Winter maintance of Water Features

Water features need a little maintance for the colder months. The best thing to do is leave them running all year. They look pretty, sounds nice, and it keeps the pipes open and flowing to make sure hibernating fish stay healthy.

A constant flow is beneficial for water features. If a system is turned off and on at various times, water can settle in the underground pipes, and freeze and rupture them. There are other issues as well. Water can create ice dams where it is being emitted over the waterfall. The ice dams will direct flowing water to go other than back in the pond causing the pond to lose water which could possibly cause the pump to work harder. Pumps themselves are not built to work in extreme cold. So if you falls are freezing make sure your pond stays at the correct level. It may mean you will have to fill the pond occasionally. Ponds with fish also need to deal with flowing water to support the flow of oxygen and defeat the buildup of harmful material. If you decide to keep your water feature running through the winter you will have to monitor it. Some other duties you will need to do as much as needed, is clean the skimmer out of debris. A dirt skimmer will work that pump very hard too. So always check the skimmer and make sure it is clean.

Pond less waterfalls are the easiest to take care of, once you see freezing taking place shut the feature off and fill the pond less water feature to the top. This keeps the pump submerged under water and helps keep the hole from freezing saving the pump.

Two key side notes here to keep in mind is one you can stop feeding your fish in your pond when winter sets in because they go dormant. A good way to do so is when we have 10 days in a row of 50 degree weather or below.

The other side note is I keep a  heater in my pond on the freezing cold days to keep the pond from freezing. Then I don’t have to worry about putting a hole in the pond to keep the fish alive. If you do have to put a hole in the water because your pond is frozen, don’t bang on it with a hard object because you will scare the fish and kill them. There is a heater that is made specifically for putting a hole in the pond so there is gas exchange taking place and keeping the fish happy.

I hope you find this helpful…

Repair Facial Serum

Facial oil nourish and repair the skin at a deep cellular level. They are a perfect alternative to facial creams, which have chemicals and preservatives.

This recipe is for a rich healing and soothing facial oil ideal for mature, dry, or damaged skin. We live in Colorado where it is so dry and hard on our skin. The ingredients have been shown to  moisturize; hydrate; improve skin elasticity; naturally regenerate skin cells. It helps prevent wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

1/2 oz organic rose hip seed oilRepair Facial Serum

1/4 organic dried jojoba oil

1/4 oz organic pomegranate seed oil

dash vitamin E oil

10 drops organic lavender essential oil

3 drops organic helichrysum essential oil

2 drops organic carrot seed essential oil

Place all oils in a 1 oz glass bottle then roll the bottle between your palms to evenly mix the oils. Use daily for best results.

 

 

 

 

 

Grow Indoor Herbs this Winter

Growing herbs indoors can be a lot of fun and is the perfect companion for the cheif in the house, or fun if you just love plants.

One you will need a sunny windowsill. When you plant your favorite herbs in a pot mak sure you fill the pot with quality potting soil. You will need a windowsill that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day but not so hot in the afternoons. Southern exposure isColorado Springs Herb Plantation perfect.  Give your plants plenty of room. Water plants regularly and make sure the pots drain thoroughly after watering. We do not want to rot the root system. Turn the planted pot frequently for the plants to grown evenly. Go light on the fertilizer. Lastly wait until the plant is 6-8 inches before harvesting.

Have fun with your herbs this winter!

All -Star Herb Garden

All -Star Herb GardenHerbs that are easy to grow indoors

Basil – Spicy-sweet, basilis no-muss, no-fuss kind of herb that’s best when fresh. It’s down right delicious with fresh ripe tomatoes, mozzarella and olive oil. Bonus: Basil reples houseflies!

Fun Fact: In India, the basil plant is a cherished in every Hindu house.

Chives – A mild onion flavor that is divine with patatoes, fish, or in soups. Chives are a basic French cuisine.

Cilantro – Too strong for some, adored by othrs-when it comes to cilantro, you either  love it or hate it.  It has a sagey-citrusy flavor and is often used in salsa and other Mexican dishes, and in Asian dishes too!

Lemon Verbena – Intensely lemony in both taste and scent, this herb maes a heavenly addition to baked goods and can also perk up water, iced tea, or even cocktails.

Mint – Sure, there is peppermint and spearmint, and both are delicious – but how about trying chocolate, apple, or orange mint? Mint is amazing in rice dishes and beverages (and just about everything else).  Did you know? Mint can also relieve gas and indigestion.

Sorrel – Zesty and Lemony, this often overlookd herb is great in salads, soups and stews. Once a common herb known for its medicincal qualities as well as is flavor, sorrel is currently enjoing a culinary comeback.

Thyme – Spicy-flavored thyme is a staple with grilled chicken and fish. It is also a suprisingly fresh additions to a cold galss of iced tea. Try variants like lemon thyme, orane thyme, and caraway thyme.

Fun fact: In the Middle Ages, thyme was used as a cure for melancholy.

Tarragon – With its anise-like flavor, tarragon s perfect for roasted chicken or fish. Another French staple, tarragon is terriic in chickensalad or added to a fruity sorbet, and is a favorite for seasoning vinegar.

Flying Horse Home, Colorado Springs

This is a basic landscape in Flying Horse off Hwy 83 and North Gate in Colorado Springs. We are adding a few walls to level some of the sloped area to plant and make the side yard more attractive for the trip to the back yard. On the other side of the home has a slope too but just not a lot of space to spice up. This is a large lot and we are trying to use the home owners money wisely. We will add a river bed to that side so we have some dimension. We added concrete walk ways so he could use his riding lawn mower to the back with ease. A concrete pad has been poured for the entertaining area. We are not adding any plants at this time because it is November and the irrigation system will be turned off and the home owner will have to winter water which isn’t a lot of fun. We will come back in the spring and soften our landscape.

We do not do the concrete. We sub contract it to whom we trust. new concrete patio for entertaining

We are making process. A lot of rock has been put in. The  siloam stone walls are finished. We so have some finishing touches by finishing the irrigation, the installation of the mulch and of course the plantings which will not happen until spring.

 

 

 

 

This is our newest member. He loves to go to the job sites and play. He is resting after running all over the place. I bring him to jobsites that clients have had a doberman, otherwise he stays in the office. He is a good boy and very loveable, not a mean bone in his body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a small shot of the front yard. The client wanted some plantings for color through the winter. In the back you see a little spruce tree. This is a wonderful tree because it is a columnar tree. It get no more than 4 feet wide. Great for small spaces. You can see too we added a water feature for guest to walk by. When we plant next summer it will be gorgeous.

 

Just a close up. The picture does not do it justice.