Unique Waterfalls

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Amazing natural stone very unique waterfalls installed at part of an ecosystem pond. The pond includes numerous unique features and will be featured in a project video in the near future. This project was installed in Lancaster, PA.

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Unique Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stream Restoration Project

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This natural stream restoration project is located in southern Lancaster County, PA. The project consisted of removal of existing deteriorating stream bank supports. We then excavated the banks of the stream to allow for installation of new natural stone retaining walls. The stream was also widened slightly to improve flow and help prevent future flooding. This was an additional phase of a larger project. Below is some pictures of the stream restoration. Below that is another project video from the other phases of this project.

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration in Southern Lancaster County, PA


 
Check out the earlier phases of this project in the video below.

This Wooded Outdoor Oasis project in Lancaster, PA includes installation of a multiple tier terrace boulder wall in the large embankment at the rear of the property. Above the top tier of the boulder walls we be a natural flagstone patio and fire pit with an additional boulder retaining wall around the patio seating area. The fire pit will be a natural stone 48″ fire pit with wood burning smokeless fire pit insert. We installed natural stone steps on each tier of the wall for ease of access to the patio. Also included was installation of of a natural stone stepper walking path for access to the top of the embankment into the woods. The project will be finished off with plantings and landscape mulch beds throughout the property. There are other phases of this project still in the planning stages. Stay tuned for more on this project in the near future.

Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After)

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Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After) installed in Dillsburg, PA

Pond Removal & Rebuild (Before & After) installed in Dillsburg, PA

Before & After of a pond removal & rebuild we did in Dillsburg, PA. This Pond Project included removal of existing pond and various plants in the driveway island. We housed the koi in tanks until the pond was complete. We installed a 15′ wide pond at its widest point and 20? long pond at its longest point. The depth of the pond depth is approximately 4′. This pond will then provide more room for the existing koi as well as use more of the given space for the feature. We then installed a waterfall and stream combination approximately 15′ in length for desired sounds and visual impact. Our goal is to have the water feature be seen as you are pulling up to the house as a way to usher you into the home. We installed LED lighting in the pond as well. There is also up lighting the paper bark maples and path lights around the sitting bench area and steps. Also installed was a natural irregular flagstone patio to measure roughly 5’x 10′ to make a nice surface to place the existing bench and patio furniture. The pond is complete with a fish cave as a means for heron protection should that become a problem. This will give the fish a place to enter should there be a heron attack. The overall look of the pond is to be a close to mother nature as possible including some strategically placed driftwood in the pond and falls as well a use of native rock currently on site as a way to further naturalize the feature. This pond project was constructed in Dillsburg, PA.

LANDSCAPE EDGING IDEAS FOR WATER FEATURES

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BY:

Aquascape 

When it comes to designing water features for your yard, it’s important to naturalize its appearance so it looks like it’s been carved into the landscape for years. An easy way to make your pond blend in with the surroundings is to pay careful consideration to areas where the water meets the land. You’re sure to find inspiration from our collection of landscape edging ideas for your water feature, whether you have a pond, waterfall, or stream.

Aquascape Ecosystem Pond

When placing your pond near a patio, transition the edge with small boulders and creeping ground cover, like this backyard pond installed by The Pond Gnome of Peoria, AZ. The sedum softens and blurs the hard edges of the brick patio and creates a pretty landscape edging.

Plants Create Soft Edges

Plants are always a good choice when considering how to edge your pond. Coneflowers are planted in the dirt just outside of the pond, while aquatic Purple Pickerel is planted along the margins inside the pond. The pairing makes it difficult to find the true edge of the pond, thereby creating a natural look.

Naturalize a Stream or Waterfall with Plants

Bring annuals up close to the edges of a stream or waterfall to help soften the rocks and edges of the water feature. Impatiens are a great choice because they mound and cascade. Plus, they like to get their feet wet and are a perfect choice for planting near a water feature.

Edging - Outcroppings in a Stream

Outcroppings are one of the most popular ways to enhance the landscape edging of a water feature. Flat rocks appear to be floating just over the water and create interactive spots. Children can play in the water while sitting on one of the large flat stones.

Landscape Edging. Create a Rocky Shoreline.

Create a rocky shoreline with a mix of small and medium-sized rocks. Extend the pebbles into the bottom of the stream for a truly natural waterfall appearance.

Create a Pebble Beach

The family dog enjoys the pebble beach of this Florida pond and waterfall. The soft, flat pebbles allow an easy entry point into the pond where the family can explore nature. The pebble beach looks like it’s always been part of the landscape even though the water feature is just a few years old.

Pond with Cantilever Deck

Rocks and plants naturalize the landscape edging of the northwest side of this pretty backyard pond. A cantilevered deck hugs the southwest side and provides a place for the owners to dangle their feet and enjoy viewing the fish.

Landscape Edging with Mulch and Evergreens

Soften edges of a water feature with mulch and mounding miniature evergreens. A larger evergreen creates an architectural background for this backyard pond and waterfall.

You’ll find a variety of ways to improve the landscape edging of your water feature. Many can be achieved even after your pond or waterfall has been installed.

 

Read More: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/landscape-edging-ideas-for-water-features

Sandstone Steps Installation

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This project included installation of sandstone steps with flagstone landings in Lancaster, PA. The project began with removal of the existing rotten timber steps and excavation of the area for sand stonesteps. We then installed the sandstone steps on a stone base and installed a tan flagstone bottom and top landing to match the steps. We connected the upper flagstone landing to meet existing flagstone patio and the lower landing meets the driveway edge.

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sand Stone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Sandstone Steps Installation in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair | Lancaster, PA

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This project consisted of a concrete sidewalk repair and flagstone walkway install in Lancaster, PA. We started by removing the existing broken and settled pieces of concrete. Total repaired concrete sidewalk measured approximately 172 sq.ft. We also removed the existing concrete at the flagstone path and installed new flagstone in that area to the street. New concrete slabs were poured in the areas that were removed. Lastly areas were repaired where the lawn was disturbed.

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

Concrete Sidewalk Repair and Flagstone Walkway Install in Lancaster, PA

This is the second project we have done at this property. the first project consisted of a ecosystem pond build. The Pond Renovation consisted of removal of the existing pond and installation of a new pond measuring roughly 16ft x 18ft and wrapping around the patio and included pond LED lighting. below is a recent photo of the pond, as well as a video after initial completion. Enjoy!

Ecosystem Pond Install in Lancaster, PA

Ecosystem Pond Install in Lancaster, PA

7 TIPS TO KEEP POND WATER CLEAN

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR POND WATER CLEAN

BY:

Aquascape 

Most water gardeners are aware of the importance that good quality water plays in a pond habitat.  Not knowing how to get or keep water quality can prove challenging to some pond owners.  Your water may be clear, but your fish may not be acting like you’re used to seeing, which can signify that something might be a little off in your pond’s water. Follow our 7 tips below to help keep your pond water clean!
 

 

1. Maintain a healthy fish population

If you have more than 10” of fish for every 100 gallons of water, your pond is likely over-populated. Excessive fish waste can cause an imbalance in pond water. Consider finding some of them a new home. Many pond retailers and contractors will accept your fish.
 

2. Don’t over-feed your fish

When you feed fish more than they can eat, the uneaten food is left to decay in the pond. Be careful not to feed your fish more than once per day, and no more than they can eat in 2 to 3 minutes. Remove all excess, leftover food.
 

3. Create a proper balance of plants

At season’s peak, you should have no more than 40% to 60% of the surface area of your pond either covered or shaded by plants. Too many plants can cause oxygen deficiencies at night due to the photosynthetic process, when the plants take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide.
 

4. Choose the right size pump for your pond

You should be circulating the entire pond’s water volume a minimum of once every hour. Make sure your pump’s flow isn’t restricted by debris and be careful not to pump water higher than it was intended. Every pump has its flow limitations. Refer to the chart on the outside of the pump’s box to make sure you’re making the right choice for your pond.
 

5. Clean debris from pond before it has a chance to decay

Decaying debris, combined with fish waste and leftover fish food, can cause ammonia levels to spike in your pond. Clean out your pond and add beneficial microbes such as Aquascape’s Beneficial Bacteria to help keep it healthy and clean.
 

6. Choose proper filtration for your pond

Your filter should match the size of your pond. Remember, most manufacturers rate their filters based on ideal circumstances, and if you exceed those, your filter becomes less effective. Always up-size your filter so that it can handle more than the capacity of your pond. Also remember to clean your filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
 

7. Keep your pond cool during the dog days of summer

When pond water exceeds 75º Fahrenheit, it has a more difficult time retaining acceptable levels of dissolved oxygen. This is why it’s important to have your pond shaded by aquatic plants (see tip #3). Fish need oxygen to survive. If you see them at the pond’s surface gasping for air, add an aerator to help them during times of extreme heat.

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool | Mechanicsburg, PA

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This project consists of a Natural Stone Waterfall installation in a Swimming Pool in Mechanicsburg, PA. The swimming pool was installed by integrity pools & spas, and we were brought in to install the waterfalls. The Water Feature consists of two separate waterfalls which spill onto a seating or diving ledge located in the deep end of the pool. The water is then filtered and recycled through a modern pool filtration system. Sit back and enjoy the video featuring both drone and gopro footage.

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Natural Stone Waterfall in Swimming Pool installed in Mechanicsburg, PA

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

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Check out this amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor custom water feature installation for the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Sussex County New Jersey. This pondless water feature installation was headed up by Garden State Koi and ran by Aquascapes Ed Beaulieu C.E. Pontz Sons was delighted to be part of this amazing build. The new water feature at the Sussex Farm and Horse Show Fairgrounds was built in 1.5 days by a group of dedicated CAC (certified aquascape contractors) water feature builders from across 5 different states! The pondless waterfall feature includes multiple stacked slate urns, spillway bowls, an various cascading natural stone waterfalls in one glorious water feature. The feature was finished off with new landscape beds.  Drone footage of the pondless waterfall was captured throughout the installation. This video is the final result. Unfortunately it typically takes a few days for the water to clear up so in the footage the water is still not clear. Enjoy!!!

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Custom Water Feature at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Large Poolside Outdoor Living Project (Before & After)

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Large Poolside Outdoor Living Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

Large Poolside Outdoor Living Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

This is the complete outdoor living package. The project consists of just about everything one would want in their backyard. The large poolside outdoor living project has tons of different features throughout the property. The largest and most noticeable feature being the large timber frame pavilion. The pavilion sits above a massive wood burning fireplace. A large chimney and stone veneer accent this beautiful fire feature surrounded by a spacious outdoor living room. The fireplace hearth also includes wood storage sides.
To the right of the outdoor living room is a one of a kind pool house. The pool house is surrounded by a paver patio area that connects to the existing concrete. The pool house features a natural stone top bar area with stone veneer. inside is room for storage and changing and also includes a restroom.
The pool area is surrounded by stone veneered sitting walls and pillars as well as matching pillars at the base of the pavilion. The seating walls and pillars finish of with thermal flagstone caps.

An outdoor kitchen and dining area was installed under the existing deck. The outdoor kitchen in complete with custom made granite counter top and dining table area. It includes a gas grill and double side burner, as well as a refrigerator and underneath storage areas and in complete with stone veneer.
Next to the outdoor kitchen are is a hillside pondless water feature. The limestone bolder waterfall stretches approximately 15 feet with multiple cascading waterfalls.
Landscape lighting was installed throughout the pool area as well as the surrounding landscape beds and walkway areas.
New landscape beds and plants were installed inside of pool fence as well as beds around front and side foundation of home. Sod was installed on disturbed areas inside of pool fence, and grading and seeding was done to areas outside of the fence. Plantings were also installed in existing beds on front slope and a new bed to left of the driveway entrance. All beds were finished off with a fresh coat of mulch.
This project is located in the beautiful hillside of Lancaster County, PA.