Our fleet continues to grow in 2018 with the addition of a new custom vacuum truck system.
With spring quickly approaching it is time to start thinking about projects for your landscape. Maybe you have been thinking about building a pond for your backyard, but don’t know where to start? Have no fear Pondworks is here to help! In this post we wanted to discuss the differences between garden ponds and koi ponds. While these water features might look similar, there are quite a few differences that distinguish these ponds from one another. This discussion could help you get closer to creating that pond of your dreams or renovating an existing pond…
As fall temperatures set in, don't forget to maintain your water features and ponds so they stay healthy over the winter.
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PondWorks Owner & Founder is chosen as to be a judge in the 2017 POND Trade Magazine's 2017 Water Artisan of the Year contest.
Final site layout and wetlands designation verification for our first Natural Swimming Pool construction project.
We are honored to announce that PondTrade Magazine awarded us as the winner of the Most Naturalistic category for their Water Artisans of the Year competition. PondWorks was also awarded Runner Up in the Best Overall category. Look for our spread in the March / April edition or see the following links on the PondTrade website:
The pond is starting to take shape and look more like a pond. We are adding the finishing touches to the boulders and have added the layers of filtration stones to the bogs. The bogs will help with the natural filtration of the pond. We use layers of three different types of stones to help with the filter the bog. Eventually we will plant aquatic plantings in the filtration medium, which will also help with the filtration process. Just a few more days of final touches and the construction of the waterfall and then we will add the water! Stay tuned...
The koi pond construction continues to run smoothly and we are continuing the boulder placement process. We recently added the bridge to the pond, which was constructed out of of old granite slabs. Concrete pillars were formed to anchor the slabs and give the bridge support. The granite slabs will be added to the landscape so that the theme of the linear pieces will be found throughout the garden. Lots more to look forward to, stay tuned!
We have made a ton of progress at our new koi pond construction job. By a ton, we mean a whole lot of boulders for this pond! The filtration and the liner have been laid out and now we are onto the boulder placement. The boulders not only help secure the liner down, but they also help make the pond look naturalistic and as if it were formed naturally. The boulders are native to Pennsylvania and come from a quarry that we like to keep secret. Our owner Brian Buchholtz takes a lot of pride in his boulders and is exceptionally great at boulder placement. He takes every boulder into consideration and even takes the time to hand select most boulders at the quarry for every project he does. We feel that this attention detail, that most would overlook, helps set us a part as pond builders. The boulder placement takes time and we have learned a lot from many mistakes and successes. We feel very lucky to have the resources and people that we have, on our team. This project is well under way and we look forward to more progress and updates...stay tuned for more!
In December, we wrote about and exciting design project for a new koi pond. After a lot of planning and coordination with all project parties and township permitting we are finally breaking ground in Bucks County, Pa! This week we visited the site and measured out the pond. Thanks to our drone we were able to check our measurements and the layout of the pond was right on point. You can see in the image below that we super imposed our site plan on-top of a photo of the site from our drone and everything is lining up. The first step to this construction process is the construction of a retaining wall due to a slight grade in the backyard and we need to a level site to construct this pond. Once the grade is level and the wall is constructed we will start digging the pond. Stay tuned for more project updates!
PondWorks was asked to survey a fountain in NYC with specifications for heating an existing outdoor fountain. The fountain is not only outdoors, but also home to Noguchi statues. The owner of the fountain would like to heat the fountain so that it can function all year round, while also preserving the valuable art. Our team made the trip to Manhattan and took measurements and specs in order to properly asses the necessary equipment. We were given an extensive tour of the fountain and the impressive equipment room. We hope to help steer the client in the right direction in order to properly preserve this work of art for everyone to enjoy.
Algae are tough. There are thousands of species of algae and many can thrive with a handful of nutrients and a small amount of light, even in the freezing temperatures of your pond.
The key ingredients for algae to grow are food and light.
Food comes from decomposing organics in the pond which produce phosphorous and nitrogen that the algae feed on. In warmer times, natural bacteria break down these nutrients thus cutting the food supply for the algae. In the cooler months of winter, the same bacteria go dormant and the algae can often thrive. Winter bacteria additives can be one method of regulating this winter bloom.
This winter we have been busy designing a new koi pond for a client in Bucks County, PA. Not only are we designing the pond in-house, but we are also teaming up with our landscape division, Stillwater Landscape Associates. With the help of Stillwater we have been able incorporate planting schemes in and around the pond. We are excited for Spring to come and start building another new pond for our clients and their fish!
PondWorks is Proud to become a BioNova Natural Pool partner, in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area.
As the global trend of Natural Swimming Pools or NSP’s gains popularity it the United States BioNova is in our opinion the leader in NSP design and is at the forefront of NSP’s in the USA.
There are many possibilities with Natural Swimming Pools to enjoy an environmentally friendly and chemical free pool. PondWorks has 20 years of experience in aquatic design, construction and maintenance of ponds, pools, fountains and other water systems. We have been fortunate enough to be able to couple our knowledge and experience with that of the BioNova system and the countless successful NSPs they have helped to develop across the globe.
PondWorks has been awarded the contract to build the duck pond and stream exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo’s new KidZoo U: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center.
Scheduled to open in the Spring of 2013 the project will include indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits geared towards young visitors. The project is being managed by W.S. Cumby Construction Managers. The new interactive children’s center will transform both indoor and outdoor space and will be the first LEED certified zoo building in Pennsylvania. The duck pond exhibit will incorporate an upper pond, stream, waterfalls and lower pond into the larger outdoor landscape designed by Viridian Landscape Studio. The outdoor setting will set a new standard in storm water management and sustainability for the zoo. The duck habitat will be one part of the outdoor design that includes rainwater collection, wetland and native plantings and a natural landscape that references Southeastern Pennsylvania.
PondWorks was contracted to construct two fountains for the Lancaster Cancer Center, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. Designed by Ballinger Architects, with Jonathan Alderson Landscape architects and Benchmark Construction Co. Inc. as the Construction Manager the $44million facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. PondWorks worked with Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects to detail the reflecting pools for locations at the main entrance and within a courtyard healing garden.
These concrete and stainless steel reflecting pools will operate chemical free by using UV sterilization and ionizers to purify the water. The pools will be integrated into the rainwater collection system and help slow and distribute water into the environment.
PondWorks is part of the design team for Viridian Landscape Studio, along with SMP Architects and Philadelphia Zoo staff to develop a new duck pond habitat for the Philadelphia Zoo. This Duck Pond and naturalized stream is part of the new Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo and KidZoo U, a redevelopment of the historic Pachyderm House. The new interactive children’s center will transform both indoor and outdoor space and will be the first LEED certified zoo building in Pennsylvania.
PondWorks has been tasked with helping to bring the pond and water feature concept into reality. Design and planning of the ponds, filtration systems, rock work, water proofingand aquatic plantings will be considered to help transform what is now the old Pachyderm paddocks. The outdoor setting will set a new standard in storm water management and sustainability for the zoo. The duck habitat will be one part of the outdoor design that includes rainwater collection, wetland and native plantings and a natural landscape that references Southeastern Pennsylvania.
PondWorks consulted on this natural pool project and is now providing maintenance services. As the concept is not new but it is beginning to catch on. The idea of biological filtration, constructed wetlands and balanced eco-systems is commonplace in the water garden industry and many eco minded pool owners are jumping in. PondWorks has other natural pool projects on the boards.