Water Features

Runoff From Neighbor – OK to Dam?

Q: My neighbor has a bunch of gutter pipes that empty water near my property line. The water erodes around my flower beds. He refuses to do anything about it. Can I just build a dam to keep his water...

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Tree – Where to Irrigate

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

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Abandoned Well – Filling

Q: I found what seems to be an abandoned well on my newly-purchased property. It has a 36″ concrete rim 6″ above the surrounding soil and I can see water at the bottom. What should I do now? A: You...

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Backyard Pond – Algae (Stocking Rate)

Q: I have a 500 gallon fish pond with 25 goldfish. It has green algae in it. How can I control the algae? A: I think you have too many fish for the pond….and the presence of green algae confirms...

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Irrigation – Pumping from a Stream or Pond

Q: I have a creek that runs in the back of my property, roughly 12 – 22 inches deep. I would like to get some type of pump that I could use to water my lawn from the creek. The...

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Pond – Winter care

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

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Pond – Plants for Ponds

There are three kinds of plants for ponds and most ponds need all three. Underwater plants, like anacharis, elodea and fanwort provide oxygen directly into the water. They soak up excess nutrients from fish waste. Emergent plants, such as cattail,...

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Pond – Low Oxygen Levels

High temperatures can wreak havoc in fish ponds warns George Lewis, Extension Fisheries Specialist. Warm water can hold much less dissolved oxygen than cool water. Dry weather also causes some ponds to be lower than normal. The combination can be...

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Bog – Building

It has gotten harder and harder to impress my son. Although he is nearly nine, I can still remember how excited he would become when we uncovered a worm in our garden. Now the only thing that reliably brings a...

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Swimming Pool – Converting to Pond

Q: I have a swimming pool that is partially restored and have decided to fill it in and create a garden spot with possibly a small pond for wildlife to enjoy. It is a Gunite pool and it is currently...

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Coffee Filter – Covering Drain Hole

Q: What is the scoop on using coffee filters to cover the drain holes in pots rather than small rocks or broken pieces of pots? A: The coffee filter idea seems reasonable to me. If you don’t cover the hole,...

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Pond – Fertilizer

Q: Is there a fertilizer made specifically for lakes? I’ve heard of lawn fertilizer and garden fertilizer and houseplant fertilizer but is there a special product for lakes? Please respond soon – a colleague and I have a twelve-pack of...

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Irrigation System – Winterizing

Q: Do you have any information on how to winterize a sprinkler system? A: All you really need to accomplish is to get most of the water out of the system before extreme cold temperatures arrive. First, turn off the...

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Water Flow Impediment – Law

Q: My neighbor (NNN) has installed a berm that is causing water to back up in my yard. Do you know if he can do this or not? It gets much higher and even after it’s gone (2-3 days), it...

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Irrigation System – Choosing Type

Q: I want to install a simple irrigation system for my lawn and flower beds. Should I use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system? Is an oscillating lawn sprinkler any better than an impulse type? A: Your question is...

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Irrigation System – Scheduling

Q: I have an automatic sprinkler system How long and how often should I set the sprinklers for? Should I set the area that covers the flat portion of my yard any differently than a sloped portion? A: Your sprinklers...

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Irrigation System – Designing

Q: My parents live in Jenkins County and we are increasing the garden size to three full acres. I need to know where I can find information for an irrigation system. We already have an extra-deep well. Along with the...

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Irrigation – Measuring How Much

Q: I am a Master Gardener volunteer in our Extension office. We have had a number of people call in and ask about watering vegetables and flowers. I tell them that one inch per week is recommended. My problem is...

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