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Plants In Ponds

Plants in Ponds

by Clifford Woods

Plants in Ponds

Plants in ponds will reduce the amount of algae that is able to grow, but also use the waste from the fish to give a natural water filtration system.

Plants below the water: These plants are the major contributors to water quality. They will oxygenate during the day and provide oxygen for the fish as well supplying excellent shade. Submerged plants compete with algae for use of nitrogen produced from fish waste and decaying plant material. If you pot these plants it will allow for easy removal for thinning or when winter comes.

A Few Examples

Jungle Val – Hornwort – Cabomba

plants in ponds

Floating and Surface Plants: Pick plant species that grow flowers and leaves on the surface of the water. The difference between floating and surface plants is that floating plants float freely on the water’s surface without attached roots, while surface plants have roots that extend down and anchor into the pond’s soil. Remember to remove plants if coverage exceeds two-thirds of the pond’s surface area.

A Few Examples

Floating Plants: Duckweed – Water Lettuce

plants in ponds

A Few Examples

Surface Plants: Hawthorne – Four Leaf Water Clover- Water Lotus

plants in ponds

Side Plants
Plants that grow well in moist or soggy soil or that grow well in standing water. Plant them along the side or edge of your pond. They will root in the soil and their foliage will spread out over the water.  Careful to not choose plants that grow rapidly or that will spread to much and too far.

A Few Examples
Side Plants: Western blue flag iris – Sweet Flag – Dwarf Bamboo

plants in ponds

Advice: cleaning your pond and using only organic pond cleaners, makes for healthy ponds, happy fish and thriving plants and it also contributes towards a safer environment for any adults, children or pets spending time in the yard.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
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Organic Solutions for Gardens and Plant Pests

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

By Clifford Woods

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant Pests

 

There is a balance in nature that can be tapped into if you want to keep your garden and plants at their best. And when you want to cultivate and maintain an organic garden and naturally healthy plants it is much easier to work with Mother Nature than against her.

Many organic solutions for garden and plant pests are available. Simple, easy to make remedies you can try making yourself and try them out.

 

 

Here is a list of some combination and single mixtures to help in the fight against pests.

  1. Diatomaceous Earth and Chile pepper: Grind up two handfuls of dry chilies into a very fine powder then mix this with 1 cup of Diatomaceous earth. Add to 2 liters of water and let set overnight. Shake well before using.
  2. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea: These flowers hold a powerful plant chemical component called Pyrethrum. This substance invades the nervous system of insects rendering them immobile. You can make your own spray by boiling 100 grams of dried flowers into 1 liter of water. Boil the dried flowers in water for twenty minutes. Strain, cool and place in a spray bottle. This mixture can be stored for up to two months.
  3. Tobacco: Take one cup of organic tobacco (preferably a tobacco that is natural) and mix it in one gallon of water. Leave overnight and after 24-hours it should have a light brown color. Add more water if it too dark. You can use this on most plants, except those belonging to the nightshade family of plants such potato, tomato, eggplant etc.
  4. Salt Spray: This is used on plants that have spider mites. You can mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal Salt into one gallon of warm water and spray on infected areas.
  5. Orange Citrus Oil, Water and Soap: Mix together 3 tablespoons of liquid Organic Castile soap with 1 ounce of Orange oil to one gallon of water. Shake well. This is an especially efficient treatment against slugs and can be sprayed directly on ants and roaches also.
  6. Eucalyptus oil: A natural pesticide for flies, bees and wasps. Simply sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil where the insects are found.
  7. Cayenne Pepper Mix or Citrus Oil: This is another excellent organic pesticide that controls ants. Mix 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one tsp. of cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray.
  8. Mineral oil: This organic pesticide works well for dehydrating insects and their eggs. Mix 10-30 ml of high-grade oil with one liter of water. Stir and add to spray bottle.
  9. Onion and Garlic Spray: Mince one organic clove of garlic and one medium sized organic onion. Add to 1 quart of water. Wait one hour and then add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one tablespoon of liquid soap to the mix. This organic spray will hold its potency for one week if stored in the refrigerator.
  10. Neem: A very powerful & natural pesticide and you can make your own Neem oil spray. Simply add 1/2 an ounce of organic Neem oil and ½ teaspoon of a mild organic liquid soap to 2 quarts of warm water. Slowly stir it up and then pour it into a spray bottle and use right away.
  11. Garlic Tea: Make your own garlic spray by boiling a pint of water, throw in roughly chopped garlic cloves and steep until the water is cool. Remove any garlic bits with cheesecloth and then pour into a spray bottle and use.
  12. Basil Tea: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1-cup fresh basil. Remove from heat, cover and let cool. Then mix in 1 tsp. of liquid dish detergent. Pour into a spray bottle and use. Basil Tea is good for combating aphids.

Simple-Simple – for both garden and house plants: Mix 1 cup Sunlight dish soap and 1 tbs. of vegetable oil together and then store the liquid in a plastic air tight container. When you need to use it, take 2 teaspoons of this liquid and mix it with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray top and under the plants leaves and any new shoots and buds. When it is hot, repeat every third day – 3 applications over 7 days. In the cooler weather you only need to use it once a week for 3 weeks.

Organic Solutions for Garden & Plant PestsEmploying organic solutions for garden and plant pest control would go hand in hand with the soil being organic as well. If you have been using store bought chemical fertilizers and are trying to transition out of this method, be patient. Soil goes through both many changes with the transition from a chemical to organic fertilizer is made. It can take the soil quite a while to adjust. Plants can often go through a few stages of poor yields before producing at peak performance.

An easy transition and sure fire method is adding some Beneficial Microorganisms as they are naturally already in the soil. It is just a matter of populating the soil with these beneficial
microbes – they will do the rest.


Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products.

Organic Office Cleaners

Organic Office Cleaners

By Clifford Woods

Keeping your office clean is just as important as keeping your home clean. You spend a good deal of time at the office, sometimes even more so than at home, so making sure that everything is clean and tidy is one of the things that should be on your mind as you look around it right now.

When was the last time you cleaned your computer parts? When was the last time you cleaned your desk or windows? When was the last time you sanitized the door handles and light switches or even your office chairs? If you cannot recall the last time perhaps, it’s time to get up and start cleaning.

Organic Office Cleaners

If you use organic methods in your home there is no reason why those same methods won’t work in your office.

Having organic office cleaners means that you are cleaning green and you are being mindful to the people who come in and out of the office that you work in day to day.

Keeping a healthy home office or even a public office naturally clean is a good way to start out the work week or end it. This way everything will be fresh and clean when you start working again on Monday.

You can buy your own natural or organic cleaners from grocery stores and warehouse stores. They are going to cost more than the normal cleaners. But, there is another way.

You can make your own organic office cleaners for just pennies on the dollar. This will help you feel better about what you are cleaning with, and make the people you work with feel better as well because most of the things you can make at home will leave no overpowering scent or odor which can bother some people who are sensitive to these things.

You will get the same kind of powerful cleaning but with all-natural flair. Using the best cleaners really means making them up yourself, so that you know what goes into them.

You can mix up vinegar and water to make a very effective window cleaning solution and this will also work to get off rust stains, which can be left behind from planters leaning against a wall or something on your desk.

You can use all natural vegetable oil to get scuff marks off leather furniture as well which is something that everyone can agree happens to office furniture.

You can mix together a bucket of water, lemon juice and a bit of salt and use it to wash down your desk so that you can get it back to its sparkling design.

You can run your office coffee maker through with a pot of vinegar (white vinegar) and then run it through again or twice with clean water and that will get the build-up and even shine up the glass pot so that it doesn’t have a film on it.

Your office should be as naturally clean as your home and with a bit of know-how you will be able to use ingredients that you already have at home or in the office even, or you buy them inexpensively at your local grocery store.

Using organic office cleaners means that you are doing your part for the environment, your loved ones, co-workers, and friends.



Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

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Gardening Organically – Your Best Gift to the Environment

Gardening Organically – Your Best Gift to the Environment

By Clifford Woods

Organic gardening, unlike what majority of people perceive, is quite simple. What it means is not introducing chemicals or synthetic products like fertilizers and pesticides into your garden. Yep, that’s it. It is that simple and most people who have pets and kids, perhaps already garden this way, simply to keep their family safe.

If you are ready to have your own organic garden or are new to gardening organically, you will be amazed to see how some really simple techniques can help you raise a bright and colorful garden that will be lively and beautiful all year long. The best way that you can start even before you till the soil in your garden is by generating your own organic compost.

Gardening OrganicallyYou may buy a composting container for that purpose, especially if you live in a place with limited space or if you are worried about the smells that might come from the heap. Organic compost can be considered as one of the prime requisites of organic gardening.

Some of the best things that you can feed your compost with are things like grass clippings straight from your lawn and dried leaves from trees around your neighborhood or in your own yard.

 

You can also use kitchen scraps, but stay away from meat, milk, and yogurt, because they will give off an awful stink and also could attract animals if you live in an area that is known for garbage eating animals.

Once you have your own organic garden thought out and have your compost all ready and waiting, you can get started. You might not realize, but the environment gains a lot with these organic gardens. You can till the soil in your garden and mix your compost into the dirt, which will give you a fantastic base in which to start growing your organic garden. This can be any kind of garden that you want it to be, populated with flowers, bright plants, trees and even food for your family.

Some people might be concerned about how to get rid of pests that come to the garden without using chemicals, but it’s really simple if you know what you are doing.

You can get organic pesticides, but if you really want to keep it even simpler, without any extra sprays, then the first thing is to keep your plants as healthy as you can.

Pests are usually only interested in sick and decaying plants and not the healthy fresh plants. Therefore, if you really want to keep the bugs away then keep your plants as healthy as you can get them. Also, you can introduce things like ladybugs into your organic gardens, as they do minimal damage on their own and they love to eat specific types of pests off your plants.

If you are careful about gardening organically and really pay attention to what is going on in your garden, then you can really stave off the pets and sickness that might plague your garden.

Don’t become discouraged if you do get sick plants or bugs in your garden; there is always help out there. You just need to know where to look; a search on the Internet is a great place to start.

You will be able to keep a wonderful garden that not only appeases your aesthetic sense, but it is your best gift to the environment.


Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

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Are Septic Tank Cleaners Worse Than the Stuff in Them?

Are Septic Tank Cleaners Worse Than the Stuff in Them?

By Clifford Woods

Chances are that most will only ever give their septic tank a second thought when the almost unthinkable happens and the system has to be repaired, replaced or scrapped altogether due to a blockage or breakage. Sadly however, what the same “most” also don’t seem to realize is that the way in which the natural standard is to use harsh, chemical-based cleaning and treatment products to clean septic tanks, also have the potential to cause more harm than good.

In fact, some might argue that the worst cleaners and treatments of the bunch are worse than the stuff in the septic tank as a whole – not a pretty picture!

Proper Function: In a septic tank that is working properly, the waste material transferred to it is broken down, turned to liquid and reduced in odor by way of a natural process. The key word here of course being “natural”, therefore common sense would dictate that in order to speed up and assist this natural process along, the only products to use for cleaning and maintenance should also be natural products.

Nevertheless, millions continue to clean septic tanks up and down the country using any number of products and preparations that are about a million miles from natural. Not unsurprising therefore that many of their septic tanks for “some reason” then begin to play up and refuse to do their job properly, leaving their respective owners wondering what on earth they did wrong.

Organic Septic Tank CleanerImproper Function: The simple fact of the matter is that use of a non-organic septic tank cleaner can do little other than upset the balance of the natural process needed to break down the waste it contains. In fact, the use and indeed overuse of harsh agents and chemicals like bleach, detergent and disinfectant can prevent the natural process from occurring altogether, and thus lead to a septic tank that serves no useful purpose whatsoever.

This is precisely why those looking to enjoy efficient, clean and odor free septic tanks really do have little choice other than to opt for 100% natural and organic septic tank cleaners and care products across the board.

Septic Tanks Cleaners – the Organic Way:

It comes as no surprise to learn that the natural way is by far the best, but what never fails to surprise is just how long the list of benefits is that comes with using purely organic septic tank cleaner.

Along with excellent everyday function and the promise of odor free septic tanks, the natural route to cleaning and maintenance also offers:

  • Excellent control of methane gas production.
  • Prevention of pipe blockages.
  • Ease of draining.
  • Ease of future cleaning.
  • Neutralization of any harmful chemicals present.
  • 100% safety for all metal and plastic materials.
  • Safer for human and animal contact.
  • Faster degradation of organic matter.

…and the list goes on and on…

More for Less: Given the way in which an elite organic septic tank cleaner can be picked up for no more than a standard toxic chemical example, there is simply no reason to cut corners on health, safety and the performance of the tank itself…period.

Summary: This article represents a brief discussion of the key reasons why an organic septic tank cleaning product would be vastly superior to a standard chemical alternative. It brings into account the performance of the tank, the safety of the product and also the potential for cost-savings.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about our Organic Septic Magician

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Tips for Keeping a Clean Pond All Year Round

Tips for Keeping a Clean Pond All Year Round

By Clifford Woods

You have done all the work to create your beautiful pond. You’ve got the correct, colorful fish and the pumps are pumping, the plants are “just so” and you start enjoying.

You then do all the right things. Add the chemicals and things recommended and one day your pond is not as clear as it was. You cannot see your fish and worse – it’s all green! Oh no!

Well, here are some no chemicals tips
for keeping a clean pond all year round that you and your fish will love!

Fish in Pond

The first point is NEVER put any chemicals what-so-ever in your pond. They damage the environment; destroy natural vegetation and they can HARM your fish! If you are currently using chemicals, it is strongly recommend that you cease using them. At the very least, they are not safe for the environment.

Use beneficial microorganisms – always – an organic pond cleaner! Some kinds of microorganisms help us, but other kinds give us trouble. Among microorganisms, there are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria. Good bacteria cleans water, produce cheese, bread etc. and are of help to our health. Bad bacteria contaminate soil, pollute water and air. They cause sickness and disease and degrade health. So, look around. Do a little research and locate some effective microorganisms that you can use in your pond. Use organic pond cleaners, your fish will love you for it.

No Ultra Violet Lights – ever. Ultra Violet light does reduce the bacteria in the pond; however, the UV cannot tell the difference between the good bacteria and the bad ones. Because of this, a UV light kills the friendly bacteria in the pond and in any beneficial microorganisms you are using – right along with the bad guys!

Use your dechlorinator. If your water is chlorinated or every time you add fresh water to your pond; dechlorinate. Chlorine is not good for the microbes in any effective organisms you use.
Plants and animals are not likely to store chlorine. However, laboratory studies show that repeat exposure to chlorine in air can affect the immune system, the blood, the heart, and the respiratory system of animals. Chlorine causes environmental harm at low levels. Chlorine is especially harmful to organisms living in water and in soil; so, use your de-chlorination products!

No sludge build-up! When beneficial microorganisms are used regularly in ponds, about every 6 weeks or so all-year-round, the black, stinky, smelly sludge build up on the bottom of ponds does not seem to happen.

Good practice:Some good practices when dealing with ponds are:

  1. Calculate the gallons of water in your pond correctly. Use a calculator – The formula is: length x width x average depth x 7.5. This ensures that whatever you are adding to it is being added correctly to your pond.
  2. If you have heavy rains, double the dosage of whatever effective microorganisms you are use.
  3. Do not fertilize your pond plants. This also fertilizes the algae – and we do not want to be doing that!

Using beneficial microorganisms, at the recommended dosages, all-year-round (every 6 weeks or so) and keeping your pond dechlorinated whenever you add fresh water, will give you:

  • Happy fish
  • Thriving and beautiful plants
  • No green water
  • A clean, healthy, beautiful pond all-year-round!

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about the beneficial microorganisms in Pond Magician

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly products

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