Tips for your Pond

Let our planners setup up the right placement for your pumps and filters. The right setup will keep these items out of sight yet accessible for maintenance.

Filters and Pumps

Every water structure needs pumps and filters. These items will need some maintenance. You can do it yourself or we can add it to your yard maintenance plan..

Maintenance is important for many reasons. It will help save you money by extending the life of your plants and fish. It will also help extend the life of your equipment. Here are our suggestions for you to follow.

Spring Tips

  • A thorough cleaning after the last frost.
  • Inspect your plants and divide, repot and fertilize as necessary.
  • Inspect and clean filters and pumps. This is only necessary one time, during cleaning.
  • To re-seed the filter add bacteria.
  • If you have excess fish remove them at this time.
  • When your pond temperature averages 45°F, you can begin to feed your fish.

Summer Tips

  • Make it a habit to chekc your pond weekly.
  • Any dead plant matter trim back.
  • Evaporation is inevitable, so top off the pond as needed.
  • Plants may need fertilization, so fertilize as needed.
  • Your pump and pump sonck may become clogged. Thus unclog them as needed.
  • Stringy algae may develop on your waterfall. We recommend you pull these out.

Fall Tips

  • A quick cleaning is all that is necessary.
  • Try to remove most of the debris and do no rinse the filter.
  • As plants turn brown cut them back.
  • When the average temperature drops to 45° F, stop feeding your fish and stop fertilizing your plants.
  • We recommend you place a net over the pond while the leaves fall.

Winter Tips (Only as needed)

  • When the leaves are done falling you can remove the netting.
  • It is important to maintain gas exchange in your pond. We recommend you Install a pond de-icer to do so.
  • Freezing is going to occur. When it does turn off your waterfall.

To learn more about enhancing your yard with a pond, waterfall or fountain, call us at (410) 266-8586 or request more information.

Tips for your Waterfall

Designing a waterfall can truly be a piece of art. A piece of art that we know you will enjoy for a long time. Here are some suggestion that may help you through your process.

How much water do I need?

A minimum standard that all waterfalls should follow is one hundred gallons of water pher hour over each inch of width of your waterfall. Here is how you figure it out. If you waterfall is thirty inches wide, there should be a 3,000 gallon per hour.

Do Waterfalls make different Sounds?

You can change the sound of your waterfall makes by altering a few factors.

  • The sound we all recognize is water falling directly into a pond.
  • If your pond is shallow it will create a sound that subtle and less pronounced.
  • If you want a gentle sound, design your waterfall to pour onto a rock or boulder and the slider over rocks.

How high should my Waterfall be?

The height of your fall determine the sound that comes from it. A small, three to four inch fall will create a subtle sound. If you increase the size to eighteen to twenty inches, the sound from the fall with increase dramatically. You can hear this difference by conducting a simple experiment. Get a running garden hose and have it flow into a bucket or pool. Increase and decrease the height to hear the difference.

How large should the basin be?

Once you have determined the height it is now time to determine the pool or basin that the water will flow into. To determine this there is an easy rule to follow. Your basin or pool should be one and half times the square footage of your waterfall and stream.

fish in pondHere is an example for you to better understand. Let say your waterfall is twenty feet long and three feet wide. Your pond then should be ninety square feet. This give your pond the room to capture all the water with out any overflow issues.

To learn more about enhancing your yard with a pond, waterfall or fountain, call us at (410) 266-8586 or request more information.