You may be the new owners of a home that has a pond in the backyard. Maybe the pond you built 10 years ago needs a facelift. Perhaps that concrete fountain you had built has leaked since day one, and you are ready to get it fixed.
Whatever the case may be, here are a few things you should know going into a pond repair or revamp project.
If you have a concrete fountain, waterfall or pond, any repairs or maintenance will be handled differently than a rubber liner pond. Concrete is a very permanent fixture. However, over time, all concrete is destined to crack and break. This is problematic if your pond or fountain develops a crack. Unfortunately, once a concrete fixture develops a leak, it is complicated to fix. Various sealers or joint fillers can be used, although they have mixed results. If your concrete water feature needs repairs, prepare to have it removed entirely and rebuilt.
Rubber Liner Features
A liner pond is the most durable, but it can need maintenance or repair over time. However, there is a wide range of fixes available or necessary. Several common types of repairs and facelifts can be done.
Liner Patching Leak Repair
If your pond is leaking, this can be a complicated repair. Locating a puncture is difficult, especially in an older pond. If your pond has rock walls and gravel in it, this will require disassembling the walls to find and fix the leak. Locating a leak usually takes several weeks of observation. If the hole can be found and patched, it can still be difficult to guarantee that the problem is eliminated. UV rays from the sun will deteriorate a liner over time. Once a deteriorating liner begins to leak, it will continue to develop holes. At that point, it is best to replace the liner, which will require a rebuild.
Pond Pump & Component Repairs
Most pump repairs can be done on site by a professional. If your pump no longer works, a technician could repair it, or it might need to be replaced. This is usually not a complicated repair if your pond is designed properly. Plumbing lines may crack due to freezing temperatures or get severed by broken by roots or moving ground. Plumbing repairs are simple to diagnose and can be fixed easily. Your pond may have a skimmer or pump vault and a biofalls or spillway. While it is unlikely that these components will need to be replaced, occasionally replacement is necessary for older ponds. These repairs can be complicated and require a professional.
Pond Facelift/ Revamp
Maybe you like your pond, but you would like to add rock walls and gravel or rebuild the rock walls and waterfalls that are there. It is important to identify the risks associated and we do not recommend it. Any rebuilding work done within a pond risks puncturing the liner. If you chose to remove all rocks and rebuild, it is recommended to replace the liner as well which essentially means a complete rebuild. Rocks can be reused depending on what they are, or new rocks can be brought in. If you hire a contractor to rebuild your pond, make sure you discuss the possibility of leaks. It is important to have a clear understanding of liability for leaks and additional repairs before beginning a pond revamp. Pond revamps can be very labor intensive and may uncover unforeseen problems and cost. If your pond requires extensive repairs and rebuilding, it may be in your best interest to remove the entire pond and install a new one.
Contact Us About Pond Repair
If you are unsure what repairs are necessary on your pond, or you would like to have a professional evaluate your pond for estimated repair needs and costs, please contact us or call 814-204-3196.
“How much will this cost?”
This is perhaps the most asked question of any sales transaction, and rightly so. Landscaping is no different, from Petunias to Pine trees, the small landscape to the full property renovation. What will this project cost? While every project is unique, there are some essential factors to consider. So, let’s look at some of the contributors to a project cost.
This is the most obvious factor and needs no explaining. Larger projects generally cost more, although this is not the most significant thing to consider.
The plants your contractor uses will make a significant difference in the look of your final product. While you can purchase many plants from big box stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s) at lower prices, there is more to consider. Plants grown by Certified Grower will be raised to be disease and insect resistant. This can play a significant role in the health of your plants after they are planted on your property. The higher plant survival rates offset the extra cost to buy plants from reputable growers. A cheap plant isn’t worth much if it dies after only a few months.
Another variable in plant pricing is maturity. For example, a Mature Weeping White Pine like the one in the center of this picture will cost several hundred dollars. A small tree like this will only cost twenty to thirty dollars but will take over a decade to grow to a similar size. In areas where you want to give Immediate aesthetic appeal, it is always beneficial to pay more for mature plants that provide proper aspect ratio and maturity to your property. Different varieties of plants are more challenging to grow or grow more slowly, and this is reflected in their price. Rarer or slower-growing varieties can cost significantly more than some fast-growing, common types.
Where is your property located in relation to your contractor? Even more importantly, what is the terrain like where your landscape will be installed?
Difficult access, narrow spaces, overhead lines, and other obstacles will complicate the project and drive up the cost. What is the soil like in the area you want to be landscaped? If the soil is poor or rocky, better soil will need to be hauled in. Your landscape may involve repairing lawn or replanting grass at completion.
Extra machinery may be useful or necessary, depending on the conditions of your project. If existing trees or plants need to be removed, this will require extra work or even the skills of a professional arborist. Reshaping flowerbeds and regrading lawns are jobs that require additional machinery. Some large trees and shrubs need heavy machinery to handle and place. A tree like the one shown in this picture requires two equipment operators and a third helper working together to plant it correctly. Any additional machinery needs should be identified at the beginning of the project.
On some smaller projects, a design plan is not necessary, but as a project’s scope grows and becomes more complex, a design becomes crucial. A design doesn’t necessarily mean a scale drawing of your backyard. More importantly, the design is what your project will look like at completion.
A well-designed landscape should give you proper sizing and spacing of plants. Color harmony and four-season beauty should be considered in the design.
Many contractors have been in the industry for decades. When you hire one of them, you are paying to have their expertise and years of experience working on your property. Your landscaper will know which plants will grow best in your area, and what varieties will best complement your home. This knowledge is not free, but expertise is invaluable in creating a beautiful landscape! Match the size and vision of your project to a professional who has the experience and ability to meet your expectations.
Now that you understand some of the contributors to a landscape’s price, let’s look at some examples of what’s possible and what it costs.
Small Project Feature
A small Landscape project is usually one that can be completed in one or two days, with minimal machinery needs. If a small project doesn’t have many complications, it can be a very effective way to add beauty to your home or give you a little slice of paradise you’ve been seeking. A small landscape project will usually cost between $2,000 to $5,000. The logistics of a crew traveling to your property with the necessary tools and materials will be a large part of this price.
Medium Project Feature
A medium project feature will take several days to complete. This could be a Landscape renovation to the street side of your house, or a secluded area of your backyard. Medium sized landscapes are often paired with a sidewalk or patio; if this is also installed, it will add another dimension to the project. For simplicity we are focusing only on landscaping. If you’re considering adding a walkway or patio, visit our explanation of concrete versus pavers.
A medium project will usually involve some machinery. Extra materials (soil, boulders, etc.) may also be used. Consider adding lighting to your project to amplify the night beauty of your project. Medium-sized landscapes will usually cost $10,000-$20,000. These projects can involve large amounts of labor to complete. Having a design in place will help the project go smoothly.
Large Landscape Project
Consider these projects the full property makeover. If you’re ready to transform your property into an outdoor destination, then it may be time for a landscape transformation. These projects will take a minimum of five working days to complete and will require extensive machinery use. Most Large projects will involve reshaping the terrain and changing lawn and planting areas. Extra materials will be hauled in to create a masterpiece. Lighting should be added to best highlight your new realm at night. These projects cost between $25,000- $50,000. Design and composition are critical for large projects. Make sure the professionals creating your landscape have suitable experience and expertise to make your vision a reality.
Now that you understand some of the components of a beautiful landscape, its time to look at your backyard. Do you have a dream for your property? If you’re still evaluating your property, here are a few ideas for you.
Consider a water feature. Ecosystems ponds are popular, and are worth considering. If you want other ideas on ways water can be incorporated into your landscape, check out our water feature photo gallery.
A tasteful lighting package will highlight new dimensions of your outdoor space. Consider extending your landscape into the night with a low-maintenance lighting system.
Landscaping isn’t only for your enjoyment. A tasteful landscape can beautify your property for all who pass by. Use nature’s beauty to create a welcoming feel to all who visit your home.
Landscaping can offer function as well as beauty. Adding a walkway, patio, or steps will make your property more useable. When done correctly, landscape and hardscape can work together to add beauty and value to your home.
For more information or to see more ideas, visit our Project Showcase articles.
Why do weeds persistently grow in the joints of my pavers?
This is a common question we hear and a problem that you might be encountering now that it’s early spring in Central Pennsylvania.
Misconceptions About Patio Weeds
Weeds do not grow from underground up through the pavers. Adding layers of weed barrier under the patio pavers or laying down additional stone will not eliminate your weed problem. Weeds are prolific growers, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them down.
How Weeds Grow Between Paver Joints
Almost all weeds you see growing in sidewalk or patio joints are weed seeds that have sprouted on top of the patio. Over time, dirt accumulates between the joints and acts as a planting zone where airborne seeds settle and sprout.
What To Do
Prevent dirt accumulation on top of your patio to keep weed growth down. It might be a good idea to clean paver and walkway joints with a pressure washer and sweep in new sand every three to five years.
Sealing your pavers with a suitable paver sealer will harden the sand in the joints and make it more difficult for weed seeds to sprout. A sealer will also rejuvenate your pavers’ color and enhance the overall look.
If weeds occasionally pop up, a spray weed killer can be used. Using an herbicide like RoundUp will not harm the pavers, and offers a quick solution to unsightly weeds on your patio or driveway.
Gloria Nilson Real Estate Company gave us their take on whether or not it is a good idea to use landscaping as a way to raise the value of your home for the Pa area, including State College, Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Johnstown, Bedford, and Huntingdon Pa. Read the article below:
INCREASING YOUR HOME'S VALUE WITH A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER
If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you want to get as much money as you possibly can for it. After all, your home is most likely your biggest investment. So what can you do increase the value of your home?
New Jersey realtors recommend using a professional landscaper. When prospective buyers look at your home, the first thing they see is the front yard. They want a home that has curb appeal—a home that looks inviting. If they see a lawn overgrown with weeds or a bare dirt area that looks unattractive, they may quickly move on to the next house.
In fact, surveys show that home buyers are looking for homes with sophisticated designs. Survey participants were shown photos of a new home with landscaping consisting of various designs and plants. They preferred homes with more intricate designs, large evergreen plants, annual color plants and colored landscape.
The increase in value from a home with no landscape to a home that is well-landscaped depends on the location. In Louisiana, the average increase is 5.5 percent, while the increase is more than double that amount in South Carolina (11.4 percent). This means that a home worth $200,000 can increase by $11,000 with new landscaping. In South Carolina, the same home would increase its value by $22,800.
What Should You Do?
Some real estate professionals recommend investing 10 percent of the value of your home in landscaping. So for the same $200,000 home in the example above, you should invest $20,000. But many homeowners don’t have that much money to spend. So what are the options in this case?
At the very minimum, you should focus on adding color to your yard. Focus on a good mix of flowering shrubs, annuals and perennials. Remove all the weeds and work on mulching and edging. Do what you can to get your lawn as full and green as possible. Doing this is fairly inexpensive. In fact, if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you for just a few hundred dollars.
Focus on the actual home as well. Touch up the paint. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Add new house numbers. These simple fixes will boost the attractiveness of your home.
How Tussey Landscaping Can Help
Do you have ideas for what you want to do the exterior of your home? If you have a design in mind, Tussey Landscaping can help you achieve it. We have more than 20 years of experience designing beautiful outdoor spaces for homes in Hollidaysburg, State College and the surrounding areas.
Our award-winning company specializes in many aspects of landscaping, including design, swimming pools, gardens, outdoor audio and lighting, pergolas, pavilions and hardscapes. We handle ponds, patios, garden fountains, waterfalls, retaining walls, landscaping services and much more. Our dedicated staff will provide you with top-quality customer service and help you design the front yard and backyard of your dreams. Contact us today to get started on a gorgeous outdoor space that will have your neighbors talking.
So you have been saving pictures you find online or in a catalog for months, or maybe even years, and now you are browsing the internet trying to decide who to hire. How on earth are you supposed to make a decision? You may have talked to several contractors, why was the one contractor's estimate so high priced? And the other is so low you wonder how they could possibly do it for that budget? What about finding a contractor in the middle somewhere?
Stick around and read on. We'll offer some pointers on things you can do to double check and make sure you are hiring a respectable trustworthy contractor.
Actionable Steps You Should Take With Any Company You Consider Hiring:
The above pointers are our best effort to give you all the things that you should consider in the process of hiring a landscape company. Our goal is to do our best to provide you with the information you need to know and consider, and the possible consequences of those choices, and then stand back and give you the freedom to make your decision. No pressure. So many people find this process overwhelming, others just call their buddy's friend who does landscaping and have them come over and do the project, and still others simply hire the lowest bid.
We've run into situations where the homeowner got 3 different bids on a project, one of them being ours. The lowest bid was literally 10 times less than ours. That homeowner later confided in us that as he considered these different bids, he decided there is no way possible that the lowest bid could accomplish his goal. (It would not even have covered 1/4 of the material costs, let alone the labor and equipment costs.)
This particular homeowner had had some experience in hiring contractors, he'd done it before, and understood what happens when something is "too good to be true" For instance, just a few blocks away, another homeowner had hired a company to do a large backyard project. That second homeowner spent 6 digits on a large outdoor living space project with this first company. But... 2 years later problems began surfacing. They brought in an expert from the product manufacturer, and discovered the entire project was failing due to improper construction. This homowner ended up spending 3 times what he originally had with the lower priced company to remove all the incorrectly installed product, and re-install his dream outdoor living space. Today, over ten years later, that outdoor living space is still functioning as intended and is more beautiful than ever.
I just went off on that storytelling venture, simply to try to offer information and perspective as what can happen in the real world. The information is yours to digest and choose a way forward for your project. We understand, we are not a good fit for every customer, and every project. And that's ok. But regardless, we still want you to succeed with your vision for your backyard, and want to protect all of you from expensive regrets.
Good luck with your project, and as always, we are always available to discuss and answer any questions you may have. You can easily message us on our Facebook page as well if you'd rather.
Weston has been working at Tussey since 2007, starting as a laborer on the crews. Today he works as a foreman on one of the crews during the landscaping season, as well as our marketing director at Tussey. He enjoys building natural water features and filming and producing video content. Check out Tussey's Youtube channel to see some of his work.
Searching for a landscaper for your project at your Altoona, State College or Bedford home? Tussey Landscaping is a design/build firm equipped to do so with award winning designs and the artistic touch inspired by people who love what they do. All of our work is backed by Tussey Landscaping's guarantee. We are a full service company with our roots in landscaping offering you a complete list of services for your one of a kind Outdoor Living Space. Are you looking for a landscaper in the State College, Altoona, Bedford, or Johnstown PA area? All of us here at Tussey landscaping love what we do and we guarantee that you will be happy with the products and services we provide.
Having an outdoor space that looks and feels comfortable is very important. This investment shows to your family and friends that you enjoy spending time outdoors with them. It also adds style and beauty to your home and increases the value of your property. If you live in the Altoona, State College or Bedford PA area allow us to show you how we can improve the look and functionality of any space.
Our experienced team has specialized training and expertise needed to complete all kinds of landscaping projects. From the basic project to the most complex, we strive to find the most innovative and efficient way to bring our clients only the best. Call us to find out more about any of our following services:
• Residential landscaping
• Custom designs
• Landscape lighting
• Retaining walls and patios
• Mulching and bed cleanups
• Advice and excellent service
• Landscape Beds & Gardens
Our landscaping company in services Altoona, State College or Bedford PA and surrounding areas. We will give new life to your landscaping. We have a variety of techniques and tools that will expedite and beautify any job
OUR TRAINED AND RELIABLE TEAM
The crews here at Tussey Landscaping know what it takes to get your landscaping and gardens looking great. We are approaching 30 years of experience, and we pride ourselves on impeccable attention to detail. We realize how important these details are. We don't cut corners ensuring that every job is done right the first time.
Count on Tussey Landscaping to start and finish on time, complete the job properly, and leave your Altoona, State College or Bedford PA residence looking great. We realize that your time and your property is very valuable and we guarantee we will also treat it that way. You can depend on Tussey Landscaping's professional team to bring to your property the beauty, care, respect, and professionalism it deserves!
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It is challenging to wade through the many details of doing or redoing the landscaping on your Altoona, State College, or Bedford property. Where do you start when choosing a landscape contractor? How do you choose the right landscaper for your project? How do you know who to trust to bring you the quality and expertise you want? Below are few points to think through as you make your decision. Hopefully these can help and turn your dreams and inspirations into a reality for your property.
Finding the best solution to all these questions starts with choosing the right Altoona, State College, or Bedford landscaper.
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What is an ecosystem pond? And how does it work? What makes an ecosystem pond different from a pool? Is one pond better than another? Here we’ll explore the terms and definitions of this style of pond, and how it works. But before we do that, let’s take a step back, to a place away from the hustle and noise of cities, a place far from the dirt and smog of factories and industries. To a beautiful lake.
What do you see? It’s beautiful! The entire atmosphere seems relaxed and peaceful. But if you wait silently, you’ll see, hear, and feel more than you imagined. Cattails rustle in the breeze; lily pads float serenely. Then a bird chirps. A fish splashes, and a frog lets out a melancholy croak as he dives into the water. Suddenly you realize that all around you, everything is alive! Minnows race in the shallow waters. Dragonflies skim the surface of the water. A family of ducks swims and dives through the water. Waterstrider bugs row madly across the still water, swallows dip and fly overhead, and in the gentle breeze that moves across the water you hear the distant cry of a hawk. The tall trees’ long roots grow right down into the water, in search of the life it gives; even the gentle flowers along the water nod in celebration of Life. This is Life, unmarred by everything man has done to make our world better, faster, easier. This is a natural ecosystem.
All human civilizations evolved around water. It is the very sustenance of all the life we know. But in our quest to make life better, we rid ourselves of everything we think we do not need. So we build structures. And Cities. And we first purified, then sterilized our water. And we got rid of the muck, and the bugs and everything we thought we didn’t want. And yet, at the heart of every city, the center of every town, we find a desperate attempt to bring back the life we somehow lost.
It captures the feeling of being a child in its laugh; the sensation of life in its splash. We are inexorably drawn to it. And the concrete fountain stands not to fulfil our love of water, but to remind us that we want something more. And so we travel to the beaches, and vacation to the coasts of water wherever we find it. But then we leave again, with only a sunburn and an ill-fated souvenir that will never quite capture the magic of that day. If only we could capture the essence of the woodland lake, if we could bottle of the sound of the river and package the beauty of nature at rest and take it back with us to our homes.
Enter the ecosystem pond.
An ecosystem pond is a pond or stream designed to function following the patterns of nature. No harmful chemicals, no complex filter system, no chlorine. These natural beauties are created to embrace and enhance life on every level, from the graceful plants that add color around and in the water to the beautiful fish that swim in the shallows and the birds that bathe at the water’s edge. Welcome to the pond life.
These ponds all follow similar construction theory, but they can be designed to fit almost any backyard size or area. Even a small area, indoor or outdoor, can be transformed with the beauty and life of an ecosystem pond.
But how is this done? A freshwater ecosystem has almost endless players that contribute to the symphony, but we’ll look at a few of the key players that are almost universal, from the smallest patio bowl pond to the endless Everglades.
Circulation. Circulation is vital to pond life. In a naturally-occurring system, circulation usually happens by the natural flow of rivers or creeks. In a man-made system we recreate this with a simple skimmer and waterfall system. This circulation does several things. First, the moving surface water effectively skims floating debris from the surface of the pond, removing excess leaves and litter before they sink to the bottom. Circulation also helps keep the oxygen in the water at healthy levels for the plants and fish. With proper circulation, no brackish water will ever become a breeding ground for those pesky mosquitos.
Filtration. Pond filtration can be divided into two categories, Mechanical Filtration and Biological Filtration. Mechanical Filtration can be thought of as the physical removal of debris from water. The skimming of the circulation system plays a huge part in mechanical filtration. In a constructed ecosystem, we enhance this system by using a skimmer basket to remove leaves and debris, and filter mats to aid in separating tiny pieces of debris from the flow of water. The same skimmer that holds these functions also conveniently houses the pump that provides circulation for the pond. Biological filtration is the removal of excess nutrients from the water. These nutrients are invisible and so seem trivial, but a nutrient imbalance is the beginning of many problems, from cloudy water to prolific algae blooms and poor fish health. Healthy bacteria play a major role in biological filtration; these bacteria break down and devour sediments and debris and improve water clarity. The biological filtration acts as the digestive system of a pond, and these healthy bacteria strains are carefully selected by biologists for their safety to all humans and animals.
Fun Fact: The human body has over one hundred billion healthy bacteria in it! (yeah, that’s 100,000,000,000) A pond without healthy bacteria can get a belly ache, just like its owners.
Plants. Many people assume plants are simply a cosmetic to enhance pond life; however, they are vital to a flourishing ecosystem. Aquatic plants pull nutrients out of the water to grow. If these nutrients remain in the water, they will allow algae to flourish. So having established plants in and around the pond will starve unwanted algae out of the ecosystem. Plants also put oxygen into the water in exchange for the nitrates and carbon dioxide they pull out. This greatly boosts fish health; they need oxygen in the water to live. Plants also provide cover for small pond life to flourish in, from the dragonflies who control bug populations, to the microbes who silently consume debris and waste from the pond.
Fun Fact. While mosquitos cannot reproduce in the moving water of a correctly designed ecosystem pond, Dragonflies prefer this environment for breeding. These tiny carnivores can eat up to a hundred mosquitoes in a single day!
Fish. These silent friends do much more that just exist and look beautiful. Just as the plants pull carbon dioxide out of the water and release oxygen back in for the fish, the fish give back to their beneficiaries. They consume oxygen in the water, but release carbon dioxide back for the plants. Fish waste acts as fertilizer to the many plants who thrive in these mutual waters. Many fish act as ever-on-duty cleaners, eating algae growth off rocks and gravel in the pond.
Fun Fact: Koi Fish, long considered the king of the water garden fish world, are bottom feeders. This means they are best suited to eat from the bottom of your pond; cleaning algae from gravel is as natural to them as eating a sandwich is to us.
Rocks and Gravel. Rocks are important to the construction of an ecosystem pond. They provide stability in construction and add coves of shelter for fish from natural predators from above. What little algae grows on the surface of rocks and gravel becomes a food source for the fish. Rocks and gravel also greatly increase the surface area of growing space for the bacteria that digest pond waste; these microscopic workers need to attach to a surface to live.
There are many more finessed parts of a properly functioning ecosystem pond, but these parts together make up the body of what a freshwater ecosystem is and how it works. Coming together they can create all the life, peace and beauty of the world’s finest ecosystems.
Welcome to pond life; you belong here!
Tussey Landscaping designs and installs koi ponds in Altoona, Hollidaysburg, Bedford, State College, Johnstown PA and the surrounding areas.
One of the perks to being a Certified Aquascape Contractor is being invited to the cool events and unique pond builds all across North America. On this occasion Tussey Landscaping was invited to participate in a pond build for YouTube star Logan Paul in LA. He just recently purchased a home in Hollywood, and mentioned in one of his videos that he wants to put in a koi pond. The phone of Greg Wittstock, owner of Aquascape, blew up with people telling him Aquascape should install one for him.
So on the first week of December, a legion of CAC's descended into LA, teamed up, and knocked out a gorgeous pond with a bridge, a beautiful stream, and bubbling urns.
The event was originally planned as a two day build. But Logan couldn't be there after noon on the second day, so the goal was to have it finished by 10 AM the following day. We got out the lights, rallied late into the night and got it 90% completed on the first day. There were many bone tired people that night, as a lot of them were from the East Coast with a 3 hr time difference. But it paid off. The pond was coming together nicely.
The next morning the CAC team worked to finish up the details and clean up while Greg Wittstock and Logan Paul went to go pick out fish in the 'Cool Bus'. Logan had not seen the pond yet. A big curtain was set up to hide the pond so that it couldn't be seen from the house. When Greg and Logan arrived at the house with the fish, everyone gathered behind the curtain except for Logan and his gang, and the curtain was dropped for the dramatic reveal.
As an additional surprise, Kamp Kenan was there from Florida to give him an albino soft shell Chinese turtle. Logan loved it and the turtle was added to the Maverick team.
Logan was thrilled. His backyard now not only has a koi pond, but beautiful bubbling urns, waterfalls, and a bridge that crosses over to his gym. It really is a peaceful area. Enjoy the finished photos below. Let us know what you think in the comments!
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Credit for some photos used in this article: California Waterscapes
A special thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing project!
Nature Ages Beautifully
Are you struggling to achieve the water quality you would like? Cloudy water, or excessive algae? We’ve got the solution for you. No one is more qualified than the experts at Tussey Landscaping, based out of Hollidaysburg Pa, and servicing State College, Altoona, Bedford, and Johnstown areas.
Your Aquascape Ecosystem pond is a living breathing body of water with all the functions of nature; just like a lake or river in the wild. With the Aquascape system, your pond will have everything in place to harbor that biological life.
To start and maintain this biological life, you need to add beneficial bacteria to your pond regularly. And there are products available to treat with manually, but the absolute best solution that’s ever been available is the Aquascape Automatic Dosing System. At Tussey Landscaping, we have been in the water gardening world for 20 years, and never has there been a solution available that is this effective and consistent.
The results from the Auto Dosing System are much better than anything we ever tried before, in fact the water quality is flawless. It’s better than even when you may have been very consistent with manually treating your pond with the beneficial bacteria.
The Auto Dosing System is a small unit that is installed close to your skimmer box and a 1/4” line is run into the skimmer. The system is then programmed for your pond, and it precisely treats your pond with the exact amount of bacteria needed. It works kind of like an IV, with a bag, and a pump that slowly drip feeds the treatment into your pond 24/7.
The bacteria that is used with the Auto Dosing System is more effective than the bottled Beneficial Bacteria you buy off the shelf. The reason for this is that someone could overdose with the bottled bacteria you treat with manually, therefore Aquascape must create the formula in a way that will safeguard it against that chance, so that it will not hurt your fish or plants and ecosystem. However the Auto Dosing System eliminates human error, and there is no risk of overdose. Because of that the scientists at Aquascape can dial in that formula to exact proportions, which makes it be extremely effective and consistent. Much more so than any other product available.
To talk with a water feature expert about your pond or water feature, contact us today at 814.696.3700. We can get you set up and get your pond’s ecosystem going in the right direction, leaving only the enjoyment left, which you can do. J
At Tussey Landscaping, we have the solution.
The Lifetime Guarantee solid bronze AMP LED lighting line will deliver a lifetime of beauty to your home. As an Authorized Professional Contractor, Tussey will bring that atmosphere you see and admire at high end resorts right to your own home.
No more frustration of broken fixtures, lights not working for seemingly no reason, or even fear of wiping out all your lighting with a lightning strike. With the no questions asked Lifetime Guarantee, we stand behind our product with no hassle to you. The fixture, bulb, and everything are covered. No more costly bulb replacements down the road.
With the low voltage LED technology AMP uses, we offer the most efficient and green solution available. Using only 90% of energy traditional incandescent lighting does.
Talk to one of our qualified designers today about your home in State College, Altoona, Johnstown or Bedford, and see what can be done to take the look and feel of your home to the next level. Like the best one on the street.
It is very important to use polymeric sand, and not regular sand. Polymeric sand is a product that has been on the market for quite a few years, and it drastically helps decrease the struggle; if installed properly. It comes in bags, and has polymeric bonding agents mixed in the sand that will harden the sand when the bonding agents are activated by wetting the sand after it is swept in the joints. You can find this sand at Tussey Mountain Mulch in Hollidaysburg Pa. http://www.alliancegator.com/2011/gator-maxx-bond/
If you have weeds growing in your patio, the first thing we need to do is spray them with a weed killer, let them die, and then take a power washer and blast out the joints and remove all the dirt or old sand. After the pavers have completely dried, you will want to take new polymeric sand and sweep it into the joints, following all instructions on the bag. After you have the sand installed, the new polymeric sand will become very hard, and inhibit weed growth.
We make those places for you. Imagine just soaking up the peace of a summer night outdoors on your patio as the fire crackles in the outdoor fireplace. You pull out a cold drink from the fridge in your outdoor kitchen, and curl up on the outdoor sofa and just stretch out and breathe in the cool evening air. Relax. That’s what these places are for. And they are right outside your back door; they are called Outdoor Living Spaces.
Take your life outdoors this summer. Create a place that your family WANTS to come home to! A place where your teenagers want to bring their friends, and ultimately, spend more time with you at home. At Tussey Landscaping, we believe quality time is important for families, and we are in the business of creating the perfect environments for it, …outdoors.
Just unplug for a while. Walk outside to see your fish swimming in the pond and become lost in thought as you watch them swimming around. Look up from your screen, and soak in the beauty of nature. Listen to the music of water as your brook babbles down over the boulders. Watch in delight as your young child feeds the fish and connects with nature, rather than his video games.
Or have friends over that you haven’t had time to visit with in months, and entertain them at the bar of your outdoor kitchen. Listen to your favorite music outside with your outdoor audio system as the twilight fades in across the evening sky, and the soft lighting accents your backyard.
Start your day off right with an extra breath of fresh air outside and have your cup of coffee out by the splashing waterfalls. You’ll feel so much better when you're not in the rat race every waking moment.
All this can be yours at your very own home… Reach out to us and we will create your own personal peaceful environment, outdoors!
Tussey Landscaping is based out of Hollidaysburg Pa, and services the Altoona, Bedford, State College, and Johnstown areas.
Weston has been working at Tussey since 2007, starting as a laborer on the crews. Today he works as a foreman on one of the crews during the landscaping season, as well as our marketing director at Tussey.