Have you been contemplating the benefits of adding a water feature to your property? There are so many wonderful benefits that it would really be a shame to miss out on them all! Modern Design Aquascaping has rounded up a few of our favorite benefits that you might not know about:
Use a pondless waterfall to reduce noise pollution.
One of the best things about a pondless waterfall is the “babbling brook ”sound isn't simply soothing. The sound produced by your water feature actually absorbs a great deal of noise from your surroundings. Cut down on the distracting sounds of traffic, barking dogs, and more. Learn more about noise reduction here.
Attract beneficial wildlife to your property.
Water features like bird baths are great because our feathered friends help keep our soil aerated, while the insects attracted to the water feature also aid in cross-pollination. Your water feature will also help create a much-needed water source for wildlife.
Enjoy a natural humidifier in your water feature.
Adding a water feature to your property helps create more humid air, which in turn makes it easier to breathe. When air is too dry, our lungs have to work harder to breathe--which is one reason it can be so hard to breathe well in winter.
Calm your mind with the addition of a water feature.
Did you know that flowing water emits negative ions? That's a good thing, because negative ions aid in reducing stress. When we spend time near a source of running water, we enjoy a naturally greater peace of mind.
Enjoy better air and ambience.
It should be no secret that natural water features offer environmental benefits. The negative ions emitted by flowing water actually help purify the air. Through the natural process of evaporation, water vapors further filter the air. Simply adding a water feature to your landscape can help reduce the ambient temperature by as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit!
This year, we'd love to help you finally bring your water feature fantasies to fruition. We can help you with every aspect of design, installation and care--whether or not you wish to do it yourself or have us complete the entire project for you. Feel free to give us a call at (865) 995-1234 or Visit our website today to learn more and request your estimate.
If you've got a water fountain on your property, have you considered the ways you might give it a little extra TLC this Valentine's Day? Your friends at Modern Design Aquascaping have gathered some ideas to help you decorate your fountain and make it stand out a bit more than usual.
Related: Who is ready to add a water feature to their property?
Surround it with a decorative bed.
If you'd like to dress up your fountain, consider decorating the base. A rustic landscape can benefit from stone accents like gravel or river stones. Give your coastal landscape a special touch with crushed seashells surrounding your foundation base.
Bring in some extra color.
It's easy to freshen up a stone or concrete fountain with a bit of paint. First apply a concrete bonding primer and use outdoor paint to make sure your work holds up. You can also add tiles for a splash of color to give your fountain an elegant, new look.
Dress it up with greenery.
Living green plants and fountains are a natural pairing. Climbing vines and flowers work especially well with wall fountains. Free standing fountains go great with a ground cover planted around the base. You might also place aquatic plants inside the fountain itself for added color and a touch of romance.
Decorate the water.
Let's say that you're completely pleased with your fountain base, but still would like to add a little something special to your fountain. You can use floating ornaments to adorn the water itself. Consider Japanese fishing net floats or even floating tea lights to transform your fountain for a special occasion.
Related: Learn more about the different types of floating aquatic plants.
This February, Modern Design Aquascaping wants to help you bring the romance of nature into your backyard. Feel free to give us a call at (865) 995-1234 or visit our website to learn more about our services today!
If you're like most Americans, you've probably been thinking about making some resolutions for the new year. While many resolutions are focused on health and home organization goals--like losing weight and getting organized, January is lovely time to also make some positive resolutions for your pond. Modern Design Aquascaping has gathered some ideas help you get more from your natural pond in 2018!
Once spring comes, give your pond a fresh start.
We know it's a little hard to imagine spring when we're still in the midst of cold winter, but some of the best new year's resolutions involve planning ahead. Once the ice starts to thaw this spring, you'll need to assess your need for a complete cleaning. Of course, if you didn’t clear the debris in the autumn months, you’ll more than likely need to thoroughly clean it out. It's your choice whether you DIY or hire a professional like Modern Design Aquascaping to handle it for you. Should you luck out and not require much cleaning, you'll need to plan the appropriate water treatments as the weather continues to warm. Not sure what you need? Give us a call to help.
Commit to learning more about your pond’s ecosystem.
Pond owners with a solid understanding of their water features can get more from their pool because they have a knowledge base which allows them to make smart choices for their pond. They can also better appreciate the fruits of their labor as they observe the way each pond component affects the other. On our website, we offer a rather extensive frequently asked questions section for your learning pleasure.
Pay more attention to your fish.
The new year is a nice time to revisit the basics of fish health care. If your aquatic friends have babies, you might want to thin out your group to avoid a crowded living space. Learn more about your beautiful pond fish to help them thrive in 2018. While you're at it, take time out to simply enjoy your pond and aquatic life each day. Let the beauty and nature melt some stress away as you observe your pond this year.
Add some new elements to your pond.
Could your pond use more plants around the edges for a prettier transition into the rest of your landscape? Or perhaps it could use a new waterlily or fish if your pond has the space. You might find your pond improved with the addition of a new bridge or a change to the sound of your waterfall. A thoughtful, new element can help refresh your entire water feature more than you realize!
Get more facts about natural ponds here.
Do you have a special new year's resolution for your pond? We would love to hear from you. Head over to our Facebook page and let us know your goals for 2018. While you're at it, feel free to request a quote from our website for your water feature needs.
If you've been thinking about adding a water feature to your home's property, you might be wondering if it's a good idea for your pet. Thoughtfully planned, a sustainable wildlife habitat in the form of a water feature can benefit your family pet and become a peaceful sanctuary for them, too. The experts at Modern Design Aquascaping have rounded up some pet friendly tips for water features.
Did you know that dogs can particularly benefit from the addition of a small water feature? Because they perspire through their feet, a water feature which allows them to dip their feet will help them keep cool in summer. Just like the neighborhood pollinators and birds, they'll also enjoy having an additional water source to drink to drink from.
Consider these tips when designing a pet friendly water feature in your backyard:
Related: how to keep pets cool in the backyard
If you have further questions about pet friendly features, or if you're ready to get started with a beautiful water feature for your backyard, please don't hesitate to contact us for help. We are pleased to help you in any capacity you may need, whether you desire to do it yourself or have us complete everything for you. Visit our website today to learn more or call us at 865-995-1234 to learn more about our gallery of gorgeous work and contact us today to request your phone consultation..
All too often, we focus on the interior design of our home or business, but overlook the exterior and landscape. While it's tempting to treat our exterior design as an afterthought, there are many benefits to updating your grounds with a beautiful water feature. Whether you want to hire a professional or do it yourself, Modern Design Aquascaping is here to help. Consider these four benefits below:
Enjoy the soothing effect of water.
We all know first-hand the soothing effect that nature has on people, and water is particularly calming. People who live near water have been shown to be healthier and experience less stress than those who don't. It's true that we can't all live near the ocean, but we can still reap the benefits of peace and tranquility which a water feature will add to your property.
Yes, living near water makes us happier.
Attract and support local wildlife.
The goals of landscaping have shifted significantly in recent years. There is a greater emphasis on going truly green in the garden and making one's property a more suitable refuge for some kinds of wildlife. Animals like birds, frogs, and butterflies are all attracted to water sources. Adding a water feature like a waterfall or natural pond is a lovely way to invite beautiful creatures into your space while also offering them a healthy habitat.
Personalize your outdoor space with better curb appeal.
Curb appeal is important for both business and residential exteriors. It doesn't just add monetary value to your property, but it allows you to make a statement about your personality or brand. Water features are entirely customizable and can be done in any style that suits your personal taste and budget. When you update your property with a water feature, you get to give your guests and potential clients a great first impression that does you care about the little details.
Some folks choose to combine water features with feng shui principles--learn more.
Is 2018 the year that you will add a water feature to your property? If you're on the fence, visit our website or call us at 865-995-1234 to learn more about our gallery of gorgeous work and contact us today to request your phone consultation.
Whenever we talk about ponds, fish are not far behind! For many of us, shimmering fish are a big reason to even have a pond installed. Caring for pond fish and watching them swim is a rewarding activity. But as the weather begins to cool and we head into winter, do you know how to keep your fish happy and healthy? Modern Design Aquascaping has got great news for property owners in Tennessee--as long as your pond doesn't freeze to the bottom and you've got a surface air hole, your fish will get through the winter with very little trouble.
Assuming your pond is at least 18 to 24 inches deep, it won't freeze much more than eight inches, and your fish will have space to hibernate over the winter. Then consider these simple tips for happy winter fish:
You can maintain an air hole in your pond’s ice to let oxygen move freely by using a pond de-icer. You can also supply additional oxygen to the water by adding an aeration kit, or using a pond pump to churn water near the surface. This air hole is necessary to your fish survival if the surface of your pond freezes over.
Remember that fish are cold-blooded creatures. When water temperatures dip below 50 degrees F, they will become dormant for the winter. That's when you should quit feeding your fish. They do continue to feel hunger in cold water down to the mid 40’s, but they will not have the necessary enzymes to digest their food. As the water gets colder, the fish won’t even try to eat.
Fish aren't the only ones who can survive the winter. Waterfalls, ponds, and fountains are landscaping upgrades also can keep running in winter months.
Most pond fish like koi, Shubunkins and goldfish hibernate in winter. That means they remain inactive at the bottom of the pond where the water remains a constant cold temperature. Some fish, like fancy goldfish, do need to be brought indoors for the winter. You can refer to your local fish supplier for advice on your particular fish.
Get more tips to improve a pond’s winter eco-system here.
What do you think--is your pond ready to brave the winds of winter? Visit our website today or call 865-995-1234 to learn more about our professional Aquascaping services and request your free quote for your own service needs today.
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.
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.