When property owners think about installing a small pond, one thing they may overlook is the importance of aquatic plants. Yes, even a small scale natural pond needs enough plants to thrive and support a balanced ecosystem. Modern Design Aquascaping has rounded up some favorite aquatic plants that do well in a small pond, and in the Tennessee climate. Note that USDA Zones 5b through 8a are represented in Tennessee.
This submerged plant is wildly popular and features tiny white flowers which develop on the surface of the water every summer. Anacharis grows rooted in the pond substrate or potted in sand.
Aquatic Forget Me Not
This plant has beautiful blue flowers about which are only a ¼” in diameter. They thrive in full to part sun and bloom all summer long.
A well-loved, low-maintenance favorite, Creeping Jenny grows only about 1 to 3″ in height. Its light green leaves will form a mat along the edge of a shallow pond and can drape over rocks beautifully.
Golden Japanese Sweet Flag
Sweet flag offers light green foliage with bright yellow stripes. Dwarf Variegated Sweet Flag is often used to brighten up the shady spots of a pond, adding texture and color to the and edges. This plant grows 8 to 12 inches tall.
Love water lilies? Here's a mini you'll adore. Helvola flowers are only 2-3″ in diameter and bloom from spring until frost. This plant also loves full sun.
Did you know that impatiens can work for a pond? It's true! Planted them on the margins of your small pond, between rocks or at the edges of a stream. They love shade and will grow into a brilliant focal point in any pond.
Yellow Water Snowflake
Known for its frilly, star-shaped yellow flowers, the yellow water snowflake grows best in 4 to 24 inches of water. This one spreads quickly and may require occasional trimming.
What questions do you have about creating your own water garden? Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you with any water feature project, big or small. Whether you need us to do all of the dirty work, or if you just need a bit of guidance along the way, we can help. Visit our website today or call 865-995-1234 to request more information.
Much of fall pond maintenance revolves around keeping falling leaves out of the water. If these leaves fall into the pond, they will begin to decay and negatively impact the natural ecosystem. It's important to do what you can to minimize the amount of sludge or decaying plant debris which enters your pond. Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you with tips to get through the fall season with a healthy pond.
Most owners will keep debris at bay with a net, through siphon, or a pond vacuum. Pond owners may certainly skim leaves from the surface of the pond as they fall throughout the autumn season, but this will often become a daily chore. Another option is to use a skimmer filter, but too many leaves can easily clog a skimmer multiple times throughout the day. That's why most pond experts will recommend you install leaf netting over your pond instead. You can learn more about pond being here.
As the water temperature begins to drop, it's important to give your fish less food to match their slowing metabolisms. Ideally, your fish will have enjoyed a high-protein diet during the summer months to help them build up a bit of fat for the cooler months. Once the pond water temperatures drop below 60 degrees, you will only need to feed your fish two to three times a week, since it can take fish up to three days to digest their food in such temperatures.
Because your fish will have slower metabolisms and fewer plants for shelter, they will become far more susceptible to predators such as raccoons and birds. Leaf netting will not only keep the leaves out of your pond, but it will also help keep your fish safe from predators. You might also consider a hiding place, like a koi castle. Learn about cold weather care of goldfish.
This fall season, Modern Design Aquascaping is here to assist with all of your questions about proper pond maintenance. Whether you have questions regarding your DIY steps or want to hire a professional to manage your pond through the change of seasons, we can help. Visit our website today to learn more or Call us Today at 865-995-1234!
Did you know that Modern Design Aquascaping is a proud supporter of The Aquascape Foundation? The Aquascape Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of sustainable solutions for the global water crisis. Through environmental, educational and philanthropic efforts, The Foundation promotes awareness of the fact that water is our most precious resource.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 884 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service. In fact, 1 in 10 people across the globe lack access to safe and clean water.
Why is clean water so important?
Safe and clean water is a fundamental to life. Everyone on this planet needs at least 5 to 13 liters of water daily for drinking, cooking, and maintaining healthy hygiene.
Polluted water is a global and deadly epidemic. Nearly 2 million people die each year from diarrhea-related diseases such as cholera. Millions more become seriously ill from other water-related ailments which are mostly preventable.
When we say that a community is “water-poor”, we mean that the people lack adequate access to safe water, but these communities suffer in numerous other ways. They tend to be economically poor, their children cannot benefit from education due to frequent illness, and adults routinely miss opportunities to improve their financial circumstances as well. Treating rampant illness and attempting to acquire water when it is not readily available is a time-consuming process in which women and children often bear the the burden.
When you think of clean water, you might only think about that water which is safe to be used for hydration and the production of food. But sanitation and hygiene is just as important, and clean water is most certainly necessary to both prevent disease and preserve basic human dignity.
If you would like to learn more about the ways in which Modern Design Aquascaping and The Aquascape Foundation are using Aquascape's RainXchange Rainwater Harvest System to bring clean, safe drinking water to water-poor regions across the globe, visit our website today. You can even learn how to get involved right along with us!
Have you considered installing a water feature at your home? Maybe you aren't sure where to begin. Modern Design Aquascaping is pleased to go over some of the benefits and considerations for homeowners interested in a water feature.
While water features have been a popular addition to outdoor spaces for many years, they are gaining ground in popularity and purpose. In the past, homeowners would add a water feature later on, but today, water features are often a focal point of a home's landscape right away.
What makes a water feature so special?
What should you consider before adding landscape water features to your property?
Here are some questions to ask:
What about environmental concerns?
Sometimes a homeowner thinks they would enjoy having a water feature added to their landscape, but are concerned about wasting an important resources like water. With the help of an expert, a well-designed water feature will consume less energy and water than expected, and it will actually benefit the environment by attracting and protecting wildlife like butterflies and other pollinators. In fact, a water feature is one of five elements the National Wildlife Foundation requires Backyard Wildlife Habitat certification.
Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you enjoy a better, more naturally balanced and beautiful pond. We welcome your questions about maintaining or installing a pond or water feature. Please visit our website or call 865-995-1234 today to learn more about our services and fill out our online form for a free phone consultation.
When you think about pond fish, which varieties come to mind? You'll find that most pond owners are partial to three main types of fish: koi, goldfish, and shubunkin. Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, we love talking about pond life hope to help you better understand these popular fish for ponds and water features.
What's so great about having fish in your pond?
For one thing, fish are very low maintenance pets. Virtually everything they need will come from your pond. Because our water feature systems create a balanced ecosystem for your pond, feeding the fish is simple--you only give them as much as they can consume within five minutes to prevent excess food floating on the surface.
Pond fish are incredibly peaceful and gorgeous to simply watch. Watching your lovely fish and natural pond provides a wonderful stress reliever and tranquil escape from the comfort of your own property.
Most of us recognize the beautiful and various koi fish available for ponds today. Koi fish are carefully bred for vibrant colors and beautiful patterns. In fact, koi breeding is considered a long-standing Japanese form of art.
Many of us had a goldfish bowl as children. Goldfish come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and colors--which can make them just as beautiful and fascinating as the famous koi. Goldfish also happen to be especially hardy fish--which makes them a very smart choice for new pond owners.
While these fish are not as well known as the others, they are another wonderful choice. Shubunkin have an appearance that resembles koi fish, but they are much smaller and do not have those infamous “whiskers” used to root through gravel.
Minnows, mosquito fish and carp are all other popular selections for water features. The more you learn about pond life, the more surprised you may be by the sheer number of varieties of fish you may add to your pond.
As always, Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help you enjoy a better, more naturally balanced and beautiful pond. We welcome your questions about maintaining or installing a pond or water feature. Please visit our website or call 865-995-1234 today to learn more about our services and fill out our online form for a free quote.
As summer time hearts up, do you know how to give your pond the proper care? Keep in mind that as temperatures push above 80 degrees, you might need to give your pond some extra TLC.
Because warm water has a reduced capacity for containing oxygen, it's not uncommon to see stressed or diseased fish in the summertime. That's exactly when your fish will need even more oxygen than usual. Signs of stress can include fish gasping at the surface of the water.
What's a concerned pond owner to do?
• Your very first line of defense against such summertime woes is to work with an expert pond contractor to proactively design your pool. A well-qualified professional will take logistics such depth, plant coverage, shade, and circulation all into account when designing your pond to better thrive through the worst of the heat.
• Your next line of defense, if you already have a pond, is to add plenty of aquatic plants to act as shade for your fish. One common rule of thumb is to provide plant coverage of one-third to one-half of your pond’s total surface area.
• Next, consider adequate pond circulation to help increase the availability of beneficial oxygen for your fish. Consider placing the biological filter and mechanical filter across from each other in your pond to optimize circulation.
Once you have the proper pond setup, consider these summer maintenance tips:
• When you feed your fish, do so in the morning hours and don't overfeed them since uneaten food will decay more quickly during the summer and pollute your pond.
• Always remove dying leaves or flowers promptly so they don't have time to decay in the warm water.
• In the summer months, pay special attention to the health of your pond. A balanced ecosystem requires little maintenance, but you'll still want to occasionally check up on the health water, fish and plant life.
This summer, if you have any need for professional pond care, call on the experts at Modern Design Aquascaping. You can visit our website or call 865-995-1234 to learn more about our experience and services for those in the Knoxville, Maryville, Blount County, Knox County, and East Tennessee Areas.
If you have an existing pond on your property, you might be thinking about adding fish to it. Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, we love the elegance and liveliness of a fish pond and hope to inspire you to take the plunge!
Here are some important considerations you'll need to make before you bring fish into your pond:
Is your pond big enough to support the fish?
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when determining whether or not your pond is big enough to accommodate your desired fish life. First, consider depth. If you plan to add koi, your pond should be at least three feet deep. If you'd like to introduce goldfish, you can get away with a pond that is two feet deep.
You will typically need at least 10 gallons of water in your pond for every inch of fish--keeping in mind that those fish may grow. Within a few years, your koi could double in side and require much more water than in the beginning, so it's important to consult with an expert for a proper calculation. The ultimate goal of any fish pond is that it be a healthy and happy environment for those gorgeous fish.
Do you need to add more aeration?
To maintain adequate oxygen levels in your pond means that your beautiful fish can breathe freely. The way you increase dissolved oxygen levels in the water is by adding aeration to your pond in the form of a waterfall, fountain nozzle, or aerator.
A few signs that fish aren't getting the oxygen they need from their pond? They may start to collect at the surface of the water, or you might notice they close their mouths even when they're not being fed. If you notice those things happening, it's a big hint that you need to add more aeration to your pond.
Have you brushed up on your cleanup?
As with any other pet, you still need to clean up after them. The way to clean up after fish is to use a high-quality filtration system. This is one of those areas where you can't have too much of a good thing. That means it's a wise move to select a filter that can handle a higher pond volume than what you have, and one that also uses UV Clarification to help reduce the need for algaecides when it warms up.
These are just a few of the beginning considerations you'll need to make when you decide to add fish life to your pond, but we hope it helps get you imagining the possibilities. All of us at Modern Design Aquascaping are well-qualified and happy to help guide you in the transformation of your pond. Would you like to learn more? Call us today and schedule a consultation 865-995-1234.
Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, we love aquatic plants! There are so many wonderful reasons to use aquatic plants in your pond. In fact, aquatic plants are a key component to a balanced ecosystem and offer far more than just additional beauty to your pond. In case you didn't know, they can help:
• Limit the growth of algae
• Naturally filter water and break down toxic pathogens
• Offer more surface area for beneficial bacteria
• Provide shelter for your pond’s inhabitants
• Add oxygen to your pond
Not sure that aquatic plants have a place in your pond?
Here are four main groups of aquatic plants:
Plants which grow completely underwater are called submerged plants. These make great hiding places to help protect fish from predators. You might also hear people refer to these as oxygenating plants because they are so effective at taking carbon dioxide out of the water and then releasing oxygen. Some examples of submerged plants are Eelgrass and Fanwort.
Also called bog plants, marginal plants are those that grow in shallow water around the margins of a pond. Marginal plants help extract detrimental nutrients from your pond environment before they accumulate and become a bigger problem. Some bog plants include Irises and Cattails.
Deep water emergent plants grow very deep roots on the bottom of a pond. The flowers and leaves of an emergent plant spreads out upon the surface of a pond and offers shade and hiding spots for fish and other pond creatures. Emergent plants include the more well-known aquatic plants like the Lotus and Water Lilies.
These plants sit on a pond's surface with roots that drift into the water and act as filters and help improve water clarity. They also offer additional shade and hiding spots for fish. Some floating aquatic plants include Giant Duckweed and Water Hyacinth.
If you're ready to add beneficial plants to your pond, call on the experts at Modern Design Aquascaping. You can visit our website or call 865-995-1234 to learn more about our experience and services for those in the Knoxville, Maryville, Blount County, Knox County, and East Tennessee Areas.
Maybe you have heard a bit about beautiful koi ponds, but do you know about their many benefits? It's true--koi ponds can bring much more to your landscape than just their aesthetic appeal. Let Modern Design Aquascaping help you explore some of those benefits.
Low Maintenance Animals
Most families know that any pet is a pretty big responsibility. But comparatively speaking, koi are a very interesting, low-maintenance family pet. Koi typically get used to people and will even interact with humans to eat food from a person's hand. Some koi will tolerate a little bit of light handling at the water's surface too.
A Mini Ecosystem
Did you know that a koi pond can create a miniature ecosystem within your yard? Filling your pond with aquatic plants and fish help keep mosquito larvae and parasite populations low and your pond to be mostly self-sustainable. Such ponds frequently attract birds, butterflies and dragonflies too.
Natural Stress Relief
Who doesn't want their home to be their sanctuary? With the installation of a koi pond, you can enjoy the psychological benefits that come from relaxing in nature. Simply sitting by your koi pond will become a favorite daily activity. You'll enjoy one serene way to alleviate stress and decompress as you watch the fish and enjoy the soothing sounds of the water.
Surprising Social Benefits
You might be surprised to discover how owning a koi pond may help you and your family connect with others who also share a passion for koi and nature. Homeowners with koi ponds enjoy sharing their landscape by hosting more social gatherings with neighbors and friends.
A Quick Transformation
Are you looking for a way to give your backyard landscaping a total makeover--without closing it off for the summer? A koi pond or water garden is a great way to transform your space in a short amount of time.
Do you have an interest in koi ponds? At Modern Design Aquascaping we are experts in the art and we would love to help you build your very own dream--whether in your backyard or for your business. Call us today to get your koi pond started - 865.995.1234
Have you been thinking about beautifying your landscape with water features? If you are interested in adding a natural-looking pond, a koi pool, waterfall or any other type of Aquascape, we're here to help. Discover the benefits of working with Modern Design Aquascaping for your next project.
Our team members are Certified Aquascape Contractors (CAC).
What's a CAC? CAC is by far the most valuable pond builder and installer certification available in the industry. That means that when you choose to work with a Modern Design Aquascaping professional, you're working with the most qualified and informed experts in the water gardening industry. Every CAC is required to continue their training with further education seminars on building ponds and water features, and keeping up with the latest industry trends. CAC's maintain a proven record of unparalleled work and offer dedicated customer service and maintenance support. Every contractor who wishes to become a Certified Aquascape Contractor must complete a thorough application that includes water feature referrals, a portfolio of completed ponds, and general questions about their business and water gardening philosophy. These applications are reviewed by the expert Technical Agents at Aquascape Inc. and a review board made up of other well-established CACs.
Our team is highly regarded across the industry.
Modern Design Aquascaping is well-known as a team of true water gardening experts. Our handiwork has been featured in projects of all sizes across the country, and other contractors routinely come to MDA for expert guidance and advice to give their clients the very best results. Our distinct attention to detail and design has gained our business industry-wide recognition and can be enjoyed at the Aquascape, Inc. headquarters.
Our passion for the industry in unparalleled.
Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, what we do is what we love. Our team members are absolutely passionate about delivering the best results and service to every client. Our passion for the art of Aquascaping has taken us to Africa to work with Aquascape’s nonprofit endeavors of delivering clean, pure water to those who need it most. We're proud of the work we do everyday, and you can see it in our designs.
If you're ready to learn more about our expertise and services, Call Us Today at 865.995.1234