The Pond Gnome

145 Flips | 7 Magazines | 34 Followers | @BarbiHoldeman | The Pond Gnome offers Pond Installation & Design Services, Pond Maintenance, and Cleaning Services for the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area including the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Carefree, Cave Creek, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City and other surrounding communities. Other services offered include Disappearing Pondless Waterfalls and Streams, KOI Pond Installation & Maintenance, and fixing ugly ponds!

Ecosystem PondS NEED Filtration

An <b>ecosystem pond</b> requires some kind of filtration - whether that's an installed item, or whether YOU are the filtration.<p>​If you're a …

Home Improvement

TOP FOUR REASONS YOU NEED AN EXPLORATORY POND CLEANING IN PHOENIX, AZ

​​Why would you consider an exploratory pond cleaning in Phoenix, AZ?<p>An exploratory cleaning is a lot like a <b>traditional pond cleaning</b>, but more …

PONDS NEED BOTTOM DRAINS

Don't they?<p>​The quick answer: nope. Bottom drains aren’t necessary under most conditions, so they can be a waste of money. It’s important to know …

Pond is Overflowing

My pond is overflowing & flooding the yard!<p>​Don’t panic. There are a couple of reasons this could be happening, and it is likely a pretty easy …

Foam in the Phoenix Pond

A pond with A LOT of "mysterious" foam<p>​Why is there suddenly a bunch of foam in my pond?<p>​A California colleague of ours tells a very fun story about …

Pond Pump FAILURE IS AN Emergency

My Pond Pump Died!<p>The pond pump is the heart of your pond system: pumping water through the circulation system and creating aeration for the aquatic …

Phoenix Pond Blog - The Pond Gnome

What the Heck is an Exploratory Drain & Clean for a Pond?<p>Well, pretty much just like it sounds: we drain, clean, and explore the pond. For example, …

Should I Put my Pond in the Sun or the Shade?

Yes! Like most things in life, this is a package deal. Both sun and shade have their advantages. If properly designed and built, you can put a pond …

Life Balance, Pond Balance

Paul and I just started taking dance lessons a few months ago. We started out as complete bungling idiots, self-conscious and absolutely off-beat. …

What kind of fish can I put in my Backyard pond?

Who doesn’t love Koi fish in their <b>pond</b>? They’re beautiful and friendly, providing glimmers of color as they weave their way beneath the lily pads, …

Can Koi & Goldfish Survive in Phoenix Summer Heat?

A pond in the desert?!?! How in the heck can Koi and goldfish survive the 100+ Phoenix summer heat?<p>​Recently, we had some new clients visit our <b>office</b> …

Pond Maintenance Needs

How Much Maintenance Does a Pond Need?<p>Ecosystem ponds, like everything else, need maintenance. If you're interested in the least maintenance …

Winter Ponds

My wINTER Pond Is Different<p>Yes, every pond is an individual when it comes to how it will act in the Winter, or any other time of year, for that …

Pond Plants Dying or Going Dorman

Help! My Plants are all Dying!<p>Not exactly. ​The water is getting cold now in your pond or water feature (water temps follow nighttime temps). The …

Things Concrete Pond contractors won't tell you

​When we think of concrete, we typically think of something very durable that will last forever. And we’d like to believe that a concrete pond would …

What are the problems with or drawbacks to having an ecosystem pond

• The very biggest drawback is that they require patience. Patience to allow the plants to mature. Patience to get the fish friendly enough to eat out …

Algae

Blue Mind in the Desert

​Water holds vast cognitive, emotional, psychological, and social benefits. We are, after all, made mostly of water. So, it naturally stands to …

Meditation

CATS LOVE BACKYARD PONDS, TOO!

We've done lots of articles, Facebook posts, etc., about dogs who love their backyard ponds. This story is about one of our clients, who happens to …

Pets

What Kind of Water Feature do You Want?

So many choices! You can go with this. Or you can go with that.<p>​What if I travel a lot? How much maintenance does it take? Do I really want or need …

Ponds bring the world to YOU

​If you don’t have the means, or the time, to travel the world, why not bring the world to you? An ecosystem water feature can mimic just about any …

Phoenix Pond Filter Cleaning

Please keep in mind that all the articles/blogs that we write are in reference to organic, ecosystem ponds in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in another …

Cleaning

Pests and Phoenix AZ ponds

​Did you know that there are 950,000 species of insects? And that most of those are beneficial to our environment or food for other beneficial …

Insects

Phoenix Backyard Ponds are Romantic!

​Twilight time. A couple sits side by side on a patio staring into a backyard pond. It’s quiet, except for the sound of the gentle waterfall and …

What does a pond cost in Phoenix AZ

​The cost to build a backyard pond in Phoenix, AZ, can vary greatly. The size, style, materials, and equipment you select will all impact this price …

How we all became experts on everything

I decided to build a pond in the backyard.<p>That information is not, on its face, interesting to anyone but me and, perhaps, some frogs who live nearby. But I beg you to stick around, as this might eventually make sense.<p>First off, "pond" may be an overly generous term for what I'm building. It's more …

POND VS. LAWN: THE ONGOING DEBATE

​Backyard ponds have become an exciting landscaping trend! Most homeowners want a pond to add ambiance to their yard or to simply enhance their …

How to acquire healthy fish for your Phoenix pond

Adding fish to your pond provides a whole new element to the overall experience of owning a water feature. In fact, many pond owners decide to …

Pond Repair vs. Pond Renovation

A pond renovation goes quite a bit further than a simple pond repair. To renovate a pond, we remove everything within the pond. This may even include …

Home Improvement

Help and advice for DIY pond building

We are asked quite frequently if we do consulting work for do-it-yourself ponds, or if we would just provide instruction to people (outside of the …

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