Tips for Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance

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This the season to prepare for fall and winter pond maintenance rituals. While these task are minimal, they are imperative to ensure quality pond health during it’s dormant season as well as lessen the work you would have to do in the spring. Read below for some tips for fall and winter pond maintenance from our good friends at Aquascape.

 

Our Best Tips for Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance

BY: Aquascape

Have you ever noticed that your pond water is clearer in the fall?  This is typically due to cooler temperatures and full, lush plants. To keep your pond looking its best throughout the fall and winter season, follow our helpful, easy-to-follow fall and winter pond maintenance tips.Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance - Collage

  • Prune yellowing leaves off all of your plants. Your lilies – tropical and hardy – should still be going strong, at least until the first heavy frost.
  • Stop fertilizing plants when the weather becomes cooler. This lets the plants know the season is coming to an end.
  • When the water temperature is around 50 degrees F, stop feeding your fish. If you continue to feed them, you might create health problems for your finned friends, since their digestive systems are beginning to slow down for the winter.
  • As leaves falls from nearby trees, you’ll need to empty your skimmer’s debris net every day to keep up with the influx of leaves. Some leaves will undoubtedly sink to the bottom of the pond; try to remove as many as you can. However, a few left in the pond will give insects and frogs a place to over-winter.
  • If you leave too much organic matter in your pond, the water may turn brown. If this happens, remove the excess debris and add activated carbon to clear the water.
  • As the temperature gets colder and your plants expire, cut back the dead plant material and remove the tropicals. Cut back the cattails above the water level, or better yet, leave them up to see how magnificent they look in the winter.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to live where it stays warm all year-round, you’re set for the winter.
  • If you live up north where the surface of the pond freezes, you’ll need to prepare for winter by deciding whether you want to keep your pond running or shut it down.
  • To shut your pond down, first unplug your pump and pull it out of the water. The pump should be stored in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying.
  • If you have fish, a small re-circulating pump or pond aerator that bubbles at the water surface is necessary to oxygenate the water. In all but extremely low temperatures, the bubbling of the pump will also keep a hole open in the ice to allow for a gas exchange, keeping your fish alive. It is not necessary to oxygenate the water or keep a hole open in the ice if you don’t have fish.
  • If your area experiences long periods of extremely cold weather, you may consider adding a floating pond heater and de-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heats the water to just above that, and then shuts off again. Ask your installer or local supplier for products to help your pond during the winter.
  • If you use a floating de-icer, place it away from the bubbler. The movement of the water from the bubbler can move the heated water away from the de-icer, making it run more than necessary.
  • You can also choose to keep the waterfall running. This will require a little babysitting to make sure an ice dam does not form, which could cause water to run out of the waterfall’s basin. You will also still need to replace water loss so the pump can continue to function properly. This extra effort during the winter will reward you with the most beautiful ice formations and patterns around the falls and stream beds.

The most important thing is to have fun with your water feature all year long. Keep some of these key maintenance issues in mind, and it will be smooth sailing.

Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping (Before & After)

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Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

Front Entrance Pillars and Landscaping Project (Before & After) installed in Lancaster, PA

Check out this amazing before and after of a front entrance landscaping renovation project we completed earlier this year. The front entrance pillars and landscaping project included installation of landscape beds on front bank along road and installation of two pillars. Pillars are approximately 4′ tall, 34″x34″, and faced with natural stone veneer matching the stone on home, and capped with 2″ thick, 36″x36″ natural flagstone caps. The house number is engraved on stone and installed on one of the pillars. atop the pillars are beautiful top mounted lights to finish it off. This project is located in Lancaster, PA.

Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall

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These Landscape lighting tips for fall and winter will help you maximize the enjoyment you can get out of your landscape lighting, especially during the time of year where it’s usually dark before you even get home from work… Keep your yard beautiful and Safe with these these great tips from out friends at CAST.

Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall


 

9 Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall and Winter Prep

BY: Cast Lighting

With less daylight this time of year, landscape lighting is the perfect way to continue enjoying this gorgeous fall weather, foliage, and your outdoor living space. Here are some helpful autumn landscape lighting tips to keep your property beautiful, safe, and ready for camp fires, s’more roastin’ and mulled wine sippin’.

1.Keep wires underground: Buried lighting wires may have become unearthed over the summer months. Before the leaves really start to fall, scan your property for exposed wires. This ensures you are up to code, which requires wire to be buried a minimum of 6 inches deep. This also ensures overall safety. Exposed wire can be a tripping hazard, and wild animals or pets could chew on it. In either scenario, not only are you threatening people and animals with electrical dangers, you risk shorting out your landscape lighting system.

2.Maximize leaf peepin’ season: While still illuminating peak foliage, no real adjustments need to be made. Instead, what we do recommend is taking out that rake to keep your lighting fixtures free of leaves so they can do their job. It’s one small thing that can make a huge difference in keeping your house safe, beautiful, and ready to go for fall nighttime activities!

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

3.Dim it down: When the leaves fall, your landscape lighting design needs to be adjusted just a smidge; highlighting the bare branches can be dramatic and severe. It’s great if you’re going for a haunted house effect for Halloween, but if the holiday’s over, consider adjusting the brightness of your lights and adding frosted lenses. Alternatively, you could disconnect or remove some of your fixtures or bulbs to soften this unintentional harsh effect. Finally, you could adjust your uplighting. Most of the time, you can simply lower the angle of the light so it illuminates the trunk of the tree rather than highlighting the grim, bare branches.

4.Create a guided path: The autumn leaves are absolutely stunning, but they can be slippery when wet. Consider adding path lighting to your autumn landscape lighting to help prevent any unwanted “fall” activities.

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting design installed in Lancaster, PA

5.Kick it up a notch: Upgrade your light fixtures to the best quality available—switch to cast bronze. Cast bronze fixtures are beautiful and ultra durable—especially when considering those Northeast winter months. Bronze is an alloy that contains 88 percent copper, 6 percent tin, 2 percent zinc, and 3 percent lead. Adding tin to copper makes this metal stronger and impervious to corrosion, perfect for the outdoor environment. Once installed outdoors, the metallic bronze darkens to an old-penny brown, then to a greenish blue patina that elegantly complements the natural beauty of your property. While you can switch to bronze fixtures at any time, if you’d like that gorgeous patina for next summer, it’s best to install them in the fall as the aging process takes several months. The additional presence of rain, snow, condensation on the fixtures will help expedite this and set you up perfectly for the upcoming summer.

6.Make everything shine: If you’re someone who is already using bronze and wants to keep that shiny finish and prevent the patina process, there are two methods to follow. One is to clean the metal before installation and apply an outdoor-rate polyurethane matte-finish clear coating. The other is to apply WD-40™ regularly with a rag about every three months.

Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall

Landscape Lighting Tips for Fall

7.Make chilly nights warmer: Add uplighting and downlighting to your landscape lighting design to create a warm environment perfect for spiked cider and eggnog. Adding these new lighting elements can help truly transform an outdoor entertaining space. But be forewarned: You might need to stock up on extra wool blankets and firewood because guests will definitely want to spend more time in your backyard!

8.Perform annual transformer and system maintenance: Make it a part of your autumn landscape lighting upkeep routine. Remember to tighten all screws on both sides of your transformer’s terminal blocks; visually inspect any exposed wire for damage; clean any accumulated debris from inside cabinet housing; check the time clock programming and replace the battery; clean the photocell and prune any plant material obstructing the light fixtures; and adjust fixtures that might have been hit or moved.

Ultimate Outdoor Living & Entertaining Backyard Paradise at night!!!

Ultimate Outdoor Living & Entertaining Backyard Paradise at night!!!

9.Fall back into a new timer schedule: It’s that time of year again when you’ll need to adjust your outdoor lighting timer. Most timers are set to automatically turn your landscape lighting on at dusk and turn off after a certain number of hours. With the clocks falling back soon, remember to account for the shorter days and update your lighting schedule so that guests (or even family members) don’t come home to a dark house. Also set the schedule to accommodate for leaving for work or the school bus in the dark.

Large Ecosystem Pond with bog filter in stalled in Lancaster, PA

Large Ecosystem Pond with bog filter in stalled in Lancaster, PA

From routine maintenance checks to upgrading your light fixtures and adjusting your landscape lighting design, There are so many things you can do during the fall season to make your property safe and festive. Some are “must-do” annual maintenance checks, some are recommended property care and lighting design recommendations, and others are suggested upgrades and add-ons. No matter your budget, we’ve listed some of the top to-dos this fall to keep your home safe, sound, and stunning. Happy Fall!

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Backyard Waterfall

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Backyard Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Backyard Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

This Backyard Waterfall project included installation of a pondless waterfall approximately 15′ in length on a sloped bank at the area next to the existing pool. The backyard waterfall cascades down the existing embankment. There is still retaining wall work in progress as of this video and pictures being shot. Future landscaping will be installed once surrounding hardscaping has been complete. Rocks and Boulders for this project were chosen and supplied by home owner. This pondless waterfall project was installed in Mohnton (Berks County), PA.

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! 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.

Disappearing Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Disappearing Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

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. Because there is no pool of water, a Pondless Waterfall is a great option if you are concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Cost can be a big factor when considering the type of pond you want to build. In most cases, the price of a Pondless waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials. Operating costs are also less. Because you’re not dealing with an established ecosystem, it’s not necessary to run the pump 24/7. The small size of the Pondless Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in you yard. Taking care of your Pondless Waterfall is easy. Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation is all that’s required.

Backyard Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Backyard Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

The small size of the Pondless Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in you yard. Taking care of your Pondless Waterfall is easy. Filling the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation is all that’s required. Perhaps the best part of the Pondless Waterfall is the possibility for the future. If you change your mind later, wishing you’d build a pond, that’s ok! If you leave enough room around the base of the waterfall, it’s easy to add a pond onto a Pondless Waterfall.

Disappearing Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Disappearing Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

A Pondless Waterfall works much like a regular pond. The hole, deeper than a normal pond, is dug then lined with rock and gravel, and filled with water. The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by a pump that sits on the bottom, inside a Snorkel™ Vault and Centipede™ Module. A pipe runs from there up to a BioFalls Filter and into an overflowing waterfall, where it falls back into the reservoir. Since the water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, it give the appearance of a waterfall without a pond, when in fact, the “pond” is there but not visible.

Pondless Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

The Pondless Waterfall has made many water-lovers who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water, very happy. It’s a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet, or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard. In other words, when all else fails … go Pondless!

Pondless Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Reading, PA

Dream Backyard

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Dream Backyard Installed in Lancaster, PA

Dream Backyard Installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Dream backyard

This Amazing Dream Backyard Project features just about all the options you have ever dreamed about having in your very own backyard. We just recently completed this project and as you can tell from the video and photos below it’s quite the dream backyard. But dreams can came true, and for these homeowners they certainly have. So proud of our team for coming together and installing another amazing backyard paradise. The outdoor living area features everything from fire to water and includes multiple travertine patio areas, flagstone and travertine walkways, stone steps, pondless waterfall, landscape lighting, outdoor audio, fire pit, and landscaping. To think were the project came from a decrepit old deck to this beautiful work of art is almost unreal!

 

Travertine Patio and Fire Pit

The dream backyard project included the installation of various hardscape items including travertine patio, Seating walls, Steps, and walkways. The patio material is silver travertine laid in French pattern. The patio area is approximately 1,012 sq ft with antiqued finish and natural edge. All walls and steps are constructed using natural stone Semco ‘Cedar Ridge’ sawn wall stone. Caps and stair treads are constructed of natural stone ‘Chateau Limestone’ 2″ thick and 14″ deep, thermal top and rock faced edges. Cap stone for grill wall is 18″ wide polished and sealed top. Under grill area the patio is outdoor ‘wood look’ porcelain tile. A Semco ‘Cedar Ridge’ 57″ Fire Pit with Large Zentro ‘Smokeless’ insert is installed on the lower patio area. As of these pictures and this video the fire pit insert has yet to be installed. Sealing of Travertine surfaces using GST stain blocking sealer will be completed once the project is entirely finished. Stepping stone pathway to the side of the home is full color Pa Flagstone irregular steppers.

Travertine Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Travertine Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Landscaping

Landscape beds, plants, trees, edging and mulching was done around the entire back and side yards of the home using triple cut bark mulch. Plant variety and size specifications were all chosen by our amazing designer Wes. The landscaping portion of this project also included the grading, lawn repair, and seeding of all the areas damaged and disturbed during construction.

Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Pondless Waterfall

A 15′ pondless waterfall was installed into the new landscape to the side of the lower patio for maximum viewing. The waterfall features approximately 15 foot of stream with multiple waterfalls. Two side by side spillways merge into a wide stream with a small waterfall before turning and going into the final falls at the basin area. The Waterfall is outfitted with low voltage LED underwater landscape lighting throughout.

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Outdoor Sound

The Outdoor Sound System installed was a TRU Audio 4 speaker system and 12″ outdoor hardscape subwoofer. This system also includes the amplifier which is located in the home owners basement as well as Apple Airport Express and Blue Tooth Connection.

Dream Backyard Installed in Lancaster, PA

Dream Backyard Installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Siding

Siding work to be completed is still unfinished as of the time this video and pictures were shot. Siding was removed and salvaged in areas need for the patio and electrical work. Siding in areas of new outdoor living space to include: new vinyl siding on entire rear kitchen/bathroom wall from top to bottom as well as Piecing in around lights and sliding door on adjacent wall and in back of garage.

Travertine Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Travertine Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

Multiple tier patio and walkways installed in Lancaster, PA

Multiple tier patio and walkways installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall Installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Sound

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Outdoor Sound Systems

The Outdoor Sound System from TruAudio will blow you mind. This outdoor speaker system sounds absolutely amazing!!! Not only is the sound quality amazing but it’s easy to seamlessly blend the speakers into almost any landscape or outdoor living area. Bring some added life and style to your outdoor living and entertaining area with a outdoor sound system. Your gathering with family and friends will never be the same again!
 

The Sound of Innovation

Outdoor Sound Hardscape Sub by TruAudio

Outdoor Sound Hardscape Sub by TruAudio

 

HARDSCAPE SUB

Luxury Outdoor Sound is what TruAudio does best, and we continue to expand this series with our new Hardscape Subwoofer. It is the perfect option to add the deeper, rich, low end bass to your outdoor entertainment area when an underground subwoofer is not an option. Regardless of terrain, our new 12″ Hardscape sub was designed to withstand exterior elements. Its compact and versatile form allows you to place it in cabinets, patio areas, or hidden in your yard’s landscape. The Hardscape Sub complements our Acoustiscape landscape packages and the 70v tap setting allows for easy install, no matter how large or small of your outdoor area.

Outdoor Audio 12" Polypropylene Woofer

Outdoor Audio 12″ Polypropylene Woofer

Compact and Versatile Outdoor Audio System

Compact and Versatile Outdoor Audio System

 

 

ACOUSTISCAPE™ SERIES

TruAudio’s Acoustiscape speakers bring a new dimension to outdoor audio. Available in a 4.5” and 6” version, the Acoustiscape is designed to not only blend into any landscape, but provide rich sound with amazing amounts of volume. Flexible mounting options, robust design, and weatherproof quality make the Acoustiscape perfect for any outdoor installation.

Outdoor Sound Acoustiscape™ Series by TruAudio

Outdoor Sound Acoustiscape™ Series by TruAudio

 

RK SERIES

Not all landscapes are created equal. That is why TruAudio has introduced its full line of all-weather rock speakers. Available in two different colors, TruAudio rock speakers are offered in a 6”, 8”, dual voice coil or subwoofer configuration. They compliment any outdoor space allowing the audio enthusiast to experience sound in a natural setting.

Outdoor Sound RK Series by TruAudio

Outdoor Sound RK Series by TruAudio

 

OP SERIES

The OP Outdoor speaker delivers great sound, even in wide-open spaces. A 2-way weather-proof speaker with a high power polypropylene woofer and 1″ silk soft dome tweeter makes it perfect for open-space listening. Using our new Swivot Technology mounting system, the OP gives you the flexibility to aim the OP precisely where you want the sound to go. The wedge-shaped cabinet can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, making it easy for you to tuck these speakers up and out of the way. The OP.2 comes in a ABS cabinet built to handle outdoor conditions. The grill is aluminum with brass fittings to prevent rusting and corrosion. Sound as big and beautiful as the great outdoors.

Outdoor Sound OP Series by TruAudio

Outdoor Sound OP Series by TruAudio

Water Garden Pumps

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Water garden pumps come in all different shapes ad sizes but every pump isn’t for every feature. It is important to know which pump and why for your water feature. Luckily for you our good friends at Aquascape have you covered with all things related to water garden pumps below.
 

PUMP UP YOUR KNOWLEDGE

BY:Aquascape 
 water garden pumps

Cross section of Aquascape water garden pump

When you had your water feature installed, you trusted your contractor to know enough about water flow and pond building to make sure that your backyard paradise would run smoothly, and he did an amazing job. Not once did it ever occur to you to ask him what kind of water garden pumps or plumbing he used while finishing the job. Why not? The retailer that sold you the pond kit told you that you had the perfect size pump for the job, but how do you know?

Not many people want to get involved in the “mechanics” of a pump because it can be too difficult to understand. With terms like TDH, GPH, and flow rate, who can blame you for wanting to turn a deaf ear to the ins and outs of pumps as they relate to your pond? The truth is, knowing a bit more about your pump and plumbing can actually help you understand the living, breathing ecosystem that lies beneath the surface of the water. Most importantly, it can help you solve problems and navigate through situations a little easier.

 

Your Functioning Ecosystem

Learning about pumps and plumbing in plain English can be valuable for people who’d like to know more about their water feature, or for prospective pond owners looking to learn a little bit more. To start off, you’ll want to educate yourself on the purpose of the pump in relation to your pond’s ecosystem. Water garden pumps and plumbing make up the circulatory system of a water feature and are extremely important when it comes to the aesthetics of your pond. More importantly, they supply the system with necessary oxygen levels and keep the water circulating.

 

Water Garden Pumps

There are several different types of pumps to consider – from swimming pool pumps to the common sump pump you find in your basement. According to some experts, sometimes just the variety of pumps that are out there can confuse potential water gardeners. Pumps made specifically for water gardens are definitely the way to go. In fact, information about what kind of system the pump will fit is usually right on the outside of the box.

All of the specifications should be available so that you are aware of what kind of performance you’ll get out of the pump. But what are specifications, and what do they mean to you? Plenty.

 

Just the Facts

Specifications can mean the difference between a gushing waterfall and a trickle that sounds like a leaky faucet. That’s why it’s so important to learn the meaning of each one and what they’ll do for your pond. Let’s start with the acronym GPH, meaning gallons per hour. The term “gallons per hour” represents how many gallons that pump is circulating every hour and can also be referred to as “rated flow.” Other terms listed are volts, watts, and amps, which basically represent your voltage, electrical power, and current, respectively.

Then there’s shut-off height, which judges the amount of elevation change a pump can take to pump water. For example, some pumps may not work with your 20-foot waterfall and this is a way to find out without having to field test it. Perhaps the most confusing phrase is total dynamic head (TDH). Total dynamic head refers to the pressure on a pump caused by the interactions of flow rate, pipe diameter, pipe length, elevation, and pipe material. Basically, it takes all those things into account and lets you know the limitation of your pump. TDH is usually calculated by a pond professional.

 

Save Your Wallets!

If you aren’t convinced that knowing a bit about your pumps and plumbing is important, the term “operating cost” may perk your ears up a bit. This is where you find out how much your pocketbook gets hit.

Obviously, the bigger your pump, the larger the operating cost per month, but you should also be aware that some pumps have a lower operating cost than others. Seek out the high-efficiency kind. The basic difference between the two is the motor. High efficiency pumps use less power. It’s important to note that operating costs are based on a median number, however, so it isn’t exact but will be very close.

 

Which Pump is Best for Your Pond?

If all that lingo makes you even more confused, perhaps things will clear up once you start relating the terms to your own pond. Establishing the flow rate is probably the most important thing to do when it comes to your waterfall. Experts say that for each foot of spillway width (the width of the initial waterfall drop), you should allow 1500 gallons of water flow. For example, a 2-foot wide waterfall usually requires a 3000-gph pump.

The flow rate helps ensure that you have enough water to cover the entire width of your waterfall and stream. This rate provides an attractive amount of water, so it’s not overpowering and not just a trickle. Most people believe that a pump rated at 3000 gph will always push that amount of water. That’s where waterfall and stream height factor in and the term “shut-off height” comes into play. Once you subject your pump to higher waterfalls or longer streams, it will push less water. Once it reaches that shut-off height, you won’t see any more water…a pretty important statistic when you put it in plain English.

 

On to the Plumbing

The plumbing that is used with pumps is also an important part of the equation. Using the wrong pipe can cause friction, hindering the performance of your pump and affecting the power of your waterfall. The type of pipe you choose is also important to the function of your water feature. With so many different types of pipe on the market – from schedule 40 pvd to poly pipe – it’s hard to tell which will work for a water feature.

Flexible pvc is a popular choice for pond projects. The research and development team at Aquascape, Inc. credits the pool and spa industry for flex pipe. Not only can it handle sharp turns and tight corners, but it also expands and contracts with seasonal changes – a great plus for those of you in the cooler climates.

 

Check it Out

Something you’ll definitely want to invest in when it comes to keeping your pond functioning correctly is the check valve. The check valve helps prevent water from draining back into the pond when the power to your pump is cut. The reason this is important is because you need to keep water in your biological filter so that the beneficial bacteria can continue to grow. Without the water, the bacteria can die and throw off the balance of your ecosystem. And no one wants to see the return of the dreaded algae.

 

A Little Extra Knowledge

So what now? What can you do with all the extra information you’ve learned about pumps and plumbing? Well, you can rest assured that if anything happens to your pump, you’re not at the mercy of the retailer or contractor that sold or installed your pond. You can sit back and relax with your favorite book by the pond … now that you really know everything you need to know about your water garden pumps.

Backyard Transformation (Before & After)

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Check out this amazing Natural Stone Living Area backyard transformation. What was once a small deteriorating patio with patchy spots of lawn has been completely transformed into an amazing outdoor living and dining space.

 

Backyard transformation

Backyard Transformation (Before & After)

Backyard Transformation (Before & After)

 

Flagstone Patio with Fireplace

This flagstone patio with fireplace project consisted of the renovation of flagstone patio area. The new installation included flagstone patio, outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and cedar pergola as per our landscape design. The new portion of the flagstone patio is approximately 250 square feet and matches existing flagstone. Natural ‘thin cut’ stone veneer (dry stack look) was installed on the fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and pillars. 2? Premium Blue natural flagstone caps and counter tops were installed on fireplace, kitchen, and pillars. For the grill we used a 38″ Delta Heat grill with sear zone and rotisserie, and double access doors under grill. After the project was complete the homeowners did an amazing job in decorating the patio area. All of the outdoor furniture and decorations really brought the whole project together. It turned out amazing! This flagstone patio and fireplace was installed in Lancaster, PA

Small Backyard Pond

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Small Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Small Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Small Backyard Pond

A small backyard pond is a great way to turn a drab backyard into a relaxing oasis. As you can see from this small backyard pond project installed in Lancater, PA. This backyard pond project included installation of a Aquascape Ecosystem 8’x11′ Pond. The pond installation included low voltage underwater lighting and automatic dosing system. Automatic dosing systems help to maintain optimum water quality in your pond. Existing landscaping were the pond was to be installed was transplanted and reinstalled after pond construction was complete.

Backyard Pond installation in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Pond installation in Lancaster, PA

 

Low Maintenance Water Features

The secret behind building a low maintenance water feature is to develop a working ecosystem in your pond. A mechanical skimmer filter on the left of this diagram holds your pump and skims the surface of debris. The pump then transfers the water through a flexible PVC pipe to the biological biofalls on the right. With the help of beneficial bacteria the biofalls will clean the water and return it to the pond via the waterfall. The plants and fish work together to control excessive algae blooms. The gravel unlike a smooth pond liner provide surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down organic waste on the pond floor.

Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Pond installation in Lancaster, PA

Backyard Pond installation in Lancaster, PA

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Small Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Small Backyard Pond installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Outdoor Living Area

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Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA


 

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area

This Natural Stone Outdoor living Area features tons of amazing natural stone work throughout the project. The installation features a natural stone pool deck, broken flagstone paths, entrance patio at pool house, and natural stone waterfall at pool. Pool deck, patio, and paths are constructed using full color irregular PA flagstone. Joints in flagstone patio were filled with Unilock ‘EZPro’ joint material. Spaces between stones in path have lawn installed. An additional broken flagstone patio area in back of home was also installed.

 

Pool Waterfall

The Pool Waterfall is constructed using Semco ‘Weathered Limestone’ with stone outcroppings and boulders placed in areas surrounding waterfall and back side of pool for more natural appearance. Landscaping was installed around the backside of the waterfalls to further naturalize the apperance and disguise the pool equipment.

Natural Stone pool Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone pool Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone pool Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone pool Waterfalls installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Front Stone Walkway

Flagstone walkways and steps were installed in multiple areas around the home. The Main entrance to the home features a long spaced flagstone walkway with natural stone natural stone steps and landing area. Two separate side entrance’s to the home are also complete with natural stone steps and landing areas. Landing and step risers were finished with matching stucco.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Entrance way installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Entrance way installed in Lancaster, PA.

 

Cobblestone Walkways and Driveway Accents

Other paths around the house are bordered with gray Belgium block cobble stone, lined with 3/8″ decorative pebble, with stone base and separation material beneath. Two belgium block driveway bands as well as linear belgium block driveway curbing along the flower bed edges at the driveway were installed in the front of the home.

Cobblestone Edged Pebble Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Cobblestone Edged Pebble Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Cobblestone Edged Pebble Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

Cobblestone Edged Pebble Walkway installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Landscape Lighting

Also included in this project is the installation of the low voltage LED landscape lighting system. The Coastal Source system with vintage brass finish included path lights, uplights, and niche lights.

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Landscaping

Landscape beds, plants and trees, and pine needle mulch were installed through out the property. There was also a significant amount of regrading and seeding done.

Cobblestone Driveway Accent installed in Lancaster, PA

Cobblestone Driveway Accent installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone outdoor Living Area Installed in Lancaster, PA

 

Water retention Basins

Two large underground water retention basins were installed on separate sides of the the property. These basins will house the majority of the run off from the entire roof area and allow it to percolate back in to the soil.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio installed in Lancaster, PA.

Flagstone Patio and Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Flagstone Patio and Landscaping installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Poolside Patio installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Poolside Patio installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.

Natural Stone Walkway Entrance installed in Lancaster, PA.