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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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

Natural Stone Paving Project

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Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

This Natural Stone Paving Project in Hanover, PA included installation of a front entrance natural stone flagstone walk and side entrance flagstone walk as per Howard J. Supnik concept landscape design. We removed the existing concrete sidewalks at the driveway side of the home and the connecting concrete walk that goes from the front walk to the side door entrance. We installed a new flagstone walk from the driveway to the side door and a landing area to match the front landing with the diamond layout in the landing. Topsoil was installed along the side of the house to get water to exit the side lawn area before it crosses the front walk as it is currently. We planted trees and various shrubs along the side of the house and installed a decorative fountain with LED lighting in the fountain along the side of the flagstone path. We also installed up lighting on two trees and path lights along the new side path and stoop for night time beauty and safety. in the backyard we installed a large natural stone patio for outdoor entertaining along with a large boulder retaining wall.

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Natural Stone Paving Project installed in York, PA

Indoor Water Feature at Hershey Conservatory (Before & After)

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Indoor Water Feature at Hershey Conservatory (Before & After)

Indoor Water Feature at Hershey Conservatory (Before & After)

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.

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New Aquascape Skimmer

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Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer

Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer

Learn about the numerous features and benefits of the Signature Series 1000 Pond Skimmer, like its patented adjustable face plate. When it comes to your pond, you won’t want anything but an Aquascape skimmer.

The Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer provides efficient mechanical filtration for your pond. Ideal for use in ponds up to 1000 square feet, the Skimmer removes unwanted debris from the surface of the pond, significantly reducing maintenance and issues with water quality.

Its 8 inch weir with locking capability and large volume rigid leaf and debris basket makes maintenance quick and easy while its high-quality filter mat removes smaller sediment and debris. A patented adjustable faceplate allows the faceplate to be re-adjusted after installation, altering the water level as desired. Injection-molded fittings allow the check valve to thread directly into the skimmer wall, providing a professional watertight seal along the back of the filter. The natural-looking faux-rock lid includes grooves designed to help make the filter easy to hide into its surroundings and its rounded shape maximizes the structural design of the filter. The Aquascape Signature Series™ 1000 Pond Skimmer is also backed by a limited Lifetime Warranty.

Provides efficient biological filtration for ponds up to 1000 square feet
 
Removes unwanted debris from the surface of the pond, significantly reducing maintenance and issues with water quality
 
8 inch weir with locking capability and large volume rigid leaf and debris basket makes removal of debris quick and easy
 
Patented Adjustable Faceplate: Perfect for setting your water level!
 
Rounded shape maximizes the structural design while the durable lid provides protection of the filter components
 
Corrosion-resistant non-cross-threading hardware stands up to the elements

Natural Stone Poolside Paradise (Before & After)

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Natural Stone Poolside Paradise (Before & After) Marietta, PA

Natural Stone Poolside Paradise (Before & After) Marietta, PA


This Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living project included a few phases of construction and design. Above is a Before & After photo of the project. 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.

Pond Maintenance

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Summer Pond Maintenance

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Summer is here and you’ve earned some quality time with your pond, and when better than summertime – perhaps the most beautiful time of the year for most ponds. Summer is your chance to truly enjoy the pond.

And with your clean-out completed in the early spring, the majority of your pond maintenance is behind you. There are some summer maintenance items that still need to be addressed in order to have a season of clean, clear water to enjoy. By keeping up on these tasks, you should have a healthy pond all season long.

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pond Installed in Lancaster, PA

Keep Your Pond “Topped off” – Make sure the water level stays where it should be. This will ensure that the pump and/or skimmer are able to operate properly and will help keep your pond free of debris, while providing plenty of oxygenated water for your fish. The summer heat can be tough on oxygen levels.

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Pond installed in New Holland, PA

Add More Plants – The more the merrier! If at all possible, try to cover at least a third of the pond’s surface area with water lilies. Also, make sure you have plenty of marginal and floating plants around the pond to blend the pond’s edge with your landscape.

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Trim Those Plants – You’ve added the plants, now keep them looking good. Routine maintenance, including removal of spent blooms, yellowing leaves, and excess growth will get rid of nutrients in the pond, reducing the possibility of algae blooms. If you devote just a few enjoyable minutes each day to this task, it never becomes “the big chore” that encourages procrastination.

Large Scale Pond INstalled at Loxley's in Lancaster, PA

Large Scale Pond Installed at Loxley’s in Lancaster, PA

Feed Your Fish – In the extreme heat of the summer, over feeding can lead to oxygen depletion and possible algae blooms. A good rule of thumb is not to feed your fish more than they can eat in a period of two to three minutes at a time.

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Don’t Clean the Filter Pads – If you have a biological filtration system, cleaning off the filter pads will destroy the algae-fighting bacteria that live there, resulting in excess algae growth.

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Ecosystem pond in Lancaster, PA

Fertilize Lotus and Lily Plants – To encourage more prolific blooming during the summer months, use lily fertilizer tabs near the base of the plants throughout the growing season. It’s not really necessary to fertilize marginal plants if they’re planted right in the pond gravel – they will easily pull the nutrients they need right from the pond.

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Add Bacteria – Follow the dosage instructions on the label and add bacteria regularly to compete with the algae for excess nutrients in the water, helping reduce the growth of algae.Control Runoff – Avoid using fertilizer in areas that may drain into your pond. Fertilizer will cause a surge of excess nutrients in your pond and actually encourage algae blooms.

Remember, your water garden is there for you to ENJOY! Take time to appreciate all that it has to offer you. There is no better reward after mowing the (remaining) lawn than to have a seat in the cooling waters of the pond. Also, plant some tropical water lilies – either day or night blooming. Their beautiful fragrance will cover the whole pond area and they are visually stunning.

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The Water Feature Lifestyle

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This project included installation of a 25′ pondless waterfall in York, PA. The waterfall and stream consist of approximately 6.5 tons of weathered limestone boulders and river gravel. Definitely one of my favorite water features to date. The crew knocked this one out of the park. Built not only for the beauty and relaxation, but also as a place for the grandchildren to enjoy when they come to visit. As you can tell from the video this truly defines living the water feature lifestyle, as grandfather and grandson enjoy the ambiance and flow of cool running water on a hot summer day. Below are some kind words received from the homeowners after installation.

The Water Feature Lifestyle

The Water Feature Lifestyle

“Adrian,
The team finished up the waterfall today. All we can say is WOW! We expected great work, but this was so much better than we even dreamed. The team clearly exercised not only their expertise but also artistry in designing the fall. It looks so natural and awesome, we simply can’t believe it! They cleaned up very well and promised to return next week to reseed the damaged grass (ground was too wet from all the rain this week).
We can’t thank you guys enough. We’re going to love this waterfall for many years.
Wolfgang and Jan”

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall install in York, PA