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Fall Pond Care– Philadelphia

Fall Pond Care
Fall Pond Care

Fall Pond Care time has arrived!

 

It seems like someone flipped a switch and fall appeared!  With the colder weather, leaves are starting to come down and the beauty of fall is cascading in in.

Here’s a handy list of 10 Tips for Fall Pond Care…

 

  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.
  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.
  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.
  4. Add 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.
  5. Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants after the first frost.
  6. Trim back hardy marginal aquatic plants to 2″ above the water to keep the dead foliage from drooping over into the pond.
  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.
  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.
  9. 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.
  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.

For more information or a quote on fall service, contact us!

Koi Fish Pond Summer Tips

Koi Fish pond
Koi Fish pond

 

Koi Fish Pond Care

The dos and don’ts of taking care of koi pond fish or regular pond fish in the summer

Koi pond fish and as well as all pond fish aren’t too difficult to care for in the summer.  It’s important to know, however, some important items for optimum health and comfort.

Feeding, plant cover and oxygen are all very important in a fish’s health during hot summer months.  Read on for details…

Koi Fish Pond Feeding

Feed your fish only as much as they will eat in 3-5 minutes.  Also, feed your fish far away from the skimmer box. Otherwise too much gets wasted and the pond gets dirty.

The use of a feeding ring will help keep fish food in one spot, allowing fish to get used to eating at that spot.  This also helps keep fish food from floating into your skimmer box.

Koi Fish Pond Plant Cover

Plants are extra important in the warmer summer months.  They provide shade for the pond, keeping the water cooler for the fish and they also provide additional filtration for the pond.

Try adding water lilies, water hyacinth and water lettuce.  Your fish will appreciate the shade.  In addition, be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers from the pond before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.

Koi Fish Pond Oxygen

For hot summer months, make certain you maximize your aeration. Warm water holds less oxygen so more is needed in the summer.   Make sure you have plenty of aeration running 24/7. Aeration can be supplemented by using an air stone or additional pump if necessary.

And finally, keep your pond “topped off” – make sure the water level stays where it should be. This will ensure that the pump and/or skimmer are able to operate properly and will help keep your pond free of debris, while providing plenty of oxygenated water for your fish. The summer heat can be tough on oxygen levels.

 

These extra steps should help ensure maximum koi pond fish care in summer.  Contact us for additional information or to see how we can help you build or renovate the pond of your dreams.

What kinds of pond fish should I choose?

What kinds of pond fish should I choose?

Watch Tom as he explains his pond fish recommendations..

Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall

Oreland water feature
Oreland water feature

 

Oreland flagstone patio
Oreland flagstone patio

 

Jenkintown water feature
Jenkintown water feature

What to do with your yard?  Get inspired with our latest Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall and flagstone patio!

We worked with Fill A Bagel in Jenkintown to create  a small water feature outside their Jenkintown, PA store, but with the new Oreland store came a lot more opportunity.

Vicky and Charlie Ard are the owners of both locations and they own the physical building location in Oreland, located at 100 East Pennsylvania Ave,  AND there was plenty of green space there!

Vicki wanted a patio for her customers to sit and relax and enjoy their breakfast and lunch sandwiches and bagels.

When we talked about doing a water feature at the store, we decided we could do the patio for the Ards as well, creating a flawless space that is soothing and relaxing.  Customers can sit on the large sitting wall or on the patio chairs as they listen to the soothing sounds of water via  bubbling rocks and streams. The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall adds visual and auditory delight

The patio is 16 x 14, made with Pennsylvania bluestone, irregular cut.  “We tried to match the aesthetic of the building,” says Matt Reale, co-owner of AquaReale.

The results…

Hundreds of people go through the stores  each weekend and Vicky and Charlie wanted them to have a pleasant place to sit and enjoy their food

“The patio turned out great, ” said Matt.  “It’s a cool and laid back place to hang out and eat your food.  Since the patio is enclosed on three sides, it’s easier for moms and dads to keep track of their little ones.  The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfalls  have no standing bodies of water, just recirculating bubbling rocks and streams.”

The reason for a dry laid stone wall instead of mortar?  “Concrete is needed for mortar on wet walls, and this can lead to more structural problems down the road,” explains Matt.  “Dry laid stone won’t weather like a man made product will.  Dry laid stone is more structural sound, as there is nothing to break apart or crumble.”

See what AquaReale can build in YOUR space!  Contact us for more information.

Front yard water features: Boost Your Curb Appeal

Why a Front yard water feature?

Why should the backyard get all the fun?   Ponds bring such beauty and joy, customers have been enhancing their living spaces to include beautiful front yard water features.  In addition, a Front yard water feature can boost your curb appeal at the same time!

 

Front yard water feature--ecosystem pond
Front yard water feature–ecosystem pond

An ecosystem pond…

takes center stage at the entrance to this suburban Colonial home. Adirondack chairs provide comfy seating for watching the fish and enjoying nature.

 

Front yard water feature-steam
Front yard water feature-stream

On the other side of the door, the water feature continues…

along the sidewalk with a gentle waterfall. The perfect landscape enhancement for greeting visitors to your home.

Front yard water feature--tipping bowls

To really amp up your curb appeal…

consider bowls spilling one into another. You could even make a chain of bowls that extend the length of your sidewalk

Front yard water feature- basalt columns
Front yard water feature- basalt columns

Flowers can be challenging to grow in shady areas…

but a fountain is the perfect spot for such a location! This home already has a stunning backyard pond, but the owner wanted a splash of water out front, too.

Front yard water feature-- stone bridge
Front yard water feature–stone bridge

You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood …

with a waterfall and pond that requires a stone bridge to traverse it to reach the front door. Waterlilies play on the surface of the water when the breezes blow.

 

front yard water feature-- waterfall
front yard water feature– waterfall
Front Yard Waterfall

A small waterfall

nestles in the ivy and hostas next to the front steps of this Chicago suburban home.  Imagine walking in and out of your house to the sounds of water and nature every day.

 
All pond shown are Certified Aquascape Contractor ponds.
Contact us to see how we can spruce up your front yard today!

 

Beautiful Koi Fish Pond in Phila, PA

 

Koi Fish pond After
Koi Fish pond After
Koi Fish Pond During
Koi Fish Pond During
Koi Fish Pond-- Before
Koi Fish Pond– Before

Koi Fish Pond : A New Beginning…

Al  and Joan T were moving and were very anxious about what to do with their fish and needed a Koi Fish Pond as soon as possible

They found us during a google search. and reached out to see if AquaReale could help.  Al is a firefighter and he saved his money for quite a while to get a bigger pond at his new house.  HE had a very small pond at his current house.  Al and his wife were concerned about their fish and the move.  We assured them we would build the new pond first and then get them safely to their new home.

Koi  Fish Pond Construction

AquaReale built Al and Joan an 11 x 16 natural eco-system pond  in three days.  We used Pennsylvania field stone boulders for a natural look and situated the pond in a prime spot in the back yard viewable from multiple windows in Al and Joan’s  pond.

We put in plant shelves as well as fish caves, hiding spots for the fish if predators are near.  The pond will soon be filled in with beautiful natural greenery

Koi Fish Pond Praise

Al and Joan were very pleased with the results. “We got so much more than expected.” said Al.  “This is the first pond i didn’t build myself and I am thrilled with the results.”    “We are so happy with how this turned out,” added Joan.  Our grandchildren are going to love this!”

We are happy to report that we delivered all of Al’s fish safely to their new home with no casualties.   The family is enjoying the new pond and their grandchildren have already found a new frog.

To see how we can build you a koi fish pond, contact us!  We look forward to helping you fulfill your pond dreams too.

6 Tips for Pond Plants

pond plants
pond plants

Pond Plants: 6 Tips for the Perfect  Plants

When it comes to planting in ponds,  you can apply many of the same tips and guidelines you use to create your terrestrial flower beds.  Things like color, height, and planting conditions are things you’ll want to consider when it comes to naturalizing your pond with plants.

It’s the amazing pond plants that truly put the “garden:” in water garden.

 

(1) Create Interest with Pond Plant Variety

Random placement of plants with varying textures and colors will create more interest than using plants that have all the same growth habit or leaf shape.

(2) Water Plant Colors

Choose colors you like best and consider the type of lighting your pond receives. Yellow, orange, and white help brighten shady areas, while cool blue and violet tone down the intensity of the sun’s rays.

(3) Go Green

A soft, calming space is created by using different textures and shades of green foliage.  You can also play with color based on leaf selection alone, since you’ll find aquatic foliage in a range of colors such as red, purple, yellow, and several variegated combinations.

(4) Pond Plant Size

. One of the biggest mistakes novice water gardeners make is failing to realize how big their pond plants might grow. Be sure to take height and width of the mature plant into consideration and allow enough space for future growth.

(5) Group  Pond Plants Together

Interior decorators tell you to group like objects together when decorating your home, to create visual impact. Use this same principle when planting your pond. Plant a row of marsh marigolds along a stretch of the ponds edge, as opposed to dotting them all around the pond in single locations.

(6) Consider Each  Water Plant’s Needs

Be mindful of how much sun your aquatic plants require, along with their planting depth. If a plant requires full sun, that’s a minimum of 6 hours of unobstructed (ie not dappled shade) sun per day.  If you’re not sure what your plant needs, ask the pro at your local garden center or search online for information.

Final thoughts

You’ll want to ensure an interesting mix of aquatic plant types for your water garden. Plant a few marginal at the pond’s edge, include colorful water lilies or even a lotus, add floating plants like water lettuce, and include submerged plants to help add oxygen to your pond.

Variety is the spice of gardening life, so don’t be afraid to experiment   For more information about pond planting and what we can do for you, contact us.

Small Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

pond plant diagram
pond plant diagram

 

Large Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

pond plant diagram-- large pond
pond plant diagram– large pond

Take a video tour of our CH Festival display

Join Matt in Chestnut Hill, PA as he explains our booth set up at a recent outdoor festival there.

An inside look at a recent new pond installation in Chestnut Hill, PA

after
Chestnut Hill, PA Pond Renovation after

Ready for a Chestnut Hill new pond installation ?

After 20 years of living with their broken down pond, Mr. and Mrs. J. were certainly ready for a change. They reached out to AquaReale after seeing our display pond at Primex Garden Center.  Mr. J called AquaReale to see if we could replace their current non working pond, keeping with the Japanese feel of their garden, which he and his wife lovingly care for themselves.

J before

After meeting Mr. and Mrs. J and seeing their space, we were confident we could give them the water feature they were looking for. They had a very particular aesthetic, which AquaReale was able to respect and work with.

Chestnut Hill new pond installation  Challenge

The pond was located between large trees, making it a challenge to stay within certain spaces and still give Mr. J the natural looking stream he was looking for. According to AquaReale employee Tom, the most challenging part was creating a natural looking waterfall within such tight confines.

Chestnut Hill Pond new pond installation  Solution

“Mr. J. had very particular ideas of what he was looking for and it was an interesting challenge to work with him to make sure he was happy with the look of the stream. “Being able to understand and replicate what Mr. J was looking for was such a great feeling. When things came together and he saw the product being finished, he was so excited,” said Tom.
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stream
Chestnut Hill, PA Pond Renovation after

Tom made sure to ask for photos of pond ideas as well as to keep the customers informed as the process went along. “That way there were no surprises along the way. Mr. J saw things and made comments before we went too far along. This collaboration really helped the entire process, “adds Tom.

The new pond installation :End Result

The final product does a great job of creating the Japanese zen feel the Js were looking for and offers a beautiful relaxing pond and stream in this urban backyard. The best part of all? The Js are thrilled. That’s after all, what it’s all about!

 Contact us to see what we can do for you!

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.
    #
  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.
    #
  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.
    #
  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.
    #
  5. Stop fertilizing your aquatic plants after the first frost.
    #
  6. Trim back hardy marginal aquatic plants to 2″ above the water to keep the dead foliage from drooping over into the pond.
    #
  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.
    #
  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.
    #
  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.
    #
  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.