Backyard Fish Pond with Stream
(Picture of the Tranquility Elite Pond Package offered by Atlantis Water Gardens in Morris County (Denville), NJ with backyard fish pond, meandering, natural stream and boulder style waterfalls.)
At Atlantis Water Gardens, we are often asked by our clients, "Do I need to clean my water feature this year?" (Water Feature can mean a pond, waterfall or fountain) There are certainly many factors that could bring about a yes or no answer to this question.
Typically, many of the concerns people have before purchasing and having a water feature installed revolve around the topic of how much maintenance will be involved. To be completely candid, from years of trade shows, garden tours and other events, when I am face to face with potential clients the first reaction when they see a water feature of any kind is, "That looks like way too much maintenance for me." The good news is they are usually less maintenance than the lawn or garden they replaced. Better yet, manufacturers like Aquascape, Inc., have developed and tested many revolutionary tools to reduce the already low maintenance.
The topic of this article often creates a level of confusion because two terms are often used to describe the maintenance performed in the Spring months. One term is cleaning and the other term is opening, so lets dive into this a little deeper.
What does a pond, waterfall Or fountain CLEANING entail?
We define the cleaning of a water feature as the process by which we restore the overall functionality similar to when it was originally installed. The cleaning of your pond, waterfall or fountain may include the following:
What does a pond, waterfall or fountain OPENING entail?
The opening of a water feature is usually a much simpler process than a full cleaning. Technically, the opening process is included in the cleaning process. The opening of your pond, waterfall or fountain may include the following:
(Pond debris being removed by hand during a pond drain & clean by Atlantis Water Gardens)
There is less involved with the pond & waterfall opening as compared to a full pond cleaning. The water is not drained and any wildlife are not handled during the pond opening service. Usually customers choose the full cleaning unless the water feature was just recently installed or there was no debris in the bottom.
Reasons For Cleaning Your Pond, Waterfall Or Fountain
There are a multitude of reasons that customers request to have their water feature cleaned. Usually, the number 1 reason is that they'd like it to look as good as it did the year before and having it cleaned is normally something done at the beginning of each water gardening season. Here are some other reasons that you would want to clean your water feature.
(Picture of filamentous string algae)
Reasons Not To Have Your Pond, Waterfall Or Fountain Cleaned
(Small backyard fish pond with waterfall covered by green moss.)
There are many good reasons to have your pond or water feature cleaned each Spring, but admittedly there are also a few reasons why you might want to forgo a cleaning this year. Let's take a look at a few scenarios that might deem it unneccessary to have your water feature cleaned this season:
What If I Don't Want To Have My Pond Cleaned And Would Rather Have It Renovated By A Pond, Waterfall or Fountain Professional?
Each and every year we are contacted by homeowners that have owned a home or just purchased a home with a pond, waterfall or fountain and seek us out for guidance. The typical inquiry that we get is, "Help! we have this water feature and have no idea what to do." So here are some helpful tips to get you started with our consultation services.
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Owning a pond, waterfall or fountain certainly doesn't need to be difficult, so be sure to contact us to see what we can do to educate you and set your mind at ease. For more educational information be sure to visit www.atlantiswatergardens.com or for more inspiration visit our Facebook page and start following us!
At Your Service,
Jaak & JoAnn Harju
Atlantis Water Gardens
Helpful Pond & Water Feature Links:
Water Features Openings/Closings Webpage
What To Expect When Building a Large Water Feature
Construction of a Low Maintenance Backyard Fish Pond
Jaak Harju has been designing, building and maintaining ponds and water features in Morris County, NJ, as well as across the Country
(even a few international gigs!) for almost 2 decades.
In 2010, his company, Atlantis Water Gardens in Denville, NJ, was awarded Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) Of The Year by Aquascape Inc. and in 2014 he received the distinction of Water Feature Artist of the Year and Master CAC.