Early fall is the time to give fish a little extra food before their winter hibernation. This helps increase their metabolism before they enter hibernation. Once water temperature dips into the mid-50s, stop feeding fish. Pull any dying leaves on waterlilies and lift the tropical ones to store indoors in water through winter.
In coldest regions, shutting down a waterfall for winter makes sense for several reasons. You save on energy costs, extend the life of equipment and also avoid having ice dams form. A running waterfall in winter cools pond water quickly and to a greater depth, potentially lowering water temperature to a point that’s unhealthy for fish. In place of a waterfall, add an aeration system to the pond for winter to add air to the water.
In desert areas, choose drought-resistant plants and flowers for landscaping that's beautiful and environmentally friendly. Here, drifts of Mexican sage, lavender, Lamb's Ear, Lantana, Senecio Serpens and rosemary fill the front yard and cascade along the walkway.
A simple water garden and all you do, is add water. That's pretty much what it takes to become a successful container water gardener. Water in a garden of any size creates an oasis not only for you but also for birds, butterflies, dragonflies and even small fish.
Trees that you plant in fall need consistent watering as they enter their first winter. If winter brings frozen soil without snow, give your tree a drink during any times of above-freezing temperatures. One hose-less way to ferry water to a tree is with a water bag in a cart.
With a weathered stone water fountain and ivy climbing the wall, this corner of the garden almost seems like a site from an Indiana Jones movie. Those brave enough to explore the 4-acre lot on warm days will reap the reward of this refreshing space.