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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3 Reasons Why Your Pond Needs Plants

3 Reasons Why Your Pond Needs Plants Aquascape March 7, 2016 If you take the garden out of “water garden,” all you’re left with is … well, water.  Water is beautiful in and of itself, but the garden part is what makes your pond truly special. Regardless why you got into the water garden hobby,…

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Snowflakes on the Water

Snowflakes on the Water Aquascape February 5, 2016 The snow blanketing ponds across the country brings a great time to talk about the dainty Water Snowflake you may have floating in your pond during the warmer seasons. Water snowflake (Nymphoides spp.) is part of a large family of what are commonly called waterlily-like plants because…

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Fun Facts About the Lotus

Fun Facts About the Lotus Aquascape January 6, 2016 Lotus is considered one of the most impressive aquatic plants available on the market today. It’s a true aquatic perennial plant that belongs to the genus Nelumbo, and consists of only two species – the yellow- flowered American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) found in the Americas, and…

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Benefits of Water Features

Benefits of Water Features Quality Family Time Benefits of Water Features – 1Enhanced landscaping improves property value, and water features make your property stand out from the rest. A Pondless® Waterfall in the front yard provides curb appeal, while a backyard Ecosystem Pond increases a home’s value much like a deck, patio, or gazebo. The…

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