What can an Automatic Dosing System do for my pond? 

Posted by Mark Quesenberry on Mar 15, 2018 10:53:31 AM

Have you ever had to ask yourself “Did I add a scoop of beneficial bacteria to the pond this week?”

Are you afraid of adding beneficial bacteria because you don’t want to add too much or too little?

Maybe you didn’t even know that you should be adding at least beneficial bacteria to your pond weekly.

Sadly, many new pond customers we meet don’t know about the benefit of adding a quality beneficial bacteria and other water treatments to their pond

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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Customer Tips, Pond Reviews

Yikes - My Pond Has String Algae! 

Posted by Mark Quesenberry on Mar 14, 2018 3:29:28 PM

If you have ever owned a backyard pond then you probably know about string algea. It’s the hairy green mess that grows on your water falls, down your stream and in your pond.  Instead of sitting out on the patio and enjoying your pond, your time is spent walking around and pulling this slimy muck out. Or perhaps adding algaecides weekly to keep it from taking over your pond.

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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Customer Tips

Is My Pond Leaking? 

Posted by Mark Quesenberry on Mar 12, 2018 1:17:54 PM

We often get phone calls from customer making one simple statement; “I think my pond leaking.” If you have made this call to Damascus Enterprises, then you have either heard or seen this process done before.

Before you Suspect a Leak
If your pond is losing water slowly over time, say an inch every day or every few days, depending on how big your pond is, it could be evaporation. Water is naturally evaporating from your pond every day. How quickly it evaporates is largely dependent on how much water is being circulated through the water feature each hour.

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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Customer Tips

Backyard Pond Maintenance Guide

Posted by Scott Brown on Mar 6, 2018 11:25:16 AM

A pond is a perfect way of adding beauty to any outdoor space. It does require some effort however. The secret is, if you take proper care of your pond from the beginning, you can avoid issues from cropping up in the future.

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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Customer Tips

Why does my Crape Myrtle still have its leaves?

Posted by Mike Bowles on Feb 28, 2018 11:25:33 AM

Does it seem like your Crape Myrtles or Japanese Maples are confused?

We’ve had some calls from clients that have noticed their Crape Myrtles and Japanese Maples are still holding on to their leaves. Is this happening to you too?  If you remember the first week in November, there was a hard freeze where temps fell into the teens overnight. Unfortunately, this happened before the plants had a chance to fully go dormant and prepare for winter.  

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Topics: Customer Tips, Winter Damage

Why Are My Evergreens Turning Brown?

Posted by Mike Bowles on Feb 23, 2018 4:14:10 PM

This winter season you may have noticed some broadleaf evergreens getting brown tips on their leaves and maybe even beginning to lose leaves.

The reason may surprise you
As cold as it’s been this winter the damage to these plants actually started months ago. If you remember the first week in November, there

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Topics: Customer Tips, Winter Damage

Should I Feed My Koi fish in my backyard Pond NOW?

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb 16, 2018 5:17:53 PM

The question is should I feed my Koi fish in my backyard Pond NOW?   As the weather warms up and your fish become more active you may think their hungry, and it’s only natural to want to feed them.  The best advice we can give is BE PATIENT & WAIT.  

This early in the season, the air may feel warm but the water is still cold. Temperature plays a big role in food digestion for your fish. The 

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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Customer Tips

Who Are The Best Pond Companies in MD/DC/VA Area? (Reviews/Ratings)

Posted by Scott Brown on Feb 12, 2018 5:07:30 PM

Every year, our team at Damascus Enterprises meets with well over 100 households around MD/DC/VA area regarding their Pond and Water Feature installation and maintenance needs.  On occasion we have been asked who some of our biggest competitors are.

We've never been ones to shy away from being blatantly honest when it comes to competition, and we want our customers to be as informed as possible.

Below is a list of the Best Pond companies or Pond Maintenance companies located around the MD/DC/VA area. 

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Topics: Pond Reviews, Pond Ratings

How To Plant A Tree

Posted by Mike Bowles on Jan 11, 2018 2:23:45 PM

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when selecting the type of tree, you’ll be installing:

  • Light – Is the spot you have in mind located in sun or shade?
  • Wind – Does the location tend to be windy or is it sheltered by your home or other trees?
  • Soil – Is your soil usually dry or does water stick around after a rain?

Check out the great resources available at ArborDay.org if you’re having a hard time deciding what type of tree would be best for your yard.

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Topics: Install Tree, Tree Installation

My Pond Is Frozen What Do I Do Now?

Posted by Scott Brown on Jan 4, 2018 9:36:40 AM

During the cold winter months, it’s especially important to keep an eye on your ponds water level. As layers of ice form water levels begin to drop. Levels can be checked at the skimmer box or along the pond’s edge.

  • The water level dropping too low can result in your pump “sucking air” instead of water.
  • This can cause the pump to eventually burn out and stop working.

Another way your pond can lose water is around the waterfall. If ice formations grow they can sometimes begin to divert water out of your pond. If you notice this happening, you can pour warm water over the formation to melt it..


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Topics: Pond Maintenance, Winter Pond Maintenance, Frozen Pond