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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!

Stormwater Management issues?

Stormwater Management-- before
Stormwater Management– before

Do you have Stormwater Management problems?

We have seen lots, but nothing quite like we saw at the J’s house back in the spring.  We met the J family after they saw our lawn sign at another large Stormwater Management job.  Five different companies had been out to look at the job and not one had come back or offered a price.

The job is certainly a challenge…

Stormwater Management Challenge

The J Family’s big problems began 15 years ago when an additional house was built in front of theirs, as the top of a hill.  The J Family was on the bottom of the hill, right next to a golf course.  When the new house was built. the lost their buffer, which allowed more surface runoff to gush down the hill.

A hurricane a few years ago took care of the rest of the problem, eroding away a fair portion of the hill and created a giant 6 foot gulley.  The bottom of their property had a retention pond which  retained the run off.  Every time is rained more sediment went down and filled up the retention pond,

The water also left destruction in its wake. The water displaced many rocks until it looked like the backyard was strewn with loose rocks.

Stormwater Management Solution

AquaReale worked with an engineering firm to come up with a Stormwater Management solution to slow the water flow from the upper portion of the yard to the lower.  This solution was to stop the water at the top of the hill and redirect it into a pipe which goes directly to the bottom of the hill, avoiding an more erosion.

The retention pond will also be cleaned out, leveled out and seeded with a grass meadow mix.  The grasses will create deep roots and stabilize the soil so water can be absorbed quicker. This will allow for the water coming through the pipe to be better absorbed.
Stay tuned as we complete the project and post some great after shots.  Here’s some before shots in the meantime…

 

Need stormwater assistance of your own?  Here’s some additional information on Stormwater Management.

Contact us to see how we can help you with your stormwater issues

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..

A Philadelphia Area Pond Senior Center Respite…

AquaReale had the recent pleasure of building a Philadelphia area pond as part of the landscaping at a new Philadelphia area retirement facility.

Here Eric guides us through the project…

A koi pond fish relocation story

Bryn Mawr, PA—Koi Pond  Project

Mr. R. purchased a new house over the summer and he knew he wanted a Bryn Mawr, Pa, Koi Pond ASAP so he could relocate his fish from his old house to the new one.

Matt met with Mr. R. and they talked about what Mr. R. wanted from his pond. His number one priority were his fish. He had about 20 fish in his old pond and he wanted to move every fish with him to the new koi pond.   He also really wanted his new pond to blend in well with the current landscaping, and to seem a natural part of the outdoors.

Matt also reviewed the space for best viewing purposes. Mr. R. enjoys looking at his backyard from his second floor living rooms, so AquaReale made certain to have great views for that angle.

Mr. R.reached out to us in October, 2015. He needed his pond built before it got too cold to move the fish over before winter set in. For his budget of $15,000. Mr. R. got the following:

  • 14 x 18 foot pond
  • pond lights
  • two fish caves
  • plants
  • waterfall
  • skimmer and biofalls

The Challenge

The outdoor area is designed as a Japanese garden, with tight spaces and lots of plants. AquaReale’s goal was to create a welcoming environment for the fish while matching the pond to the general look and feel of the outside area. There were a lot of irrigation lines as well, adding to the overall challenges for the job.

The Big Fish Move

Once the pond was built and water quality tested, AquaReale moved the fish from the old pond to the new one in 60 gallon containers. Stress coat was added to the water when we moved the fish. This creates a slime coat on the fish that helps them with the transition.

The Result

Mr. R. and his son are both very pleased with the new pond, as are the fish we moved. Mr. R likes how the random sized rocks mimic nature and look organic “I love how the pond fits my space so perfectly,” said Mr. R.