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Greenscape a Floating Island to Expand Habitat and Clean the Water

Improve water quality by adding riparian plantings to your pond, stream or even koi pond.

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Waterscaping to Expand and Improve Habitat Quality

Create your own private island! Islandcapes enhance the beauty and biological health of ponds and streams - providing innovative filtration and a lush growing environment for terrestrial plants. Islandscapes offer food and fun for birds, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, frogs and other wildlife.

"Many bodies of water carry an unnaturally high nutrient load, due to runoff containing lawn and garden fertilizers etc.," explains Deb Kitszke of Freedom Ponds. "This can result in a wide range of serious water quality problems. Islandscapes represent a holistic way to mine these nutrients out of the waterway and convert them into a beautiful and wildlife enhancing floating garden habitat."

Grass covered islands make perfect habitat for waterfowl. Use conventional lawn sod (turf) for instant results or plant a riparian mix of seed and wildflowers. Rocks & driftwood add a natural appearance.

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Biofiltration to Improve Water Quality

Islandscapes will attract beneficial microbes that are most likely already present within your waterway. Your Islandscape will also provide water quality benefits as it filters suspended solids and colloidals from the water. However your island is likely to be even more effective at competing with algae if you dose it with beneficial bacteria.

Islandscapes attract and bond suspended solids and colloidals into the island matrix where they will ultimately become soil and plants and beneficial microbes and gas. Some of these solids will also be sequestered into other life forms like damsel fly nymphs and fish. If you plan to use your Islandscape as primary bio-filtration, the island can be removed from your pond and the matrix rinsed off, which will keep the Islandscape orifices open and able to collect more of the suspended solids and other fine debris that reduce your water clarity. This can be done as often as every two months.

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Freedom Ponds
6701 Jefferson NE
Albuquerque , NM 87109
1-866-860-FREE (3733)
www.freedomponds.com



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