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.

Water Quality | From Pea-Green to Pristine

By Jamie Beyer / March 1, 2013 / 6 Comments

Soupy, pea-green water is a frustrating condition that frustrates many a pond keeper. The cause is often difficult to discover — until now. Once you know and eliminate these 30 algae enablers, your pond will change from grimy to glistening in no time.

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Overwintering Pond Fish Indoors

By Jamie Beyer / January 1, 2013 / 36 Comments

In some cases it makes since to move pond fish indoors over the winter. You do have three basic options for overwintering fish beyond letting them fend for themselves outdoors: add supplemental heat, build a greenhouse-like structure over the pond or, the focus of this article, move the fish indoors. Learn about the precautions to take when you move pond fish in for the winter and back out when spring returns.

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Q and A – Pond Aeration Placement During the Winter

By Jamie Beyer / November 1, 2010 / 2 Comments

Pond building expert, Jamie Beyer, helps answer the question from a reader about “Pond Aeration Placement During the Winter.” If you live were your ponds are exposed to cold winters you will want to be sure to take a look at this QnA.

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Pond Leaks Part Two, Advanced Investigation

By Jamie Beyer / September 1, 2010 / 4 Comments

Leaks can be in so many places. Pond expert Jamie Beyer takes you through a series of steps on where leaks can be and how to find them in this second of a two-part series. Areas like waterfalls, outlet tubing, skimmers, streams, invasive plants and more are all discussed. Patience is key as some leaks are easy to find, some can take days.

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Pond Leaks, Part One: Initial Investigation Techniques

By Jamie Beyer / July 1, 2010 / 5 Comments

Leaks can be tough to figure out, not only identifying whether there is a leak, but also, finding it. In Part I, our investigation will start with the easily examined causes with a step-by-step locating process. Includes techniques for avoiding leaks from the beginning.

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Overwintering Koi Under Thick Ice

By Jamie Beyer / August 26, 2009 / 36 Comments

A very in-depth and informative article that you need to read if you have a koi pond. Jamie shares his 17 years of successful koi keeping through the very harsh midwest winters. The simple techniques outlined here can help the hobby of keeping koi to prosper, even in areas where it is very cold. For those of you in warmer climates, this is a good read for you too.

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The Masked Bandits of Ponds

By Jamie Beyer / May 4, 2009 / 14 Comments

Just say the word raccoon and I can already see you cringing. They are everywhere – urban and rural. They adapt to their environment and they just love water. Learn the signs to tell whether you have raccoons or not and how to prevent the damage they can cause. Like building the pond with steep sides, at least a one-foot drop instead of slopping sides. If you can’t prevent them there are also several tips on how to control them.

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Water Wolves of Water Gardens – Mink

By Jamie Beyer / May 18, 2007 / 12 Comments

When the ice thaws off our midwestern water gardens, it is simply a wonderful time of the year. Things are warming up and everything starts to grow again. How did our Koi and goldfish survive the winter? If we had done a proper job of leaf cleanup in the fall and maintained some circulation in […]

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