The pond featured in the video below was in need of an overhaul. After years of dealing with a malfunctioning pump, the water feature had become difficult to maintain and was causing stress for the owner. The pond was home to massive, healthy koi fish, but it had some major issues that needed to be addressed.
Today, we will take you through a step-by-step process on how to rebuild an existing koi pond. Like any water feature, these ponds require periodic maintenance to ensure they function correctly and look their best. However, without proper attention, things can get out of hand, leading to serious problems. Fortunately, this pond owner noticed that something was wrong and reached out for help before her fish were affected too badly.
Would you swim in a pool without chlorine? Would you swim in a pond with natural filtration? Today, we're diving into the world of recreational ponds, specifically one that's naturally filtered, making it safe and enjoyable for swimming without harsh chemicals. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the step-by-step construction of a naturally filtered rec pond in Gloucester, Virginia, offering you an enchanting escape into the beauty of nature while enjoying a chemical-free swimming experience.
In this blog, we're answering some common questions about using pavers or concrete for your next backyard project, including:
If you’re thinking about replacing a driveway or installing a new patio for your outdoor space, you’re probably looking at all of the options and wondering which choice is going to be best for you. In this post we teamed up with our friend Adam from Commercial Concrete to talk about six important differences for you to consider when comparing concrete versus pavers.
It's 2022! After a crazy couple years, life around the home has changed a little. We've seen a shift to stay-cations and less travel. Smaller groups and entertaining at home became more frequent. The shift started as a temporary measure, we've seen it become more a way of life.
The Aquascape Lifestyles Inspiration Guide can help imagine how that home entertainment can happen. Pictures of spaces with water features, koi ponds, fountains, and garden ponds from the simple to the more complex. While looking through the pictures, note how the water features, patios, and homes flow and connect to create an outdoor space. Many feel effortless, the design or any of these spaces is to fit the end user.
If you entertain frequently but with only one or two other couples/friends, a large drawn out space isn't needed. Maybe something with multiple small seating areas creating different vantages and vistas of the yard. If you entertain infrequent but with large groups, creating an intimate feel for the the morning coffee or evening wine location is important while keeping the space open and accessible from the home.
Hopefully you can find some inspiration here, and have a fantastic New Year!
If you are thinking about a new pond or have just had your new pond installed- Welcome!
It is an exciting journey. Water gardening is rewarding, fish are peaceful, and the sound of water is relaxing.
Check out this guide for your new pond. Many of the questions you may have are answered here. If you have any further questions, please give us a call or email.
There are so many options and a wide, wide range of prices. Let’s walk through a few common questions and explore the possible options!
The short answer:
You're looking at $8,000 to $50,000, maybe more if you want a fancy pizza oven.
Basic grill islands with counter space are a straightforward addition to just about any patio or existing outdoor area, and the sky's the limit from there! Updates like a refrigerator, sink, underlights, bar area, or even a TV (getting excited here!) will take your space to the next level, and could very well add another zero to the price as well.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of welcoming friends and family into your home. And if you’re like me, no dinner party is complete without gathering outside after the meal with a cold (or warm!) drink in hand, catching up on life, and watching as the kids run free in the grass. Designing the perfect outdoor space doesn't have to be intimidating, and you can do it on a budget. While we often think of summer evenings as being the ideal time for outdoor entertaining, here are a few hints for creating a backyard space that feels warm and inviting, no matter what the season! Whether you are looking for an outdoor fireplace, patio designs, or ideas for a small backyard, here's how you can entertain year-round.
Spring is in the air! It's time to plant grass!
Actually, it's not.
[Did you hear the sound of that record scratching?!]
To clarify- you can definitely plant grass in the spring, but you may not get the long term results you're hoping for. The best time to plant cool season grasses (fescue) in the fall. The cooler temperatures we have during the fall months allow the grass to germinate, establish, and build strong roots through the winter.
When grass seed is planted in the spring, however, your new lawn can’t catch a break before the summer heat kicks in. The grass seed will look great and fill in well, but because the roots aren't fully established, the heat will stress the new fescue plants. The density of the grass will then fall off during the summer, and patchy areas can form, requiring more seed.
Growing a lawn takes time, so don't give up when you don't see immediate results. If you're starting from scratch, be ready for it to take 18-24 months to fully establish. If you already have some existing healthy turf, expect about a year to get it built up. Here are some ways to ensure that when springtime comes, your yard is looking its best.
About Easton Outdoors
We started out as the neighborhood lawn boys – a group of high school friends trying to make some pocket change. It soon became more. We realized how much we enjoyed landscaping. Over the years, we've transformed hundreds of properties, beautified countless landscapes, and made many homeowners proud. This has become our passion!