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POOLS

SKIMMER BASKETS can float up when the pump is not running. If it stays floating when the pump is re-energized again… leaves and other unwanted debris can get sucked underneath the basket and into the line which can cause for a potentially expensive repair later. Make sure that you check them often, particularly after a storm, they can fill up quickly with leaves and lose their effectiveness.

BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH your pool. Unless you have a pool service you should brush your entire pool at least once per week during peak season. That means the sides and the bottom. Vacuuming and Cleaners don’t get into the pool surface well enough to reach any unseen algae waiting to blossom. Also, DO NOT use a steel brush for this. They will damage the pool surface if used weekly. Instead use a PVC brush for weekly cleanings and save the metal brush for removing black algae growth.

BLACK ALGAE is one of the hardest to get out of your pool but don’t panic. Algae can still form in your pool even with the water chemistry in order unfortunately. If you get it early, it’s not the evil villain that keeps coming back. With a traditional gunite/cement pools use a steel pool brush to remove the layers of these pesky black spots so that the chemical treatments for algae can access the layers and kill them off. Be patient as this some times takes more than one treatment and hopefully without having to drain your pool and acid wash it. 


CHECK YOUR VALVES When you vacuum your pool. When you vacuumed with the multi-port valve in the "FILTER" position, everything you are vacuuming if not caught by the filter goes right back thru the jets and right back into the pool. Make sure you are set to “WASTE” so that all debris goes out of the system. “BACKWASH” also can wreck havoc in a sand system as everything you are vacuuming gets under the sand the by default… right back thru the system and right back into your pool. This is usually followed by being less than happy with your pool. 




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PONDS

First decide what kind of pond you want. What function will it serve? Think about the features you’d enjoy most. The three primary ponds you will encounter most usually fall within the following:

The first is a GARDEN POND. A garden pond is ornamental in appearance and usually include plant life such as water lilies, lotus, and other floating plants. These are built to enhance or complement the design of your backyard, sitting area, or garden. Stones are traditionally arranged with some ponds including a waterfall, bubbling rock, fountain, column vase, basalt columns or bubbling urn etc..


The second is an AQUATIC POND.  Fish add a certain je ne sais quoi to a pond or water feature. Of them, the usual suspects are common goldfish, comets, fantails, and orandas. These are all goldfish, and have several varieties that can live up to 25 years.  They are excellent for ponds as they are quick, extremely hardy, and play nice with Japanese koi. Fantails and orandas are considered fancy goldfish and tend to have rounded, egg-shape bodies and big fan-like tails. Note: that they do not play well with bigger, more aggressive fish. Last note here on the "oh so popular Koi" is that if you care for them properly, they can grow upwards of 2 feet long (remember this when planning your pond or feature) in addition, they can live for up to 30 years and are voracious eaters, that may gobble up pond plants if in a small water garden.


The third is a WILDLIFE POND. Last and as a note the least... as it relates to the ease of implementation of this pond. It doesn't require a pump, and thus no electricity, plumbing or other certified technically licensed individual to put in place. This type of pond is made to blend into the natural landscape, as it is found in the woods. As you do not have fish in this type of pond it calls out to nature and brings forth; water sliders, frogs, slugs, birds, and natures other creatures to come take a dip or to have a cool drink. Note, the list also can include ever annoying Culicidae... more commonly know as the Mosquito.


SIZE AND LOCATION. Larger ponds are easier to take care of and maintain. Generally they are more stable, giving plants and other wildlife a better chance of survival. Using rope or a garden hose, play with ideas by laying out the shape of your pond and get an idea of the size you want. Take several pictures, and if you are having it done soon, just keep it in place as a rough guide when digging begins. If you think it is a few weeks out before starting, using an environmental friendly spray paint can be used to trace the shape out.