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Villanova Large Pond Renovation

What goes into planning a Villanova Large Pond Renovation?

Join AquaReale pond specialist Tom as he explains the ongoing Villanova Large Pond Renovation we are doing for the Inn at Villanova.

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!

 

Pond renovation in mind? Our top 3 suggestions

pond renovation
pond renovation

Is your pond a good candidate for a pond renovation?

Renovating a pond allows you to optimize an existing pond. It is cheaper than rebuilding the whole pond. On average, if the existing pond is ten years or younger it can be renovated easily. Ponds that are more than ten years old usually need to be rebuilt from scratch due to the older liner and parts and structural issues.

Other items we look at before renovating a pond is if the liner was completely covered with rock.  If so, the liner is in better shape then if parts have been exposed to the elements.

If a liner is unusable, we recommend basically building a new pond.   Since we are adding a new liner, that is the time to change the shape of the pond, adding or moving sections as you’d like.

THREE POPULAR POND RENOVATIONS

1. Redo the water fall box and skimmer

Adding a new waterfall box can give an old pond new life. Moving a waterfall alone can make it look like a pond renovation.  The eye is drawn to the waterfall, so putting it in a different place can make a big difference on how the pond looks. The price to redo a waterfall box and skimmer starts at $3500.

2. Add plant ledges

A plant ledge is simply a rock wall under water that holds planters of plants. Many older ponds do not have plant ledges. By adding or changing plants, you can really change the overall look of the pond. This can also help provide shade for the fish and slow algae growth. Adding plant ledges starts at $1500.

3. Add or revise lights

Adding or changing lights can change your pond’s complete look in the evening. Light up your water fall or adjust the lights to highlight certain plants– all ways to change the look of your pond. Pond renovation is possible by something as simple as redirecting your lights.  Lighting packages start at $1500.

 

Which renovation is right for you? Contact us to find out!

The Penn Museum Pond: How we helped make it better

Large Pond Renovation
Large Pond Renovation

Large Pond Renovation Challenge

Why a large pond renovation? When AquaReale first went to visit the pond at the University Of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, it was not in great shape. The large 25 x 60 foot pond had not been cleaned for a few years and years of people throwing food in to “feed the fish” had left the water looking green and murky. In addition, the pond was not a healthy habitat for its fish.

The Penn Museum pond is loved and appreciate by thousands of people each year, and AquaReale wanted to make sure it was operating at its full potential. It had originally been built as a reflecting pool, which is not the best environment for fish, since the water is shallow and heats up fast.

The Large Pond Renovation Process

AquaReale began by draining and cleaning the pond. The fish were placed in a portable koi tank with their own water. After the cleaning, the fish were put back in the pond and the next step began. We worked in the pump room at the museum, updating the pumps, bead filters and UV units.

We also developed a system to trap sediment and allow water to flow slower through the filter. The sediment tank helps the filtration media do their job by slowing the water down.

And finally, we added some plants, which are very important in fish ponds. The pond had massive amounts of open water, which promotes algae growth and makes the water warm quicker. Plants provide cooler shade for the fish, especially important in a large shallow pond like this one.

The Large Pond Renovation Results

The Penn Museum pond looks much clearer since the cleaning and pump renovation. The green water is gone and the filtration media is working as hoped. The fish have more shade and cooler water and the pond is back to its former glory.

We recommended and continue to offer a maintenance package for Penn to keep the pond at its maximum health and beauty.

What can we do for your pond? Contact us to see.

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!