Natural Stream Restoration Progress…

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We are currently in progress of a natural stream restoration project located in southern Lancaster County, PA. This project consists of removal of existing deteriorating stream bank supports. We are currently in process of installation of new natural stone retaining walls. The stream was also widened slightly to improve flow and help prevent future flooding. This video is only a progress video. Once complete we will post the completed stream restoration.

Natural Stream Restoration Progress in Southern Lancaster County, PA

Natural Stream Restoration Progress in Southern Lancaster County, PA

This stream restoration is an addition phase of a larger project. See previously installed phases below

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Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation

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This Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation included installation of retaining walls, landscape beds, plants and trees, and landscape lighting per our landscape design. The retaining walls and pillars were constructed using concrete block and faced with stone veneer. Some tree removal, as well as grading and seeding of disturbed areas were also included. disturbed area. Low voltage lighting was also installed along retaining walls and throughout the surrounding landscape. This project was installed in Ephrata, PA.

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Driveway Entrance Landscape Renovation in Ephrata, PA

Watching the Koi Swim

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Watching the Koi swim at the Willow Valley Communities pond we recently built. This project consisted of a 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 pond style pooling area that flows into a long deep stream before entering the waterfalls into the larger pond. The Pond is home to tons of Koi, Frogs, and a couple Turtles for the enjoyment of the residents and their families. Once the aquatic plants begin to bloom we will shoot some more footage to share. Stay Tuned!!!

Check out the video below to see the pond shortly after initial completion before the Koi and aquatic plants were added!

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The Complete Outdoor Living Package (GoPro Edition)

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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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

TROPICAL WATER LILIES

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WHY CHOOSE TROPICAL WATER LILIES

BY:Aquascape 

Tropical water lilies are referred to as “tropicals” because of their dislike for cold weather. Like annual plants in your garden beds, tropical water lilies die off in the winter and need to be replaced the following pond season. Even so, there are many benefits to choosing tropical water lilies for your pond.

Tropical Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

 

  • Tropical water lilies are available in the same color as hardies, but they’re also available in blues, purples, and violets … exceedingly rare colors in the entire water plant spectrum.
  • They are intensely fragrant with a pleasing and pervasive aroma, which immediately causes anyone standing within a few feet to be swept up in olfactory heaven.
  • The flowers rise 6 to 12 inches above the water, giving the plant a three-dimensional effect.
  • The flowers are much larger than the flowers of most hardy water lilies.
  • Tropical water lilies are available in both day and night-blooming models.
  • The plants can get rather large and showy.
  • Their long stems make them an excellent choice for cut flowers.
  • The leaves on some varieties can be mottled and streaked with purple, deeply toothed, deeply veined undersides, and can easily attain diameters of 15 inches.
  • Tropical water lilies bloom much more profusely than hardies, with three to five blooms open on most days during warm weather.

Other than the obvious downside of annual mortality and the additional expense associated with yearly replacement, there is little reason not to enjoy a tropical water lily in your pond. The cost is probably less than what you spend on flats of marigolds and petunias!

Tropical Water Lilies Collage

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The Complete Outdoor Living Package

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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.

Outdoor Living Room with Fireplace installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Room with Fireplace installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Outdoor Living Room and Pool House installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Room and Pool House installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area installed in Lancaster. PA

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area installed in Lancaster. PA

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.

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

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.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover

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Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

This project consisted a massive extreme makeover to the front entrance of this beautiful historic home in Lancaster, PA. We began the project by doing some major demolition and removal of the existing aged concrete patio and walkway at the main entrance to the home. The existing landscaping in the front of the home was also removed. After demo and general clean up were finished we began the new construction.

The patio base was excavated and installed followed by footers and block seating walls. The seating walls were veneered with stone to complement the home’s exterior look and finished of with flagstone caps to match the patio and walkway stone. The patio, walkway and steps are all equipment with an extensive heating system to deter snow and ice accumulations during the frigid winter months.

The walkway leads off to a stone veneered custom address pillar and flagstone landing area finished off with a granite slab border. The pillar is constructed to match the seating walls at the front patio with the same stone veneer and matching flagstone cap.

the window wells around the home are outfitted with belgium block window wells to help retain the altered grade and give a unique look. They also compliment the granite curbing by the front landing.

The side entrance to the left of the home features a flagstone landing with a similar look to the patio and walkway. There is a broken flagstone walkway leading from the side landing to the front entrance. Stone steppers lead from the opposite side of the landing down to the driveway area.

Landscape lighting is installed throughout the property. There is up lighting on the trees as well path lighting along the walkways. Lighting is also installed to accent the seating wall and patio as well as up-lighting on the front of the home. The entire property look gorgeous day or night!

Landscaping, soil amendments, edging and mulching were installed as per Howard J. Supnik’s landscape design to finish of this amazing front entrance makeover.

To complete the project we did some weeding and general clean up and mulching of the existing landscape beds around the home. Along with some touch up seeding of disturbed areas.

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Extreme Front Entrance Makeover installed in Lancaster, PA

Out with the Old Pond in With The New (Before & After)

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Pond Install in Lancaster, PA (Before & After)

Pond Install in Lancaster, PA (Before & After)

This Pond Project included removal of an existing small preformed old 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

THE JOY OF BABY KOI

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BY: Aquascape
Pond Fish in Lancaster, PA

Pond Fish in Lancaster, PA

If you have fish in your pond, sooner or later they are going to have babies. Late spring to early summer usually marks the time of year when koi and goldfish start to spawn. When koi and goldfish spawn, they produce thousands of eggs but very few actually survive and grow up into baby fish. Koi are egg “scatterers,” meaning they generally deposit their eggs on the bottom of the pond or in plants.

The eggs hatch a few days after although you probably won’t be able to see them for several weeks because they are too small. At this stage in development, the babies will feed off of all sorts of microorganisms in your pond. After a couple months the babies are about an inch long and may start eating commercial food. In order to “bulk” them up, look for a food that has high protein content. Depending on the pellet size, it may be necessary to crush them in order for the babies to eat the food.

By the end of summer you’ll have to decide whether to bring the babies inside or let them over-winter in the pond. If you decide to let them over-winter outside, they may or may not survive because they don’t have enough fat reserve to tide them over. If you decide to bring them in, make sure you have a large enough tank with adequate filtration because they will continue to grow inside.

Another thing to remember is that if your pond babies continue to survive year after year, sooner or later they are going to get big and could overcrowd your pond. If you plan on keeping some of the babies, understand that eventually you may have to get rid of (cull) some of them. Watching the baby fish grow up is fun and the whole process is a great learning experience for kids and adults, alike.

Pond Renovation

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This pond renovation project included installation of the new Aquascape 1000 series signature skimmer and the Biofalls 2500 series biological filter to your existing pond. We also installed a 15′ stream on the left end of the pond and a small spillway waterfall near the right end of the pond. We installed 5 kichler underwater LED lights in the stream, pond and waterfall for night time enjoyment. The waterfall has its own adjustable speed pump so it can be run it independently of the stream system. All the plumbing was replaced with new 2″ plumbing lines. This project was installed in Lititz, PA.

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA

Pond Renovation in Lititz, PA