Outdoor Living Renovation Lancaster, PA (Before & After)

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For this outdoor living renovation, we designed and worked with Howard J. Supnik Landscape Architect to create an outdoor living room feel that included an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, sitting walls, natural stone patio, hot tub, wood box, lighting and planting. We also installed landscaping around the home and removed an existing front concrete walk way to install a natural stone walk and steps leading to the front door. We also installed landscaping at the driveway to create a more inviting feel for guests. This included a large deciduous tree, cedar shaker style light post and entry way path lighting. We also lit the front of the house, and built an entrance way at the back of the home with natural stone and installed landscape path lighting for safety in that area. This outdoor living renovation is located in Lancaster, PA.

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Landscaping Renovation Lancaster, PA

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Landscaping Renovation Lancaster, PA

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Landscaping Renovation Lancaster, PA

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Landscaping Renovation Lancaster, PA

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Building a Pondless Waterfall Part. 3 (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 prondless 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. 2 (York, PA)

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Building a Pondless Waterfall Part. 2 (York, PA)

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 prondless 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

Caring for Aquatic Plants in the Fall

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Depending on where you live, the seasonal change from summer to fall is apparent by the beautiful, multi-colored leaves and the dip toward cooler temperatures. How will that chill you feel in the air affect the plants in your aquatic paradise?

 

Hardy Marginals

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As with terrestrial, perennial plants, dropping temperatures signal your hardy aquatic plants to prepare for their winter dormancy. At this time, you should stop fertilizing them as you see leaves begin to yellow and brown. It’s ok to leave these plants where they are in your pond to weather the cold of winter, just be sure to trim the dying foliage of your marginal plants down to 2” above the water level.

 

Tropical Marginals

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In warm climates, tropical marginals will keep growing and will require fertilizer as usual. Water gardeners who live in Zones colder than 8 or 9 will need to treat these plants as they would any garden annual by replacing them each season. A fun alternative to this is to treat them as tropical houseplants and bring them in for the winter. Most tropical marginals will do well potted in heavy garden soil in a sealed clay pot with no drainage holes. When kept wet, the plants do well in a sunny window or sunroom.

 

Waterlilies

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Waterlilies will also begin to show their dislike for the cold with yellowing leaves and fewer flowers. When this happens, the leaf and flower stems of hardy water lilies should be cut back to about 2 to 3” above the base of the plant.

In warm climates, tropical waterlilies are happy in the pond year round, as long as the water temperature stays above 60°F. In areas where freezing is likely, plants should be overwintered indoors. This can be a difficult task; therefore many gardeners choose to simply buy a new plant each season.

 

Lotus

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As with the marginals in your pond, the foliage of your lotus plants will need to be trimmed back after they have died back and turned brown. It’s important not to cut the leaves while they are still green because the freshly cut, hollow stems are susceptible to disease which can spread to the plant’s tuber, possibly killing the plant. Lotus tubers will not withstand freezing, so any plants that are growing in the shallow areas of your pond should be moved to the bottom, away from freezing water.

Caring for your aquatic plants in the fall will mean less work and healthier plants come spring.

Read More: http://www.aquascapeinc.com

Building a Pondless Waterfall Part. 1 (York, PA)

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Building a Pondless Waterfall

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 prondless 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.

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.

“Pond Stars” Episode 1-Turtle Power

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The folks at Gwinnette Environmental & Heritage Center were anxious to receive a turtle rescue pond from the Pond Stars, who successfully created a 15×15′ pond with a lazy, 20-foot stream. For added filtration, the guys incorporated an 8×12′ bog with beautiful aquatic plants. The turtles now have a happy, healthy home and visitors to the center enjoy seeing the turtles and learning more about them in their new habitat.

Also in this episode, an avid bird photographer is the happy recipient of a 30-foot waterfall complete with a rainwater harvesting system installed by the Pond Stars. The waterfall recirculates the rainwater stored below-ground which helps improve the quality of water. Birds flock to the sound of running water, providing plenty of photo opportunities. An added touch to this melodious water feature is a slate stacked bubbling urn, creating a bird bath of sorts for all the feathered friends who visit.

“POND STARS” on NAT-GEO WILD

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Pond Stars Show Overview

History of How “POND STARS” Came to Fruition:

Once upon a time in the land of cable TV, a creative and talented producer was searching online for information about aquatic plants and happened to stumble across Aquascape’s YouTube video that showcases the beautiful backyard pond of Brian Helfrich. A light bulb went off in her head and she busily pursued Aquascape to share the idea of a TV series featuring installation of backyard ponds. After a bit of healthy discussion, a pond show sizzle reel was created and pitched to various networks. One thing led to another and a few years later, the show was picked up by the ingenious folks over at Nat Geo Wild!

Tune in each week to see the unique landscaping challenges facing the Pond Stars and find out how these talented pond builders aquascape the landscape to create custom pieces of paradise in backyards across the country!

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What It’s About

A backyard is a terrible thing to waste, especially when it has the potential to invigorate the surrounding ecosystem. But, what’s a homeowner to do? They can call the Pond Stars – a group of some of the world’s best pond builders, who can turn any barren plot into an attractive, inspirational and even, healing oasis.

From the wetlands of Northern Florida to the mountains surrounding California’s San Gabriel Valley, Nat Geo WILD’s latest series introduces viewers to a new type of behind-the-scenes adventure and a number of furry, feathered and scaled critters. Led by longtime pond expert Greg Wittstock, or “The Boss,” the team uses its unique expertise and appreciation for the outdoors to tackle these challenging assignments.

Wittstock, who has successfully developed a childhood hobby into Chicago-based Aquascape Inc. – North America’s leading supplier of water gardening supplies – is joined in Season I by co-workers and outdoor enthusiasts Ed Beaulieu (“The Scientist”), Brian Helfrich (“The Foreman”) and Chris Hanson (“The New Guy”). Together, the team presents more than 75 years of experience in the business, having spent decades both training and educating on backyard redesign. Each team member brings a distinct expertise and personality to the series’ transformations and plays a pivotal role in reconnecting clients with the nature around them.

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Short Bios of Talent:

Greg:
From building backyard ponds to house his pet turtles to building ponds to make money over the summer, Greg Wittstock has been dabbling in water gardens since the age of 12. He began with a concrete creation and evolved to the naturally balanced, #1 contractor-installed ecosystem ponds that Aquascape is well known for.

After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Interpersonal Communications, Greg founded Aquascape Inc., which experienced incredible growth during its early years. The company appeared on Inc Magazine’s coveted list of 500 Fastest-Growing, Privately-Held Companies in North America from 1999-2002. Greg later appeared on the cover of Inc Magazine, along with a feature article about his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2004, he was nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Greg also received the Best Boss’ award from Fortune’s Small Business Magazine and Winning Workplaces in 2005, and earned the University of Chicago’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame award in 2007.

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Ed:
Ed came to Aquascape in 1993 as a construction laborer, but a little creativity and a positive outlook on life and business helped catapult Ed to the position of Director of Contractor Development and Field Research. For more than a decade, Ed has successfully built hundreds of custom-designed ponds from small backyard water gardens to large lakes and commercial water features. He holds a B.S. in Zoology, with an emphasis in Limnology, and concentrated his master’s studies in Marine Biology.

Ed’s work has been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, in addition to having his water garden designs featured in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens special interest publications, Nature’s Garden, Irrigation and Green Industry News, and more. In addition, he has appeared on several HGTV and DIY channel shows. He was also a contributing author for The Pond Builder’s Bible, Pond Building for Hobbyists, and Succeeding and Prospering with Water Features II.

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Brian:
Brian Helfrich has been with Aquascape, Inc. since 1995, starting out in the warehouse and working his way up to his current position as construction manager. He’s given hundreds of pond construction seminars across the country and is considered to be one of the premier waterfall builders in the nation. Brian shared his pond expertise as a contributing author for The Pond Builder’s Bible, published by Aquascape, Inc.

Brian’s creative pond designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications, and Nature’s Garden. In addition, Brian has generously extended his pond artistry to several impressive, public water feature designs including Epcot® International Flower and Garden Show, Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo, John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and more.

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Why Rock & Gravel a Pond?

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A brief explanation of the many benefits of why to rock & gravel a pond.

Over the years, ponds have been constructed with a variety of materials. Some are made out of concrete, while others use pre-form shapes or exposed liner. One of the main reasons we advise the use of gravel is because it plays an all-important role by providing a natural habitat for beneficial microorganisms. It’s also a cost-effective way to cover the liner and enhance the ecosystem.

The rocky bottom of a pond is alive and brimming with activity, covered in algae, microscopic invertebrates, and bacteria. This section of the pond is basically a compost pile. When organic debris falls to the pond’s bottom, it’s broken down by the benthic (bottom) inhabitants. These organic recyclers live off of uneaten fish food, decaying plant matter, and nitrogenous fish wastes. If this substrate wasn’t present, the pond would quickly die, effectively being suffocated by toxic fish waste and organic build-up.

Fortunately, nature has given us a way to solve this problem. Organisms have evolved to use practically every bit of available food. Fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects will feed on these minute organisms, including bacteria and algae that live on the rocky pond floor.

In addition, gravel lends structural stability to the pond. To achieve this, gravel is placed in between and behind the boulders. This eliminates spaces between them, which keeps them from shifting around. The gravel becomes a free-floating mortar, naturally locking the boulders into place. If you’ve ever dismantled a pond that’s been build this way, you’ve experienced having to literally pry rocks out of their position.

When adding gravel to your pond and waterfall projects, be sure to vary the size of the gravel in order to provide a more natural appearance. You can have your gravel mixed at the stone yard, incorporating a blend of 3/8” to 3” gravel. The larger pieces give mass to the gravel bed, and act as a nice transition to the larger boulders. The smaller sizes provide lots of surface area, which is key for the pond’s biological activity.

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Landscape Planting & Stone Mulch Lancaster, PA

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This Landscaping Renovation project in Lancaster, PA consisted of removing some of the existing plants along the front walkway and a few of the dying or dead plants in the front landscape bed between the house and walk and around AC unit. We then installed new plants as per sketch and plant list. This price also includes touch up of Gravel Mulch in these landscape beds as needed for fresh appearance.

Natural Stone Patio and Walkway Lancaster, PA

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Laurel Mountain Natural Stone Patio measuring roughly 15′x18′ in Lancaster, PA. Walkways connect the porch steps and rear single door with the patio. Landscape planting bed areas were left along the house of the patio for the homeowners to install their own landscaping. final grading and seeding of disturbed area was completed at the end of the project finished with erosion control matting and straw.

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