Water features and ponds add another dimension to any garden display. Get everything you need to create your own backyard oasis or simply add a hands-free automatic irrigation system to your borders and beds. For more than 30 years, Gardens Alive! has been offering gardeners effective and environmentally responsible gardening solutions. We've spent years learning and testing to find the best garden watering tools and pond treatments.
Plants and water go hand in hand. Whether you are looking to create a new water feature, treat an existing backyard pond or add an irrigation system to your garden, Gardens Alive! is here to help.
A clean, shimmering pond can enhance the landscape. A pond covered with algae detracts from your garden's beauty. Some of the best pond treatments to control algae are products like Watergarden & Pond Phosphate Binder and Beneficial Bacteria Tablets. They can keep your pond water crystal clear by balancing essential nutrients and keeping harmful bacteria at bay.
Water features create an oasis in the garden and offer water to birds and wildlife. Our Weather Resistant Birdbath combines form and function while our Boulder Wildlife Bowl is a great way to keep pets and wildlife hydrated. When adding water features to the garden, it's important to keep the water fresh and clean. Our Bird Bath Cleaner is an easy, all-natural way to keep birdbaths clean.
Gardens need water to survive—and the best garden watering tools provide the water that plants need without wasting water. The Dripster™ Irrigation Kit is easy to install and allows for efficient watering to save time, energy, and water. It's ideal for containers, raised beds and garden plantings. Other tools, like the Premium Electronic Hose Water Timer, take the hassle of out watering. You can set the start and stop times.
When buying pond treatments, garden watering tools or irrigation supplies, you want to get the most out of your purchase. Here are some tips to help.
Effective pond treatments break down fish wastes and other nutrients and keep the water healthy and safe for fish, pets and wildlife. Gardens Alive! specializes in offering natural, eco-friendly solutions. Our Watergarden & Pond Beneficial Bacteria Tablets are easy to use and a natural, eco-friendly solution to breaking down organic waste and to reducing pond algae. If too much phosphate is upsetting your pond's ecosystem, our Watergarden & Pond Phosphate Binder provides an all-natural solution. When selecting pond treatments, note how much is needed per gallons of water, how often treatment is recommended and at what temperature the pond treatments should be used.
Pond treatments are usually recommended when temperatures rise above 55 degrees F. Our pond treatments are designed to be used every 1-2 weeks. Because treatment amounts are based on gallons of water, it's essential to know about how many gallons of water your pond contains. This can be tricky because most ponds aren't squares or rectangles. To calculate about how many gallons of water are in your pond, go with averages. Determine the average length (feet), width (feet) and depth (feet) of your pond. Then multiply average length x average width x average depth to get total gallons in the pond. Follow label instructions on the amount to use.
When gardening, you want to provide your plants with the proper amount of water so they'll look their best and produce big harvests, while at the same time, not wasting water. Garden watering and irrigation supplies can help you do this. The garden watering supplies you choose will depend on the size and type of garden you have. For instance, if you're growing a few plants, then the Self Watering Plant Tower may be a great solution. If you have several raised beds or a larger garden, then water timers or irrigation systems may be better solutions. Another way to conserve water is to use rain barrels.
Whether using irrigation systems, sprinklers or hand watering, it's best to water in the early morning. This allows the plants to dry quickly. How often you will water depends on several factors, including amount of natural rainfall that you receive, air temperatures and soil types. As a general rule of thumb, plants with average water needs require about an inch of rainfall weekly. Hot weather often increases the amount of water a plant may need. Also, if the soil is sandy and not as retentive, the plants may need more water. Using a Digital Moisture Meter is a great way to take the guesswork out of watering, and helps keep you from overwatering or underwatering your plants.
When installing drip irrigation, determine your water source and how much tubing you will need. Most gardeners attach the drip irrigation system to a garden hose. Irrigation kits, like The Dripster™ Irrigation Kit, can be used with containers, raised beds or in-ground gardens. However, you will have to measure the distance between the plants that are being watered to make sure you have enough irrigation hose for the project. While some irrigation kits may require additional tools or digging in the garden, The Dripster does not. It's also customizable, so you determine how far apart to place the adjustable spray stakes. The kit includes a punch tool and tubing, so it's easy to set up the spray stakes.Back to Top
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