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What is an ecosystem?

An ecosystem is a community of plants and animals living and interacting with one another sharing their available resources. An ecosystem encompasses all aspects and elements of this environment. It includes what we normally think of as the living, such as plants and animals, as well as more subtle components, such as air, water, and the sun's energy.

Ponds are ecosystems because they host birds, fish, frogs, plants, and microscopic organisms. Ponds not only create a natural ecosystem in their own environment, but they extend beyond the homeowner's back yard into the entire region.

What size is best?

Location and size are the two most important decisions to make about your new water feature. By some estimates, 90 percent of original water features sold are replaced later with larger ones. We never hear “I wish I had built a smaller one.” Generally speaking, a water feature that is about 11' x 16' will give you plenty of space to enjoy an extensive variety of different plants and fish. You'll find that placing your new water feature as close to your house as possible will let you view it from several places inside the house. Usually people prefer to place their gardens next to the patio so the waterfalls face either the family room or kitchen window to provide constant enjoyment. In addition, you will also want the pond strategically placed by your favorite outdoor sitting area.

How deep should it be?

We suggest from eighteen inches to two feet deep. We build each pond utilizing shelves that are six to twelve inches high. These shelves are then covered in rocks and gravel. By varying the depth of the shelves, a natural looking pond is created.

What are the advantages to a water garden?

A water garden requires less time, maintenance, and less water than the same size area of grass. And unlike a lawn, a well-designed water garden is self-maintaining.

How much do I feed my fish?

While it is fun to feed your fish, it is not really necessary in a well-design ecosystem pond. Remember that in an ecosystem, everything that is required is already included. We establish the right balance of plants, fish, and beneficial bacteria. We supplement this ecosystem with mechanical filtration that constantly removes debris from the pond and ensures proper aeration. If you choose to feed your fish, feed them only what they can consume in about one minute. You might try the “people foods” of watermelon, broccoli, cabbage, or spinach. What a surprise to find your koi will love them!

What do I do with my fish in the winter?

A water feature that is well-designed is the perfect year round home for your goldfish and koi. Once the average daily water temperature drops below 50 degrees, you don't need to feed your fish because they spend the winter hibernating. It is, however, very important to keep a hole in the ice to prevent toxic gases from building up.

How many fish can I safely put in the pond?

In the first year of your new pond, you should not introduce more than one inch of fish per square foot of pond surface area; however in subsequent years, three inches is safe. And in the interest of your more established fish, introduce only one or two new ones at a time no more frequently than every six weeks.

What about mosquitoes?

Your pond is designed so the water is constantly flowing, and normally mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. However, if a mosquito should lay her eggs in your pond, it only provides more food for your fish!

Why hire a professional to install my pond?

We've spent many hours of classroom time in learning the proper installation of water gardens – so mistakes were made there – not in your back yard! And we're highly trained in horticulture, so we can recommend the best plantings to compliment your pond or to attract birds and butterflies – if you wish. We make your pond, stream, and waterfall look as if it's always been there – that you chose to build your house right next to a sparkling pond.

What is the cost?

In general, your new water feature will cost about as much as a hot tub, but will require far less maintenance and will actually increase your property value! Our projects start around thirty five hundred dollars. Options and features that make your water garden specifically and uniquely yours will be determined at your personal Design Consultation.

We look forward to serving you soon.

   

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