Sounds like the deal of the century, right: getting six ponds and only paying for one? It is!
Every Phoenix pond actually has six distinct personalities: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter (yes, we do have Winter here, although it doesn't snow -- at least not very often).
A pond is a living, breathing entity, and it changes with the weather and the seasons. In Phoenix, we don’t have a lot of seasonal change compared to the Midwest and East Coast, but your pond notices! Believe it or not, a Spring Phoenix pond is not the same as your Summer Phoenix pond, and the Fall pond is very different from the Winter pond.
Spring Pond in PHoenix
A Spring pond is yawning and stretching (figuratively, of course) and getting ready to burst forth with life. The plants that were dormant and dull all winter start shooting out some new growth. This is when the old growth can be trimmed/thinned away to allow the new growth into the light. And algae is always the first weed in the garden, so there's some of that to deal with.
Summer Pond in PHoenix
A Summer pond is growing aquatic plants like nobody's business! You have to stay on top of it, or your aquatic plants will eat the pond. It's an active time for water gardeners. And what better place to garden in 115 degree heat? Your Koi and goldfish are ravenously devouring food and constantly begging for more. This is the time of year you train them to eat out of your hand.
Fall Pond in Phoenix
Aquatic plants are starting to slow their roll as the water temps begin to dip. You still need to tend to them, but not quite as often as during the summer. Koi and goldfish begin to go into their dormant season, as well, and you stop feeding them the commercial fish food.
Winter Pond in PHoenix
During our "winter" months here in Phoenix, most of your aquatic plants are dormant, and your Koi and goldfish are generally hanging out at the bottom of the pond, clustered together for warmth. There are some cold-water loving plants, like Iris, that will give you some winter color. However, most of your plans will look a bit chlorotic during this season. Some areas of the Valley even have light freezes, so you might see some ice around the edges of your pond in the morning.
Nighttime Phoenix Ponds
That covers four ponds. So, what about the other two? There’s also the day time Phoenix pond and the night time pond. The magic of the daytime Phoenix pond, with the sun glistening off the water’s surface, the colorful Koi darting around below and between the lily pads, all surrounded by lush green and colorful plants is truly spectacular.
The nighttime Phoenix pond is full of romance, with underwater lights turning the entire aquatic ecosystem into a transparent liquid world that, for all practical purposes, is invisible during the day. Do you know anyone who can resist the seduction of the night time Phoenix pond? It’s absolutely spellbinding!
Oh, wait! That’s actually EIGHT ponds for the price of one, when you consider all four seasons, as well as both night and day. Hmmmm….. That’s a deal just too good to pass up!
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