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Montgomery County Pond Maintenance

Montgomery County Pond Maintenance
Montgomery County Pond Maintenance

How much Montgomery County Pond Maintenance does your pond actually need? While our ponds are low natural ecosystems and easy to handle, we want to make something very clear.  There is no such thing as “maintenance free”, everything requires some maintenance, including a koi pond or other water feature. Our ecosystem ponds  are not maintenance free– they are low maintenance. And the maintenance that we recommend is actually quite simple when compared to a pool or concrete bottom pond.

Ecosystem Elements

Make sure Montgomery County Pond  has all the elements of an ecosystem pond first; skimmer, biological filter, aquatic plants, rocks & gravel, and fish. These elements work in harmony together, creating the low-maintenance koi pond.

Montgomery County Pond Maintenance: Spring Pond Cleaning

 We highly recommend getting a spring pond cleaning, this gets out any debris that collected at the bottom of the pond over fall and winter, and washes all the gunk off the rocks.

Montgomery County Pond Maintenance:  Fall Pond Cleaning & Winterization

We also highly recommend a fall pond cleaning or winterization of your koi pond or other water feature. This will help prevent problems that could happen if your ran your waterfall over winter. And no, you don’t need to move your koi indoors during winter.

We also recommend as part of your Montgomery County Pond Maintenance program, you get an Ionizer.  These are great for string algae, helping string algae from ever starting.  If the algae is already there, you will need to work to remove it before the IonGen can take over.  You will need an algaecide, but don’t ever put in more than the recommended dosage—it could really hurt your fish.  You can also remove the algae by hand, or contact us to help you out.

Whatever your Montgomery County Pond Maintenance  needs are, AquaReale is sure to be able to take care of your pond.  Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation

Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation
Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation

AquaReale specializes in Montgomery, County PA Pond Installations.  From small ponds and water features, we have done it all!

What kind of Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation are you looking for?

We begin each process by working with the homeowner, going over what exactly you are looking for with a Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation.

We look at the location of the pond—can you see if from your windows?  Do you want to see the pond from your kitchen?  Your living room?

Then we look at the benefits of ponds you’d like the most—is it fish, relaxation, enjoying wildlife?  We want to make sure your Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation  is everything you want it to be.

Think about your goals before you reach out and write them down.  Is it the sound of running water you are after or do you like the idea of hand-feeding koi every day?

Children and grandchildren play a part in the decision and design as well.  We leave room for children to stand on flat rocks and observe and appreciate the magic of a pond.  Our children love sitting by the pond for homework or observing and catching frogs.

Once we determine locations and goals of the pond, the design begins.   Matt Reale works with each customer on their unique pond design, making certain we are hitting all the areas that are most important to you, our customer.  We talk about depth, maintenance responsibilities and end goals of aesthetics.

After our design is created and approved, our highly-qualified team of pond experts come to build you your own pond paradise.  They are trained professionals who have built, maintained and renovated hundreds of ponds of the years.  We stay to the end—making sure each customer is completely satisfied with their pond.  Our goal is your complete satisfaction with your Montgomery, County PA Pond Installation

Main Line, PA pondless waterfall

Main Line, PA pondless waterfall

 

Main Line, PA pondless waterfall
Main Line, PA pondless waterfall

Main Line, PA pondless waterfalls

are a great way for people with minimal space or time for maintenance to enjoy the sounds and sights of water. There is no pool of water at the bottom, so this helps with safety concerns as well.  We have installed many Main Line, PA pondless waterfalls.

Working much like a regular waterfall, the Main Line, PA pondless waterfall 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. A pondless waterfall is less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard.

Maintenance could not be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. A Main Line, PA pondless waterfall which has been properly incorporated into such a system can also increase property value by as a beautiful addition to your yard.

The greatest thing about a pondless waterfall for many people may be that they can be made to fit in any size yard. They are a low maintenance, low cost water feature.

Healthy pond plants

First off, plants are a huge part of the pond ecosystem and need to be there to make sure everything lives harmoniously. Pond plants also enhance the beauty of any water feature. So, when your pond plants aren’t healthy, you know it. One sign that there’s something wrong is yellowing leaves. Here are some of the more common reasons why your pond plants are turning yellow.

Healthy Pond Plants
Healthy Pond Plants

Healthy pond plants love fertilizer!

Be sure to fertilize your pond plants. If your plants are potted (which is what we recommend) poke a hole in the soil and push the fertilizer down inside, then carefully close the soil over the hole. Fertilizer should also be added whenever re-potting your plants is necessary. For floating plants, remove them from the pond and place them in a container that will hold water. Add your favorite water-soluble fertilizer according to the directions. Do not add more than the recommended amount. Too much fertilizer can cause plants to turn yellow too.

Healthy pond plants and Insects

Aphids

Inspect your pond’s plants just like you do your other plants. Pond plants are not immune to insects, especially in the winter if you bring them in the house.

Spider mites love the dry winter environment our homes have. Any insecticide that you can use on houseplants is safe to use on water plants inside the home. Aphids are sometimes problems in the house, but mites are more prevalent.

Aphids are usually the main insects to attack pond plants. Depending on the plant, you may be able to wash them off in the water where they will become yummy treats for your fish. Floating plants like hyacinths, water lettuce and lily pads and their flowers are good candidates for this. When you do water changes or add water to your pond due to evaporation, spray the water on the plants. This will wash the insects off too.

Too Much Sun

Healthy pond plants can burn just like us. A sunburned plant will have a bleached look or brownish cast to the leaves, sometimes they will yellow. When moving pond plants outside, if they have spent the winter inside, do it gradually. Move them first to a shady spot. Set the pot in a larger container that will hold water. Gradually over a 2-week period expose the plants to more sunlight. Do this in the spring when the weather begins to warm so that they also get used to the cooler nighttime temperatures.

 

For more information, reach out to us! 

Philadelphia Winter water gardening

 Looking for ways to indulge your love of water gardening during the season?  Philadelphia Winter water gardening is the solution for you!

 

Philadelphia Winter water gardening
Philadelphia Winter water gardening

Philadelphia Winter water gardening ideas

Why not make a stunning centerpiece for your party table using inexpensive and gorgeous natural elements?

Bring the movement of water and the beauty of nature together by filling a large glass bowl with floating votive or pillar candles, gorgeous cranberries (yes, they float!), or even acorns.

Philadelphia Winter water gardening details

The addition of simple green boughs makes this display come to life. Not only is it unique, but it sparkles with your own personality.There is nothing as appealing as the drama of nature’s beauty to dress up your table and give your party life!

A water feature centerpiece will add festivity to your table, and it’s a beautiful way to express your passion for nature and water indoors.

Contact us for ideas on  Philadelphia Winter water gardening and other things to do off season.

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!

How to clean a koi pond

Sometimes it’s best to hire a professional, other times it’s fun to try something yourself.  Want to try cleaning your pond for spring?  Here’s what you need and some basic steps.

 Materials for Your  Koi Pond Clean-out

 

If you’re planning to get your hands dirty with a Backyard Pond Clean-out, here is a list of materials that may be helpful . Being prepared ahead of time will prevent the need to run to the store in the middle of your clean-out project. Here’s a handy list of things you may need:

  • Kiddie pool (or similar, large container to hold fish and frogs)
  • Net to cover fish container to prevent them from jumping out
  • Fish net to catch the fish before the clean-out
  • Lily tabs – might as well fertilize those lilies while you’re in there!
  • Two-five gallon buckets for collecting leaves and debris
  • Wading boots or old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Rubber gloves 25 feet of 1.5 to 2-inch discharge piping
  • A high-pressure nozzle for your garden hose or a power washer
  • Garden shears for trimming plants
  • Bacteria
  • Dechlorinator if you’re filling your pond with city water
  • Extra rocks/pebbles to cover exposed liner
  • Expanding foam to fill in any necessarily spots
  • New filter mats, if needed
Now that you have all your materials, you are ready to start your cleaning.   Don’t  worry – it’s really not as complicated – just a little dirty.

 

How to clean a koi pond
Koi Pond Cleaning

How to Clean a Backyard Koi Pond

 

  1. Start Draining the Pond – An inexpensive pump or a sump pump is sufficient. Be sure you use some of the pond water to fill a container with pond water for the fish.
  2. Disconnect the Circulation System – This will allow the water in the plumbing to drain out.
  3. Catch the Fish – Drain the pond down to the lowest shelf in order to catch fish easily and safely.
  4. Remove Debris – Once the pond is drained, remove the large debris like leaves and twigs.
  5. Wash the Pond – A 1,500 psi pressure washer or a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose is recommended for pond cleaning.
  6. Rinse the Pond – Rinse the pond from top to bottom with a garden hose without the high-pressure nozzle. This will help wash any remaining pond debris from under the rocks. As the dirty water accumulates on the bottom, continuing to pump it out.
  7. Clean the Filters – Spray the filtration media until relatively clean and rinse down the inside of the filter units.
  8. Refill the Pond – Pull the clean-out pump out and begin re-filling the pond.
  9. De-chlorinate the Water – Most city water contains chlorine and chloramines and should be treated with a de-chlorinator before fish are introduced.
  10. Acclimate the Fish – A spring clean-out can be stressful to fish, so proper acclimation is suggested to decrease stress and avoid future health problems. In order to properly acclimate your fish, you’ll want to slowly introduce it to the water by floating them in the pond fish and adding pond water little by little before letting them in.

Still need help?  Contact us— we’d love to help!

How to clean out your pond

Looking to do your own pond cleanout or want to see how we do ours? Check out the Aquascape video below. We are a proud Pro Certified Aquascape Contractor company!

A Swim Pond Story

 

 

Swim Pond After
Swim Pond After

Swim Pond Story

Alice H. has had a  Swim Pond in Haverford, PA for the past 15 years.  Alice’s husband had turned their pool into a pond himself .   He cut the filters, added an aerator and added plants to change the pool to a pond. They did not do much to keep up the Swim Pond and over the years it became very dirty.

Alice’s husband passed away about two years ago and she decided to fix up the pond in his honor. She knew how much the pond had meant to him and she wanted it restored to glory.

The Swim Pond was pretty much falling apart by the time AquaReale visited in October, 2015. The water was green, and the pool coping crumbled and broke every time it was touched. The swim pond had become a safety hazard.

We quickly determined that the pond needed a thorough cleaning, a wetland filter, new lights and new coping.

Swim Pond Process

It was important to both AquaReale and Alice that the pond look as it did before. Anything new we added or changed had to completely match the aesthetic of the swim pond as it had been before.

We used cut red argillite for both the wetland filter area and the coping, matching what was already there. AquaReale also redid the waterfall, creating an updated waterfall that turned on and off as wanted by Alice. This gives her control on the pond ambiance, allowing her to kick it up while outside or entertaining.

Swim Pond Challenge

Our biggest challenge was the access. The pond was in a challenging location, up a hill in the backyard. Everything had to be hand-wheeled up hills. The access also made it challenging to work on two parts of the project at one time– everything had to be completely done before the next step was started.

Swim Pond Results

AquaReale employee Tom  had talked to Alice about the swim pond and her husband. He knew how much a certain frog statue had meant to her. Hers was in bad shape. As a surprise, he ordered her a new statue and placed it in its place of honor. The dedication to her husband was now there for her.

Alice cried and thanked Tom and all of AquaReale. She loves her updated swim pond and feels that she has done her husband’s memory justice with this beautiful swim pond.

Want to see what we can do for you? Contact us today!

Swim Pond Before
Swim Pond Before

 

Swim Pond During
Swim Pond During

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A wetland filter renovation

Doylestown, PA Wetland Pond Filter

How did the R. family end up with a Doylestown, PA Wetland Pond Filter? Patrice and Michael R. wanted their pond to be clear. They spent five years trying to achieve that goal, until AquaReale gave them exactly what they wanted.  They had three different companies try to fix the pond clarity issues within five years, with no success.

The Doylestown, PA Wetland Pond Filter

When AquaReale met the family, their 20x 12 pond had an external filter system. AquaReale suggested installing a wetland filter along with the external pump and filter to help clear the water.

Wetland filters work with graded gravel and plants to help trap sediment and consume excess fertilizer.

AquaReale’s Matt and Eric both worked on this project featured below…

About Wetland Pond Filters

Wetland filters have many uses, including being highly effective at removing sediment (suspended solids) from the pond. They also improve clarity and reduce algae, without any additional physical or chemical maintenance. Wetland filters can easily be retrofitted onto existing pond and it is possible to create a waterfall and stream by designing the wetland filter system off the perimeter of the pond

For the Doylestown, PA wetland pond filter, we also also added a  bottom intake to draw the water from the bottom of the pond to get extra sediment moving and not stagnating.

The Doylestown, PA Wetland Pond Filter  Challenge

The challenge for this job was trying to keep the overall look of the pond when doing the renovations. The R. family loved their pond and waterfall just as it was. AquaReale’s job was to add the bog and other water-clearing solutions while keeping the integrity of the original pond along with the shape of the waterfall.

In the end, the R. family has a clear pond and they are thrilled. “After all this time, we are finally happy with the pond, ” says Mrs. R. “I wish we had known about AquaReale years ago.”

For more information or to see how AquaReale can solve your pond needs, contact us!