Bahler Brothers Blog

Pondless Water Feature: What it Can Do For Your Yard

Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

There are few things more relaxing than the sound of water slowly trickling over rocks. While it would be nice to have a natural waterfall in your own backyard, that isn't very reasonable for most of us. Ponds are a nice addition to a yard, but sometimes there isn't the space or a pond sounds too time consuming with maintenance.

Enter the pondless water feature.

There is no reason why you can't enjoy the soothing effect and beauty of water from your own backyard! Let's take a look at the pondless water feature and see what it can do for your yard.

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Topics: Water Feature

Create The Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Deanna Wiegand on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:54 AM

When you think of your ultimate backyard, what thoughts come to mind?

Do you envision yourself gathered around your outdoor kitchen with family and friends for a picnic? Or do you see yourself roasting marshmallows over your fire pit in your own resort-like setting, with a water feature slowly trickling in the background?

We are going to discuss 6 elements to help create the ultimate outdoor living space. Even if you currently have a patio or deck, here are some more ideas to maximize your outdoor experience.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Landscape Lighting, Water Feature, Outdoor Kitchen, Landscaping

How to Prepare your Water Feature for the Upcoming Spring

Posted by Michael Bahler on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

When winter is turning and springtime is in the air, it is time to start thinking about getting your water garden back into operation. Don’t worry, the steps are very easy and almost anyone can do it.

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Topics: Water Feature, Cleaning, Maintenance, Ponds

How often do I need to refill my water feature?

Posted by Josh Bahler on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

How often do I need to refill my water feature is a question with many variables and factors. Below are a few questions that you may first want to ask yourself.

What type of water feature is it, Fountainscape, Pondless Waterfeature, or Eco System Pond? How big is the pond? How long is the streambed? How many waterfalls are there? What climate are you in? What time of year is it? Is your water feature on the north or south side of your house? Is it in shade or full sun all day? Do you have an AutoFill? All of these are valid questions to ask yourself and relate directly to the rate of evaporation.  After a few months a water feature owner will begin to understand their own feature and the needs it has.  Evaporation is a big factor when this question arises. The more waterfalls and the longer the streambed the more evaporation will occur. 

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Topics: Water Feature

Imagine the Water Garden Dream

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 02:20 PM

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it...  -William Ward

Imagination is one of the most powerful tools that has ever been given to mankind.  If Thomas Edison had no imagination, we could still be living without electric lights, or microphones, or megaphones, or...   The greastest thing about imagination is that it can become a dream, and dreams can be shared.  When a person has a dream they have two choices, to share, or not to share their particular dream. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Water Feature, Water Garden

What is Aquascaping?

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Wikipedia defines aquascaping as "the craft of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner..."   This holds true in the aquarium world as well as in the water feature world.  Since I am not very well versed in the aquarium world, we'll just stick to the outdoor water feature industry.  So in layman's terms, what is aquascaping? My definition of aquascaping is: using water gardening to fill a void in someone's life that they didn't know existed. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Water Feature, Ponds

Paver Patio Replaces Worn Out Deck

Posted by Amanda Bahler on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:10 AM


This customer came to us and informed us that they were sick of their deck and it was all torn out. They needed a raised paver patio. Of course we thought that was a great idea and we started designing and planning right away. When the plans were complete, we had a raised patio using Techo-Bloc's Blu 60. Multiple sets of Rosetta steps leading to the pool, a waterfall, and low voltage landscape lighting.

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Topics: Patio, Water Feature, Ponds

Waterscaping Your Landscape

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 @ 08:08 AM

Many images come to mind when I think of ways to relax and unwind after a long day or week of work.  There are places that we can go to relax such as a beach, a park, or a pond.  Is there any type of correlation between these places?  Yep-Water.  So if you are traveling to get to these places to enjoy this type of recreation, why not bring it home to you in the form of a water feature?

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Topics: Water Feature

Aquascapes Releases 2012 Catalog

Posted by Brad Wiegand on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 04:33 PM

Ahhh Spring... I love this time of year.  The frost is coming out of the ground, the sun is warmer, the days are longer, the bulbs are poking their heads out, and the manufacturers are releasing their new catalogs.  I always look forward to the unveiling of the new latest and greatest that these guys come out with.

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Topics: Water Feature, Ponds

Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Posted by Josh Bahler on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @ 09:12 AM

In todays society we need to conserve water.  According to a Gallup poll in March 2008 Americans rated their level of worry about each of 12 environmental concerns, the top 4 all related to the quality of water.  Harvesting rainwater is better all around for you, your children, grandchildren and the generations to come.  A quality company who is the leading innovator of water features Aquascape, Inc. has designed a revolutionary system known as the  RainXchange sytem.  Harvesting rainwater helps to avoid strict watering schedules during droughts and reduce water bills.  Recycled rainwater is also better for the plants in your yard because no chemicals are added to rainwater.  The water feature created from the system enhances the yard and increases value.  Tying the downspouts into the system will recycle the rain water which falls on the roof.  One inch of rain on a 2,000 sf. house is the equalivent of 1,250 gallons of water.  According to the DEP website, Connecticut recieves on average 45 inches of rain.  Just in one year on one roof that is 2,000 sf, harvesting the rainwater from just the roof alone would recycle 56,250 gallons.  Harvesting the rainwater that falls on the driveway by using a Permeable pavement system would increase the amount of gallons conserved.  For a short video on the installation of a rainwater harvesting system click here.  Use the RainXchange system to get up to 12 LEED points on a "Green Project".
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Topics: Techo-Bloc, Water Feature, Permeable Pavers, Rainwater Harvesting

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