- Send pictures of your space via text message to 609-670-6537, or email them to Lisa@SJPonds.com
- Initial call with Lisa - (30 minutes) * FREE over-the-phone estimate * Discuss expectations and ideas
- In-home Consultation - (1 hour) * Discuss details of project in depth providing you with valuable information that is exclusive to the consultation. * Goals, problems, expectations, regulations (HOA, etc.) * $150 to $500 Consultation Fee depending on the scope of the project (credited toward project)
- 50% Deposit required to schedule and hold installation date
- Walk-Through with Lisa’s team sometimes is needed, but not always. * Introduction to the Foreman * Exchange contact information * Set project timeline
Our job at Landvista Aquascapes is to enhance your living space - be it installing a relaxing waterfall or revamping your landscaping to create a relaxing retreat - we’re called in to make things pretty. Of course, that also means that we need to actually spend time in your space while we do that: in an effort to make that process as easy on you as possible, we thought we’d outline the steps taken once you contact us.
*** Steps described in detail below***
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1. Clean your pond. This can be as thorough as full cleanout or as basic as just washing the dirt off the rocks. However you do it, the perfect time is in early Spring before water temperatures climb above 55º.
2. Check the pump. Your pump is the heart of your water feature and it is vital to keep it in good working order. Take it out of the skimmer/vault and wash it off, then inspect the impeller and any other moving parts for excessive wear or damage. The pumps we use usually just need a good rinse and they're ready for the season.
3. Fix leaks. If your pond is constantly losing water, it never gets the chance to become completely established as an ecosystem because the fresh water being added throws off the balance of the ecosystem. Repairing leaks now will contribute to clearer water, less algae, stronger beneficial bacteria, and ultimately a more enjoyable water feature.
4. Remove leaves/debris. Use your hands and a net to pick out whatever doesn't belong in the pond. This is important because that stuff will decompose into sludge that in turn feeds algae blooms.
5. Add bacteria. Beneficial bacteria treatments are essential to a healthy pond ecosystem. These good bacteria compete with the algae for available nutrients, starving the algae of its food source. The Automatic Dosing System we use and install makes this task as easy as changing your socks.
6. Add plants. Plants are an important part of a well-balanced ecosystem. They have the magical ability to transform dirty fish waste into beautiful flowers, and in doing so they reduce the amount of nutrients that would otherwise be feeding the algae you want to limit. .
7. Go easy on the fish food. We all want big, beautiful koi in our ponds, but it is important to have patience with their growth. There is a limit to how much they can eat at any one time; more than that is not just wasteful, it also creates a secondary problem by becoming food for algae.
8. Have fun with it! Your pond is alive, and like you, it enjoys a new look from time to time. Maybe you want to introduce some new aquatic plants and add some different marginals around the water. Maybe you want to add some accent lights and make it into your own special backyard evening retreat. If plants and lights aren't getting you excited, maybe you want to have a stream or a waterfall designed to expand the feature beyond its current borders. Even just moving some rocks around can bring new life to an old pond. If you'd like some help with ideas, or to discover what is possible, come visit our Outdoor Design Center in Atco, NJ and our team of certified pond experts will get to work transforming your visions of the perfect backyard oasis into reality.
Need more information on getting your water feature ready for the season? Check out this short video below:
Although you wouldn't know it by looking out the window, we are merely five days from the start of Spring. This means it is nearly time to do some annual pond cleaning. Even if your pond was just cleaned last year, leaves and debris have most likely been falling in throughout the winter and decaying into muck on the bottom. Performing a spring cleaning can help prevent future problems from arising throughout the pond season. Some pond enthusiasts are happy to handle their own maintenance, but you can always hire a professional to take care of it for you. For our neighbors in the Camden/Burlington/Gloucester area, Landvista Aquascapes has a team of pond experts that are trained by the best in the world to properly care for your ponds and water features.
Landvista Aquascapes provides Pond & Water Feature Design, Installation & Maintenance -Repair services for South New Jersey Homeowners