Answering the question, "Should We Put In A Pond”

I guess all of our customers have had to come to grips with this question and really dig down deep, no pun intended, to make a decision. What really does a pond do for their lifestyle or for their landscapes? What will the pond cost and what type of pond would they put in if they did? Of course, every customer also must consider where to place their pond if they choose to have one built. At Ponderiffic, our approach when working with customers on sales calls is to help them answer those questions. Before ever going out into the landscape we like to sit down, get to know the customer and listen to their needs and wants for their landscape. As a landscape contractor we not only design water features and ponds but also consider all the aspects of a landscape to determine if a water feature is right for the customer and if so, what type of pond, water feature, water garden or fountain would suit them best.

In this edition of our blog we will list a dozen of the most common questions that we have found our customers ask the most frequently. It will be helpful for you to begin to think about these questions and come up with a few of your own and try to answer as many as you can. In our next blog we will begin to address the answers to these questions.

  1. 1) What sort of maintenance is involved in the upkeep of the pond?
  2. 2) Where is the best location for the pond in our landscape.
  3. 3) What size of pond is the best?
  4. 4) What type of filtration will the pond have?
  5. 5) What are the costs of the pond and waterfall?
  6. 6) What sort of wildlife can be put into our new pond?
  7. 7) Are the fish going to be safe from predators?
  8. 8) What sort of lights would go into our pond?
  9. 9) What happens to the pond in the winter months?
  10. 10) Does the pond need bottom drains and UV lights?
  11. 11) How deep should the pond be dug out?
  12. 12) Is a liner pond better than a concrete pond?

Its also a good idea to keep a scrapbook of ideas for your new pond and these pond ideas or typically pictures can come from websites like Pinterest, Instagram or Houzz among other sites. Go and visit ponds you have heard about or seen before but not really paid attention to and observe each for the qualities you like in each. Ask friends and family members who have ponds about their upkeep and costs etc. Stay tuned as next week we will begin to answer these questions.

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A few Thoughts On Water Quality for New Pond Owners

Ponderiffic Adventures builds every project with water quality in mind. There is nothing worse than a pond, fountain, lake or stream that is overgrown with algae. Past experience has shown that the key to great water quality lays in pond circulation, oxygenation of the water and good construction and design. Very early in the design and consultation stages our sales consultants ask the customer the single most important question in the entire interview, "What level of involvement do you intend to have with your water feature?"

Our sales staff has been trained to ask this special question because we know that water gardening invokes user involvement and hence the word Gardening in water gardening. It is our goal to design a system that meets the customers expectations for maintenance. Because all gardening requires some level of participation by the owner, when we know our customers willingness to participate in this process then we can design a system that best fits the customers needs and abilities.

Designing a water feature that will offer good water quality is simple in most cases. The requirements differ as the pond increases in size as you move from small backyard ponds to lakes and golf course sized water features.

Characteristics or ingredients for great water Quality

  1. Properly sized circulation pump-typically a submersible or external pump.
  2. Properly sized filtration and Ultra Violet light (UV) system
  3. Ion-Gen System by Aquascape.
  4. Healthy plant population
  5. Bacteria and algae control products
  6. Pond skimmer
  7. Bottom Drain
  8. Aeration or Oxygenation system (air bubblers)
  9. Proper combination of bacteria, enzymes and fish-safe algaecides.

Lakes and Larger Ponds (10K and larger)

  1. Wetlands filtration system with extensive bog plantings and Wetlands filter media.
  2. Commercial Grade Aeration System capable of moving high volumes of compressed air through self weighted tubing. The compressors for these projects range in size from 1/3 hp to 3 hp or more.
  3. Floating and stationary fountains
  4. Maintenance plan using heterotrophic bacteria and algae controls.

It is crucial to design a pond which will be easy to maintain and this assures long term enjoyment of the pond. Stay tuned for our next blog when we provide in depth commentary on all of the key ingredients for a healthy low maintenance pond or water garden.

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