themselves to throw out. The last thing you want is to enter your shed only to be met with piles of comics, outdated video games and assorted bulky items that have never had any use but that "might come in handy some day". Make it clear from the start that anything that enters without your express permission will be relocated to the rubbish bin with notice. Whatever the intended use of your garden shed, it should be used for that purpose only, and more importantly, it should be designed and furnished with that purpose in mind.
Designing your shed
The intended purpose of your shed will determine most of its features. For example, if it's to be used for storage, how much space will you require? If it's to be used as a workshop or an office, you'll need mains power, heating, efficient lighting, adequate ventilation and maybe even Internet access. If it's to indulge your passion for potted plants, a transparent roof would be an obvious advantage.
In short, know the purpose of your shed, design it accordingly, build it, or have it built, exactly to your specifications, and reap the rewards for many years to come.
January 18, 2015
Three major trend-trade fairs are bringing together the best of the best.
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Image: The Light House by W design architecture studio.
January 5, 2015
The result proves how much can be achieved with quite little.
From their site:
This apartment Place de la Madeleine is the result of the reunification of 12 good rooms on two floors. Directed by Michael Herrman Workshops, this duplex project has three bedrooms and retains an authentic character to the image of the pre-Haussmann building in which it is located.
Organized around a large open plan apartment is like a museum preserving the original features limestone stone walls and oak beams that meet the additions of the architect as the floor and glass walls . Playing on transparency, this choice allows to visually connect the parts to each other while opening the space on the outside.
In the center of the apartment is a courtyard open to the sky surrounded by high walls 5m glass. Furnished with a marble fireplace nineteenth, and a ceremonial mirror inserted into a living wall that covers a whole side of the court on 6 meters high, the court takes the appearance of an apartment living room . The interior and exterior design is high contrast but share a blurred boundary through the living wall that juts inward while vegetation seems to move through the glass walls. On the ground, the architect has created continuity between inside and outside, the real tiles extend towards the court in a vinyl coating Bolon the grounds designed especially for ; Michael Herrman.
Photographs: & nbsp; © Marc Henderson
January 1, 2015
They are great inspirations to go beyond the typical outdoor kitchen looks.
December 31, 2014
This year they kicked of trend with the smartflower™ seen below.
December 30, 2014
Enjoying the outdoors.
We often think of outdoor decor as being part of an outdoor room. In fact, sometimes, outdoor decor is 'out in the wild'.
A great example is this English Oak Yin Yang Moongate found via GARDEN DESIGN US.
Yin Yang Moongate (£945.00 + delivery and installation)
After 28 years as a Head Forester in Dorset, England, Jonathan Steele retired, set up shop and began crafting items for the home and garden out of English Oak. His Yin Yang Moongate combines the English love of gardening with the contemplative nature of Chinese gardens. "The Moongate dates well back in the history of China where, like the full moon it resembles, it played an important part in their cultural philosophy," Steele explains on his website. His freestanding gate is ideal for framing views of your garden or home.
Steele's design consists of twelve segments of thick, hand-shaped English Oak joined together with stainless steel fasteners to form the shape of a circle. Black and white pieces inlaid along the joints represent the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang. The gate is eight feet in diameter, allowing two people to pass through, and high enough for someone six feet tall to walk under. The bottom portion of the gate must be sunk into a concrete footing to support its weight of nearly a third of a ton. Steele offers delivery across the UK mainland and is willing to arrange delivery to the States for an extra fee.
December 29, 2014
Those with gardens can easily solve these issues by opting for the very sophisticated outdoor rooms now on the market.
Far from being second rate options, many are really more like 'mini-hotel' rooms.
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The advantage of such clearly labelled designs is they save you a lot of hassle and allow you to enjoy your favorite design is unexpected settings.
Luminous Ball Wire byCatellani & Smith
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While there are some DIY tasks that are renowned for being particularly challenging and risky, there are others that remain relatively self-forward. Take the installation of a swing gate, for example, which can usually be completed in a quick and effective manner so long as you follow specific rules and guidelines. Although you may need some physical assistance of lifting the materials and holding them in place before they are secured, the task is simple enough to complete largely on an individual basis.
3 Steps towards installing a Swing Gate
With this in mind, let's consider the process of installing a swing gate and the steps required to complete the job in an efficient manner: -
1. Select a Viable Driveway Gate and Associated Hardware
Before you even contemplate the completion of this task, it is crucial that you have the necessary driveway and gates and associated hardware. The product in question must cover the measured opening of your driveway space, while these gates are also available in a host of different materials such as timber or metal. If you partner with a reputable supplier such as Barrier Components, you can access in an even wider range of choice while also ensuring that your products are equipped with the necessary fittings, fixtures, tooling and hardware.
2. Installation and Securing the Swing Gate
As a starting point, you will need to fix a pair of new and functional hinges on one of the external gate posts. This is where the gate will be adjoined to the first post, and you must follow the exact same process with the second post before also attaching the latch. Ensure that each individual component is fitted securely in place, before testing the swing gate in action and appraising whether or not it can move manually. If it functions well, you can rest assured that you have a functional gate that will survive consistent usage.
3. Automate your Swing Gate
The final step of the process is to automate the gate, as this ensures that your manually functional product works with the accompanying motor. If you have not been supplied with a motor, you will need to purchase one independently and make sure that it has the requisite power to operate your specific size and weight of gate. If you have been supplied with a motor, you must still ensure that it has the required capacity to operate the gate consistently and over a prolonged period of time. Once this is complete, you will have a motorised and fully-functional gate that provides additional security to your home.
October 20, 2014
As the days grow shorter and colder your garden will need some TLC to keep it healthy all winter long. We've compiled some good pointers below to help you maintain a gorgeous garden, and there is also a wealth of great advice on the Swell UK Blog.
Flower Beds and Lawns.
Remove dead and decaying leaves and plants from flower beds, as not only does it look unsightly it stops light and oxygen from getting to the earth. However, this debris can also be useful. Create a compost heap and deposit all garden waste to create a rich compost which can be used to feed flower beds and containers over the winter.
Remove any annual plants that will not flower again, they too can be composted.
Cut back any overgrown plants, shrubs or trees to avoid them becoming damaged or of course causing damage in the event of bad weather. If it snows, knock any heavy downfall off lower branches to avoid breakage. This will avoid the risk of snow from above adding to the increased weight as it falls.
Remove any leaves from the lawn to avoid any stagnant or diseased patches where it has been starved of oxygen and light. This also lessens the risk of any unwelcome pests making a home on your lawn. Experts advise not to walk on a frozen lawn as this can damage and weaken the fragile stems.
Any lawn areas that have become compacted may not drain well, so use a pitch fork to create a series of holes that will let water through. Adding some sand will help too.
Again, remove dead leaves and rotting plants from both the surface and base of the pond. This will rot, releasing toxic fumes, which can be trapped in a frozen pond. Using a pond vacuum and a rake will make sure it's clean and tidy. A pond net is a good idea as it will keep any further debris from the water.
A pond heater is a great tool. It will create a 'blow hole' on the surface of the pond, which releases any toxins. An in pond heater is great for Koi ponds as it regulates the temperature of the water all winter long.
Remove any delicate or more exotic plants, as they will not cope with frost well. Take them indoors, wrapping the roots with damp newspaper and keep them in a warm place, such as a heated cellar or shed. Ensure that the newspaper is kept moist to keep the plants alive over the season.
Drain and insulate any garden taps and pipework. In the event of freezing temperatures this could avoid cracked, burst pipes.
Before you move any debris or rocks, check for hibernating wildlife. This is especially important if you are planning any bonfires, as little animals love a cosy, warm pile of leaves or timber.
Some flowers can be planted over the winter, and may even flower if the weather is mild. Try the Winter Flowering pansy, Violas and Primula, to name just a few.
Wrap containers in thick newspaper or even bubble wrap to protect delicate roots. Raising the container onto bricks or stones will also encourage drainage and hopefully avoid frost damage to the pots.
Check out the Swell UK Blog for more advice over the winter months, which has lots of information to help you make the very best of your garden.
October 18, 2014
Produced by Serralunga, the PALOMA is an affordable way to add a little 'je ne sais quoi' to any outdoor space.
October 16, 2014
The Christmas season is approaching and outdoor furniture is increasingly a gift option.
In recent years, it has become tricky to make the right choice when it come to a staple of outdoor furniture: rattan.
Here are a few tips:
Rattan garden sets are a great addition to any garden as they bring a touch of low-key class and elegance to your garden, without sacrificing comfort and practicality! In contrast to other high-maintenance types of garden furniture such as wood, your rattan furniture will need only routine cleaning to stay beautiful, and high quality rattan can even last for decades! It's worth investing a little extra money in really high quality rattan furniture, as if you go for a cheaper option it will likely break relatively quickly and need to be replaced - costing you far more in the long run than if you'd just paid that little extra to start. More to the point, cheap rattan sets look cheap. This might seem to go without saying, but rattan garden furniture has garnered rather a bad name in recent years due to the prevalence of cheap sets or imitations of the real thing. True craftsman-made rattan is a beauty and a joy, and will banish any and all preconceptions you might have. So we've established that good quality rattan is a must to enhance the beauty of your garden, but how do you know what's good quality and what's not? Here are some tips to help you make sure you're getting the genuine article, and not a cheap knockoff.
Diameter of the Stem
Rattan garden sets can be made from one of about 600 different species of tropical palms, and the diameter of the stem will vary dramatically from one species to another. However, quality rattan garden sets are never made from very thin stems. Stems which are used by reputable brands and craftsmen are always more than around an inch and a half in diameter because they are more strong and resistant to the daily wear and tear any furniture receives.
Check it Makes the Grade
Rattan furniture has its very own grading system, with quality being indicated by grades A, B and C. A indicates the highest quality rattan stem, B a good quality rattan stem, and C a lower quality of rattan stem. The surface of A grade rattan is smooth to the touch and is somewhat shiny in appearance. There should be no hairs, roughness, dents or uneven areas. However beware, treatments are sometimes put on the furniture to make it seem smoother or shinier than it really is. Always ask what grade the piece is, if they say it's not graded - don't part with your cash! While price doesn't necessarily reveal the quality of a piece of rattan furniture, too good to be true prices should always be a red flag.
Turtles are fantastic additions to your garden pond and by creating a home for them you're also ensuring that they thrive as their natural habitats are actually shrinking.
They have a gentle demeanour, help to reduce the amount of pesky insects like mosquitos and are great for children to observe and study. If you're looking to welcome a turtle into your garden pond, here are a few tips to encourage them to come.
1. Provide Food and Plants
Turtles feed off both plants and animals such as small insects, so it's important to provide vegetation for them as this will not only attract them to arrive but also help them to stay. Insects will naturally gather around ponds with lots of plants and depending on the species, turtles will have different tastes so be sure to provide a range of plants to increase your changes of a turtle turning up! Plants also provide shelter and shade and turtles just love digging around and nestling in different spots along the side of ponds so plant vegetation with different textures, sizes and layers for them to explore.
2. Create an Island
Speaking of exploring, turtles are also attracted to certain structural features in a pond. Small coves along the edge as well as piles of rocks around and inside the pond create ideal places for hiding, climbing and basking. Make sure these rock islands have a steady slope and are easy to climb so that the turtle can get in and out of the water when needed.
3. Keep Quality Water
It's extremely important to keep the water in your pond filtered and clean, as turtles tend to produce a lot of waste. If a turtle is over-exposed to dirty water, it will start to develop a number of harmful infections. Make sure you have a quality pond pump from a trusted supplier such as All Pond Solutions and check the filter monthly for any refilling or water changes.
4. A Spot for Hibernation
If you're in a climate that gets cold and tends to freeze in the winter, you'll definitely need a place for your turtle to hibernate safely. Turtles tend to bury themselves into soft ground so it's best to sink a tray of sand or dirt in the deepest part of your pond so that the turtle can sleep safely in there. However you must be sure that a pond heater or keeps small holes in the ice so that the pond doesn't freeze over completely and suffocate the turtle as it hibernates!