Soergel's Garden News & Maintenance Tips
Winter is the time to plan landscape projects.
Winter garden dormancy is the best time to plan spring and summer garden and landscape projects and improvements.
Because its cold outside, lets talk about how to design outdoor living spaces. A little summer garden dreaming. Let's not just plan the next little project, but the whole enchalada. Let's talk about the complete landscape design process. Why? Well, it is easier to do the little projects if you have a plan to work towards, and when you're done it will fit together, it will work. You have seen the yards where every year another project gets plopped on the ground till the yard is full. Don't be that guy. Let's plan.
Spring Pond Clean-out
Early spring, before your pond awakens completely from its winter dormancy,
is the best time of year to perform your cleanout. As long as your water is cooler than 55ºF, the beneficial bacteria
that grow in your filter and on your rocks will not yet be established.
If a cleanout is done after bacteria colonies form, your ecosystem will
be thrown out of balance and your pond will go through a “green
phase” before your bacteria colonies reestablish themselves again. Continue...
You may also refer to our Step-by-Step Pond Clean-out
Flower Planting Tips
First, pick a style. The plan, purchase, and plant.
Choose your flower garden: It could be English, cottage, Asian or formal. Next, design the space to put
the flowers in. If you need assistance with style and design, you can schedule a consultation or
attend one of my courses and seminars at CCAC and Soergel Orchards and Greenhouses. After
you have the style and the design set, you need to begin the Threes. The old plant in threes rule
need not apply here, but I do have three things to impart.
Water Gardens Tips: Maintenance in the Summer
the majority of the hard work (early-spring pond cleaning) is behind you, there are some summer maintenance
items that still need to be addressed if you are to have a season of clean,
clear water to enjoy. By keeping up on these tasks, you should have a
healthy pond all season long. Keep your pond "topped off". Feed your fish. Do not clean or exchange your pond filter pads. Continue...
Water Garden Tips: Your Pond in the Fall
Water clarity is usually at its best in the fall because of fewer battles
with algae. It truly is an enjoyable time of year. Here are some things
that you can do to keep your water
garden looking good. Take care of the leaves: When the leaves begin to fall and blow, cover the water’s surface
with a net to catch them. The net discourages the debris build up on the
pond bottom, which would otherwise decompose, create toxic gasses, and
prove harmful to the fish during their hibernation period. Continue...
Water Garden Tips: What to do with the Fish in the Winter?
When the surface of your water garden turns to ice, there are two things
to think of concerning safety of your fish. First, it’s important
to keep a hole open in the ice. This prevents the buildup of gasses that
could harm your fish. Although
your fish are sleeping their way through winter, oxygenated water is still
vital to their survival through the winter. Continue...
Water Garden Tips:
Should I keep my Waterfall Running
through the Winter?
If you chose to keep your waterfall running through the winter, you’ll
be rewarded with some extraordinary, natural ice sculptures and winter
scenes. Winter also brings some unique considerations that you’ll
need to keep your eye on.
Ponds and waterfalls throughout
Enjoy a series of pictures of water gardens designed and built by Soergel's Landscapes - Aquascapes - Hardscapes - Florascapes. All were installed in Western PA in the greater Pittsburgh area (Allegheny County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Beaver County, Gibsonia, Pine Twp. Mars, Adams Twp., Marshall, Bradford Woods, Treesdale, Wexford, Cranberry Twp., Warrendale, Zelienople, Jackson Twp. Middlesex Twp, Hampton, North Allegheny, North Hills, Seneca Valley, Moon, Coraopolis, Sewickley, Bell Acres, Fox Chapel, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze).
Water Garden Troubleshooting: Where is the Leak?
s are among the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed problems anyone
can have in their pond. Understanding the basic principles of leak detection
and repair will save you time, money, and headaches in your water gardening
adventures... guaranteed! Continue...
You may also be interested in the Step-By-Step Guide to Fixing Pond Leaks
Water Garden Troubleshooting: Pump Problems
The pump can be called the "heart" of the pond. Without it,
the relaxing, rushing sound of the water over the rocks would not exist.
The fish and the filtering bacteria in the biological filter also depend
on the pump to provide fresh, oxygenated water. Most quality pumps should get you at least three years of maintenance-free
service of re-circulating the water in your pond, so how can the pump
not be working? Odds are the pump is actually fine. As a pond owner, there
are a few things you can do to help detect, and hopefully fix, the problem
before you call the installer or return the pump to the merchant from
which you purchased it. Eighty percent of pump problems can be fixed in
minutes, saving you further inconvenience. Continue...
YOUR ESCAPES - News from Us for You!
The 2011 Summer / Fall Newsletter was our last newsletter sent in the mail. From now on all newsletters will be e-newsletters, and can be found on this website. I will also post info and events on Facebook.
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- Summer / Fall 2011 (PDF)
- Creating Paradise - One backyard at a time (PDF): Our 2009-2010 PDF brochure
- Issue 5, Vol. 3 - Rainwater Harvesting - Going GREEN with BLUE (PDF)
Rainwater Harvesting. Creating Paradise, and saving
the world, one backyard at a
- Issue 5, Vol. 2 - Summer 2009 (PDF)
- Issue 5, Vol. 1 - Spring 2009 (PDF)
- Issue 4, Vol. 3 - Summer/Fall 2008 (PDF)
- Issue 4, Vol. 2 - Summer 2008 (PDF)
- Issue 4, Vol. 1 - Spring 2008 (PDF)
- Issue 3, Vol. 2 - Summer 2007 (PDF)
- Issue 3, Vol. 1 - Spring 2007 (PDF)
- Issue 2, Vol. 3 - Summer 2006 (PDF)
- Issue 2, Vol. 2 - Spring 2006 (PDF)
- Issue 2, Vol. 1 - Winter/Spring 2006 (PDF)
- Issue 1, Vol. 1 - Fall/Winter 2005 (PDF)
Soergels gives back to the community
Ponds donated to worthy causes total $95.000
Table Book Featuring Kevin Soergel's Work on Front Cover
"Water Garden Lifestyles - Exploring Water Features Across North
America". This book offers hundreds of inspirational photos of water
gardens including one built by our company. The book is available via
Designs. Enlarge image.
International Pond Builders Dream Team
Pondomonium 2005 ... 2006 ...
What a pondless waterfall can offer - build a paradise in your own backyard. More...