Renovating an Old Pond

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Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

This project included renovating an old pond into a new custom creation by the Pontz boys. We began this project by dismantling the existing water feature and set aside the existing components and rock to be reused in the new pond. After removal of the existing pond we excavated a new shape and installed a new pond liner and underlayment. After lining the pond we installed the existing skimmer and biofalls as well as the pond pump and plumbing. The pond was then rocked in using the existing stone as well as some additional larger rocks we brought in from off site. New gravel was placed on all horizontal surfaces to protect the liner and finish off the proper ecosystem pond. Per usual the customers couldn’t have been happier with the final results. Check out the video and pictures below!

Pond Renovation in Mountville, PA

Pond Renovation in Mountville, PA

Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

Renovating an Old Pond in Mountville, PA

Pond Facelift

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Pond Facelift installed in New Holland, PA

Pond Facelift installed in New Holland, PA

Turn that frown upside down with a sweet backyard pond facelift. This project included transforming an existing pond into one properly functioning Aquascape ecosystem pond complete with skimmer and biofalls filtration system, pump, plumbing, waterfalls and complete liner coverage with new boulders and gravel. What a transformation one day can make. If you’d like to transform your backyard water garden into a beautiful new pond. give us a call today!
 
Check out the amazing video of this transformation below

Pond Renovation in New Holland, PA

Pond Renovation in New Holland, PA

Pond Renovation in New Holland, PA

Pond Renovation in New Holland, PA

Pond Facelift installed in New Holland, PA

Pond Facelift installed in New Holland, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio

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Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

This Beautiful Bluestone Patio project consisted of the removal of the existing patio and select plant material with some items being transplanted. We then installed a new bluestone patio area using natural PA Flagstone (pattern cut) and a new path through the landscape bed using natural PA irregular Flagstone. New plants and enlarged landscape beds were installed around the broken flagstone walkway and new stone patio. Next to the patio we installed a custom privacy fence panel using Western Red Cedar lumber to give the new patio area a private feel from on looking neighbors.

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Beautiful Bluestone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Color-Changing LED Lights

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Color-Changing LED Lights

Color-Changing LED Lights


 

Color-Changing Lights

Add an impressive range of color options to your water feature when you choose Aquascape Color-Changing LED Lights. You’ll enjoy the personality our lights bring to ponds, waterfalls, and fountains!

Add beauty and elegance to your pond, fountain, or landscape by bringing it to life at night with Aquascape LED Color-Changing Lights. With a click of a button, add an impressive range of color options to your water feature, including a white light option.

Our color-changing lights are ideal for illuminating ponds, waterfalls, fountains, trees, and other focal points in or out of the water.

Please Note: Aquascape LED Color Changing Lights require a Control Hub and Remote Control (sold separately) and a low voltage transformer (sold separately) in order to power and control the lights.

Color-Changing LED Lights

Color-Changing LED Lights


 

Aquascape Color-Changing LED Lights

The complete line of color-changing lights and accessories provides energy-efficient, easy-to-install, professional grade lighting for any application. With high-output colors that can even be seen in dusk/early evening hours.

Preparing Your Pond for Cooler Temperatures

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BY:Aquascape

When fall comes knocking at the door, many people breathe a sigh of relief with the arrival of cooler temperatures and less muggy days. Autumn is a beautiful season for enjoying your pond or waterfall, but there are a few things that need your attention to ensure your fish and plants return in a healthy state next spring.

Fall Pond with Pergola and Bridge
 

Fallen Leaves

When the leaves begin to fall, many of them will end up in your pond. Even if tree is several feet away, the wind will eventually pick them up and deposit them on the surface of your pond. If not removed by you or the skimmer, those leaves will sink to the bottom of the pond and start to decompose and create toxic gases. This can harm your fish during winter and cause water quality issues come spring time. Be sure to net your pond to make the task of leaf control much easier! You’ll thank yourself when the weather warms up once again.
 

Finned Friends

Do you have a pond thermometer? Now is a wise time to invest in one. During the fall season, feed your fish a steady diet of Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food. You can safely feed your fish until the water temperature drops below 50 degrees, at which point you need to cease giving them food. When water temperature dips below 50, your fishes’ metabolism starts to slow down and they no longer digest food properly. Don’t worry. They won’t starve since they’ll go into hibernation for the winter.

Fall Koi Pond with Bridge
 

Aquatic Plants

At this time, dying foliage of your aquatic plants should be removed. You don’t want spent flowers and leaves dropping into the pond and decaying. Hardy water lilies should be cut back to just a couple inches above the crown. If your hardy lilies are potted, move them to the deepest part of the pond to over-winter. Tropical water lilies won’t survive the winter and should be treated like annuals. Remove them from the pond altogether.

Taking just a few minutes to perform these pond chores will result in healthier water and fish for next year’s pond season!

Leap Into Fall

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BY: AQUASCAPE

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.

Doing A Little More

Amphibians are complex and need a little more than water to make your pond their permanent home.

Boggy Areas: Biologists suggest a boggy area full of native grasses and ferns to keep them safe and happy in your yard. Local wetlands are great places to check out when looking to mimic the right environment for your little visitors.

Aquatic plants:  Plants are very important because they provide food and shelter for both tadpoles and adults, and a breeding site for adults. Additionally, the native grasses planted beside your pond will grow to be tall and flowing, providing excellent shelter for your aquatic creatures. If you let areas of your garden grow wild, it will also provide a shady place for amphibians to relax and cool off.

Permanent Shelter: A well-located rock pile can also lure toads, salamanders, and newts to your pond. They can be made out of, well, rocks … as well as bricks or broken concrete. The rock pile should receive both sun and shade, and where you put it depends largely on your climate. For example, if you live somewhere with hot summers, you’ll want to put the pile in a mostly shady spot.

A “Toad”ally Bright Idea!

Some frog and toad lovers suggest using a light to draw these adorable creatures to your pond at night. Some people put lights up in their yard to accentuate their evening landscape or to keep animals away.  For frog and toad enthusiasts, the exact opposite is true. The light should be set no more than 3 feet above ground, and placed near the garden.  Insects are attracted to the light, giving your toads and frogs a great place to feed at night.

If You Build It, They Will Come … And Stay

It is very important that your pond get the right amount of sunlight and shade for your new inhabitants. They need a little of both to keep their body temperatures in check. Since all of these animals love playing around in muck and debris, a perfectly manicured lawn is not their cup of tea. Letting your lawn grow a little longer than usual will give them a place hide from predators while traveling from pond to pond. Leaving some tree, shrub, and garden litter out so that they have something to burrow through will help keep them safe as well.

Safety Is Key

While they need damp conditions, some frogs can actually drown in water. Make sure that your pond has shelves, complete with rocks and gravel, so you don’t have steep edges. Remember, once they take a dip in the pond, you want to make sure they have a way out and steep edges can be deadly to them.  A piece of driftwood hanging in a shallow portion of the pond can make a great dry resting spot for your favorite creatures too. And if you have a larger pond, a floating platform in the middle of the pond anchored to something is a great idea. Salamanders and newts are especially fond of cool, damp spots under logs.

Be cautious when handling these creatures. Some species of amphibians have poison in their skin glands, which can be harmful to you, your children, and your pets. Our touch can be a danger to them as well. The oils and lotions we have on our hands could be harmful to certain amphibians.

You Can’t Lead A Frog To Water

It’s great to want frogs, toads, and salamanders in your pond to complete an ecosystem, but you should be patient. Don’t go to a store and purchase these animals to put into your pond. In many places, it is illegal to release certain species into the wild because they are detrimental to native plants and animals. Chances are that they will not stay at your pond, and they may not survive in the wild. And by no means do we suggest that you go to a local pond or wetland and catch these animals to bring back to your pond, either – it’s not a good idea to remove them from their habitat because they will undoubtedly try to return to their place of origin and get killed along the way.

Creating A Winter Wonderland

In the winter, frogs are attracted to water and they will even over-winter in your pond. Now, one of the myths out there is that frogs need to be in water that is at least 6 feet deep in order to hibernate. Not true! As long as you have mud for them to burrow in, whether it is a deep plant pocket or a potted plant, they’ll be just fine. Make sure the pocket or pot is deep enough to keep them away from cold temperatures.  If your pond is shelved, they’ll probably go for the pot or pocket on the deepest shelf.

So, how do they keep from freezing? Simple … they are ectotherms – regulating their body temperatures largely by exchanging heat with their surroundings. The soil in the plant pocket or pot keeps the frogs nice and warm throughout the winter.

As with fish, it is important to keep a hole open in the ice through the winter to allow harmful gases to escape and for oxygen to circulate. This can be done with a submerged re-circulating pump bubbling at the water’s surface, or combination of that and a floating de-icer, depending on just how cold it gets in your area.  When spring comes, and it’s time for the spring cleanout, gently wake them from their winter slumber.

Get Ready!

It’s always helpful to read up on any animals that you are trying to attract to your backyard paradise, so be sure to stop at the bookstore or library and pick up some materials. The more educated you are, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Get ready, because once you get these creatures in your yard, you’re never going to want to let go!

Redefining Convenience

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C.E. Pontz Sons is here to help you Redefine Convenience with custom garage spaces designed and built specifically for YOUR needs. Clear the clutter and create the garage space you’ve always dreamed of.

*Special financing available as low as $140 a month with 0% interest. Ask us how. Call today 717-394-9923

 

MAXIMIZE YOUR WORKSPACE

An aluminum cabinet from Challenger is a thing of beauty. Sturdy, attractive, and built to your specifications, Challenger systems for the garage also make sense in trailers, toy haulers, and break rooms. Not your grandfather’s workbench, you’ll appreciate the durability and features like trigger latches and adjustable legs lending to a lifetime of tinkering.

When an “off the rack” cabinet just won’t do, choose the custom-made benefits of Challenger with cabinets built specifically for your personal application, requirements, and lifestyle.

 

 

Total Custom Design

Create a garage space tailored to your needs. Challenger Designs has the capability to bring your vision into reality and beyond. Offering capabilities that provide customization to your vision and design.

All aluminum construction
Custom color matching
Quick turnaround so you can enjoy your work/play area

 

 

Attention to Detail

We take pride and joy in our hand tailored craftsmanship and take into account detailed requests that customers have.

Durable construction to last a lifetime
Customized to fit any space
Maximize unused space in your garage or utility room

We’re proud to offer quality products designed and built in the USA. This means we can guarantee the highest level of craftsmanship and deliver your finished pieces in a short amount of time.

EPIC Retirement Home Waterfall

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Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

This EPIC Retirement Home Waterfall Project included installation of Pondless waterfall, and boulder retaining wall in the courtyard at Willow Valley Retirement Communities in Willow Street, PA. We began the project by removing a improperly installed block retaining wall (built by another contractor) as well as removal of some trees and shrubs throughout the courtyard. We then installed the new boulder retaining wall and Pondless Waterfall as well as new concrete pads for benches for the residence viewing pleasure of this amazing feature.

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Epic Retirement Home Waterfall installed Willow Street, PA

Check out the video below to see an overview of how this amazing project cam to life….

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall

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Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Like many things in life size doesn’t always matter. Check out this small backyard pondless waterfall that really packs a big punch. The small 6′ long pondless waterfall was recently installed next to an existing pool and finished off with some new landscaping. Just goes to show that a water feature of any size can make a huge impact on any property. If you don’t have a water feature yet are you even living life bro? give us a call today and introduce some tranquility into your outdoor living space.

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Backyard Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in Ephrata, PA

Popular Pond Plants

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BY:AQUASCAPE

Everyone has their favorite collection of pond plants, but there might be some varieties that you haven’t yet added to your water garden. We invite you to consider the following list of popular aquatic pond plants that make a welcome addition to any pond!
 

1. Creeping Jenny Pond Plants

creeping jenny pond plants
Often used as a ground cover in terrestrial gardens, Creeping Jenny fares excellently when used in water gardening applications. Growing approximately 2 inches in height, it’s a great filler to soften edges of rocks with its bright leaves creating a vivid contrast against the cool gray of wet stone. Tiny yellow flowers appear on the plant throughout summer, giving it added appeal. Creeping Jenny is a perennial and best used in Zones 3-10.
 

2. Pickerel Pond Plants

10 Popular Pond Plants - Pickerel
Available in blue, white, and pink lavender spiked flowers, Pickerel is a great choice for ponds with its shiny, green heart-shaped foliage. The blooms are long lasting and create a beautiful display when planted in masses. It grows about 24-30? in height and performs well in Zones 4-10.
 

3. Horsetail Pond Plants

10 Popular Pond Plants - Horsetail
Horsetail Reed provides a striking architectural presence in your pond with its segmented reeds, growing to 24?in height, while the dwarf version grows to 8?. Hardy to Zone 4, it’s a fast spreader and you’ll want to thin the plant in the summer. In the fall, cut the plant all the way down to the ground to keep the spores from spreading.
 

4. Taro Pond Plants

Taro pond plant
Several varieties of Taro are available for your pond and do well in full to part sun. This is a tropical plant suited for Zones 8-11, but colder climes can bring the plant inside during the winter months. This impressive, leafy water lover grows to about 48? and always makes a striking appearance in the water garden.
 

5. Cardinal Flower

10 Popular Pond Plants - Cardinal Flower
Plant this pretty flower along the shallow edges of your pond and watch the birds flock to it. Deep burgundy foliage sets off the vibrant red flowers. The leaves are up to 8? long and the plant can grow as tall as three feet. Cardinal Flower performs best in Zones 5-9.
 

6. Water Lettuce

10 Popular Pond Plants - Water Lettuce
Water Lettuce produces fuzzy, lime-green rosettes of leaves that look like little floating heads of lettuce. Super easy to grow, you simply let this plant float on the surface of the water with its roots dangling below. They produce babies throughout the summer and can be shared with friends or moved to container water gardens. Hardy in Zones 9-11.
 

7. Mosaic Plant

10 Popular Pond Plants - Mosaic Plant
The beautiful Mosaic Plant consists of red and green diamond-shaped leaves in 3-6? wide rosettes. In the summer, this floating plant produces sunny yellow cup-shaped flowers. Easy to grow, the plant provides a place for your finned friends to hide underneath. A tropical plant, Mosaic is hardy in Zones 11-12.
 

8. Blue Iris

10 Popular Pond Plants - Blue Iris
Many water gardeners enjoy the elegant splendor of the aquatic iris, which is among the first plants to bloom in the spring. Aquatic irises comprise such a large and diverse group – there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of cultivated and natural hybrids. The Blue Flag Iris is a native plant that can grow up to four feet tall! A wetland lover, the Blue Flag’s large flowers are breathtaking, ranging in shades from pale blue to purple.
 

9. Sweet Flag

10 Popular Pond Plants - Sweet Flag
Also known as golden Japanese sweetflag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’), this plant is ideal for containers and water gardens alike. It’s extremely flexible, as it can be grown with its toes in the water or partially submerged. The beautiful foliage is light green and highlighted with bright yellow stripes, remaining beautiful all season and sometimes through the winter. An all-around great plant that adds a bright, cheerful spot to any water feature!
 

10. Waterlilies

10 Popular Pond Plants - Waterlilies
Waterlilies are stunning creatures in the water garden and often the reason why many gardeners add a pond to their landscape. These beautiful pond plants are characterized by amazing flowers representing all colors in the light spectrum … red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (including the collective white), and a number of shades in between.

The flowers range from a mere 2? in diameter to some blooms measuring 12? or more. Their leaves typically float unless they’re crowded, and are more or less round, ranging from 2? across to over 6 feet for the giant Victoria. Waterlilies are perennial and can be broken down into 2 basic groups; hardy and tropical.

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