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Get your pond ready for fall with these easy steps!

Fall is finally here and chill is in the air. Get your pond ready with these easy steps!

Fall Pond Care  require a little TLC before winter comes in. Here is a checklist to getting your pond ready for winter in 10 easy steps:

Fall Pond Care
Fall Pond Care

Fall Pond Care 10 Easy Steps

  1.  Decaying leaves and foliage produce toxic gases that can harm your fish so you want to remove this debris before winter rolls into town. You don’t need to remove every single last leaf, but try to remove the majority.
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  2.  If you put protective pond netting over your pond before the leaves started to fall, your job is easy. Carefully roll up the net and discard the leaves that were caught.
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  3. If you didn’t use a net over the surface of your pond, you’ll need to remove the build-up of leaves from the bottom of the pond. Use a long handled pond net to scoop them out. Check your skimmer basket and remove any leaves that are still caught inside.
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  4. Fall Pond Care is important with water.  Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria to the pond once the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Use twice weekly for two weeks, and then once per week until the water starts to freeze.
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  5. Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants after the first frost.
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  6. Trim back hardy marginal aquatic plants to 2″ above the water to keep the dead foliage from drooping over into the pond.
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  7. Trim back waterlily leaves and stems to 2-3″ above the base of the plant. This keeps dead foliage from decomposing in the pond.
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  8. If you left hardy waterlilies in their pot, drop them into the deepest part of the pond to over-winter. Do not bring them indoors as they need a period of dormancy.
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  9.  All Pond Care requires you to bring tropical waterlilies indoors if you want to over-winter them. Keep the pot in 50-degree water or take them out of the pot and store in sand. Be advised, even trained horticulturists lose a lot of tropical waterlilies when storing them indoors, so you might simply want to treat them as annuals.
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  10. Once temperatures drop to 50 degrees, stop feeding your fish. They need to get ready to hibernate and you’ll want to avoid any metabolic complications. You can feed them Cold Water Fish Food until the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

Want more info? See how Aquascape does it!

Any questions? Contact us for questions and assistance.

 

Have you heard any koi pond myths?

Have you heard any Koi Pond Myths?

One of the biggest reasons many people get a water garden is so they can have fish.  Don’t let Koi Pond Myths keep you from getting a few of your own finned friends of your own! Here are some common myths with replies from Aquascape, Inc.
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Koi Pond Myths
Koi Pond Myths

Myth:

Aquascape Says:

“Fish will just create more pond maintenance.” Actually, fish are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Koi reduce algae by feeding on it, and they fertilize plants with their waste. So, fish actually create less pond maintenance.
“Koi cannot live in a pond with rocks and gravel.” Koi originated in nature, where rocks and gravel cover almost every pond on earth. We build rock and gravel lined ponds almost daily, which house perfectly healthy and happy Koi.
“I don’t want to lose all my fish to predators.” If constructed properly, one can virtually eliminate the risk of predators with a few simple precautionary techniques.
“Koi need at least three feet of water to survive.” 95% of the ponds that we build are two feet deep in the center, and the koi are happy and healthy as can be.
“I don’t want to be troubled with bringing my fish inside for the winter.” Koi are an extremely hardy fish, whose ancestors over-wintered in freezing conditions, and still do. Just keep the water circulating and maintain a hole in the ice and they’ll never know the difference.
“I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on my fish.” Actually, pet quality koi start at $5.00 each with show quality koi going for one hundred thousand dollars or more. Since fish food is also very inexpensive, how much you want to spend on fish is your decision.
“You can’t have koi in a pond that has rocks and gravel” Koi are actually just a fancy variety of carp, and all carp are bottom feeders. They love to swim along the bottom and scavenge everything that is available on and in-between rocks. In nature, it’s not uncommon to find ponds, lakes, or rivers with rocks on the bottom.
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What does the average pond cost?

What does the average pond cost?

The average pond “shopper” may see this as a simple question, one that any landscaping expert could tell off the top of his or her head. In reality, a true expert will take this question and ask the shopper for a definition of “average.”

what does the average pond cost?
what does the average pond cost?

What does an average pond look like to you?

Sure, technically and mathematically, average equates to the sum of numbers divided by the amount of numbers, but an expert will ask the buyer to punch in those digits. The concept of “average” is difficult to define when playing with custom designed products. When it comes to ponds, each is individually crafted to fit the new environment, and as a buyer, you should keep in mind that the average numbers will fluctuate to your particular pond. But really– you might be asking– what does the average pond cost?

Common costs

For the sake of giving a ballpark number, we will implement the most commonly built ponds in our particular market, which would mean a pond about 10’ x 15’ in size. Given these numbers, the “average” will begin around $8,500 but commonly rounds up to about $12,000-$17,000. Now this range depends on how many custom features the pond aspires to have. A pond alone may be around $8,500 (at that particular size), but add-ons that many people envision in a pond, such as plants, lights, waterfalls, fish, etc., will add to the base price.

what does the average pond cost?
what does the average pond cost?

 

Customize-able features

Why would the final price tag of a pond be vastly different than the base model? Ponds, like cars, are very customizable. Certain people only want the car with roll up windows and an AM/FM radio. While others want the leather seats with a navigation system and an engine push start button. So when you ask for a basic pond, it doesn’t  include the add-ons that most people like in a pond. This will include fish, plants, lights, etc.  This can change the definition of what the average pond costs.

What can we do for you?

Before getting attached to these numbers, if you’re considering adding a water feature to your home, give us a call and let’s begin at a drawing board. We can provide you with details, options for your particular design, and digits that are worth contemplating. Who needs average when you can have it personalized?

Why should you get a fish pond?

  fish pond koi

Fish pond koi

Why a fish pond?  Some pond owners are nervous to create a fish pond. Some people have bad memories of ever-replaceable carnival fish or tiny goldfish swimming in circles.

Regardless of your past experiences with fish, when you get a pond, keeping fish is a whole new deal. Fish represent a vital part of your pond’s circle of life.

And when it comes to their life span, with the right treatment and a little TLC, your fish could end up out-living you.

Fish Pond Creatures
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fish pond
Fish pond
fish pond
fish pond

Fish are great living creatures in a water garden. They add color and interest to the water garden., but they are so much more. They are interactive and friendly, creating a lively element to your water garden for all to enjoy, especially at feeding time.

Of course, fish are also attractive, interesting, and even personable – much like your pet cat or dog. Their color can enhance the visual impact of a pond. Koi in particular, as a species, grow very large, and their sheer size adds an impressive element to some water features (but not without a significant impact on the balanced ecosystem).

There are numerous types of fish that you could put in your pond. The most popular are koi, goldfish, shubunkins, sarassas, orfes, and even catfish.

Basic Fish Pond Ground Rules

If you are new to water gardening or don’t know that much about maintaining fish, then remember the following basic ground rules.

First, fish need good, clean water. There’s a simple way to evaluate (at a glance) the suitability of your pond. If you wouldn’t let a child wade in the pond, then it’s not good enough for fish, either. The water should be clean-smelling. Clarity of the water right down to the bottom is good and a yellowing of the deeper water is bad. Green water is okay, but it can be troublesome.

Second, fish that are maintained in outdoor ponds can obtain nutrition from a variety of natural sources, such as wayward insects and plants, but they need a prepared (staple) food at least once per week.

If you choose to feed the fish every day, you definitely need a filter, but if you only feed them once or twice per week, the fish will grow slowly and will probably not (as far as waste goes) exceed the environmental carrying capacity of the pond.

Contact us for more information or with any questions.

Not just ponds: some other water feature options

Are you wondering which backyard water feature would work best for your outdoor space? Here are just some of the many options available for different yard sizes and goals

Backyard Water Feature: Basalt Columns and Spillway bowls

Sometimes flowing water is what a backyard needs. There are many ways to get backyard water features into a landscape, and basalt columns and spillway bowls are two of our favorites

Basalt Columns

backyard water feature basalt column
backyard water feature basalt column

Mongolian Basalt columns are mined from the mountains found between Russia and China. Small-volume basaltic volcanism has occurred intermittently throughout central Mongolia for the past 30 million years. Aquascape Mongolian Basalt is mined, shaped and then drilled to make a stunning semi-formal water feature.

Spillway bowls
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backyard water feature spillway bowls
backyard water feature spillway bowls

The Aquascape Spillway Bowl creates a beautiful spilling water feature that can be added to any pond or pool creating an instant waterfall. Spillway Bowls can also easily be linked together creating a unique modern standalone water feature.  Check out our link to exactly how these are built:

Backyard Water Feature: Pondless Waterfalls

backyard water feature pondless waterfall
backyard water feature pondless waterfall

If you are looking for the most convenient way to bring the soothing sounds of falling water into your life, it doesn’t get any simpler than a Pondless Waterfall.

Working much like a regular waterfall, the Pondless variety directs the cascading water into a deep rock- and- gravel-filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. Because there is no pool of water, a Pondless waterfall is a great option if you’re concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

Backyard Water Feature: Traditional ponds
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backyard water feature pond
backyard water feature pond

An ecosystem pond is the most popular backyard water feature . An ecosystem pond offers a low-maintenance way to provide a graceful and environmentally friendly sanctuary for fish, wildlife and aquatic plants that works with, not against, nature.

We design each pond to take advantage of the natural features of your yard, and to reflect your unique sense of style. Waterfalls, streams, ledges and landscaping all add to the beauty and drama that a custom pond provides.

Which  backyard water feature is right for you?  Contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you to create your own outdoor paradise.  And be sure to check out Aquascape’s video on a backyard and patio renovation.

 

 

A complete pond waterfall makeover…explained!

Pond Contractor Services in Wayne, PA

Set in Wayne, PA a husband and wife were looking for a pond contractor who could help them with  their problem.

Simone and Michael reached out to us after seeing our name while doing a Google search.

before Wayne. PA Pond Contractor
before Wayne. PA Pond Contractor

Pond Contractor to the rescue!

Michael had been building a pond for quite a few years, but he never got around to finishing it. It was a large pond– about 10 x 25. There was a non working waterfall as part of the design. Simone and Michael have a great view of the waterfall from their house and they were tired of looking at a nonworking water feature.

The first step during this project was to establish the size and depth of pond. Michael wanted the pond dug from 24 inches to 35 inches, to accommodate some larger fish.

Michael had been using cinder block to retain the soil, which was quite a project to work around! We did though, and instead of using cinder blocks, we used dry laid boulders, covering up all the cinder blocks along the way.

Pond Renovation: Step 2

After that, the AquaReale team laid underlayment. doubling up in some spots due to the cinder blocks. The team did 3/4 of the pond first and then the waterfall.

The biofalls box is located about 9 feet up in the waterfall. This is the main filter box. Then above that is another 20 feet of stream and a second waterfall. This waterfall spillway is at the top of this side, about 17 feet up. There are two pumps: one for the waterfall spillway and one for the biofalls. Michael can change the flow of the pond, and can also turn off higher waterfall when they leave town for a longer period of time. This saves energy and water evaporation.

According to Matt Reale, the most challenging part of the job was the tight space between the house and the pond. Also, our machine only has limited reach, so we had to bring the rocks up by hand. Going 17 vertical feet above the patio with rocks makes it quite a challenge to get up and down the hill without slipping or dropping rocks.

after Wayne, PA pond contractor
after Wayne, PA pond contractor

In addition to two stunning waterfalls, there is an extremely large viewing stone in the pond, making for a great fish cave (a place for the fish to hide from sun and predators.)

 Reach out to see what AquaReale can do for you!

A South Jersey Pond Renovation

 A South Jersey Pond Renovation

How did we get involved in a pond makeover in South Jersey (Cherry Hill, NJ)? It started with our business being featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer Small Business section last year.
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South Jersey Pond Renovation Before
South Jersey Pond Renovation Before

A  common bond…

A woman named Sheryl saw the article and it resonated with her. Her husband had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, like Laura’s mother and had died a few years back. The pond had been his baby. It stopped working a few years ago and Sherry didn’t know what to do. She tried a few times to find a company that could handle a South Jersey pond renovation, but it still leaked in the same spots. She was tired of looking at it, as it was located right on her front lawn. Then she read the article and thought, this might be a good fit!

A South Jersey Pond Renovation

When AquaReale co-owner Matt Reale went to look a the pond he knew right away that he needed to help make this a happy memory again for Sheryl. Based on a number of factors, Matt and Sheryl decided to basically do a complete pond renovation, instead of trying to fix old, outdated equipment that was not working well.

Matt and his team took out all the mismatched pieces and replaced them with a brand new Aquascape system, including a new liner, skimmer, Biofalls, pump, fieldstone boulders and pipe.
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South Jersey Pond Renovation After
South Jersey Pond Renovation After

A South Jersey Pond Renovation Results

“The best part of the whole job for me was seeing how happy Sheryl was to see her pond up and functioning once again. We used a PA fieldstone boulder with moss on it for the stream and that was one of her favorite parts of the whole pond, ” said Matt .

The pond is now a beautiful 11 x 16 pond with a stream that is the centerpiece of Sheryl’s’ front lawn, a view that now fills her with happiness and memories on a daily basis.

What can we do to make YOUR dreams come true?

koi pond

What is a koi pond and should I get one?

What is a Koi Pond?

A koi pond is a water feature which is designed to house koi, otherwise known as carp. Koi have selectively bred for centuries to achieve very large sizes and distinct patterns of white, black, gold, red, and orange on their bodies. Koi ponds are used as aesthetic features in gardens, atria, and other locations, and many people use them to add an Asian look and feel to their gardens.

What make a koi pond versus a traditional pond?

Some special features differentiate a koi pond from an ordinary garden pool or a pool filled with aquatic plants, because the pond is designed to house fish, and the fish have special needs.

While koi prefer dirty, muddy water and dense foliage, people usually like to look at them, so the pond may be equipped with a filtration system to keep the water clear, and the aquatic plants in the pond will be carefully managed. The pond also needs to be properly oxygenated to keep the fish healthy, and it may need to be fenced or covered with a screen to deter predators.

What do koi eat?

Koi enjoy eating plants, and when planning a koi pond, people generally select foliage that is safe for the fish to eat. Lilies are especially popular for koi ponds, although other types of plants may be used as well. Stocking must also be done with care, as larger koi will cheerfully eat smaller fish or each other, and the fish require regular feeding and inspections to check for general health.

 Where do you put a koi pond?

Many gardeners design a koi pond as a focal feature of a garden, and they may include seating around the pond or devise garden paths which all eventually lead to the koi pond.

Some koi ponds come complete with little islands, bridges, and similar features, and the pond is often designed to encourage people to linger and contemplate the colorful fish. Gardeners who like to meditate may construct a meditation platform near a koi pond, so that they can relax and clear their minds to the sounds of splashing water.

Gardeners who have not worked with koi before may want to consider hiring a professional to install a koi pond and establish the fish.

Koi Pond

What is a Philadelphia water garden?

water garden

water garden

What is a Philadelphia water garden?

A water garden is a man-made water feature, typically a pool or pond, which is designed to complement the natural environment. Water gardens typically incorporate aquatic plants, ornamental fish, statuary, water falls, and other decorations. They can be found in residential backyards, courtyards, and parks, to compliment the landscaping, and as an enhancement in existing gardens.

There are several different types of Philadelphia water gardens, including container gardens, raised and sunken ponds, and bog gardens. A container water garden is typically small and easy to care for, and can be placed on a patio or balcony with ease.

Raised and sunken ponds are built directly into the ground, and require more maintenance than other types of water gardens. Bog gardens are the most natural of the three, and are designed to attract wildlife. They are generally dug into the ground, lined with plastic, and filled with native plants and fish.

What are water gardens for?

Although a water garden’s primary focus is on plants, they can house fish as well.

How big is a water garden?

They  can be almost any size or depth, they are typically small and relatively shallow, generally less than 24 inches deep. This is because most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and require a specific water depth in order to thrive.

Why a water garden?

A water garden is an aquaculture system – a diverse aquatic ecosystem, one of the most productive and efficient systems around.   In an aquaculture system, aquatic plants have a constant supply of water that has nutrients dissolved in it, which they can easily take up. The waste from fish and other animals in the system provide additional nutrient to the plants, making for a very efficient and productive system.

What do I need in my water garden?

Plants are an important part . They add life to the feature, and create a natural ecosystem, which promotes the health of the fish. A well stocked water garden will include several different types of plants and fish. The plants may be submerged, marginal, or floating varieties. It is recommended that a combination of these plant types be used to keep the water garden in optimal health.

What is a Pondless Waterfall?

What is a pondless waterfall?
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Pondless waterfall
Pondless waterfall

What is a pondless waterfall, and why would someone put one in their backyard?

Pondless Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless!

The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.
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Pondless waterfalls can add drama and beauty to your yard.
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Working much like a regular waterfall, this  variety directs the cascading water into a deep rock- and- gravel-filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. Because there is no pool of water, a waterfall is a great option if you’re concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

A waterfall is less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard. And maintenance couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. Pondless waterfalls can also be part of a RainXChange™ Rainwater Harvest System.

If you are looking for the most convenient way to bring the soothing sounds of falling water into your life, it doesn’t get any simpler than a Pondless® Waterfall.