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    Every year I'm always thinking what i can do to make things better. Besides working with Taking the hardness out of the water to benefit my asagi's, I want to improve the general landscaping around the pond. My bonsai garden has really made the place a restful fun place to enjoy. I hope to continue to add
    more benches for display. Last year I took down a 20 foot tall laurel hedge and dug out the roots/stumps by hand! The pine trees and other plantings starved for light are coming back gang busters this year so it's back to pruning and training. so what's on your to-do list around the pond this year?
    Dick Benbow
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    My plan is to kill the neighbors tree. I went out the other day and the pond was full of leaf from there tree. No I will not kill it, but I am going to work on cutting back what's hanging over the fence. I'm also going to offer to pay to have it trimmed.

    I have some work to do in the filter house this year. I have to do some finish work that never got done. I'm also planning on more plans in the yard. I have a few spots behind the pond I'm not happy with.

    Dick do you have any pictures of your pond that you can post? I would love to see it.

    Tom

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    • #3

      I too have been working in the garden around my pond. Not a whole lot to do but some small stuff here and there. I have been looking into getting into bonsai as well. I have been shopping and looking at others collections.


      I just made a few big bonsai planter boxes out of redwood. Man all the angles were tough. But I like wood working anyhow. The look cool. Now its time to make some structures around pond.

      I also think I am going to add a bakki shower for fun. I just have to figure how to hide it.

      Tom, I'll go down there and prune it.. LOL I used to love to prune big trees. Its like a big bonsai.


      Joe
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      • #4

        Joe are you planning on building your own bakki or buying one already done? I have also been thinking about adding one.

        Are you in FL right now?

        Tom

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        • #5

          Tom~ It's round up time!

          The neighbor two houses above us had a 30' Tacoma tree planted in the sidewalk area of his property...Problem was, he never raked the leaves...The prevailing winds are downhill so all his leaves ended up in the neighbor's yard above me with the residuals ending up in our yard...

          After 20 years of this sh*t...the tree died... Seems my immediate neighbor, bore 8, 1/2" dia. x 8" deep holes in the base of the tree, about 2" below the dirt line and poured concentrated Round Up into the holes...Took 3 weeks to do the tree in, after only one treatment...

          When's your neighbor going away on vacation? May be a good time to buy some Round Up....

          Aloha! Mike

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          • #6

            Originally posted by Tom C
            Joe are you planning on building your own bakki or buying one already done? I have also been thinking about adding one.

            Are you in FL right now?

            Tom

            Tom, Long story on the Orlando trip. Should have been there but nope I'm right here next to my pond building bonsai planters working on yard.

            Building my pwn bakki. Yeah I am thinking about it. Not that hard but believe is or not. I kinda like those stainless steal ones. But I will probably build one unless I get lazy and just spring for one.


            Round up on a tree.. Hmmm Sounds like murphys law will get ya if ya do..
            It's a living creature (chit happens)

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            • #7

              Now Mike I have to live next to these people for a long time. I wouldn't think about killing a tree that's not mine. I have killed one other tree a few years ago with round up. It did work very well. I just put some on the leafs of it and it was gone in a month or so. I told my wife I didn't know what killed it.

              Keo who makes the SS ones in the US. I have seen them a lot in the UK and they are very nice. I can add one right in back of the pond and I don't think it would look all that bad. I did see the one Ken has on one of his tanks and it look real nice.

              Are you coming down next week?

              Tom

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              • #8

                Tom:

                You and Joe are right...post was sort of, sort of, a joke...actually happened but neighbor 2, was actually happy to see tree go...although he didn't know what the cause was...

                As for your situation, since you were lolo enough to build near the tree you've got to live with it... We have three guava trees whose branches are actually right over our pond and the savio/skimmer filter picks up 90 % of the debris, the other 10% ends up on the grate above the bottom drain... Water vac picks that up...

                Aloha! Mike

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                • #9

                  The tree in question is not all that close to my pond. It's about 25' away. But when the wind blows all the leaf come into my yard. The tree I'm talking about is the one in this picture behind the filter house.

                  Tom


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                  • #10

                    Tom, I don't think I am coming down next week either. No I'm not in jail. (lol)Long story again.. I think I can get the SS ones for pretty good deal. We can talk by phone about it or PM..... They are local in Cali... Just like Kens... I was going to go for the smaller unit. I have a about 5 garbage cans full of bio balls from back in my SW aquarium days. I will probably use. If I go to Momotaro Auction. I will try to pick up 2 boxes worth.

                    Jsut finished another Bonsai planter box out of 4x12 old growth redwood. Look good but cutting 45's at a 15 deg angle this that. man confusing... Looks ok kinda beat up though.

                    Tom that tree needs to get thinned out it will look really good and add a bit more light for your pond. Less branches less leaves. Less Leaves less work for you... LOL

                    Joe
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                    • #11

                      My camera went in the home robbery so it'll be awhile before the new one is purchased. I will get some pics to post when things are up and running. promise.

                      I did some culling today at the blueberry farm. Wish i'd have done some picture shooting there. Sanke's and kohaku's much better this year. new pairs are working. found some killer showa as well. the shiros as always are dynamite.
                      was too happy with the asagi. found two killer ones. surprised myself with the
                      ochiba's. Lester from this board came down and helped me ( so he disappeared with an ochiba he took a fancy to. ) Don't tell anyone but i bred a pair of yamabuki long fins and they are really really nice. A few nice cha goi and kigoi.
                      was a good day! sunny and high's in low 60's!
                      Dick Benbow

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                      • #12

                        Dick what are you breeding koi to sell now? If so, add me to the list for some longfins. I know a lot of people talk them down, but you would be shocked how many are in ponds. I have one in our pond, that I keep telling my wife it has to go. We got another koi today and one will have to go to make more room for it. I'm hoping the longfin.

                        Tom

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                        • #13

                          I have donated my time to a local koi business where I do the breeding as a teaching tool. I don't sell them. I also put on (free) seminars for beginners
                          and advanced and have two schedules tosai selection clinics in may. I have 6 people sign up and we do hands on with the koi available. discussing merits. Most books videos etc don't quite get it as well as small groups with the koi right there. Ran across a third year student today while I was down at the blueberry farm and he shared with me his new filter system. It's very gratifying to see people learning and benefiting from the lessons. he's done a wonderful job.
                          I did have a suggestion to improve the present system. If i know him it will be in place this summer!

                          back to the longfins. they have their place in koi keeping. To me even an avid wagoi man ( or women) should have one just to share the difference with visitors. It's amazing how quick they pick them out because they are so different from the rest.

                          (just for the record, I love this chat board and it's people. The koi i discuss as bred by me is for educational purposes only. I will not sell to anyone as i don't wish to have anyone thinking I'm doing this for commercial gain. I share because I love the hobby and being an educator at heart, i love to share what I've learned over the years with others. this comment is in no way meant to offend anyone)
                          Dick Benbow

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                          • #14

                            Thanks for all the great info Dick. I didn't think you sold koi, but some do start from time to time selling them.

                            I think this hobby needs more people like you. To bad you're not closer, our small koi club would love to have you out as a speaker.

                            Tom

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                            • #15

                              As for longfins I think they can add a little something to a pond. But at this point not my pond. Here's a picture of the lingfin that is in our pond right now. I can do one of two thing. Just add one more koi to the pond, or move this koi out of the pond, so I don't have to bring the number of koi up by one. The problem if I bring the number up by one is, I would want another koi than this one.

                              Tom


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