Patio Pond Fountain Feature

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Patio Pond Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Check out this Aquascape Patio Pond turned into a Pondless Waterfall feature. We cut an opening in the front of a Patio Pond and set it atop a pondless basin to create this awesome feature!

Patio ponds incorporate the sight and sound of water to your garden, deck, patio or balcony. Light weight and durable. Can be used indoors or outdoors. Never fades or chips. Natural rock veneer. Ages like real stone. Integrated plant shelves.

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Patio Pond Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Aquascape’s Aquatic Patio Planter makes it simple to have a complete water garden in almost any setting. If you have ever tried to make a traditional ceramic or stone bowl into a container water garden, you know how difficult or costly it can be to add plants without shelves. Aquascape’s Aquatic Patio Planter has integrated plant shelves making it simple. Creating a beautifully planted water bowl or container water garden has never been easier. Aquascape’s Patio Planter has all the natural beauty of real rock with the added durability and light weight of fiberglass. Create a natural paradise in your back yard with Aquascape’s Aquatic Patio Planter.

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Patio Pond Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Buffer Planting

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Landscape Buffer Planting installed in Lancaster, PA

This Landscape Planting Project in Lancaster, PA included installation of a Landscape Buffer Zone along the back of the property to provide beauty and privacy for the homeowners. Plant selections included Aucuba, Cherry Laurel, Euonymus, Holly, Rhododendron, and Magnolia. The Planting bed was finished off with a crisp edge and covered in brown mulch.

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Landscape Buffer Planting installed in Lancaster, PA

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Landscape Buffer Planting installed in Lancaster, PA

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Landscape Buffer Planting installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone & Brick Patios with Natural Stone Walkways

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

This Hardscape Project in Lancaster, PA (Millersville) consisted of lifting the existing bricks and storing them on site, remove a portion of the existing brick walls and remove wall caps, install new flagstone wall caps to provide 1″ overhang on each side, pressure wash sitting walls, excavate the existing patio stone dust base and discard of it, excavate patio to proper base depth of 8″+- and install a proper 2A Modified stone base. We then installed a 1″ sand setting bed and reinstalled the existing brick pavers. The new installation also included drainage pipe and catches to allow water to escape the patio and drain beyond the foot print of the patio, house and shed.
 
Also included were removal the existing upper flagstone patio and walking path, leveling the path and lay larger pieces of flagstone in the upper patio. We will also install proper joint material between the flagstone for a more uniform walking surface. We also used the existing flagstone to make small garden paths in place of the brick paths.
 
Lastly, included was grading a small swale in the back lawn to divert water around to the sides of the house and away from the rear patio area.
A drainage system along the right side of the shed to collect ground water as well as downspouts along that side of the shed and carport and move the water to the street through 4″ solid drainage pipes was also installed.

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Natural Stone Patio, Walkway & Brick Patio Renovation Millersville, PA

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Pond Maintenance Lancaster, PA

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Before & After pond Maintenance Lancaster, PA

 

C.E. Pontz Sons offers many options for Pond maintenance through out the different seasons. We serve Central Pennsylvania including Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, and beyond. We have compiled a list of post below to better help you understand the various maintenance needs for your Pond. Whether you decide to do the maintenance yourself or hire a Certified Aquascape Contractor be sure to remember consistency is key to achieving optimum water quality in your pond.

 

USING YOUR POND PRODUCTS: http://cepontzsons.com/using-pond-products/

ALGAE CONTROL WITH THE IONGEN: http://cepontzsons.com/algae-control-iongen/

5 TIPS FOR THE SUMMER POND SEASON: http://cepontzsons.com/5-critical-tips-summer-pond-season/

PREPARE YOUR POND FOR FALL AND WINTER: http://cepontzsons.com/prepare-pond-fall-winter-2/

THE SECRET TO ACHEIVING A CRYSTAL CLEAR, TROUBLE FREE POND: http://cepontzsons.com/secret-achieving-crystal-clear-trouble-free-pond/

SPRING POND CLEAN-OUT: http://cepontzsons.com/pond-spring-clean/

FIXING POND LEAKS: http://cepontzsons.com/fixing-pond-leaks/

POND WATER QUALITY: http://cepontzsons.com/pond-water-quality/

POND MAINTENANCE & HEALTH SECRETS: http://cepontzsons.com/secret-low-maintenance-healthy-pond/

BALANCE YOUR POND: http://cepontzsons.com/10-methods-balance-pond/

 

Shutting Down Your Pond for the Winter?

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Frozen Pond in Lancaster, PA

Every autumn falling leaves are inevitable, so it’s best to be prepared and minimize the maintenance you’ll need to do in the late fall and early spring. You may want to cover your pond with Aquascape Pond Netting until the bulk of the leaves have fallen. This is the time of year when you also need to make a decision about your water feature. Should you shut it down or leave it running through the winter?

Option #1: Keep Your Pond Running

A pond can be a beautiful addition to your winter landscape. The waterfalls create beautiful ice sculptures, as well as create a natural water hole for wildlife. If you choose to keep your pond running, please keep these factors in mind:

* You must stay aware of your pond, although the weather may not be very inviting.
* Do not keep the pond running if you out of town for long periods of time.
* You may need to add water periodically since water is lost during ice formation.
* Due to power outages, if a pump is off for a significant period of time during freezing temperatures, it will not be able to start and will need to be unplugged and disconnected if possible.
* Once the lines are frozen, you can’t turn your pond back on until it thaws, which is usually in spring.
* If you have a large pond, you may still require a small pump or heater near the skimmer opening.
Option #2: Shut Your Pond Down

Most people prefer to stay warm, giving up their waterfall until the spring thaw. If you choose to shut your pond down, just follow these simple steps.

* Most pond owners shut their ponds down in the middle to end of November after most of the leaves have fallen.
* Remove as much debris as you can from the pond.
* Cut back the lilies and any marginal plants.
* Store the pump in a bucket of water inside. You can clean out the biological filter and filter media if you choose. (You can wait for spring to do this also.)
* If you have fish, install an air bubbler or water pump (Aquascape’s AquaForce 1000 is suggested). You can use a bubbler alone or in conjunction with a floating heater. Place the bubbler on a shelf just above the deepest area. The discharge pipe (don’t put on a fountain head) should be submerged just under the water’s surface.
* If you choose to use a heater, place far enough away from the bubbler that it is not getting hit by water.
* Be sure the skimmer and biological filter are cleaned out before turning them on again in the spring.
Read More: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Shut-Down-the-Pond

Natural Stone Fire Pit York, PA

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A little something to warm up your day. This is a Natural Stone Fire pit we installed in York, PA. This Project includes a small flagstone patio area above the retaining wall near the water feature with natural stone steps that lead to a larger natural flagstone patio. The upper patio is complete with a pergola as well as a natural stone gas fed fire pit, as well as landscaping around the water feature and landscape lighting for night time viewing.

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Amazing Outdoor Living & Water Feature Project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Most Amazing Thing You’re Going To See This Week……The Crew worked very hard and is extremely proud of this Project! Please feel free to share this video with your friends and family so they can get the recognition they deserve on a job well done.

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 also includes a small flagstone patio area above the retaining wall near the water feature with natural stone steps that lead to a larger natural flagstone patio. The upper patio is complete with a pergola as well as a natural stone gas fed fire pit, as well as landscaping around the water feature and landscape lighting for night time viewing.

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Leaves in Your Pond?

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Pond netting for fall pond maintenance installed in Lancaster, PA

The Autumn leaves are falling, so it’s best to be prepared and minimize the pond maintenance you’ll need to do in the late Fall and Early Spring. It’s best to cover your pond with Pond Netting before all the leaves fall into your pond. Call today to schedule your fall pond maintenance and winterization before it’s too late!!!

Feeding Pond Fish in the Fall

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Feeding Pond Fish in the Fall

 

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You’ve enjoyed watching and feeding your pond fish all summer, and now it’s time to help them prepare for their winter’s nap. You want to make sure your fish are strong and healthy as Old Man Winter makes his way to your pond. A well-balanced diet is critical to the health of your fish.

When pond temperatures fall below 60-degrees, your fishes’ metabolism and digestive system begins to slow down. Investing in a pond thermometer will help you determine when to change the eating regimen of your beloved finned friends.

Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food has been scientifically formulated to provide quality nutrition to all pond fish, including goldfish and koi. The inclusion of spirulina and wheat germ helps make the food easier to digest at colder water temperatures. Feeding your fish the proper food will help ensure your fish survive their winter slumber.

When spring rolls around and you’re anxiously waiting to see your playful koi once again, you’ll be glad you took consideration in the fall to properly care for them. And remember, you can feed them Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food up until the pond water rises above 60-degrees!

Read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Feeding-Fish-in-the-Fall

Attracting Frogs to your Pond

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Attracting amphibians with a little H2O

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You’ve got the water, you’ve got the plants, you’ve got the fish, but something just doesn’t seem right in your aquatic paradise. Something seems to be missing … something that made every childhood vision of a lily pad complete. What natural ecosystem would be complete without frogs and other amphibians?

Why Frogs?

Well, besides being just plain cute, there’s a valid reason why you would want frogs and other amphibians visiting your pond every year. They play important roles in the ecosystem – in fact, the number of amphibians in your pond can be a good indicator of the health of your pond. Ecologists are constantly monitoring the frog population to make sure everything is running smoothly in nature.

Say So-Long To Harmful Insects

Amphibians are instrumental in keeping the undesirable insect population to a minimum. This is certainly a good thing for your neighboring garden, but also for those lazy summer nights when you want to sit on your deck and not have to worry about pesky bugs bothering you and your guests. Frogs and toads will keep the mosquito population in your yard at bay, and will also help with other annoying garden pests. Amphibians can be very handy when it comes to keeping slugs and rodents away as well. And what about those earwigs? Well, you can kiss them goodbye (if you want to get that close to them) because a toad can eat over 1,000 earwigs each summer!

Having these wonderful animals around reduces the need for harmful pesticides that conflict with Mother Nature! In fact, if you do decide to lure these wonderful creatures to your pond, it would be wise to stay away from fertilizers or pesticides that might harm them.

Water Attracts

Almost any expert will admit that water attracts amphibians such as frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts. Mostly, they flock to water because they need a place to breed and lay their eggs. Since tadpoles need water to live, it seems only natural that a pond is a great place to raise a frog or toad family.

Tadpoles and fish can be a deadly combination though, because those tadpoles can be a great snack for your Koi. Water features are often built with a place where the eggs can hatch and mature out of the reach of the hungry Koi. Something like a small, upper pond separated by the main pond with a stream, would do the trick. Just make sure that the force of the waterfall doesn’t push the eggs and tadpoles over the edge toward your fish and mechanical filtration system. The force of the pump inside the skimmer could pull your tadpoles straight into it. While tadpoles have been known to make it through the pump unharmed, it can be a wild, shocking ride for them.

Certain species of salamanders also need water in which to breed and raise their young (referred to as larvae). So, come breeding time, you may see these salamanders by your pond as well.

Newts spend half of their lives in water and then, as adults, retreat to land. These part-time pond inhabitants have an interesting way of caring for their unborn. When the eggs are laid, the female wraps each sticky-coated egg in a leaf or other similar material using her hind legs. With as many as 600 eggs per year, it may take her as many as two months to produce her annual clutch.

Read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/Leap-Into-Fall