When people communicate their water garden ideas and dreams to us, one of the most common threads we see is that people want their feature to look natural. We strive to create water features that look like they were transported straight from the Cascades. So what are some ways we can achieve this?
When it comes to water features, it's important to hire someone who is experienced, artistic, and dependable. On a nearly daily basis we get phone calls from people who had their pond built by a landscaper and there is an issue with the design or installation. Some of these issues are simple fixes, but some involve a complete renovation that ends up costing the homeowner thousands more than if the pond had been installed correctly the first time!
When you are looking for a pond installer, keep the following things in mind. The company you hire should meet the following criteria, and if they do, chances are they are a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor.
Master Certified Aquascape Contractor's (CAC's) have committed themselves to a rigorous quality control program that goes above and beyond your everyday pond installer. You will find that each component in each project that a Master CAC installs is the highest quality product with workmanship to match. Ask your contractor about the components they are using in your project.
Master CAC's are required to have a minimum number of class hours in both pond building skills and business skills to maintain our status. This includes both classroom seminars and workshops, as well as multi-day advanced pond builds to learn cutting edge technology and techniques. We invest a lot of time and money into training ourselves to become the best of the best. Ask your contractor what types of pond building education they have taken part of this year. This is important especially with more advanced types of projects.
Master CAC's are held to a higher standard of customer service than just an average pond builder. This is because a review board acts on customer complaints and prompts the Master CAC to deliver exceptional service, to every customer. Ask your contractor if they will be available after the install to service your water feature in the case of a leak, pump issue, or maintenance.
Master CAC's are typically full-time pond installers. This means that ponds are generally our passion, and since we only install and service ponds, we have become experts in the field. A Master CAC is a true professional and is dedicated to bringing their expertise to each project. Be sure you hire someone who can build your water feature right the first time! Ask your contractor if they specialize in ponds and water features.
Many Master CAC's pride themselves on being not just a water feature installer, but first and foremost a water feature artist. What this means is that they have an eye for design, will work with native rocks, boulders, and plants, and create a feature that looks like it could be found in nature. Ask your contractor if they have a portfolio of artistic water features.
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 of why you got into the water garden hobby, plants in your pond are an important part of the overall water garden recipe. Here are 3 reasons why plants are so important to your pond.
These plants are all beautiful and can still be enjoyed, just keep in mind that you will need to cut them back from time to time or keep them contained in something such as a pot or aquatic planter to avoid them from taking over your pond.
When fall rolls around, the change of seasons is apparent by the beautiful, multi-colored leaves and the cool change in temperatures. It may be your favorite time of year, but how will the cooler temperature and falling leaves affect your water feature? Can ponds and trees live together peacefully in the fall? With a couple precautions and a little maintenance, they can!
Water features are one of the hottest trends in landscaping these days, so it's no wonder that most landscape companies advertise ponds as one of their offerings. The thing is though, ponds are a completely different ball-park than other landscaping projects. It is a complex art that requires specific training and a unique artistic eye.
When adding fish to a new pond or after a cleanout or complete water change, it's best to wait a minimum of 72 hours for the water chemistry and temperature of the pond to stabilize. Make sure to add a double dose of Aquascape Pond Detoxifier when first filling the pond to neutralize chlorine and chloramine, reduce fish stress, and detoxify heavy metals.