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How to plan a Philadelphia pond renovation
Now that spring has FINALLY arrived, you are back outside and possibly thinking about what you want to do as a Philadelphia pond renovation. If your pond or water feature is still in the dreaming and wishing stage, now’s a great time to start planning!
Some people view ponds as simply a part of their house, like an addition. When it is done, it’s done. While this is true with some projects, a pond is always evolving and changing as a living organism. Don’t be afraid to plan a Philadelphia pond renovation for your pond to make it what you want right now.
Maybe you want the water to go in a different direction or you want a blog filter. Philadelphia pond renovations can also include a stream or waterfall addition or even a pondless waterfall in another part of your yard. Ponds revision possibilities are endless!
What to do now?
Get your ideas on paper! While your dreams and wishes are still fresh in your mind, it’s the perfect time to get your thoughts down. How to start? Let’s think about what you want and how you plan to use your pond. What does your perfect Philadelphia pond renovation look like?
Items to consider when planning your Philadelphia pond renovation:
- What’s speaks to you when you’re out? A spring in the woods? A stream at the mountain? A bubbling rock at the beach? Once you know what you like, it’s easier to recreation these on a much smaller scale.
- What do you enjoy most about water gardening – the plants, fish, frogs, turtles, birds, or terrestrial landscaping? Build your dream pond with that as your emphasis.
- What do you like (or dislike) about your existing pond?
- What places have you visited that look and feel “perfect” to you? A stream in the mountains? A spring in the woods? Recreate aspects of these places on a smaller scale.
- Where do you spend most of your time when you’re at home? Will you spend more time outside or inside? Plan with that in mind.
- What would make your yard a “paradise?”
- Would you like to be able to swim with your fish in a natural swimming pond?
When you answer these questions, you’ll be well on your way to enhancing or creating your own aquatic paradise. AquaReale is here for all your pond needs—for everything from a Philadelphia pond renovation to a full pond installation. Reach out today to see how we can help make your dreams a reality.
Follow our simple Philadelphia Fall Pond Care tips to ensure a healthy pond next spring
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care : Remove leaves and debris
Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control and an important part of Philadelphia Fall Pond Care. Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until the next time it’s needed.
If you didn’t install netting, you’ll probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed. A long-handled pond net makes an easy job of scooping the debris from the bottom of the pond. If you leave the debris on the bottom of the pond, you’ll be creating a bigger mess to face in the spring.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care: Trim dead or dying foliage
Trimming dead foliage helps remove excessive organic debris that would otherwise decompose in the water. Cut back hardy waterlilies just above the base of the plant and cut back marginal plants that could droop over into the water.
Philadelphia Fall Pond Care : Add cold water bacteria
Add cold water bacteria to help keep pond water clean and clear. Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria contains concentrated strains of beneficial bacteria designed to work in temperatures lower than 50 degrees.
Regular use of Aquascape Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria will help maintain water quality and clarity, as well as dramatically reduce spring maintenance by digesting debris that may accumulate over the winter months
Contact us for Philadelphia Fall Pond Care of your own. We’re always happy to help!
Time for a Bucks County Pond Renovation!
Why a Bucks County Pond Renovation? Maybe you built it yourself. Maybe you hired a landscaper to build it. It may have even been there when you bought the house. But it is not the pond of your dreams.
We specialize in Bucks County Pond Renovations and pond installations. We can fix your current pond and make it into the pond you have always envisioned.
Regardless of how it got there you have pond or water feature in your yard and it needs help. There are things you love and possibly a few things you hate about your existing pond.
Our team has handled many Bucks County Pond Renovations over the years. The renovation can be as simple as adding more stones around the pond to redoing the waterfall you’ve never been satisfied with.
We can also expand your pond, creating streams or waterfalls to give the pond a whole new look. From a trickling stream to a bubbling waterfall, we have your Bucks County Pond Renovation covered. We can put large urns and basalt columns in the pond to invigorate the look as well.
AquaReale has also added fountains, streams, waterfalls, large urns and basalt columns to ponds over the years to help create a new look.
Lights are always a great way to brighten and lighten the pond. Lighting adds a new element to your pond and allows for beautiful. Lighting can accent certain areas of your pond, highlighting your stream or waterfall.
We can help you turn your existing pond into the pond you have always dreamed of. A low maintenance water feature brings your yard to life and will have all of your neighbors talking!
Reach out today to see how we can help your Bucks County Pond Renovation dream come true.
So you think you may have a Philadelphia Pond Leak?
Leak vs. Evaporation
Before fixing the leak, make sure there really is a leak! Every water feature has splatters and evaporation. Evaporation happens when atoms or molecules escape from the liquid and turn into vapor. Hot weather and wind are two factors that affect the evaporation rate of a pond or water feature.
Evaporation is inevitable and can be misleading. It’ s normal for a pond to lose anywhere from 1-3 inches a week in the Philadelphia area during summer.
Of course this varies from pond to pond. Water features that have a lot of surface area, big streams and multiple waterfalls tend to lose water faster due to evaporation and splatter out too. It is important to understand that some water loss is normal, but excessive water loss can mean problems!
Troubleshooting a Leak
Always start troubleshooting a Philadelphia Pond Leak by narrowing down the causes. You start by noting how much water loss there is when the system is up and running and then how much loss there is when the system has been off for 24 hours.
Turn off or unplug the pump. Next, let the area sit for 24 hours (without rain) If it’s hot and you have any fish, add an aerator to the pond to provide oxygen. After the 24 hours mark off the water level if the level has dropped and then let sit another 24 hours. Repeat this until the water has stopped draining. If the pond continues to drain to dangerous levels for the fish they will need to be relocated to a separate holding tub. If the water never dropped at all, or dropped just a very small amount during the first 24 hour time period then the pond / basin is holding can be eliminated from the search.
You Have a Leak in Your Pond– Now What?
When the water level has stopped dropping check along that level for the source of the Philadelphia Pond Leak (low edge, liner tear, concrete crack, failed skimmer seal, etc.). Always check first for the obvious: large rocks that may settle and weight down liner, wet mulch areas, wet gravel, even the skimmer to liner connection.
Low edges can be adjusted by the homeowner, but often anything like a tear, crack or failed seal most often needs to be serviced by a trained professional Note that your water feature could be leaking in multiple areas. So just because one Philadelphia Pond Leak is fixed doesn’t necessarily mean the problem is fixed. Check the streams, waterfalls and all the hardware to be sure.
In a lot of cases water loss is simply a low edge or water diversions from leaves, debris, or overgrown plants.
In situations that aren’t so obvious it may be time to call a professional to have it looked at or fixed.
Contact a Professional
AquaReale is a professional pond company servicing the Greater Philadelphia County, including Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Contact us with a photo to see how we can help you!
At AquaReale, all of our clients are special. We do our best to bring their visions to reality. In some cases, the client reaches out to us.
When Gary contacted us, he had just bought a house. He had always had ponds at previous locations, and knew he wanted another pond. His research on Horsham, PA pond installations led him to AquaReale.
In a word, Gary was thrilled with his Horsham, PA pond installation by AquaReale: “They were so easy to have around. I think what I liked best about the process was the openness of AquaReale. They involved me in everything. Matt told me what he was thinking. I didn’t feel like people descended upon my home and did it TO me. It had to do with atmosphere. They kept me abreast every step of the way, and asked questions. Matt started it and the guys continued. And let me tell you, they are perfectionists. I never had to say just leave it. I mean, they did a WOW!! job. Absolutely meticulous, the whole job. I had no doubts or concerns, and there was open discussion about everything. They had all the answers.“
A true success
Gary W. loves his Horsham, PA pond installation created by AquaReale. “I love the placement, and I love that I can walk around barefoot. It just feels like it’s been there forever. And because it blends into the landscape, it feels like another room. It has inspired me with so much creativity and serenity. Another feature I love is the rock work. It is a work of art. I also love knowing my fish have caves for protection from the birds! I think the best part about my Horsham pond by Aquareale is that everyone who comes to visit wants to sit on the back porch just a little while longer. Friends and family gather to listen to the sound of the water moving over the rocks.
“One amazing thing about my new Horsham, PA pond installation by AquaReale is that it has become a silent memorial to my mom. I put a memorial to her outside at the pond. It was almost as if she knew, because on Thanksgiving Day, cardinals began to appear…as though she had sent them.
Thanks to Matt and AquaReale, I am outside more than I have ever been. My Horsham, PA pond installation brings me closer to nature. AquaReale is my water feature professional for life. I couldn’t recommend anyone higher.”
Contact AquaReale to see what we can build for you!
Hatboro, PA, pond installation video! Here’s a new pond installation that Pete in Hatboro, PA. The new pond installation lasted a few days. Reach out to us to see what we can do for YOU!
Do you have Garden and Pond Lighting?
The days are shortening in anticipation of the fall season and now is the perfect time to install your own Garden and Pond Lighting.
Check out this video to see how Garden and Pond Lighting can work for you….
Contact us for more information on how AquaReale can create beautiful Garden and Pond lighting for you!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.