Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation|Rochester|New York|NY
Fall Pond Maintenance & Winter Preparation
If there are large trees located near your pond then you will want to consider netting your pond. In the Rochester & Western NY areas this should get done before leaves make their way down usually at the end of September or early October. Once the majority of leaves fall the net can be removed and put away for the winter.
Cut Back Pond Plants
Your pond plants will be at their best from all their summer growth. With lower temperatures coming soon, your beautiful plants will turn ugly and dieback. If left unattended in the fall, this foliage will turn brown and decompose into the pond creating a mess. Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls recommend pruning all pond plants close to the water's surface. Tropical plants including floating hyacinths and others should be removed prior to winter.
Adding A Pond Aerator
Part of fall pond preparations is adding an aerator. This will help oxygenate your pond and keep an opening in the ice for all the harmful (to fish & frogs) gases from decomposing leaves and plants in your pond to escape.
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Clean Out Decaying Aquatic Plants From Your Pond|Rochester|new York|NY
Summer in Rochester & Western NY can be brutal with intense heat, high humidity & scorching sun. Backyard fish ponds become susceptible to algae bloom & water problems. Make time to clear out decaying lily pads and other aquatic plants in your pond to help keep algae growth to a minimum in your water garden.
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Is The Pond Too Hot For My Koi?|Rochester|NY|New York|Near Me
Can Warm Temperatures Have An Impact On My Koi Fish Or Pond?
It’s July in Rochester (NY) and the summer heat may have you questioning the water temperature in your koi pond. Although Koi can survive in up to 90 degrees F. it doesn’t mean they’re healthy at that temperature.
Make sure your pond has plenty of circulation and oxygenation with waterfalls and/or deep aeration to protect your fish from the heat.
How Will Aeration Help My Pond?
The addition of deep aeration in the summer will help turn over the entire pond including warm surface temperatures and cool bottom temperatures which will help cool the pond.
Once summer is over, the aeration system should be changed to shallow water. This will help keep an opening in the ice and provide a slightly warmer temperature for your fish on the pond bottom.
Waterfall aeration will help add oxygen to the pond encouraging growth of beneficial bacteria which also helps keep the water clear.
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New Koi Pond Installation|Rochester|NY|New York|Near Me
Project Showcase Of Michele & George's Backyard Koi Pond Oasis In Pittsford NY
We would like to share the transformation of this beautiful backyard retreat that includes a fish pond, stream, waterfalls and the addition of accent rocks & plants. With low maintenance in mind, we wanted to create an interactive water garden that would be fun for the whole family from both inside and out.
Check Out This 5 Star Review By The Homeowners of Their Experience of Working With Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls
"Tom turned a dream into reality. His vision, creativity and talent turned a shady patch of grass into a gorgeous pond, waterfall and stream. Such a pleasure to work with him and his team".
- Michele & George M.
Pittsford, New York (NY)
Thinking About Adding a Little Bit of Paradise to Your Backyard (or Front) ? We Would Love to Hear From You!
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Is Wetland Filtration Right For My Koi Pond|Rochester|NY|New York|near Me
Having water clarity problems or thinking about upgrading your Rochester NY pond? You may want to consider adding a wetland filter.
A constructed wetland or bog filter functions similar to biological filter (waterfall filter) except there is an up-flow system that recirculates the water underneath and a shallow, plant filled area with gravel to help bacteria colonization. It mimics a natural wetland and provides crystal clear water quality.
If wetland filtration was a car, think of it as the Tesla.
The addition of a properly installed constructed (bog) wetlands will make any pond look natural and beautiful. Did you know more plant and animal life is associated with natural wetlands than any ecosystem in the world? By adding a wetland you are not only improving your ponds health but also adding to the diversity of nature.
Constructed wetlands can be installed on new water gardens or added to an existing pond!
Check Out The Water Clarity Of A Wetland Filtration System On This 6' Deep Koi Pond!
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Water Garden Ideas For Your Backyard Renovation|Rochester|NY|New York|Near me
Summer will come soon, if you are thinking about a new pond or upgrading your old pond in Rochester New York (NY), you really don’t need to talk to anyone else. Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls can help you with it.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. Sometimes all you need is a simple bench to listen to the music coming from the sound of the waterfalls, or a chair to enjoy the view of your water feature.
A water feature is clearly the heart of the gardens, you can attract birds, dragonflies, frogs, butterflies and more.
Add Something New To Your Backyard Pond
It’s always fun to add new elements to your outdoor living space. The new addition could be as simple as a waterlily or fish … or it could be a bit bigger, like a beautiful bubbling urn or water wall.
Whatever your water garden dreams may be during this frosty season, be sure to make a plan for turning those pondering dreams into reality. Scour pages of water garden photo books, visit our web page on Patio Ponds or Pondless Waterfalls that have inspirational photos, dig through garden magazines that showcase water features and landscape design to find landscaping ideas.
Add A Waterfall Or Stream To Your Pond
Waterfalls are a natural source of white noise and are ideal for sleep and masking distracting sounds. Listening to a waterfall is a great way to wash your daily worries away: close your eyes or lie down, and let the natural sounds permeate your mind.
Add a Fountain To Your Existing Pond
Fountains assist in the process of moving the water from the surface with the bottom. The water towards the bottom becomes oxygenated through the aeration brought on by the fountain.
Plenty of inspiration abounds to help you plan now for an even more enjoyable season of water gardening ahead!
Water gardens provide sanctuary by offering food, water, shelter, and a place for wildlife.
Log onto our image gallery at www.acornponds/gallery for more photos to inspire you as you dream and plan new features for your water garden.
Add LED Underwater Lights...
With today's busy lifestyle, it is often difficult to find the time to enjoy your Rochester New York (NY) water garden and landscape during the day but, with the addition of LED underwater lights and LED pond lighting systems..... enjoying your or outdoor living space is easy... day or night!
Create More Areas For Aquatic Plants
Consider adding a few marginal plants to soften the edges of your pond, and then take it one step further and consider adding a few plants just outside of the pond to naturalize it.
Pond plants to help control algae and balance your pond or water garden.
Better filtration, cleaner water and less maintenance. Keep aquatic plants neat, orderly, and fresh so you can naturally maintain the pond over depending on water treatments
If You Need Help Or Have Any Pond Maintenance Questions, Call Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls In Rochester (NY) (585) 442-6373
What Is The Importance Of Cleaning My Fish Pond This Spring?|Rochester|NY|New York|Near Me
Spring is here in Rochester (NY) and we recommend that your pond receive a full cleaning at least once or twice per year by Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls to help maintain its low maintenance and beautiful appearance.
Failure to perform an annual clean out could result in increased maintenance or fish health issues not to mention possible increased repairs for your pond or pump.
Landscape Designer / Pond Contractor, Tom Warmerdam has been designing, installing & maintaining koi ponds, water features, patios, landscape lighting & creating outdoor living area paradises all around Rochester, New York (NY) for over 30 years. His company Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls was awarded by Aquascape Inc. as one of the top 100 in North America in 2014. He has been attending conferences at Aquascape headquarters every year since 2004 in Chicago, Ill to maintain his Certification(Certified Aquascape Contractor) status.