Landscape Design Ideas

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Landscape Design for Residence in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Design for Residence in Lancaster, PA

 
Looking for Landscape design ideas??? Well look no further. C.E. Pontz Sons is leading the pack in landscape design and installation. Pontz provides full service in house Landscape Design and installation services in Lancaster, Pa and throughout Central Pennsylvania.

Landscape Design for residence in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Design for residence in Lancaster, PA

 
If you need ideas, we’ve got them. C.E. Pontz Sons is well versed in designing and installing the latest and greatest in outdoor living trends. We can show you a plethora of options available for any type of feature you may be interested in. Starting with the initial consultation through project completion we’ve got you covered.

 
We offer Landscape designs: hand drawn, CAD based black & white or color, as well as full color 3D designs complete with video presentations. Our landscape design and build services are sure to exceed your expectations in bringing your outdoor living dreams to life.

Landscape Design Ideas for residence in Reading, PA

Landscape Design Ideas for residence in Reading, PA

 
While you’re on our site feel free to look through our different project galleries. We have tons of projects featuring different types and styles to help you in choosing options that appeal to you. We also have display features on hand at our creative center which are always available for public interaction. We also constantly update our social media with progress and finished project pictures and videos.

Landscape design ideas for residence in Lancaster, PA

Landscape design ideas for residence in Lancaster, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall

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This small pondless waterfall build started with the removal of an existing waterfall. The existing pondless waterfall was poorly constructed with multiple pieces of liner in the stream with low edges cut way too short. The basin also had various low edges which needed to be addressed. The existing stream and waterfalls were deconstructed. Using a single stream liner we then rebuild the pondless waterfall using the existing rock as well as a few new boulders and new drift wood to naturalize the feature. This project was built in York, PA.

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

 Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

Small Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

 Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in York, PA

6 GROUNDCOVERS FOR POND PATHWAYS

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By: Aquascape 

 

Pond Pathways

You’re one of the lucky ones!  You have a beautiful backyard that’s graced with a refreshing pond that soothes your soul and invites critters and humans alike to enjoy. Since you spend a lot of time in and around your pond, you need a durable groundcover that can withstand lots of traffic. Check out these 5 fan favorites to aid in naturalizing the look of your water feature. (Special thanks to Matt Zerby, President of Wasco Nursery and Landscape in Wasco, IL for his assistance in choosing the top contenders!)

 

Elfin Thyme

The purple blooms of this ornamental herb are displayed upon tiny evergreen leaves. The aromatic foliage will spill over edges of rocks and can withstand light foot traffic. Tuck this charmer in between stepping stones. Zones 4-8.

Thymus-Elfin
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers
 

Platt’s Black Brass Buttons

This fuzzy carpet-like perennial displays striking bronze-black fern-like leaves. Tiny yellow flowers bloom in the spring, adding to this plant’s appeal. Great for rock gardens and planting in between flagstones, it fills in quickly to help prevent the spread of weeds. Enjoys moist, shady areas. Zones 5-10.

Black-Brass-Buttons
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers
 

Irish Moss

Small white flowers dance in the spring on the deep green foliage of Irish Moss. Perfect for using along walkways or between stepping stones. This evergreen perennial is hardy in Zones 4-8.

Irish-Moss
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers
 

Scotch Moss

Lush, light green to yellow moss-like foliage creates a soft mat underfoot, tolerating moderate traffic. Tiny white flowers appear in the spring and add to this evergreen perennial’s charm. Zones 4-8.

Scotch-Moss
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers
 

John Creech Stonecrop

When you need to smother weeds, this scalloped green-leaf groundcover is the perfect solution. Pink flowers in the fall create a colorful layer. Great for tucking in between rocks. Zones 3-9.

Sedum-John-Creech
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers

 

Blue Star Creeper

Tiny, light-blue star-like flowers appear in the spring between the tiny green leaves of this creeping perennial. Great for filling the edge of the pond as this little darling enjoys getting its feet wet. Can be used between stepping stones and other areas of high traffic. Zones 5-9.

Blue-Star-Creeper
Photo Courtesy of Midwest Groundcovers

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Staycation at Home

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Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete staycation installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Staycation: the act of vacationing at home

What is a Staycation you ask? A staycation is a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer. Why spend boat loads of money on a go away on vacation for only a short time during the summer? When you can invest in your own property with an outdoor living space that can be used year round at your own convenience. You can have an amazing getaway designed and installed in your very own backyard. Not only does this give you the opportunity to relax and entertain at your own leisure, but it also adds value to your home and property. Why not invest in something permanent opposed to just a brief getaway?

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area with smoklees fire pit installed in Marietta, PA

Natural Stone Poolside Patio & Outdoor Living Area with smoklees fire pit installed in Marietta, PA

The list of outdoor living elements that can be custom designed and installed to your families needs are almost limitless. Just imagine having your own outdoor entertaining or relaxation area just a step outside your backdoor. A customized outdoor kitchen with a smoker, grill, or even a wood burning pizza oven. Outdoor dining and living areas. Wood burning or gas fed fire features and fire places. poolside paver or natural stone patios. Large roof structures complete with outdoor television, wi-fi, and outdoor audio. Ponds, Fountains, waterfalls, or even large swimming ponds. How bout a large natural stone waterfall flowing into your pool? A hot tub hide-a-way. And LED landscape lighting so you can enjoy your outdoor living space through the evening hours.

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

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Poolside Kitchen & Entertaining Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Kitchen & Entertaining Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Kitchen & Dining Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Kitchen & Dining Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Room

Outdoor Living Room

Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

Outdoor Living & Water Feature installed in York, PA

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Outdoor Kitchen & Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

Large Scale Pond Project installed in Dillsburg, PA

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Outdoor Fireplace installed I Morgantown, PA

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Outdoor Kitchen installed in Lititz, PA

Deck Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Deck Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Pool Landscaping

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Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

This Backyard pool landscaping project consisted of construction and installation of all Techo Bloc ‘Blu 60’ paver pool decking for the lower, and upper patios. A Techo Bloc ‘Mini-Creta’ retaining wall was installed along the pools edge. Natural boulder steps were installed to sliding board and to upper patio with a natural boulder retaining wall to the rear. The lower patio features Techo Bloc fire pit with Zentro smokeless fire pit insert, and Techo-Bloc ‘Rocka’ Steps leading up to the pool area. A low voltage landscape lighting system was installed around the pool and patio area. The lighting system included 9 path lights, 7 tiki torch lights, and 2 up lights on Coral Bark Maple tree. Brand new landscape beds, new plant material, and mulch were installed in all new landscape beds. The project was finalized with final grading and seeding of areas disturbed during construction with sod installed in lawn area inside of fence. This project is Located in Southern Lancaster County, PA. Pool Installation by Integrity Pools

Check out this awesome project video below

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard patio are with fire pit installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool with natural stone steps installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool patio area  installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard pool Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Springtime Pond Changes

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Springtime Pond Changes

Springtime Pond Changes

Each season comes along and your pond begins to change. Springtime pond changes are some of the most critical when considering pond health. Read below to help you understand the changes as well as prepare your pond for optimal health.

 

SPRINGTIME POND CHANGES

BYAquascape 

Now that spring is here, you’re probably noticing some changes in your pond – your fish are coming back to life and you may even be able to see some plant growth. Understanding the transition that your pond makes from winter into spring and summer is essential in maintaining a healthy pond ecosystem.

Springtime Pond Changes

You may have just spent your weekend cleaning your pond – or having your pond contractor do it for you.  Don’t be concerned if you experience new algae growth after your pond is cleaned. It’s normal this time of year as your pond is balancing itself.

You can, however, perform some simple, important steps that can make the difference between a balanced pond with minimal maintenance and a pond that requires unnecessary maintenance. Although bacteria and plants don’t start growing properly until water temperature reaches 55°F, there are still some simple steps you can take to maintain a trouble-free pond.

We recommend using SAB™ Stream and Pond Cleaner and EcoBlast™ granular algaecides early in the season.  SAB contains a powerful phosphate binder to help maintain clear water and EcoBlast is an extremely effective algaecide.  Both of these products can be used throughout the season, but they are especially effective helping maintain optimum water conditions until water warms up and the beneficial bacteria and aquatic plants have the opportunity to kick in.

Fertilizing pond plants is also an important step toward balancing your pond. Strong healthy plants quickly utilize excess nutrients. Aquascape has two fertilizers, one short-term and one long-term. For optimal results use both fertilizers. The short-term fertilizer will jump-start your plants in the spring and the long-term fertilizer will continue to feed your plants for one full year. You’ll have beautiful, vibrant plants that help balance your pond’s ecosystem.

Algae don’t mind cool water, but for the rest of your pond’s ecosystem, 55° F is kind of the magic number. The plants and bacteria don’t jump into action, in the battle of the green monster, until the water temperature reaches, and consistently stays, around 50° to 55° F.  At this time they start growing and are then able to use up the excess nutrients that the algae would otherwise be feasting on. This is the reason for new spring algae blooms.
 

The Plants

While growing, aquatic plants absorb a lot of the nutrients in the water, and this helps combat algae growth.  Until they are actively growing, they have no use for the natural fertilizer lurking in the pond.  But as they begin growing, they will start to out-compete the algae for nutrients, the algae will be starved, and the pond water becomes clearer.  Another benefit that plants provide, particularly water lilies, is that they shade the surface of the water helping to keep the water cool, all while cutting down on the growth of string algae as well as green water.
 

The Bacteria

Bacteria also need warmer water to begin growing and colonizing, helping to provide clear water quality as well as reducing maintenance.  You can help jump-start the pond in the spring by adding supplemental bacteria such as Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds, and providing it with a place to colonize.  Since bacteria like lots of nooks and crannies, having rocks and gravel in the bottom of your pond helps provide surface area for bacteria to grow.  A biological filter containing a filtration media like Aquascape BioBalls, with lots of surface area, provides optimum conditions for biological filtration in the smallest space possible. The more surface area available for bacteria to grow, the more efficient your biological filter.
 

Fish

Fish are also sensitive to water temperature, and as pond water warms up, you will see more activity, and be tempted to feed your fish.  You’ve missed your fish all winter, but until the water temperature is consistently at 55° F, don’t feed them.  Their metabolism is still in slow motion and they are unable to digest the food properly. If you do feed them and food cannot be digested, this can result in food starting to decay in the body of the fish, causing fish to become sick.  When you do start feeding your fish, begin with small amounts of a quality fish food formulated for colder water temperature, such as Aquascape Premium Coldwater Fish Food Pellets for all pond fish.
 

Patience Please…

You gotta have patience.  If you’ve stocked your pond with a sufficient number of plants, the temperature’s just right, and you’ve started supplementing with Aquascape Beneficial Bacteria for Ponds, your pond will quickly balance. Beneficial bacteria need to be added to a consistent maintenance routine to obtain optimal results.

Most Effective Way to Filter Pond Water

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Filter Pond Water

Do you have questions about the most effective way to filter pond water? I bet you do. Having the proper filtration system on your pond is key. But there is more. Read the article below so you can understand what it takes to achieve clean and clear pond water.

 

BY:Aquascape

One of the common misconceptions consumers have today about pond ownership is that maintenance is tedious and time consuming. This simply isn’t true when proper steps are taken to create an Aquascape ecosystem pond that works with Mother Nature, not against her.

filter pond water

In addition to plants, fish, aeration, rocks and gravel, a low-maintenance ecosystem pond requires adequate filtration to help keep the water crystal clear.  Three types of pond filters are available on the market and include biological, mechanical, and sterilizers.  Biological filters use bacteria to break down pond wastes, converting them into less harmful compounds that can be used as aquatic plant fertilizers.  Mechanical filters trap and remove debris and sediment.  Water sterilizers pass water through a tube that houses an ultraviolet bulb, killing living microscopic particles in the water.

A good biological filtration system, teamed with a proper mechanical filter to remove solids before the water enters the biological filtration unit, is the most effective way to filter pond water.  With adequate biological and mechanical filtration, the need for sterilizers is eliminated altogether, thereby ensuring a natural ecosystem pond.

 

The Job of a Skimmer

The main function of mechanical filtration, or skimmer, is to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of the pond and decays. The skimmer also houses and hides the pump and plumbing from view, as opposed to being placed directly in the pond where they become an eyesore.  The skimmer won’t drain the pond if a possible leak occurs in either the plumbing or waterfalls.

There are two main types of skimmers: box skimmers and floating skimmers.  Both types filter the water by removing floating debris and waste before it’s had a chance to fall to the bottom of the pond.  The box skimmer is the predominant type of skimmer on the market today because it’s easy to maintain.

Box-style skimmers come with either vertical or horizontal filter mats.  Horizontal mats prove to be the most effective, while providing the least amount of maintenance. In addition to frequent cleaning, vertical mats need to be constantly monitored to make sure there is enough water in the pump chamber for the pump to operate properly.  An advantage of horizontal filter mats is that they lay flat so there is no sagging and they don’t lose their shape.  They also never clog to the point of preventing water from passing through, so the pump chamber does not run dry.

As water enters the skimmer, the large debris is removed and the water is then further filtered through the horizontal mat. The pond water then travels through the plumbing buried underground, up to the biological filter where it’s further treated before re-entering the pond.

 

Biological Filtration Goes to Work

The biological filter receives water that has already passed through the mechanical filter, or skimmer, typically placed on the opposite side of the pond.  The water enters the biological filter via flexible pipe located near the base of the unit.  The water then flows from the bottom to the top of the filter, traveling through filter media housed inside the unit.  The filter media helps with the removal of fine to medium-sized particles.  The larger debris was already removed by the skimmer.

As the biological filter fills, it will overflow and cascade over its waterfall lip, cascading down rocks that have been set to create a beautiful and preferably natural-looking waterfall.  The waterfall creates aeration for the pond, assisting in the circulation and health of the water.  If a slower, stream effect is preferred, the unit simply needs to be sunk lower into the ground.

Biological filters on the market today range in size. For larger ponds, multiple biological filters can be incorporated into the design.

Waterfalls aid in filtration

 

The Science Behind the Design

Mechanical and biological filtration are critical to processing the many types of nutrients found in a water garden system, including fish waste, uneaten fish food, leaves, and runoff from lawns to name a few.  High levels of ammonia (a form of nitrogen) are highly toxic to fish and are a major contributor to prolific algae growth, and so they need to be carefully controlled.  In water gardening, the primary nutrient that biological filtration utilizes and renders usable is nitrogen.

In biological filtration, nitrifying bacteria, known as facultative bacteria, absorb ammonia, and turn nitrites into nitrates, which are less dangerous.  These bacteria require oxygen to live, so it’s important for the pond’s pump to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If the pump isn’t running, the waterfalls aren’t flowing, and aeration is eliminated from the necessary equation to maintain an ecosystem pond.  Keep in mind that if the pump shuts down, the bacteria will quickly use up all of the oxygen and die.  This isn’t a good thing.

Nitrates are then removed from the pond by another biological filtration method known as de-nitrification.  This process occurs only in anaerobic (without oxygen) areas of the pond.  That’s why it’s not necessarily bad for some areas of the pond to experience minimal water flow (such as on the bottom of the pond, under an inch or so of gravel).  The bacteria that live in this area of the pond turn nitrates into nitrogen gas, which is released into the atmosphere.  Nitrates are also absorbed by aquatic plants and algae during their growth processes.  A pond without aquatic plants will prove to be a maintenance nightmare.

For any biological filtration to work, there literally needs to be billions of bacteria working to purify the water.  They prefer to anchor onto things, which is why surface area is so important.  More surface area means more bacteria, and more bacteria means better biological filtration.  Surface area is provided by filter media, rocks, and gravel.  A pond with gravel on the bottom will contain more surface area for bacteria, as opposed to a pond with exposed liner on the bottom.

 

The Role of Aquatic Plants

Another important component to pond filtration is the use of plants. Many gardeners add a pond to their landscape for the variety of aquatic plants available, and while their beauty is certainly an aesthetic asset; a critical benefit is the work these plants do to help filter the water. Plants help purify pond water by reducing nutrients, filtering out sediments and absorbing toxic compounds through the process of phytoremediation.

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If these excess nutrients are not removed, algae will feed on them, resulting in green water, string algae, or both. Algae control is not the only way plants help create a low-maintenance ecosystem pond. Submerged and marginal plants also provide food, shade, and protection for the fish and other wildlife that live in and around the pond.

 

Low-Maintenance Customers

To keep pond water quality high, the simple process of repeatedly turning the water over through the mechanical and biological filters is needed in order to create a naturally balanced, low-maintenance ecosystem pond.  Add the remaining components of plants, fish, aeration, rock, and gravel, and you’ll find greater success in creating easy-to-maintain water gardens for your customers.

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Creative Outdoor Living

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The Face of Creative Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons

The Face of Creative Outdoor Living: C.E. Pontz Sons

 

The Face of Creative Outdoor Living

BY: Susquehanna Style

 
“The outdoor living trend is as popular as it’s ever been,” says Bobby Kenyon of C.E. Pontz. “But over the last year or two, more and more empty nesters are building backyard living spaces so they can enjoy time with extended family, kids, and grandkids. They are saying, ‘Why go on vacation for a week when I can renovate my backyard and enjoy it for a long time?’”

Kenyon, who goes by the title of “creative solutions guru,” says customers appreciate the personality, fun and relaxed approach of C.E. Pontz Sons. We are talking about backyards, after all.

Founded in 1934, C.E. Pontz Sons has completed projects of all sizes—a feat that requires creativity and ingenuity. While complete backyard renovations can involve patios, seating and dining areas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pavilions, sound systems, fire pits and water features, the Lancaster County company also enjoys the challenge of smaller projects.

“We’ve done lots of small waterfalls and patios in city backyards where space is tighter,” Kenyon explains. “Coming home to the sound of water in your backyard is about as tranquil as it gets.”

 
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HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO A POND?

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Have you ever wondered how many fish can you add to a pond. Do i have too many fish? Can i add more? Luckily for you we have all the answers provided thanks to our good friends at Aquascape!

How many fish can you add to a Pond

How many fish can you add to a Pond

 

HOW MANY FISH CAN YOU ADD TO A POND?

BY: Aquascape

Pond owners love fish but can collect them to the point of overcrowding their pond. While fish certainly bring joy to any pond, they can also bring headaches to water quality if you go overboard when stocking fish. Too many fish creates an imbalance in the pond’s ecosystem so you’ll want to make sure you are smart about the number and size of fish in their water garden.

Obviously, the pond needs to be large enough to support fish and their growth. Pond fish generally need 10 gallons of water for every inch of their length, and be ready for them to grow larger, so they should be careful not to overstock no matter how tempting this may be! Some pond experts go so far as to recommend only one-half inch of fish per 10 gallons of water as a maximum stocking density.

How Many Fish Can You Add to a Pond?

On occasion, you may encounter ponds crowded with 2 or even 3 inches of fish per 10 gallons of water and the fish seem to be fine. However, the density and ecological strain of this loading turn these ponds into fragile systems. The pH tends to sag, the fish tend to grow more slowly, and disease can become a common occurrence.

It’s very difficult to salvage sick fish in a pond that’s overcrowded. Most likely, Mother Nature will eliminate some of your customer’s fish to achieve the ideal stocking density based on the system the fish are in, and then the remainder may recover. So advise your customer to reduce the number of fish if their pond is overstocked.

Additional Reading

The Secret to Healthy Pond Fish

How to Add Fish to a New Pond

Are All Fish Foods Created Equal? 

Pond Cleaning

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Spring Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Spring Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

 

Spring Pond Cleaning

Pond cleaning is typically done in the spring but may also take place in the fall. Spring clean outs consists of draining the pond water and removing any fish. The fish will be safely stored in holding tanks with aerator’s during the clean-out. We then power wash the pond and filter media as well as removing excess debris and fish waste accumulated at the bottom of the pond. During this time aquatic plants will be thinned out, removed, or replanted as necessary. After the pond is thoroughly cleaned, pond detox will be added to the filling water. Because tap water including well water often contains chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals, that if left untreated can cause damage to the pond ecosystem. Aquascape Pond Detoxifier eliminates chlorine, chloramines, ammonia and chelates heavy metals making them safe for fish and plants and allowing for metals like iron to be used by pond plants as fertilizer. We will then begin to reintroduce the fish back into the pond.

 Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

 

Pond Maintenance

Beyond spring pond clean outs there are a few maintenance chores that go along with owning a water feature. While many pond owners enjoy this interaction with the water feature, some do not. That is why we offer a total water feature maintenace program!This Program includes: Bi-weekly maintenance visits year round, Spring Pond Cleaning, Fall Close-ups, and winter prep. Included in your maintenance program is a complimentary AUTO DOSING SYSTEM. As long as you are enrolled in the maintenance program you will be included in our Pontz Preferred Membership. call us today 717-394-9923 or contact us here if you’re interested in getting signed up for any of our water feature maintenance programs!

Spring Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Spring Pond Clean out Lancaster, PA

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA

Pond Cleaning in Lancaster, PA