Koi Ponds Provide A Private Paradise

Koi Ponds Provide A Private Paradise

Installing a Koi pond around your home provides a peaceful, relaxing environment to forget the stresses of the day. Originally from Japan, Koi fish signify strength, prosperity and good luck. This beautiful outdoor feature is a great learning tool for children, an enjoyable area for senior citizens, and a fun hobby for all ages.

A Koi pond increases the value of a home and its property. It resembles the natural setting of a rain forest, and the sound of the water and swimming fish offers a private paradise and get away in your own backyard. These features include fountains, waterfalls, stone accents, decorative plants and lily pads. Pond plants feed on the algae preventing overgrowth and give shade to the Koi. This pond also attracts frogs, butterflies and birds.

After the initial setup, this decorative pond is easy to maintain. There is a filtering system that keeps the water clean to ensure the health of the Koi and other wildlife. Sizes vary b

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Simple Tips for Fall Pond Care

Putting your pond to bed for winter doesn’t need to be an arduous process. Sure, it’s sad to say goodbye to your finned friends for a few months, but following our simple fall pond care tips will ensure that your fish joyfully greet you again in the spring.

Remove leaves and debris

Putting a pond net over your water feature before leaves start falling from trees is the easiest way to contain and manage leaf control. Once all the leaves have fallen, simply roll up the net, discard the leaves, and put the net away until the next time it’s needed.

If you didn’t install netting, you’ll probably have a build up of leaves and debris that need to be removed. A long-handled pond net makes an easy job of scooping the debris from the bottom of the pond. If you leave the debris on the bottom of the pond, you’ll be creating a bigger mess to face in the spring.

Trim dead or dying foliage

Trimming dead foliage helps remove excessive organic debris that would otherwise decompose in t

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Enjoy the beauty of self-contained water and fire features

Enjoy the beauty of self-contained water and fire features

Self-contained water and fire features have been gaining in popularity in recent years. The Aquascape Fire Fountain is easy to set up and allows you to enjoy the beauty and elegance of flickering fire and flowing water.

You’ll enjoy the soft sound of trickling water as the flame burns brightly in the center of the bowl. Constructed of durable GFRC and available in three sizes, choose the Fire Fountain that best suits your style and space.

To have your Aquascape Fire Fountain installed, visit www.livingwaterfeatures.com and let us show how beautiful this outdoor feature can be!

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Enjoy the stunning beauty of your own personal water garden

Enjoy the stunning beauty of your own personal water garden

Imagine stepping outside your home into your very own backyard oasis, complete with a beautiful water garden. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of running water. Feel the cares of the world slip away as you enjoy your personal vacation spot!

An Aquascape ecosystem pond is self-sustaining, requires very little maintenance, and provides an opportunity to have fish as pets, without the regular upkeep of an indoor aquarium. Pond plants give you the chance to broaden your gardening horizons with choices that go beyond the standard petunia and rose. Bird lovers will delight in the new variety of feathered friends that flock to a water feature.

Spend quality time relaxing by your pond with family and friends. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to enhance your yard with a beautiful Aquascape ecosystem pond! Visit Living Waters Pond and Garden in Venice, Fl and let us help you create the space of your dre

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Pump Up Your Knowledge

Pump Up Your Knowledge
Aquascape
July 6, 2017

Cross section of Aquascape water garden pumpWhen 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 pump 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

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Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm

Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm
Aquascape
May 3, 2017

Umbrella palm (Cyperus alternifolius) is a tropical plant that is hardy to Zone 7 that can grow to almost six feet in height. In colder climates, umbrella palm will over-winter if brought indoors and positioned near a sunny window. Dwarf (Cyp. Alt. ‘Gtracilis’) and medium (Cyperus spp.) varieties are available and prove an excellent choice for smaller ponds and container water gardens. The height of an umbrella palm creates a soft backdrop for shorter aquatic plants, such as water lilies.

Umbrella Palm Pond Plant

Larger palms can be invasive without some precautions. Even a small single stalk with roots will grow as a marginal and can be difficult to remove if left alone too long, especially in a graveled pond where the roots will grow deeply into the gravel. This situation can be avoided by planting the large variety of umbrella plant in a plastic tub. The palm will still grow into the tub and its roots will need trimmin

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Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm

Pond Plant Feature: Umbrella Palm
Aquascape
May 3, 2017

Umbrella palm (Cyperus alternifolius) is a tropical plant that is hardy to Zone 7 that can grow to almost six feet in height. In colder climates, umbrella palm will over-winter if brought indoors and positioned near a sunny window. Dwarf (Cyp. Alt. ‘Gtracilis’) and medium (Cyperus spp.) varieties are available and prove an excellent choice for smaller ponds and container water gardens. The height of an umbrella palm creates a soft backdrop for shorter aquatic plants, such as water lilies.

Umbrella Palm Pond Plant

Larger palms can be invasive without some precautions. Even a small single stalk with roots will grow as a marginal and can be difficult to remove if left alone too long, especially in a graveled pond where the roots will grow deeply into the gravel. This situation can be avoided by planting the large variety of umbrella plant in a plastic tub. The palm will still grow into the tub and its roots will need trimmin

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Small Plants for Small Ponds

Small Plants for Small Ponds
Aquascape
May 31, 2017

Plants in the water garden not only provide beauty and naturalization, but they also help balance the pond ecosystem. Even a small pond will benefit from the beauty of aquatic plants. We’ve chosen our top favorites that do well in smaller aquatic foot prints.
Variegated Sweet Flag

Variegated Sweet Flag Pond Plants
Also known as golden Japanese sweet flag, the beautiful foliage is light green and highlighted with bright yellow stripes, remaining beautiful all season. Since it tolerates some shade, you can use Dwarf Variegated Sweetflag to brighten shady areas of your water garden, while adding texture and color to the borders and edges of your pond. Does well in Zones 6 to 11, tolerates some shade, and grows 8 to 12 inches tall. An all-around great plant that adds a bright, cheerful spot to any water feature!
Water Lettuce

Water Lettuce Pond Plants
Along with other floating plants, water lettuce is an easy care aquatic plant tha

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Troubleshooting Your Pond Pump

Troubleshooting Your Pond Pump
Aquascape

Your pond pump is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your pond, so why not learn how to take care of it properly? Oftentimes, pumps burn out or die prematurely due to improper care and installation. By knowing how to take care of your pump, you can ensure it will last several years.

Issue: Pump Hums but Pushes Very Little Water
Possible Cause: Impeller may be seized by debris

Troubleshooting: Unplug and remove the pump from the pond and inspect the pump intake to ensure there is no debris restricting the impeller. Remove any debris, like rocks or sticks, which may have become lodged around and above impeller.

While the pump is still out of the pond, lay it on its side and plug in the pump to see if the impeller spins. If the impeller does not spin, use a screwdriver or similar tool to kick start the impeller.
Possible Cause: Pump may be air-locked.

Troubleshooting: Air has gotten into the impeller chamber. Tilt the pump while

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Planning Your Pond Renovation

Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about what you might want to do to change and improve about your pond. And if you’re still dreaming of your first pond, this too is a great time to plan for that!

Many people view ponds simply as an addition to your house – when you build it you are done. While that is true that a pond is indeed another room to your house, you’re never really done with this addition! In reality, it’s actually more like a living thing that is always evolving, so don’t be afraid to add on and change it as often as you want! Whether you simply move a couple rocks, forcing the water to fall in a completely different direction, or maybe you’ll go all out and add a 50-foot stream, a bog filter, or a Pondless® Waterfall in another part of your yard, the possibilities for growing your water feature are almost infinite.

Planning Your Pond Renovation – Aquascape

Right now – when your thoughts, ideas, and mental plans for your dre

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