Our Top Five Tips for Winter Pond Keeping

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It’s that time of year again, yes the dreaded time of year where you worry endlessly about your little finned friends. Well fear no more. Our good friends at Aquascape have put together some winter pond keeping tips to ensure your pond operates at optimum performance though out the winter months.

 

BY: AQUASCAPE

Silvery ice formations and velvety white drifts of snow create a dreamy landscape with a winter water feature as the focal point. If you’re like most people, you shut down your water feature for the winter season. While this is a perfectly viable option for most people, some of you opt to keep your water feature running. To ensure that your pond and waterfall provide all the pleasures of a winter wonderland, be sure to follow our handy winter pond keeping tips.

Pond and Waterfalls in Snow

 

1. Check for Ice Dams

If you keep your pond running during the frozen months of winter, you’ll enjoy the beautiful ice sculptures that form in the stream and waterfall. Although stunning, it’s possible that the ice buildup can form dams that could divert your pond water out of the pond. Check on the waterfall and stream and monitor the water level periodically throughout the winter. If you see an ice dam forming or the water level dropping at a high rate, your pond might be losing water because of the frozen sculpture and it might be time to turn off the pump for the winter. If you decide to leave the pond running until warmer weather however, your main concern is to ensure there is enough water for the pump(s) to operate properly.

 

Winter Water Feature with Ice Formations

 

2. Add Water to Your Pond

During the winter months, the usual water supply options are not available.  Outdoor water spigots and automatic water fill valves should be turned off to prevent pipes from freezing and cracking.  Therefore, pond owners who run their systems during the winter will have to find an alternate water source to replenish their pond.  Water can be supplied via a hose run from inside the house or by making multiple trips with a large bucket.  Generally speaking, it’s not uncommon to have to go out a few times a month during the winter to “top off” the pond.

Winter Pond and Waterfall

 

3. Check the Circulation of Water

Pump size is important when determining a waterfall’s ability to operate during the winter.  A pump that provides at least 2,000 gph can be operated throughout the winter without a problem, as long as it runs continuously. Moving water will usually keep a hole open in the ice around the waterfalls and in front of the circulation system. However, repeated days in sub-zero temperatures may lead to excessive ice build-up. You can add a pond de-icer to help keep a hole in the ice, or incorporate a submersible pond pump such as the AquaForce Pump or the Pond Powerhead. Both provide agitation at the surface of the pond to keep a hole open.

Winter Pond Keeping

 

4. Be Assured of Filters and Pipes

Most good filters are constructed out of rotational-molded polyethylene, and are designed to bow and bend with the freezing and thawing effects of winter. The PVC flex pipe is reinforced and will also not crack unless water is left in the pipe over the winter and allowed to freeze. If you decide to keep the pump running all winter long, there will still be a constant flow of water traveling through the pipe, and the moving water will not freeze.

 

Snowy Waterfall by Aquascape

 

5. The Bottom Line for Winter Pond Keeping

The bottom line for winter pond keeping is maintenance. Roughly 70 percent of pond owners in the colder climates decide to shut down their system because they don’t enjoy tending to their water garden during the bitter months of the winter. The aesthetic rewards of the winter pond are absolutely worthwhile, so by all means; don’t be afraid to keep the system running as long as possible. Shutting down a pond during winter is also an option. Just be sure you take precautionary measures to preserve fish, plant, and pump life.

Tips for Winter Pond Keeping

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Patio and Deck Renovation | Lancaster, PA

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Putting the finishing touches on a recent patio and deck renovation project located in Lancaster, PA. The project included a flagstone walkway, gravel patio area, landscaping , and new stairs and landing for steps to the deck. The new walkway was installed using irregular natural flagstone. The patio area installed was 3/8″ pea gravel with separation fabric beneath and a compacted stone base and Belgium Block cobble stone edging around patio area.The Deck steps were renovated for access to the new renovated patio area. New landscape beds, trees, and shrubs were installed around the patio area as well as a buffer at the front of the home.

Check out the video below for more of the project through the construction phase.

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How to Avoid Winter Pond Paranoia

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BY: AQUASCAPE

Winter is sometimes a hard time for pond enthusiasts. You miss the tropical paradise that your fish and waterlilies provide for you during the summer months. As you stare at the snow and ice outside, it’s easy to fall into winter pond paranoia – wondering about your fish. Avoid unnecessary worries by arming yourself with a bit of knowledge so you can relax and enjoy the upcoming holiday season.

When you live in the northern part of the country, you know that your pond will be covered by a thick layer of ice for two to three months. After a couple of days of not being able to see your fish, you can’t help but wonder what you’re finned friends are thinking and doing under that ice. You know enough to keep an open hole in the ice for gas exchange, but it doesn’t provide you with a window to see if they’re okay.

 

Winter Pond

 

Mystery Under the Ice

What’s really going on under that layer of ice, anyway? Are your fish resting comfortably? Are they right side up? Are you the only pond owner who gets freaked out by this disconnect from your fish? Short of sticking your head through the ice into the cold water, you simply want reassurance that your fish are okay.

Truth be told, what’s going on under there may be a direct result of how, or even if, you did anything to prepare your pond before the cold weather set in. A couple of different scenarios could be unfolding, depending on what actions you took.

If the pond has an abundance of debris on the bottom, it’s likely that there is a fair amount of parasite activity going on. Despite the cold water, parasites don’t sleep or become inactive. Instead, they thrive and multiply, and continue to have a party in the muck and debris on the bottom of your pond, unaffected by the low temperatures.

Eventually, the parasites will begin munching on your fish, who will be oblivious to this until the temperature begins to warm up. This is why you might see all the flashing and jumping in the spring as your fish attempt to dislodge the parasites. If the bottom of your pond is relatively clean, your fish are more than likely resting comfortably and peacefully.

 

Stop Feeding

Another unwanted and potentially devastating scenario can easily be avoided if you know when to stop feeding your fish. Follow our tried-and-true routine for cold weather fish care:

When the water temperature is steadily between 55- and 60-degrees Fahrenheit, feed your fish only once a day with Aquascape Premium Cold Water Fish Food Pellets (it’s low in protein and easy to digest). When the temperature drops below 55 degrees, stop feeding them altogether.

Even if it warms up for a few days, don’t start feeding them again. Any food that doesn’t get eliminated from the fish’s system before their metabolism slows down will putrefy and possibly kill them. Even if it doesn’t kill them, the dying nitrifying bacteria in the filter won’t be able to handle the waste load and will result in an ammonia spike that could be lethal to your fish. In the spring you’ll be left wondering what killed your fish because you won’t see any outward signs of illness.

It’s still early enough in the season to make preparations for the coldest months ahead. Use a pond net to skim debris and try to collect as many leaves and sticks off the bottom of the pond as possible. You can also download our free Winter Pond Care e-book for additional help and information.
 
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Living that Outdoor Living Life

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Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

 

The fall has snuck up on us rather quick but not before we had a final summer day to show off this amazing outdoor living project we just recently completed. This outdoor living project included pricing to excavation and installation of a ledge rock retaining wall around the perimeter of the property. The wall included the step area, large retaining walls, proper drainage behind the wall, and wall caps. After the wall was installed we constructed the sitting wall and natural stone ‘dive rock’. the sitting wall was constructed on concrete footings, with concrete block core, faced with natural stone veneer matching stone used on pool, and capped with 2″ natural flagstone. The dive rock was set on existing pool beam and concrete slab poured behind pool beam.
 

 
Installation of the landscape, grading, seeding, sodding, and landscape lighting was completed around the pool area. All plants and trees were installed in new landscape beds with mulch, decorative river stone was installed between the fence and wall across back of pool area, and all disturbed areas outside of fence were graded and seeded. All lawn areas inside of the fence were sodded. A broken flagstone path was installed from concrete patio to steps in wall, and a low natural limestone boulder wall for raised planter at egress window was also installed. A low voltage LED lighting system (FX Luxor Zoning/Dimming/Color) was installed with under cap lights installed in sitting wall (Zoning/Dimming/Color) and in existing stair treads (Zoning/Dimming) to screen porch, up lights/wash lights installed on select trees (Zoning/Dimming/Color), and path lights (Zoning) installed at concrete steps, along back of patio, and wall steps. Additional drainage including adding a drain box for the Sump pump outlet pipe and adding an underground pipe to the downspout near the pool equipment and fence gate was also installed.

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Poolside Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living installed in Lancaster, PA

 
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PONTZ to the rescue!!!

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When in Doubt call PONTZ to the Rescue! This project consisted of the removal of an existing pond that the homeowner attempted to build himself. Once realizing it was more than he could handle, he decided to call in the pros. Once on site we removed the existing work that had been done and started from scratch. We re-excavated the existing hole and started our normal process from there. We built the pond with the existing rock that was already on site and installed an epic Aquascape ecosystem pond. Check out the epic project in the project video below.
 

 
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Fountain and Waterfall Installation | Lancaster, PA

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Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

Check out this epic Fountain and Waterfall installation of a dual stream pondless waterfall with fountainscape accents. This Waterfall features customized patio bowl with added spillways and fire bowl insert as well Scalloped and Rippled urns both complete with fire kit as well. Constructed mostly of weathered limestone with some stacked slate accents this feature is a one of a kind custom creation that you need in your life. ???

Decorative Water Feature Installation in Lancaster, PA

Decorative Water Feature Installation in Lancaster, PA

Decorative Water Feature Installation in Lancaster, PA

Decorative Water Feature Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

Fountain an Waterfall Installation in Lancaster, PA

 
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Pond Waterfall Renovation | Lancaster, PA

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Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

This Project included a pond waterfall renovation consisting of completely dismantling the waterfall area and rebuilding it with new updated appearance and some larger boulders. Check out the video and pictures of the project below.

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

Pond Waterfall Renovation in Lancaster, PA

 
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Renovating an Old Pond | Lancaster, PA

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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

 
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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!
 
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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

 
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Beautiful Bluestone Patio | Lancaster, PA

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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.

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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