Wet Pets creates each water garden plan with attention to the individual aspects of your property coupled with your personal wants and needs. The water garden design process transforms your vision into a reality. Creating a design is critical to the proper installation of any project. It forms the groundwork for your outdoor project, and is an important step in creating a water garden environment.
The first step in the design process is the introductory meeting. You will meet with Ed, who will explore your goals, needs, budget and preferences regarding your project. A graduate of the Art Institute with vast artistic ability and enthusiasm for embellishing customers’ existing ponds and or constructing new ponds, Ed began to build waterfalls and waterscapes that have wowed his clients. His 30 years of experience with fish, plants and filtration enhanced his skills to construct a beautiful water garden that will also be ecologically balanced.
Next, we will take measurements, examine structures, utilities, limitations, determine if the existing soil is stable for pond instillation, or if it will require a block foundation, as well as opportunities that reflect the unique characteristics of your property. Ed will go to a site, look at the lay of the land and then start sketching up plans that will work with the existing landscape and the homeowner’s concept. Wet Pets also does corrective work for jobs that may look nice, but have issues of sustainability that need to be addressed.
The initially discussed elements of your new pondscape plan are then reviewed, developed, and presented to you through a rough sketch of the structure, materials list, proposal, and estimated time frame to verify that we are meeting your design goals. Passion, creativity, vision, and innovation are combined to transform concepts into your final plan. Throughout the building process, the possibility of some adjustments may be necessary.
A lot of times, some inexperienced home owner/builders will create ponds that are biologically incorrect. They may lack proper filtration, among many other variables related to keeping the pond beautiful. What we create are small biological ecosystems in addition to creating focal points.
Wet Pets has all the supplies you need to build your own pond, as well as koi, pond goldfish and a large array of water plants to enhance its beauty. If you want a quote for Wet Pet’s Pond Crew to build your pond, call to get on their list. Stop in to see a piece of their artistry in pond designing. There you will find a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse, stocked with all of the necessities for building and maintaining a pond - 45 millimeter Firestone rubber liner, pumps, tubing, water clarity products, fish and plants. Ponds require very little maintenance once they are up and running, however, homeowners will need to feed the fish, prepare the ponds for winter and keep up with algae so that it doesn’t overrun the pond. Keeping up with algae can be as simple as just adding the proper water treatments a few times a year, or through mechanical devices. We offer maintenance as well.
As for preparing the ponds for winter, Wet Pets can and does offer this service for their clients. To winterize, we shut the pumps down and clean out all the leaves and other debris. We then place a thermostatically controlled pond deicer, aerator or small pump in the water to keep a small area of the pond from freezing over. This allows for the exchange of oxygen to take place so gasses don’t get trapped when the temperatures drop below freezing and the surface ices over.