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Review For Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls On Angie's List Client: Megan G. of Rochester NY
Work Completed Date: October 11, 2015
Hire Again: Yes
Approximate Cost: $6,000.00
Description Of Work: Complete overhaul of my 11' by 8' pond. Drained and cleaned it, replaced the bio balls, added underwater lights, added a copper ionizer to reduce algae growth (it works!), and fixed two major leaks.
Angie's List Member Comments: Acorn is great. They did an excellent job at fixing up the pond and helped me come up with a plan to make it low maintenance. It has been super easy to take care of with their help. I haven't had a pond before so I don't have a good price benchmark, but the prices seemed a little high. That being said, the service was great and I have continued to use them for the last year and trust them 100%. Thomas takes his time with customers - he will spend whatever time you need to understand how to operate your pond and give you free advice on things like how to find the right fish. Share on Band of Neighbors: Yes
Relationship: Client Project Date: May 2015 Project Price Range: $1,000-$9,999
I hired Tom after interviewing a few companies regarding my existing two-tiered pond with waterfall that had become overgrown with algae and a maintenance nightmare. Most companies offered a maintenance program to clean periodically as the solution, but Tom offered a solution that required limited maintenance. While the other solutions would have been less costly they didn't get to the root of the problem and were more of a Band-Aid approach. Tom's Aquascape solution made more sense to me in that it included an ionizer, beneficial bacteria dozer, skimmer and BOG filtration system. I did question the cost of his solution during the process, but now feel I received fair value for the solution he brought to the table. It has been 2 months since he completed his work and I'm very pleased with the results. The ionizer after finding the correct setting and beneficial bacteria dozer has kept 95+% of the algae away. I get the occasional string of algae that is easy enough to rake out and allows me to see and enjoy the beautiful Koi that I have. The skimmer has trapped all the debris that falls into the pond after the last few windy months that would have settled on the bottom. While I am grateful for all that and it has truly allowed me to enjoy my pond again, my favorite thing Tom did was install the BOG filtration system, as it has turned the second tier of my pond into a thing of beauty with the incredible plants he put up there. I know that the filtration system is also helping with the algae problems I had, but I really didn't expect to enjoy the beautiful plants up there that give the whole pond a softer look than just looking at a lot of rocks. I also want to communicate that Tom kept his commitments in regards to the timing of the project and has been available if I have any questions. Even when I don't have questions he has followed up multiple times to make sure everything is going well and to see if I needed anything. All in all, Tom and his guys surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend working with him and his company.
Click here to see the review on Houzz Project Date: May 2015 Project Price Range: $1,000 - $9,999 I cannot rave enough about Tom and his talented crew that created a backyard paradise for me (and my goldfish!) on my teeny patio. They were a pleasure to have working at my home and I am totally thrilled with their finished product! I would not hesitate to recommend Acorn Ponds and Waterfalls. Top notch! Click here to watch a video of this project Nancy G. Rochester, New York (NY)
"I have always dreamed of having a pond with colorful fish swimming in the deep end, lily pads on the surface, surrounded with lovely flowers of all kinds, frogs hopping too and fro, butterflies, birds chirping, blossoming bushes, and beautiful rocks, some of which I would be collecting on my journeys to far-away places. Well, my dream came true - I called several pond installers - but once I had Tom of Acorn Ponds come to visit and prepare an outline and price, I had an immediate good feeling that he was the one I would feel comfortable with. And I was so right! While I heard of others complain that the "boss" was hardly ever around, Tom was on the job along with his helpers every time. He was conscientious, thorough, trustworthy, followed through to be sure there were no problems, stopped by often to check on the pond status. He was a professional who treated his helpers with great respect which I admired. My friends who have seen the results are so impressed, not only with the workmanship, but the price! I highly recommend Tom!" Click here for image Doloris Y Webster, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"I am retired and went to live with my son and daughter-in-law. After I sold my house, I missed the homemade pond that I had at my house. My son & daughter-in-law said I could put in a pond as long as it was done professionally. I researched pond builders and settled on Acorn. They seemed the most professional and knew a great deal about ponds. My pond and waterfall were installed in a timely manner. The workers worked quickly, quietly and efficiently. Tom had suggested a different spot than the one we thought of. He made a lot of sense and we built the pond close to my entrance. The workers were done in three days and picked up after themselves and did not leave any messes for us. Acorn was very helpful in suggested where to put the electricity. The entire family is enjoying the pond! The waterfall is very calming. The kids and I have enjoyed stocking and feeding the fish. The grandkids show their friends the pond. The pond has attracted a tiny frog which has stayed with us. Also, birds have come. I especially enjoyed a yellow finch which has come to drink from my feeder and also drank from the waterfalls. I know we will enjoy this pond for many years to come." Click here for image Linda Whitcomb Webster, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"The joy of a pond…In anticipation of our wedding rehearsal dinner in 2012, we extended our patio to include a pond feature in our three-room garden landscaping.
The evening did not disappoint anyone as we and our 30 guests enjoyed the soft sounds of the gentle waterfalls throughout the course of the evening’s festivities. As the sun slipped gently into the sunset, the warm lighting of the pond added a soft glow along with some simple hanging lantern lights strung along the fence so our guests could stay as long as they wished.
Throughout the summer our pond provided a morning sanctuary for the birds and for us. We enjoyed breakfast and sipped coffee while being mesmerized by our fish searching for food and flitting around the pond somewhat akin to watching the flames dancing in the campfire.
When we arrived home in the evening, we would call the young koi to dinner and once again marvel in their playfulness as the gently nibbled on our fingers. Hours would slide by with friends and family enjoying the transformation from summer to fall as the gorgeous oak leaf hydrangea began to turn a rich crimson hue .
The hydrangea have lost their leaves and the fish are dormant in their little cave while the snow gently transforms the landscape and the pond covers with a thin sheet of ice. Our pond never completely closes as the soft bubbling air makes sure the little ones hiding deep within remain with us until spring when perhaps a few new ones will appear. We hope so.
We want to thank Tom Wamerdam of Acorn Landscaping for creating this tranquil and idyllic space for us in our own back yard. He has given us a gift that will last a lifetime."
"Project: Installed an 11' x 16' pond (with a fish cave and underwater lights), a 14' stream with a waterfall into the pond, and a landscaped area around it all. A large Red Maple tree had to be removed, a house drain pipe extended, and dirt and stone to build up the area was needed.
Maintenance: Acorn Landscaping comes every spring to clean out the pond and readjust stones or overgrown plants. While doing this, careful attention is paid to the Koi and frogs.
Comments: Would highly recommend Acorn Landscaping and Tom Warmerdam. Tom is an experienced professional. The project was completed within the time specified and within budget. The work area was always left neat. Tom was easy to talk with to discuss ideas and desires and reach agreement on the outcome. His designs fit your surroundings and are unique to your house. (They are not a "cookie cutter" design.) Tom's knowledge and expertise was, and still is, extremely helpful when a question has arisen. He is prompt to respond. Tom recommended the fish cave and I would highly recommend one to anyone installing a pond. The fish use it all the time and it offers them protection from overhead predators which are frequent in my area. The selection of trees, shrubs, and plantings for the landscaped area provide visual interest & design. They provide food for the birds, and they flower at different times so there is always something blooming and providing visual appeal. The water plants also are very varied and bloom at different times. The water lilies have rooted well and provide many flowers. The pond is now so well established with it's own environment that there is nothing I need to do to maintain it. How much work would be required on my part to maintain the pond and stream had been a concern. The first year took some work, the second a little work, and from then on the pond maintains itself. My pond and stream stay running all year long and the fish survive just fine. I put a heater in one end to make sure there is an opening for air exchange in case the waterfall area totally freezes over. The winter pond gives a different effect and you can still see the water running in the stream under a covering of ice and hear the water in the waterfall.
It's delightful to sit by the pond and watch the fish swimming around and listen to the waterfall." Click here for image Pam W. Mendon, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom transformed our overgrown weed patch into an outdoor oasis with his landscape design. Now, instead of being the place that we avoid, it's the first place that we take friends to when they visit. We love sitting on our patio early in the morning before work, or after a tough day. The water feature and patio add peace and tranquility to the backyard and we love it!" Click here for image Susan & Bob Brighton, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Thanks for this wonderful water garden, Tom. When we sit out on the patio, listening to the waterfall, taking in the lush plantings and beautiful setting that you've created, we feel like we've been transported to a luxurious resort. Thank you" Click here for image Deborah L Hughes Greece, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"We want to thank Tom and his team from Acorn Landscaping for their professional work. Tom provided us with a detailed design plan and listened patiently to our many questions and made excellent recommendations. The end result, Tom transformed our “plain” backyard into an artistic landscape oasis making our backyard space an extension of our house that we will enjoy for years to come. They exceeded our expectations and we will highly recommend them. Great job and thank you again." Click here for image Walter and Anna Greece, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Anyone hiring a contractor these days does so with a certain amount of nervousness. There are so many stories of people being unhappy with the outcome or being left in the lurch after most of the investment has been made. I am happy to report that our experience working with Acorn was a pleasure from start to finish. We were looking for someone who would listen to our rough vision and translate it into something even better. Tom took the time at the beginning to really understand what we wanted and how it could work in our back yard.
Once the work began, Tom and his team turned up every day that they scheduled – and on time every day. Tom was meticulous in preparing the site, so we know it is going to last many, many years.
We couldn’t be happier with the finished garden and landscape design. We just had our first backyard party and the guests all commented that it looked like the stream and waterfall had always been there and that if they had a garden like this, they would want to spend all day sitting outside." Click here for image Geoff and Karen Penfield, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Acorn Landscaping installed a pondless waterfall, landscaping, and patio in our backyard this July. Our whole family has enjoyed it immensely, including the cat who loves to watch and listen from inside the house. It has also been very popular with friends who have visited. We had a "deck party" about a month after the waterfall was put in, with about 16 people. Before we knew it the entire party had moved off the deck and down to the waterfall area - I'm glad Tom suggested adding a patio to the location!
Tom and his crew worked very efficiently and professionally, and came each day until the job was complete. Our experience with them was a very happy one, and it was so nice not to have the backyard in disarray for weeks. We recommend them highly! I also would like to tell folks that the waterfall has been virtually maintenance-free. We have not had to add water to the tank once; now in the late fall I just have to grab falling leaves out of the falls. It is mid-November and the waterfall is still running as we can't bear to shut it down for the winter." Click here for image Kim P. Penfield, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Before creating a beautiful, graceful and colorful 50 ft garden in place of the wild area bordering the side of my steep hill, Tom had to determine what had been causing sinkholes to appear and reappear on the hill in spite of professional repairs. He correctly diagnosed a significant underground leak and expertly engineered the repair. Tom has the gift to really hear the desires of the client, then incorporate them into a a magnificent garden palate. I even bought a new camera to better capture the splendor." Click here for image Michele E. Irondequoit, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"We hired Tom and Acorn Landscaping to improve and beautify an existing pond and waterfall. The entire stone waterfall was dismantled and rebuilt into a wonderful cascading stream with three waterfalls into the remaining pond. Tom worked closely with us to ensure we received our vision of a relaxing, calm sanctuary adjacent to our bluestone patio. He recommended a planting and lighting scheme which highlights the entire project. He and his staff were very professional - on time, great communication and extremely neat at the job site. We would strongly recommend Acorn Landscaping for a pond/waterfall project. It was a pleasure to work with Tom!" Click here for image Doug & Diana Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
Excellent service & great design sense! Tom not only put in our pond but also landscaped a good portion of our backyard using the pond and stream as a “centerpiece”. Click here for image Roger & Karen R. Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom, Thank you so much for the work you did for our pond! It looks fantastic. The waterfall is flowing better since you cleaned everything out. I'm so grateful!" Kelly S. Chili, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom, I appreciated the thorough job you and Paul did, with such details as multiple levels for plants and boulders to add interest when viewing the pond. The waterfall is impressive, and the underwater lighting adds a lot to the effect. Paul ("the rock whisperer") spent a lot of time getting all the rocks and boulders placed just right, and properly secured. I'm looking forward to many enjoyable hours by my new pond!" Click here for image Jim D. Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom and his crew did a wonderful job installing our pond. They took time for attention to all details and were very anxious to please us. We have enjoyed the pond so much since having it installed, it seems like it has always been there, and looks part of the scenery around it." Click here for image David & Betsy Ogles Greece, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom installed a new front walk for our house. He is wonderful to work with and helped us convert our initial ideas into a very attractive design. The work was done very carefully with no damage to the surrounding plantings. The finished walk is even more beautiful than we expected and we are still getting positive comments from our neighbors. We're planning to install a pond next year and will definitely have Acorn Landscaping do that project." John Nelson Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom, If you have been thinking of creating a space of beauty and peace in your backyard, you have come to the right website. In just three weeks time, Tom transformed my back yard into a place of peace and light. He is passionate about his work, and it shows in every detail. He is talented, ethical, trustworthy, friendly and prompt! It was great working with him.
I sincerely thank you for helping me realize my vision. You created a paradise for my nieces, nephews, birds, and chipmunks. I especially appreciate how you helped me bring a part of my father's essence into the yard. It does my spirit good to hear the water, see the animals, and connect with the Great Spirit." Click here for image Cynthia E. Brighton, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom, You did such a wonderful job on our outdoor patio and landscaping. The brick and slate compliment each other very well. The highlight of our patio is the waterfall, stream and landscaping. These features make the space and extension to our home. Family and friends always love relaxing while listening to all the birds that now visit because of the waterfall and stream. It looks like it has been there forever!
We thank you, Tom very much. The space that you designed and executed turned out absolutely perfect. The landscape lighting adds such a nice touch to all the trees and really displays the focal point of the space, the waterfall and stream. Your workmanship was meticulous and it really shows that you enjoy what you do." Thanks again Click here for image George and Maria Sirotenko Brighton, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom is a professional in every sense. He designed a landscape that met our specifications and rapidly transformed our yard into a 'little slice of paradise'. It is a pleasure to come home to such a beautiful yard, which has brightened the neighborhood." Click here for image Joseph Wedekind Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers (especially the Master Gardeners) associated with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Monroe County extend to you a heartfelt THANK YOU for the donation and installation of the pond-less water feature at the entrance of our Extension office.
We each have special reasons for appreciating the water feature; sound, motion, sparkling water or wildlife it will draw, as part of the welcome to our office. Thanks for demonstrating your support of Cooperative Extension with this water feature. Thank you so much for the gift. You donation is an investment in our community! We will work in earning continuation of your support." Walter N. Nelson, Horticulture Program Leader Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University
"THANK YOU! I have been thinking about this project for years (as you well know) and when making the decision on this investment in my home, TRUST was the main factor. You and D gave this project 150% - as if it was your own. I greatly appreciate your hard work and commitment to creating a beautiful outcome. I will wake up each morning to look at your stunning creation. Looking forward to the next project!" Click here for image Caroline P. Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Excellent service & great design sense! Tom not only put in our pond but also landscaped a good portion of our backyard using the pond and stream as a “centerpiece.” Click here for image Roger & Karen R. Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom Warmerdam truly loves what he does & is extremely enthusiastic about ponds and streams. He is very knowledgeable & shares information so others will be successful pond owners. His standards and quality of work are excellent." Click here for image Pam W. Mendon, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Acorn Landscaping did a great job and Tom Warmerdam was on site every day as our vision took shape. We love the final product and would recommend Acorn Landscaping for ponds, streams, waterfalls and landscaping." Click here for image John C. Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"I can't thank you enough for my little backyard paradise." My pond was dug out on Earth Day and one week later (Arbor Day) the plants were placed. I was blown away with your professionalism and workmanship. Never in my life has a contractor promised and delivered exactly what I wanted. It is so beautiful and natural looking. People who come to see it can not believe it's only a few months old. My fish love their new habitat as well, only four months old and I just discovered we've had babies! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I absolutely love my piece of paradise." Click here for image Kathy M. Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom did an excellent job in designing & installing the plants"
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467243113312816&set=a.465330870170707.94651.103109283059536&&theater"We are very pleased with our "Four Season" gardens in the front and side yards. Each season brings new developments. We are awaiting the Fall foliage. Tom did an excellent job in designing & installing the plants. He also gives tips on maintaining them." Janet Montgomery & Jim Fay Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"I just cleaned off the top of my desk and found the lovely card you sent. Belated thanks and sorry I did not gather a few thoughts together sooner.
I was more than happy with all the work you did; I was absolutely thrilled!! Sitting at my desk in the family room I can see and hear the waterfall; I can even see and sometimes actually “hear” the fish coming to the surface to snatch an unsuspecting bug! During the warmer weather when the windows are open the sound of the waterfall can be heard throughout my house.
Even to this day people walking around the neighborhood stop and comment about how beautiful the landscaping is, not only the pond, but around the entire house. The rock wall along the back of the property has just added a nice finishing touch to the landscape. People driving by even slow down to catch a glimpse of the pond."
"Tom, Adding a pond to my small backyard was a dream I had for many years. Your design and workmanship far exceeded my expectations and the pond with its water falls adds tranquility to my life all year long. In the summer I find myself sitting near the pond and enjoying the peaceful sound of the water, while watching the fish. The way you tied the pond into the landscaping was brilliant. I use to think my backyard was ugly and now it's my pride and joy." Click here for image Rick L. Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"I had a very positive experience with Acorn Landscaping and would not hesitate to contact them for future projects." Click here for image Jean H. Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom is a miracle worker! He miraculously changed our embarrassing, eye-sore of a backyard into our personal paradise! As we watch with amazement we realize that he designed and planted the yard in such a way that something new begins to bloom and blossom just as something else passes its blooming peak. North, south, east or west, there is a spectacular and beautiful vision! Thank you, Tom!" Click here for image Marcia & Rod Frohman Rochester, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom, Very happy with the installation. Tom has been very proactive in his advice, and is responsive to my many questions. Everyone who visits comments on the beauty and tranquility of the design." Click here for image Patricia H. Pittsford, Monroe County, New York (NY)
"Tom Warmerdam did a great job." "He did almost all the artwork by himself. He was so excited about his creations he was fun to watch. My friends also noticed his excitement of his job. He was great and proud of what he was producing." Click here for image Doloris Y. Webster, Monroe County, New York (NY)
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