The very popular subject of adding water features to a garden is one that Jamie Beyer brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to. Jamie is a Lifetime Master Gardener from the Ames/Boone area and is founder and President of the Central Iowa Water Garden Association. Water gardening has been a passion of Jamie's for over 45 years and, currently, he has three 10,000 gallon ponds and one 27,000 pond which contains many kinds of water plants and fish. He combines this experience with his Master's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology to become uniquely qualified to be one of the Midwest's foremost experts on the subject. His broad background of fisheries, dynamics of water, wildlife ecology, and horticulture gives him impressive credentials. Jamie frequently speaks and writes on all aspects of water features and water gardening to gardeners in the Midwest. In addition, he also has a consulting/installation business, called Midwest Waterscapes, which he works as a water garden, fountain and pond consultant/installer. Jamie has considerable experience installing ponds, diagnosing water garden problems, teaching classes and helping do-it-yourselfers, do it right. Since the late 80's, he has been involved with the design and installation of over 700 water gardens and features. Jamie and co-author Veronica Fowler, wrote the Ortho Book "All About Garden Pools and Fountains". Over a half million copies of the book has been sold since its publication.
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Essentials for Every Water Gardener’s Toolbox

By Jamie Beyer / March 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Installing and maintaining water gardens has really changed over the years. Just like almost everything else, technology and innovation have made our profession easier. Once a new piece of equipment is discovered, you start to wonder how you ever got along without it before. I’m going to attempt to increase your awareness about the process […]

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Dragonflies Can Help Control Your Pond’s Pest Population

By Jamie Beyer / August 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

Many people think that installing a water garden or water feature will create a mosquito problem for the nearby landscape. However, I like to talk about the fact that if water is managed correctly, the landscape will actually have fewer of these bugs and other small, flying insects than landscapes without water. Water can attract […]

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Protect Patina with Proper Pond Management

By Jamie Beyer / December 23, 2015 / 2 Comments

Every pond is as unique as its owner. This uniqueness results from a huge number of variables, including climate, size and style of pond, fish, plants, human involvement, circulation, filters…the list goes on. However, there is one aspect of all ponds that is the same. That is the pond’s biofilm, or what I like to […]

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Toads: Your Pond’s Defense

By Jamie Beyer / August 29, 2015 / 0 Comments

When visiting a famous Hosta garden in central Iowa many years ago, I noticed that there was very little slug damage to the Hostas. I asked the owner, the late Russ O’Hara, how he controlled the slugs. Did he use the usual remedies, like copper rings, ammonia spray, saucers of beer? Or just what? He […]

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Are Dead Zones Killing Your Fish?

By Jamie Beyer / June 29, 2015 / 4 Comments

What makes water gardens and fish ponds look beautiful and inviting? That’s easy: clear water and healthy fish and plants, combined with good design, all 
integrated into an attractive landscape! While the question is easy to answer, creating such an environment is what makes the job of water gardeners challenging. There are many steps to […]

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Water Gardening in Containers

By Jamie Beyer / February 28, 2015 / 2 Comments

There is a style of water feature for almost every garden, no matter how small. All a person needs is some space outside that receives sun most of the day. But how do you build a water garden without a hole in the ground? Just find a container! Even large landscapes will benefit from the […]

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Winter Pond Care: You Can’t Make Mistakes

By Jamie Beyer / November 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Successful water gardening takes some knowledge, but it also requires attention to details. When conditions are less than desirable, extra steps need to be taken to prevent potentially disastrous results. During extremely cold weather, the potential for many problems to occur becomes more prevalent and can separate those who have done their homework from those […]

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A Hobby, Not a Chore: Four critical steps for headache-free water gardening

By Jamie Beyer / July 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

Water features can bring their owners endless pleasure and relaxation. Of course, they can also become disgusting, stinky cesspools that require hours of labor to maintain. Thankfully, attention to a few key requirements will keep the workload down and the beauty and enjoyment up. Drawing from his many years of experience, Jamie Beyer outlines the key steps that will keep your pond clean, clear and easy to maintain.

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Blackbird Gift Sacs

By Jamie Beyer / March 1, 2014 / 2 Comments

There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your well-maintained pond littered with bird poop. And thanks to the Common Grackle, many Midwestern pond owners experience this nightmare scenario on repeat! If you’re fed up with disgusting “presents” from local blackbirds, check out Jamie Beyer’s explanation (and advice).

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Water Wolves: Your pond’s most dangerous predators and how to stop them

By Jamie Beyer / September 1, 2013 / 7 Comments

Mink and other predators can clear a pond of its fish in a matter of hours.
Are your precious pets protected? Follow Jamie Beyer’s instructions to
safeguard your pond against attack and keep your fish from becoming a
midnight meal.

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