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PLANTING WATER LILIES

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PLANTING WATER LILIES: POCKET OR POT?

BY: Aquascape

When you create a pond for your customers, do you plant water lilies during the installation process?  Your customers will love the added benefit of colorful flora in their new water garden.

Pink Grapefruit Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

Two basic methods exist for planting water lilies. You can incorporate plant pockets within the pond itself, or use Aquatic Plant Pots. The method you choose should be considered prior to pond construction. The actual planting of the lily will be the same, however, regardless of your chosen planting option.

The first thing you’ll want to do when planting water lilies is to determine the size and location of the lilies. Water lilies adjust their growth to the size of the area they’re planted in. Size the plant pocket or aquatic pot according to the size of the pond. As a general rule, your plant pocket should be 16” to 18” wide by 6” deep.  If you choose to use an aquatic plant pot, Aquascape’s Aquatic Lily Pot is a great choice.

Aquascape Lily Pot - How to Plant a Water Lily

In a large pond, you may want the lilies to grow larger. Planting them in even larger plant pockets provides them with enough space to grow proportionate to the size of the pond. The size of the plant pocket in a larger pond should be about 24” wide.

If you choose to plant water lilies using an aquatic pot, your hole in the pond should be just deep enough so the top of the pot is level with the bottom of the pond excavation. Allow a little extra room on the sides for folds in the liner. Ultimately, when the floor of the pond is graveled, it will have a flat, consistent appearance with no pots showing. If you are installing a water lily in an existing pond that doesn’t have planting pockets, you should create a ring of rocks around the lily pot to hide it.

Water Lily Placement
Placement considerations are important, too. Water lilies do not like heavy water movement or water splashing on their foliage, so they should not be located close to a waterfall or the base of a stream. Also, the lily should not block the flow of water and debris into the pond’s skimmer.

Planting the Water Lily
After the liner is in place and the pond has been rocked, clean out any gravel that has fallen into the planting pocket. If you’re using an aquatic pot, place the pot down into the hole you created and fill the area around the pot with gravel so the pot isn’t visible.

If you’re planting the lily directly in the pocket, fill it to within one inch of the top with Aquascape Pond Plant Potting Media. Avoid using any type of potting soil that contains other added media, as it will float in the water. It’s also important to make sure the soil has not been treated with any type of chemical that might harm the fish.

Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

Fertilizing Water Lilies
Fertilizing water lilies on a regular basis is highly recommended to optimize their beautiful blooms. Time-released, granular fertilizer mixed into the soil at the bottom of the pot or plant pocket is a great way to fertilize lilies at the time of planting. When fertilizing existing water lilies, tablets are a great option since you simply push them into the soil.

Whichever fertilizer you use, be careful not to put it in direct contact with the plant’s roots. Instead, push tablets against the sides of the pot, away from the plant. Mix granular fertilizer in only the bottom of the pot or plant pockets.

Keeping Plants Healthy
To keep water lilies healthy and vibrant throughout the pond season, remind your customers to remove yellow or dead leaves, along with any spent flowers, on a regular basis. This prevents decaying foliage from sinking to the bottom of the pond and decomposing. Stems should always be pruned back as close to the water lily rhizome as possible.

Water lilies are the jewels of the water garden and are available in an amazing variety of types, sizes, and colors. Be sure to plant these aquatic beauties whenever installing a pond. Your customer will appreciate the Monet’s garden that you’ve started for them.

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

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Check out this amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor Water feature installation for the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Sussex County New Jersey. This pondless water feature installation was headed up by Garden State Koi and ran by Aquascapes Ed Beaulieu C.E. Pontz Sons was delighted to be part of this amazing build. The new water feature at the Sussex Farm and Horse Show Fairgrounds was built in 1.5 days by a group of dedicated CAC water feature builders from across 5 different states! The pondless waterfall feature includes stacked slate urns, spillway bowls, an various cascading natural stone waterfalls in one glorious water feature. The feature was finished off with new landscape beds. Below is drone footage of the pondless waterfall during the progress of the build.

During the duration of the build i shot tons of footage which i will edit and post as it is completed. This is the first video showing a time lapse of the duration of the project with a few shots of finished feature is posted below. The above video is drone footage of the water feature install from beginning to end. Unfortunately the water takes a couple days to clear up so it’s still a bit murky in the footage. The final reveal video will be posted in a few days. Stay tuned.

Check out some still shots from the water feature build below.

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

New Jersey State Fair Water Feature Installation

Unique Waterscape in Progress

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We are currently in the progress of building another one of a kind very unique waterscape in Lancaster, PA. The project consists of an ecosystem pond that will feature bubbling urn fire features, wetland filtration, zero edge waterfalls, stepping stones through the pond and a grand waterfall traveling below a bridge into the pondless basin. The is a few other phases of this project i will feature once complete. stay tuned for progress photos and video, as well as the final showcase post once the waterscape/landscape project is complete!

COMMON KOI MYTHS

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TACKLING COMMON KOI MYTHS

By: Aquascape

One of the biggest reasons many people get a water garden is so they can have fish. Don’t let the fears and myths of owning fish keep you from getting a few of your own finned friends for your water garden. Take a look below as we crack some commonly heard myths about fish in a water garden.Dealing With Fish Fear and Koi Myths

Myth: Aquascape Says:
“Fish will just create more pond maintenance.”  

Actually, fish are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Koi reduce algae by feeding on it, and they fertilize plants with their waste. So, fish actually create less pond maintenance.

 

“Koi cannot live in a pond with rocks and gravel.”  

Koi originated in nature, where rocks and gravel cover almost every pond on earth. We build rock and gravel lined ponds almost daily, which house perfectly healthy and happy Koi.

 

“I don’t want to lose all my fish to predators.”  

If constructed properly, one can virtually eliminate the risk of predators with a few simple precautionary techniques.

 

“Koi need at least three feet of water to survive.”  

95% of the ponds that we build are two feet deep in the center, and the koi are happy and healthy as can be.

 

“I don’t want to be troubled with bringing my fish inside for the winter.”  

Koi are an extremely hardy fish, whose ancestors over-wintered in freezing conditions, and still do. Just keep the water circulating and maintain a hole in the ice and they’ll never know the difference.

 

“I don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on my fish.”  

Actually, pet quality koi start at $5.00 each with show quality koi going for one hundred thousand dollars or more. Since fish food is also very inexpensive, how much you want to spend on fish is your decision.

 

Swimming with Koi

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swimming with koi

swimming with koi

I had the pleasure of Feeding, swimming, and landing a couple kisses with some beautiful Koi in a large ecosystem swim pond located in Sussex County New Jersey. The pond was installed by Garden State Koi at the home of owner Tom. Tom was generous enough to have us over for a cookout and swim after a long day building at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Perfect way to end the day swimming with koi. I wish i had a large swimming pond at my home to enjoy 🙁

Water Feature Build at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds

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Check out this amazing Certified Aquascape Contractor Water feature installation for the New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Sussex County New Jersey. This pondless water feature installation was headed up by Garden State Koi and ran by Aquascapes Ed Beaulieu C.E. Pontz Sons was delighted to be part of this amazing build. The new water feature at the Sussex Farm and Horse Show Fairgrounds was built in 1.5 days by a group of dedicated CAC water feature builders from across 5 different states! The pondless waterfall feature includes stacked slate urns, spillway bowls, an various cascading natural stone waterfalls in one glorious water feature. The feature was finished off with new landscape beds.

During the duration of the build i shot tons of footage which i will edit and post as it is completed. This is the first video showing a time lapse of the duration of the project with a few shots of finished feature. Unfortunately the water takes a couple days to clear up so it’s still a bit murky in the footage. Stay tuned for some aerial drone footage in the near future.

Check out some still shots from the build below.

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Water Feature Build at New Jersey State Fairgrounds

Watching the Koi Swim

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Watching the Koi swim at the Willow Valley Communities pond we recently built. This project consisted of a large ecosystem pond with grand waterfalls directed toward the dining area for Willow Valley Communities residence. The pond also features a wetland bog filtration area complete with various aquatic plants as well as a pond style pooling area that flows into a long deep stream before entering the waterfalls into the larger pond. The Pond is home to tons of Koi, Frogs, and a couple Turtles for the enjoyment of the residents and their families. Once the aquatic plants begin to bloom we will shoot some more footage to share. Stay Tuned!!!

Check out the video below to see the pond shortly after initial completion before the Koi and aquatic plants were added!

see more on this project: https://cepontzsons.com/large-scale-ecosystem-pond-willow-valley-communities/

The Complete Outdoor Living Package (GoPro Edition)

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This is the complete outdoor living package. The project consists of just about everything one would want in their backyard. The large poolside outdoor living project has tons of different features throughout the property. The largest and most noticeable feature being the large timber frame pavilion. The pavilion sits above a massive wood burning fireplace. A large chimney and stone veneer accent this beautiful fire feature surrounded by a spacious outdoor living room. The fireplace hearth also includes wood storage sides.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

To the right of the outdoor living room is a one of a kind pool house. The pool house is surrounded by a paver patio area that connects to the existing concrete. The pool house features a natural stone top bar area with stone veneer. inside is room for storage and changing and also includes a restroom.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

The pool area is surrounded by stone veneered sitting walls and pillars as well as matching pillars at the base of the pavilion. The seating walls and pillars finish of with thermal flagstone caps.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

An outdoor kitchen and dining area was installed under the existing deck. The outdoor kitchen in complete with custom made granite counter top and dining table area. It includes a gas grill and double side burner, as well as a refrigerator and underneath storage areas and in complete with stone veneer.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Next to the outdoor kitchen are is a hillside pondless water feature. The limestone bolder waterfall stretches approximately 15 feet with multiple cascading waterfalls.
Landscape lighting was installed throughout the pool area as well as the surrounding landscape beds and walkway areas.

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

New landscape beds and plants were installed inside of pool fence as well as beds around front and side foundation of home. Sod was installed on disturbed areas inside of pool fence, and grading and seeding was done to areas outside of the fence. Plantings were also installed in existing beds on front slope and a new bed to left of the driveway entrance. All beds were finished off with a fresh coat of mulch.
This project is located in the beautiful hillside of Lancaster County, PA.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Pondless Waterfall installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

TROPICAL WATER LILIES

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WHY CHOOSE TROPICAL WATER LILIES

BY:Aquascape 

Tropical water lilies are referred to as “tropicals” because of their dislike for cold weather. Like annual plants in your garden beds, tropical water lilies die off in the winter and need to be replaced the following pond season. Even so, there are many benefits to choosing tropical water lilies for your pond.

Tropical Water Lilies in Aquascape Pond

 

  • Tropical water lilies are available in the same color as hardies, but they’re also available in blues, purples, and violets … exceedingly rare colors in the entire water plant spectrum.
  • They are intensely fragrant with a pleasing and pervasive aroma, which immediately causes anyone standing within a few feet to be swept up in olfactory heaven.
  • The flowers rise 6 to 12 inches above the water, giving the plant a three-dimensional effect.
  • The flowers are much larger than the flowers of most hardy water lilies.
  • Tropical water lilies are available in both day and night-blooming models.
  • The plants can get rather large and showy.
  • Their long stems make them an excellent choice for cut flowers.
  • The leaves on some varieties can be mottled and streaked with purple, deeply toothed, deeply veined undersides, and can easily attain diameters of 15 inches.
  • Tropical water lilies bloom much more profusely than hardies, with three to five blooms open on most days during warm weather.

Other than the obvious downside of annual mortality and the additional expense associated with yearly replacement, there is little reason not to enjoy a tropical water lily in your pond. The cost is probably less than what you spend on flats of marigolds and petunias!

Tropical Water Lilies Collage

read more: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/blogs/water-gardening/why-tropical-water-lilies
 

The Complete Outdoor Living Package

https://cepontzsons.com/complete-outdoor-living-package/

This is the complete outdoor living package. The project consists of just about everything one would want in their backyard. The large poolside outdoor living project has tons of different features throughout the property. The largest and most noticeable feature being the large timber frame pavilion. The pavilion sits above a massive wood burning fireplace. A large chimney and stone veneer accent this beautiful fire feature surrounded by a spacious outdoor living room. The fireplace hearth also includes wood storage sides.

Outdoor Living Room with Fireplace installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Room with Fireplace installed in Lancaster, PA

To the right of the outdoor living room is a one of a kind pool house. The pool house is surrounded by a paver patio area that connects to the existing concrete. The pool house features a natural stone top bar area with stone veneer. inside is room for storage and changing and also includes a restroom.

Outdoor Living Room and Pool House installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Living Room and Pool House installed in Lancaster, PA

The pool area is surrounded by stone veneered sitting walls and pillars as well as matching pillars at the base of the pavilion. The seating walls and pillars finish of with thermal flagstone caps.

An outdoor kitchen and dining area was installed under the existing deck. The outdoor kitchen in complete with custom made granite counter top and dining table area. It includes a gas grill and double side burner, as well as a refrigerator and underneath storage areas and in complete with stone veneer.

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area installed in Lancaster. PA

Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area installed in Lancaster. PA

Next to the outdoor kitchen are is a hillside pondless water feature. The limestone bolder waterfall stretches approximately 15 feet with multiple cascading waterfalls.

Landscape lighting was installed throughout the pool area as well as the surrounding landscape beds and walkway areas.

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

Landscape Lighting installed in Lancaster, PA

New landscape beds and plants were installed inside of pool fence as well as beds around front and side foundation of home. Sod was installed on disturbed areas inside of pool fence, and grading and seeding was done to areas outside of the fence. Plantings were also installed in existing beds on front slope and a new bed to left of the driveway entrance. All beds were finished off with a fresh coat of mulch.

This project is located in the beautiful hillside of Lancaster County, PA.

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA

Complete Outdoor Living Package installed in Lancaster, PA