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

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Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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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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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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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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

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

 

by Aquascape

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

Natural Stone Steps Lancaster, PA

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This Project included landscaping along the left side of the house to included construction of Natural Stone Steps & Natural Stone Path as well as installation of two trees and creeping thyme and perennials in the boulder retaining wall.

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Natural Stone Steps installed in Pequea, PA

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Natural Stone Steps installed in Pequea, PA

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Natural Stone Steps installed in Pequea, PA

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Natural Stone Steps installed in Pequea, PA

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Natural Stone Steps installed in Pequea, PA

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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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