Out with the Old Pond in With The New

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This Pond Project included removal of an existing small preformed pond located next to the back porch and deck area. We then installed a new properly filtered ecosystem pond with the waterfalls falling towards the large windows and patio area. The project also included installation of underwater LED lighting in the pond and stream for night time enjoyment as well as a bacteria dosing system which will aide in keeping the pond clear during the season. This Pond project was installed in Lancaster, PA.

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

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Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

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From colorful water lilies that dance on the pond’s surface to aquatic Forget-Me-Nots that hug the edges of your water garden, it’s the amazing pond plants that put the “garden” in “water garden.” You can apply many of the same tips and guidelines you use to create your terrestrial flower beds. Things like color, height, and planting conditions are things you’ll want to consider when it comes to naturalizing your pond with plants.

Create Interest with Variety. Random placement of plants with varying textures and colors will create more interest than using plants that have all the same growth habit or leaf shape.

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

Play with Colors. Choose colors you like best and consider the type of lighting your pond receives. Yellow, orange, and white help brighten shady areas, while cool blue and violet tone down the intensity of the sun’s rays.

Go Green. A soft, calming space is created by using different textures and shades of green foliage. The combination is effective on its own, but also looks great when accented only by white flowers. You can also play with color based on leaf selection alone, since you’ll find aquatic foliage in a range of colors such as red, purple, yellow, and several variegated combinations.

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

Know Your Plant Size. One of the biggest mistakes novice water gardeners make is failing to realize how big their pond plants might grow. Be sure to take height and width of the mature plant into consideration and allow enough space for future growth.

Short in Front, Tall in Back. This might seem like a no-brainer, but always put shorter plants in front of taller ones. Most likely, you’ll spend most of your time viewing your water garden from a deck or patio, so keep that sight line in mind when planting your pond.

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

Group Plants Together. Interior decorators tell you to group like objects together when decorating your home, to create visual impact. Use this same principle when planting your pond. Plant a row of marsh marigolds along a stretch of the ponds edge, as opposed to dotting them all around the pond in single locations.

Consider Each Plant’s Needs. Be mindful of how much sun your aquatic plants require, along with their planting depth. If a plant requires full sun, that’s a minimum of 6 hours of unobstructed (ie not dappled shade) sun per day. If you’re not sure what your plant needs, ask the pro at your local garden center or search online for information.

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

7 TIPS FOR PLANTING YOUR POND

You’ll want to ensure an interesting mix of aquatic plant types for your water garden. Plant a few marginal at the pond’s edge, include colorful water lilies or even a lotus, add floating plants like water lettuce, and include submerged plants to help add oxygen to your pond. Variety is the spice of gardening life, so don’t be afraid to experiment … or follow our handy planting guides below!

Small Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Small Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Small Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Medium Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Medium Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Medium Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Large Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Large Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

Large Pond: Plant Placement Ideas

FRONT YARD WATER FEATURES: BOOST YOUR CURB APPEAL

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you’ve probably seen breathtaking photos of backyard ponds bobbing with colorful water lilies, and maybe you’ve been lucky enough to see one in person or even have one of your own. But why limit beautiful water features to the backyard? It’s just as easy to enjoy front yard water features and boost your curb appeal at the same time!

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

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

Front Yard Water Feature

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

Front Yard Water Feature

Look carefully and you’ll notice the stream that begins near the front door, winding its way along the pathway before emptying into a pretty koi pond.

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

Maybe a fountain is more up your alley due to its smaller size. This little foursome of fountain rocks is nestled in a bed of impatiens by the front door. Birds enjoy getting a drink here while resting their wings from flight.

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

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

Front Yard Water Feature

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

Front Yard Water Feature

A small waterfall nestles in the ivy and hostas next to the front steps of this Chicago suburban home.

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

A koi lover wanted their pond at the front of the house to match their indoor koi pond in the meditation room.

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

A frog statuette guards this home’s recirculating waterfall and hints at the critters that live to visit and enjoy the oasis.

Front Yard Water Feature

Front Yard Water Feature

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.

Pond Skimmer Installation

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Check out Brian & Ryan on their most recent pond build showing how to install the new 2016 Aquascape Pond Skimmer. Stay tuned for video and pictures of their latest creation!

Skimmers are designed to eliminate water quality problems an reduce maintenance by removing debris before it sinks to the bottom of the pond, allowing a pond to be installed anywhere, even beneath trees. Because the skimmer removes debris before it gets to the pump, it acts as a pre-filter reducing pump maintenance, and makes accessing the pump quick and easy!

Aquascape’s family of field-proven, time-tested Skimmer Filters are the #1 selling skimmers in the water garden market. No gizmos or gadgets designed by engineers behind a desk, but rather, functional, easy-to-install-and-maintain filters designed by actual pond builders. They include patented features that make installation a snap with components designed to make maintenance effortless.

Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area. (GoPro edition)

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This Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living project included a few phases of construction and design. We installed various natural stone patio, and walkways throughout the property and surrounding the pool, as well as a natural stone diving rock at the pools ledge. The main seating are includes a natural stone fire pit and a smokeless wood burning insert. There is multiple Wisconsin weathered limestone boulder retaining walls. one retaining wall is between the top and lower tier of the main patios as well as one retaining a portion of the patio and surrounding the hot tub/ spa area. There is landscape lighting including path lights as well as accent lights installed throughout the property. We also installed trees, plants and mulch in the surrounding landscape to complete the project. This project was installed at a beautiful historic house located in Marietta, PA Lancaster County. This project was shot both with a drone and a gopro Hero. You can scroll below for a link to the drone footage as well.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area.

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Wetland Filtration

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Wetland Filtration

Wetland Filtration

Ed Beaulieu discusses the features and benefits of Aquascape’s wetland filtration system. Wetland filters play an important role in pond ecology and help improve water quality and appearance. Using a Snorkel Vault and Centipede module, you can build an effective and efficient wetland filter for any type of water feature

The Face of Outdoor Living

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The face of Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons

The face of Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons


The Face of Outdoor Living: CE Pontz

CE Pontz Sons Landscape Contractors“Personality” is the trademark of CE Pontz Sons. Not only does the company pride itself on putting personality into every client’s outdoor living space, but the company encourages staff members’ unique personalities and skills to shine through every project. Creativity is the end result, according to Bobby Kenyon—and he should know, since his title at CE Pontz Sons is “Creative Solutions Guru.”

“I think we’re a lot more relaxed, sometimes goofy and less formal—it’s a refreshing change that clients really enjoy,” Kenyon explains. “That approach carries over into our projects—using a lot of natural stone for example—as opposed to a formal approach. Customers enjoy working with us as much as we enjoy working with them.” Established in 1934, the Lancaster County company has expanded its menu of landscape design services over the years to include outdoor living options for everyone—patios, seating and dining areas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, and more. “Today we think of outdoor spaces as extensions of our homes,” Kenyon says. Outdoor sound and television are often incorporated into designs.

CE Pontz Sons is making waves, literally, with a host of options for homeowners considering water features. From waterfalls to ponds, streams to fountains, storm water solutions to rain water harvesting or pond restoration—each project is handcrafted by CE Pontz Sons’ master certified Aquascape contractor.

“No one else is doing the types of unique water features we’re creating,” according to Kenyon.

A recently completed, large-scale project for a customer who enjoys entertaining includes a patio accented by a large, dramatic waterfall, complete with outdoor lighting and sound.

“With every project,” Kenyon summarizes, “We enjoy bringing dreams to reality for people.”

CE Pontz Sons Landscape Contractors | 2355 New Holland Pike | Lancaster, PA 17601
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Heavy Duty Pond Clean-out

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Check out this awesome video of a Heavy duty pond clean-out in progress at Loxley’s One of our finest water features, the sheer volume of water coming down this 30’+ stream will put you in awe! The water feature at Loxley’s boast’s a massive pond with 6,000 plus gallons with large cascading waterfalls, mature aquatic plants and tons of large beautiful Koi. If you’re ever in the area Feel free to grab a quick bite or a cool beverage while you sit and enjoy this masterpiece!The pond has plenty of fish and plant life and blends in perfectly with the natural theme of the restaurant itself. If you’re hungry, go in and grab a bite to eat and don’t forget to check out the stream that runs right through the bar upstairs which was also installed by pontz.

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

 

Below are some photos of the Pond after the clean out

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

(After) Pond Clean-out at Loxleys in Lancaster PA

Learn more about pond clean outs below

Spring Clean-out :http://cepontzsons.com/spring-clean-out/
10 Steps to a successful spring clean-out:
Checklist of materials for your pond clean-out

Hershey Gardens Pondless Water Feature

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This project at the Hershey Gardens Conservatory and butterfly atrium featured a indoor pondless water feature designed and installed by Pontz. The stream measures roughly 60 feet long and weaves its way through the center of the butterfly atrium, going under multiple walking bridges and ending in a pondless basin. The water feature is surround by tons of tropical plants and a winding walkway which will be home to 50 to 60 different species of tropical butterflies at any given time.

read more about the new Conservatory at Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Hershey Gardens Conservatory Butterfly Atrium Pondless Waterfall

Large Scale Ecosystem Pond (Before & After)

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Large Scale Ecosystem Pond at Willow Valley Communities (Before & After)

Large Scale Ecosystem Pond at Willow Valley Communities (Before & After)

Before & After Photo of a large Scale Pond we built at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street PA. Unfortunately i did not get any photos from the very beginning of the project but i did get one from the fairly early stages of construction. Below is a further description of this ecosystem pond project.

Large scale ecosystem pond and stream recently completed Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street, PA. It was a very exciting project to be a part of. Pontz was brought on by another landscape contractor in Lancaster, PA who does not specialize in water features. The pond is part of a much larger complete landscape renovation of the courtyard at Willow Valley. Our Portion of the project features this large ecosystem pond with grand waterfalls directed toward the dining area for Willow Valley Communities residence. The pond also features a wetland bog filtration area complete with various aquatic plants as well as a pooling area that flows into a long deep stream before entering the waterfalls into the larger pond. The Pond will soon be home to tons of Fish, Frogs, and Turtles for the enjoyment of the residents and their families. Once the entire project is complete and the aquatic plants begin to bloom we will shoot some more footage to share. Stay Tuned!!!