Pond Stars Project Showcase

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As seen on NatGeo WILD’s “Pond Stars”, Visit the Tropical Forest Exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. Hear from the curator how their new water feature has positively impacted the birds as well as the keepers and patrons of the exhibit.

The Pond Stars brave the wild as they renovate an uninspiring water feature in the wolf exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The guys artfully position rocks to create a 21×15’ pond complete with 7×11’ wetland filtration system. The wolves anxiously await their new pond that becomes a refreshing source of water in their remodeled surroundings.

Also in this episode, an existing water feature in the Lincoln Park Zoo’s bird exhibit has become a bit of an eyesore so the Pond Stars are called in to work their magic and create a feature that will make the birds sing. A shallow wading pool and 10-foot stream with remote control pump ensures beautiful acoustics and a peaceful habitat for the zoo’s feathered friends.

See More: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/pond-stars

Pond Renovation Lancaster, PA (Before & After)

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This Pond Renovation in Lancaster, PA included removing the existing pond and retaining wall. We shortened the stream a bit and moved the pond down to gain better access to the feature. The pond will be 11×16 in size and have about a 15′ stream. Some of the existing pond rock was re-used and new larger boulders were brought in. We also used logs and stumps to help make the pond look more natural. The Pond has waterfall LED lights and LED pond lights for night time enjoyment.

Pond Renovation Before & After Lancaster, PA

Pond Renovation Before & After Lancaster, PA

Ponds, Water Gardens, and Pondless Waterfalls Lancaster & York, PA

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A short “highlight real” of some amazing Ponds, Water gardens, and Pondless Waterfalls through out Lancaster, PA & York, PA.

Ponds, Water gardens, pondless waterfalls and fountains transform an outdoor living space into a beautiful paradise where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy quality time with family and friends. Water features become the focal point of any garden with their melodious tunes and natural ability to attract a variety of birds and butterflies. Whether you tuck a decorative fountain near the entrance of your home or create a backyard habitat with an ecosystem pond and waterfall, you’ll find each day enhanced when you waterscape your landscape. Whether you have an expansive lawn or a small balcony, you’ll find a water feature to suit your lifestyle and budget.

Preparing Your Pond for Cooler Temperatures

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Winter Pond Lancaster, PA

Preparing for Cooler Temperatures

by: Aquascape

 

IN THE FALL, temperatures begin to drop around the country. Being prepared for every different season Mother Nature throws our way helps us help our ponds cope with the changes. Learn how to manage your pond in the chilly northern climate.
 

PONDERING IN THE NORTH

 

SUMMER IN MANY PARTS OF THE NORTH is just as warm as it is in the south. When fall comes knocking on our door, we usually welcome the crisp, cool air and beautiful fall foliage. Most however don’t welcome what follows fall … winter, snow, and cold! It’s the snow and cold that we need to prepare our ponds and fish for. What you do now, in the fall, will have an effect on the health and survival of your fish throughout the winter.

Leaves

When the leaves begin to fall and blow, cover the water’s surface with a net to catch them. The net discourages the debris build up on the pond bottom, which would otherwise decompose, create toxic gasses, and prove harmful to the fish during their hibernation period.

Pond Net

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Pond netting for fall pond close up installed in Lancaster, PA

Fish

Watch for the 55°F mark. Before that time, avoid missing any fish feedings because the fish are in the process of packing on nutrition, and getting ready to hibernate. But when the temp starts to regularly dip below 55°F, it’s a sure sign to stop feeding your fish because their metabolisms have slowed down to a point that they can no longer handle the nutrition safely.

Plants

At this time, dying foliage of your aquatic plants should be removed. This helps to minimize debris build up on the pond bottom. If you have potted tropical aquatic plants that you want to save for next season, this is the time to remove them from the pond, and take them indoors for the winter.

Read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Preparing-for-Cooler-Temperatures

Certified Aquascape Contractors – Ponds Done Right. Customers Served Right.

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Ecosystem Pond Built in Lancaster, PA

Whether you’d like to have a brand new water feature installed in your yard or simply hoping to rehab or upgrade an existing one… contacting a Certified Aquascape Contractor and using Aquascape products is your best chance for success!

C.E. Pontz Sons is a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor

Lancaster, PA – C.E. Pontz Sons has successfully completed the qualification process to become a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor (MCAC), the highest level of certification provided by Aquascape Inc. Master Certified Aquascape Contractors are the most qualified and informed pond installers in the water gardening industry. MCACs are trained and educated to install beautiful, low-maintenance water features, and provide quality workmanship, outstanding customer service, and knowledgeable assistance to their customers.

Certified Aquascape Contractors are the most qualified and informed pond installers in the water gardening industry. All CACs are required to attend continual training and education seminars and maintain a proven record of outstanding work and dedicated customer service and support.

All water feature installers who wish to become Certified Aquascape Contractors must complete an in-depth application that includes referrals, pictures of completed water features, Online Aquascape Academy Classes and general questions about their business and water gardening philosophy. These applications are then reviewed by technical agents at Aquascape, Inc.

Call us today 717-394-9923. If you’re not local to our area find a CAC here: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/find-certified-aquascape-contractors
 

Dr. Pol Gets an Incredible “Pond Stars” Pond

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The “Pond Stars” visited “The Incredible Dr. Pol” and built him and his wife the water feature of their dreams; with help from the Certified Aquascape Contractors. Tune in to “Pond Stars” on NatGeo WILD; Tuesdays at 10pm ET

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Pond Stars: Big bad Wolf

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The Wolves at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo get a new water feature! Watch the Pond Stars create their new habitat tonight at 10 pm ET on Nat Geo Wild.

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Pond Stars Lincoln Park Zoo Wolf Enclosure

We’re headed to the world-renowned Lincoln Park Zoo in the heart of downtown Chicago for two massive projects. Buried electrical wires, dangling thousand-pound boulders and animal-safe build requirements all add up to two difficult projects, and to make matters even harder, the Pond Stars have only four days to get it all done.

See more at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/pond-stars/episodes/big-bad-wolf
 

How to Keep Your Pond Free of Leaves

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Keeping Your Pond Free of Leaves in the Fall

by: Aquascape

Bursts of red, gold and orange in the trees signify an important event for pond owners … it’s time to do a little fall maintenance in your water garden. Preparing your pond for the winter greatly reduces the amount of work you need to do in the spring to get your pond in tip-top shape.

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Fall Pond Maintenance Lancaster, PA

 

While the colorful spectrum of leaves are still clinging to the tree’s branches, now’s a good time to determine your strategy for keeping that beautiful foliage out of your pond. Sure, the lacy, colorful leaves look pretty floating on your pond’s surface, but eventually they’ll sink to the bottom where they’ll decay and wreak havoc with your water quality. As leaf matter decomposes, the balance of your water changes and can become toxic for your fish.

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Pond netting for fall pond close up installed in Lancaster, PA

Netting your pond is an easy, obvious choice for addressing leaf control. It doesn’t take much time to set the net up over your water garden, and the hours of future work it saves you is priceless. You can purchase Aquascape pond netting online or from your local pond store.If you choose not to net your pond, you’ll need to make sure that you’re checking the pond’s skimmer basket every couple of days to remove the pile-up of leaves. Luckily, this is an easy task and doesn’t take much time. Once you pull the leaves out of the basket, be sure to toss them in your compost pile.

Finally, if you failed to net your pond and all those colorful, floating leaves have found their way to the pond’s bottom, you’ll want to remove them before they decay into ugly sludge that has to be cleaned out in the spring. Grab a long-handled pond net and scoop the debris from the floor of your water garden. Or if you don’t mind getting your feet wet, wade on into the pond and fish them out by hand.

Whatever your strategy to combat the onslaught of beautiful fall foliage that floats into your pond, you can rest assured that your efforts to control it now, will be well rewarded come springtime.

Call today to Schedule your Fall Pond Winterization 717-394-9923

read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Keeping-Your-Pond-Free-of-Leaves

Building a Pondless Waterfall FINAL REVEAL! (York, PA)

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Backyard paradise FINAL REVEAL. All is complete with the exception of the pergola and fire place. Final pics and video will be posted soon! for now enjoy the most amazing thing you’re going to see today………

This Pondless Waterfall project in York, PA includes a 65′ long waterfall and stream and a 35′ side stream and waterfall that will intersect the main stream. This pondless waterfall includes LED lighting throughout the feature and a land bridge about 6′ wide for the lawn mower to cross the water feature. The pondless waterfall will include driftwood and native rock to resemble PA native streams. The feature will vary in width for a natural look as well.

This Project will also include a small flagstone patio area above the retaining wall near the water feature and a pergola over the patio, as well as landscaping around the water feature and landscape lighting for night time viewing.

Pondless® Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless®! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.

This video was shot with a GoPro Hero

Building a Pondless Waterfall Part. 5 (York, PA)

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This Pondless Waterfall project in York, PA includes a 65′ long waterfall and stream and a 35′ side stream and waterfall that will intersect the main stream. This pondless waterfall includes LED lighting throughout the feature and a land bridge about 6′ wide for the lawn mower to cross the water feature. The pondless waterfall will include driftwood and native rock to resemble PA native streams. The feature will vary in width for a natural look as well.

This Project will also include a small flagstone patio area above the retaining wall near the water feature and a pergola over the patio, as well as landscaping around the water feature and landscape lighting for night time viewing.

Pondless® Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless®! The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.

This video was shot with a GoPro Hero