September 13, 2017
To Prune or NOT to Prune…
That is the question.
We’re nearing Fall, and that means you will be looking to prune some innocent trees or shrubs. Which ones are OK to cut back? We have the answers…
Bloom Time Is the Key; Many of the commonly pruned shrubs and trees bloom in spring. This means that they’ve already formed their flower buds. So, if you are aggressive with the loppers and chop away on a spring-bloomer this weekend, you’ll cut off the flower buds and you won’t get any spring blooms. Therefore, DO NOT CHOP ON THE FOLLOWING:
1.     Azalea
2.    Flowering cherry, peach, plum, pear, crabapple
3.    Forsythia
4.    Lilac
5.    Viburnum
6.    Oakleaf hydrangea
7.     Rhododendron
8.    Saucer or star magnolia
9.    Spirea

Plants that are OK to prune now are those that make their flower buds on new growth next year. They include:
1.    ‘Annabelle’, ‘Limelight’, and PG hydrangea
2.    Butterfly Bushes or ‘Knockout’ and most shrub roses
3.    Cape Plumbago
4.    Chaste Tree
5.    Crepe Myrtle
6.     Gardenia
7.    Goldenrain Tree
8.    Hibiscus
Pond and Lake Aeration
Fall is fast approaching, as you can see by the quickly changing leaves and cooler temperatures.  The beauty of fall is something to be admired in Northeast Ohio.  While we admire, we should also be planning for the winter to come.  Preparing our lakes, ponds and other water features are especially important before winter arrives. Adding aeration to your lake or pond is a great way to improve  the water quality and ecosystem within it.  
Water quality is greatly improved through the use of aeration. Under oxygen deprived or anoxic conditions, lake-bottom sediments release various gases and metals that can cause water quality problems. Proper aeration will allow for many of the factors contributing to poor water quality to be released at the oxygen-water interface. Aeration cannot only enhance water quality by stabilizing pH, reducing alkalinity, and removing carbon dioxide, but can also greatly decrease the cost of pond treatments.
Aeration can also reduce the amount of pond algae through a variety of processes. Through aeration, algae spores can be mixed towards deeper lake and pond areas, reducing the amount of time it is exposed to valuable sunlight and availability to grow. Higher dissolved oxygen levels can also lead to a shift from harmful blue-green algae to less-noxious green algae.
Another important benefit of aeration is the reduction of Phosphorus (P) concentrations in ponds. Phosphorus is needed to support algae blooms, and once phosphorus enters a pond’s ecosystem it is very difficult to remove. Aeration accomplishes this by using an oxidation reaction which causes the phosphorus to bind with naturally occurring iron. Once bound to the iron, this new form of phosphorus precipitates into the sediments where it remains unavailable for plant and algae growth as long as sufficient levels of 
dissolved oxygen are maintained.
Overall, aeration will provide many different benefits to a pond’s   eco-system. Besides enhancing pond fish habitats, improving water quality, reducing algae, and removing phosphorus, aeration can also break down unwanted bacteria, help with mosquito problems, and remove foul odors from a pond — all by circulating the water and adding dissolved oxygen. Pond aeration is available through a variety of different means, whether through surface aerators like floating fountains, or through bottom fed aerators using compressors and diffusers. Now with an understanding of the benefits of aeration, it is time to decide what type(s) and size(s) of aeration are needed for your specific waterbody. 
Contact us at Mock Pond and Landscape Supply to learn more or get a free quote!
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We want to make it easy for you to get everything you need to get your pond ready for fall and winter.  Place your order by September 15th, and save up to 20% on your entire order on qualifying items.
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Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Saturdays 11:00-3:00

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