Liquid FX Pools - California ponds and water gardens Builder
Liquid FX California ponds and water gardens, also known as aquatic gardens, are a type of man-made water feature. A water garden is defined as any interior or exterior landscape or architectural element whose primarily purpose is to house, display, or propagate a particular species or variety of aquatic plant. Although a water garden's primary focus is on plants, they will sometimes also house ornamental fish, in which case the feature will be a fish pond.
Liquid FX Pools - California ponds and water gardens Builder
A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is usually smaller than a lake. They may arise naturally in floodplains as part of a river system, or they may be somewhat isolated depressions (examples include vernal pools and prairie potholes). Usually they contain shallow water with marsh and aquatic plants and animals. A few animals also make ponds, including both alligators and beavers. The type of life in a pond is generally determined by a combination of factors including water level regime (particularly depth and duration of flooding) and nutrient levels, but other factors may also be important, including presence or absence of shading by trees, presence or absence of streams, effects of grazing animals, and salinity.
Liquid FX Pools also make ponds. A wide variety of bodies of water are classified as ponds. Some ponds are created specifically for habitat restoration, including water treatment. Others, like water gardens, water features and koi ponds are designed for aesthetic ornamentation as landscape or architectural features. Fish ponds are designed for commercial fish breeding, and solar ponds designed to store thermal energy.
Standing bodies of water such as puddles, ponds, and lakes are often categorized separately from flowing water courses, such as a brook, creek, stream or river. Nutrient levels and water quality in natural or man-made ponds can be controlled through natural process such as algal growth, or man-made filtration such as an algae scrubber
April 30, 2014
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May 22, 2014
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LiquidFX pools custom pool builder and spa builder
LiquidFX pools custom pool builder and Spa builder. LiquidFX -- an all-inclusive company specializing in custom pool building, Spa building and more -- is thrilled to be able to provide our customers with the exceptional quality, mind-blowing creativity and customer service they have grown to expect from our sister company, Spring Creek Watergardens. From the current trend in "Spools" to grandiose infinity-edge pools, LiquidFX pool company service offers design ideas and professional execution to make your outdoor living dreams a reality. LiquidFX takes water features to the next level with full landscaping, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and incredible finishing touches including natural stones and boulders. Whether you are just looking for inspiration, or have your heart set on a certain vision, the LiquidFX team will work with you to create and build the exceptional outdoor space your home or business needs.
LiquidFX -- an all-inclusive company specializing in pools and spas -- is thrilled to be able to provide our customers with the exceptional quality, mind-blowing creativity and customer service they have grown to expect from our sister company, SpringCreekWatergardens. From the current trend in "Spools" to grandiose infinity-edge pools, LiquidFX offers design ideas and professional execution to make your outdoor living dreams a reality. LiquidFX takes water features to the next level with full landscaping, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and incredible finishing touches including natural stones and boulders. Whether you are just looking for inspiration, or have your heart set on a certain vision, the LiquidFX team will work with you to create and build the exceptional outdoor space your home or business needs.
Liquid FX Pools and Michael David Winery - REGGAE & RHONE
Michael David Winery continued with their 10th annual REGGAE & RHONE concert(Saturday, August 18, 6 PM), which will included an unbelievable Rhone style wine tasting under the winery’s gigantic weeping willow tree, a full-on Caribbean style barbecue dinner (by Stockton’s Breadfruit Tree), and the authentically Jamaican, so-jah-say, dem-belly-full, an amazing pond ( by Liquid FX Pools) and the sounds of Mystic Bowie and his band. The David wines they were able to enjoy before and during this concert:
201o Michael David, Lodi Incognito White
2009 Michael David, Lodi Incognito Red
2010 Michael David, Bechthold Vineyard Lodi Cinsault
2010 6th Sense Syrah
2010 Michael David, Lodi Petite-Petit
2009 Earthquake, Lodi Petite Sirah
2010 Lodi 7 Heavenly Chards
2009 Lodi 7 Deadly Zins
2010 Michael David, Freakshow Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon
Then, when Mystic Bowie took his break in the dark of night, you were able to enjoy Michael David’s traditional REGGAE & RHONE fire show: amazing pyrotechnic tricks, acrobatics, and yes, fear defying displays of fire eating prowess put on by a group of beautiful ladies known as Fire Pixie. Has to be seen to be believed… Scenes from this years REGGAE & RHONE and Liquid FX:
A pergola is a landscaping structure very similar to an arbor, but there are differences between the two. If we look at the subtleties, the following distinction can be drawn:
Garden arbors are simple, relatively small structures; often, they are arched at the top.
Pergolas are larger structures. Sometimes given greater architectural treatment, they may exhibit masonry columns, for instance.
Traditional pergola design harks back to grand masonry pergolas of the Italian Renaissance. But the term, "pergola" is used more loosely now, and includes wooden structures (as in the photo at right).
Like garden arbors and latticework, pergolas are often used as support structures for vines. The vines form a canopy over the pergola, affording shade in summer. Select a large, vigorous vine for this purpose, such as Dutchman's pipe.
But to afford complete shade, plus protection from rain, some people cover their pergolas. I have seen fiberglass used as a covering, but the more upscale homeowners may be interested in retractable shade canopies.
In answering the question, What is a pergola? some experts would distinguish pergolas from arbors by noting that the columns of the former form something of a "colonnade." For instance, Landscape Architect, Cynthia Cash writes, "The primary difference in an 'arbor' and a 'pergola' is that an arbor is a free-standing structure (also used to support vines), whereas a pergola is a long linear structure over a garden pathway."
Some pergola examples:
For more details or information on getting your own custom pergola:
November 3, 2014
Liquid FX Pools and Michael David Winery
Michael David Winery is a family owned and operated company. Home of the 7 Deadly Zins, Earthquake, Freak show & Petite Petit. They also provide a great fruit stand, cafe and bakery. They offer a wide range of award winning handcrafted wines with something for every palate. Be sure to stick around for breakfast or lunch and you can't go home without one of their famous pies! Vist them at www.michaeldavidwinery.com/
Michael David Winery is always looking to improve their guest experience. This year they looked to Mike and Nick Saia of Liquid FX Pools to do just that. Liquid FX Pools has the responsibility of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. As Mike Saia puts it, Extraordinary Outdoor Environments, “Inspired By Nature”. With a large pond and waterfall surrounded by the all new outdoor tasting area we will bring Michael David Winery’s guest experience to the next level. For more details or to find out how we can help you visit us at www.liquidfxpools.com.
* Affordable (about the same cost to build, but less ongoing cost-
chemicals for traditional pools can run $300 - $600 a year)
* Low Maintenance (much less then traditional pool)
* Year Round Fun
* Passive Solar Heating (for extended swimming opportunities)
* Water Feature Therapy (which we all can use)
Let’s Go Swimming
Have you ever seen how many pounds of chemicals go into a typical swimming pool? Have you ever read the warning labels on the chemicals used to sterilize typical swimming pools? The basic philosophy behind water quality in a typical swimming pool is to kill everything short of killing the swimmer. There is another way.
In a natural swimming pool we harness nature’s own processes to produce clean, clear water. If you ever had the opportunity to swim in a crystal clear lake or stream, then you know the sense of bliss that only nature can supply. Swimming is much more enjoyable without burning eyes and chemical odor. Interviews with pool owners have shown overwhelming satisfaction.
A great place to swim in not only the benefit that natural swimming pool provides. I becomes he center piece of your own personal paradise, your own reflection pool, one that you can retreat to whenever you want. with flowering plants, a waterfall and a few fish, your pool becomes a beautiful water garden. You can enjoy year round. If you are in a cold climate, you can go ice skating. You natural pool is far more attractive in cooler months than a covered swimming pool. Realtors have found that houses with well constructed water gardens increase resale value more than houses with traditional swimming pools.
A natural swimming pool is a great addition to a holistic lifestyle. Humans have been enjoying natural water resources for millions of years. With fresh water resources waning in many pars of he world, it os nice to know that you have twenty to thirty thousand gallons handy.
City Folk vs. Country Folk
People living in rural areas often have more experience than city dwellers at swimming in natural water. Swimming holes, lakes and farm ponds are enjoyed worldwide. The water may not be perfectly clear, it may have fish and little critters in it and a layer of mud on the bottom, but on a hot summer day it is the most refreshing experience around. Generations enjoy these water resources and continually improve them. Sharing the water with wildlife is a good thing; they stay out of your way when you are swimming and are a joy to discover the rest of the timeCity Folk on the other hand more experience with chlorinated pools. Public or private swimming pools typically have clear, harbor fears of natural water. To that we say, “Courage is having done it before”, so it is up to the rest us to spread the good news about swimming naturally. In a well designed natural swimming pool, the water is clear (you see what is in it) and its beautiful.The goal of this book is to enable you (the home owner or contractor) to dive into a natural swimming pool project and successfully emerge. We believe that in years to come natural swimming pools will be more popular than traditional pools. The triumph of the natural swimming philosophy is built one pool at a time. We are dedicated to giving you the best information, products and methods to make your project a lasting, scenic heirloom.
The Big Recipe
The goal of a natural swimming pool project is to create a balanced, self-contained, self – cleaning ecosystem. We start with a hole in the ground and add a liner so it holds water very well. We establish a swimming area and a filtering area. We add skimmers, filters, plumbing and a water pump, to constantly turn over water through the system. Throw in a UV sterilizer for added security and some means of aeration, add plants and an army of friendly bacteria to get the system started, allow a little time for theses to establish, and there you have it- go swimming. You have the best swimming pond you have ever seen and it is ready for years of enjoyment.The anatomy of a Natural swimming poolNatural water chemistry is very complicated. No two pounds inn nature are exactly alike, and the chemistry of everybody of water changes constantly. The seasons. Rain, runoff, debris in the wind and he ponds physical make up all affects the water quality. Safe , clean, natural bodies of water change, but fluctuate within an expectable range. This is our goal of our natural water cleaning system. For our Natural Water Cleaning System( and and system for that matter ) to work properly through out the year, in diverse conditions, and in many regions of the country, a certain amount of the system overkill (or over-sizing) is required. Traditional pool use an overkill of chemical disinfectants to keep the water clean, we use natural processes.NATURAL WATER CLEANING......System Basics1. Containing Water*Water Tight Linear2. Moving water through system*pumping & Plumbing
*Skimmer Biological Filters
*Biofiiter Waterfall (Aeration)
*UV sterilizer .
4.Mainting Water Level
5. Careful Choice of Materials
*For thriving plants and o maintain pH and other potential variables
6.Nurturing the pool into Maturity
*Growing a Balanced System
November 5, 2014
Liquid FX Pools - Landscape Design
Landscape Design scope
Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability components merit Landscape design inclusion. It is often divided into hardscape design and softscape design. Landscape designers often collaborate with related disciplines such as architecture and geography, soils and civil engineering, surveying, landscape contracting, botany, and artisan specialties. Design project focus can tend towards: in landscape design - artistic composition and artisanship, horticultural finesse and expertise, and a detailed site involvement emphasis from concepts through construction; whereas in landscape architecture - focus of urban planning, city and regional parks, civic and corporate landscapes, large scale interdisciplinary projects, and delegation to contractors after completing designs. There can be significant overlap of talents and skills, depending on the education, licensing, and experience of the professional. Both landscape designers and landscape architects practice landscape design.
Landscape Design approach
Factors in designing include objective qualities; such as the climate and microclimates; topography and orientation, site drainage and groundwater recharge; municipal and resource building codes, soils and irrigation, human and vehicular access and circulation, recreational amenities (i.e.: sports and water), furnishings and lighting, native plant habitat botany when present, property safety and security, construction detailing, and other measurable considerations. Factors in designing also include subjective qualities such as: genius loci (the special site qualities to emphasize); client's needs and preferences; desirable plants and elements to retain on site, modify, or replace, and available to use as borrowed scenery from beyond; artistic composition from perspectives of both looking upon and being in the *gardens; spatial development and definition; plant palettes in designed layouts, and artistic focal points for enjoyment. There are innumerable other design factors and considerations brought to the complex process of designing a garden that is beautiful, well functioning, and thrives over time. The up-and-coming practice of online landscape design allows professional landscapers to remotely design and plan sites through manipulation of two-dimensional images without ever physically visiting the location. Due to the frequent lack of non-visual, supplementary data such as soil assessments and pH tests, online landscaping necessarily must focus on incorporating only plants which are tolerant across many diverse soil conditions
November 7, 2014
What is a WaterGarden?
A watergarden is a man-made water feature, typically a pool or pond, which is designed to complement the natural environment. Watergardens typically incorporate aquatic plants, ornamental fish, statuary, water falls, and other decorations. They can be found in residential backyards, courtyards, and parks, to compliment the landscaping, and as an enhancement in existing gardens.
There are several different types of watergardens, including container gardens, raised and sunken ponds, and bog gardens. A container watergarden is typically small and easy to care for, and can be placed on a patio or balcony with ease. Raised and sunken ponds are built directly into the ground, and require more maintenance than other types. Bog gardens are the most natural of the three, and are designed to attract wildlife. They are generally dug into the ground, lined with plastic, and filled with native plants and fish.
Plants are an important part of any watergarden. They add life to the feature, and create a natural ecosystem, which promotes the health of the fish. A well stocked watergarden will include several different types of plants and fish. The plants may be submerged, marginal, or floating varieties. It is recommended that a combination of these plant types be used to keep the water garden in optimal health.
Submerged plants are planted below the surface of the water. They are sometimes called oxygenators because of their ability to create oxygen, which provides nutrients to the fish, and combats algae formation. Submerged plants also provide cover for fish living in the garden, and may even be a food source. Some examples of submerged plants are pondweed and fanwort.
Marginal plants, also known as emergent plants, are planted around the edges of a watergarden. The roots are planted beneath the water, with foliage appearing above the surface. Many bog plants, such as waterlilies and lotus, are also considered to be marginal plants, and produce large, attractive flowers.
Floating plants are used to add visual interest to a watergarden. They are not rooted, like submerged and marginal plants, but instead float above or just below the water’s surface. Water hyacinth and water lettuce are floating plants commonly used in water gardens for their beauty and ease of maintenance.
There are also many different types of fish that can thrive in a home watergarden. The most popular and well known types are koi and goldfish. Other water garden fish include minnows, catfish, eel, carp, and bluegill. Snails, crabs, and various frogs and amphibians may also make their home in the water garden. Bog ponds, particularly, attract wild frogs, snakes, and turtles.
November 11, 2014
November 11, 2014
Swimming Pool Maintenance - General Pool Maintenance
Clean water and balanced water chemistry are the keys to pool maintenance. Establish a weekly routine to clean the pool and maintain the chemical balance. A shock treatment solves and prevents the majority of pool problems. Test the pH and free available chlorine in the pool water and shock-treat, if necessary, on a weekly basis. Do an additional shock treatment if any of the following occurs:
Very heavy rains and windstorms
More swimmers than usual
Foul odor from the pool water
Swimmers with burning, red eyes
Murky, slimy water
Balance Your Pool
When we talk about properly balanced pool water, we mean it has just the right pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels. Maintain correct levels and everything should run smoothly. Proper balancing keeps your metal equipment and accessories from corroding and plaster surfaces from etching. It also prevents scale formation that can damage pool equipment, stain surfaces and cloud your water. Best of all, it prevents eye and skin irritation.
Chlorinate Your Pool
Bacteria and algae are unwanted guests at any pool party. Your continuous chlorine level should always fall between 1 and 4 ppm for proper sanitation and to prevent bacteria and algae. There are a variety of options available to help you keep your pool clean.
Basic Chlorinating Tabs - Slow-dissolving chlorinating tablets, found in both 1-inch and 3-inch sizes, keep your water clear. Most chlorinating tablets have a built-in stabilizer to protect your chlorine from sunlight burn-off. Chlorinating tablets can be used in your floating dispenser, skimmer or automatic chlorinator.
Liquid Chlorine - Liquid chlorine is similar to the bleach you use in your household, but is two to three times stronger when formulated for pools. Liquid chlorine is easy to apply and an effective sanitizer, but it has a short shelf life compared to other chlorine products. It can't be stored for more than a few weeks.
Chlorinating Tabs - Many varieties of chlorine sanitizers offer a multifunctional approach to pool care. There are a variety of chlorinating tabs available to sanitize your pool and keep it in great shape for swimming, while shocking your pool to remove contaminants. Other varieties kill bacteria and control algae, while softening your water and protect pool equipment.
Chlorinating Granules - Multifunctional granular chlorine products can help you perform several tasks at once by chlorinating, shocking and killing algae with a single, daily application.
Shock Your Pool
Shocking should be done weekly, without fail. It can get rid of contaminants that cause cloudy water, chlorine odor and eye irritation, while also preventing future problems and reducing the need for other chemicals. There are a variety of shock products for use in any pool.
Basic Shock Products - Basic shock products help kill bacteria and break down cosmetics, suntan lotions, perspiration and other swimmer wastes that can't be filtered out of pool water. Shocking with basic shock products reduces chlorine odor and eye irritation, and it helps to keep your pool sparkling clear.
Multifunctional Shock Products - Multifunctional shock products quickly restore water clarity by effectively destroying bacteria and swimmer wastes, while also balancing pH, enhancing filtration and adding additional algae protection. Many shock products get you back in the pool extra-fast, as soon as 15 minutes after treatment.
Add Algaecide to Your Pool
Like an alien invasion, millions of tiny microscopic plants in the form of algae can march into your pool by rain, wind and fill water. Leave it unchecked and your water will quickly become unusable due to clogged filters, low water circulation and reduced effectiveness of pool chemicals. Algaecides prevent algae from taking over the pool, and they treat algae growth if gets started.
Looking for fast results? Some algaecides quickly kill all types of algae and prevent them from returning. Other algaecides focus specifically on preventing and removing green algae, which is the most common kind found in a pool. Prevention is the key to an algae-free pool. In the case of an algae outbreak, algaecides can quickly and efficiently eliminate the problem and restore your pool to sparkling clear.
Clean the Pool
1. Skim debris out of the pool.
2. Clean all skimmer baskets during swimming season.
1. Test the water.
2. Clean the walls and floor. Use cleaners, brushes and vacuums recommended by the pool manufacturer. Start at the shallow end and continue to the deep end. Overlap each stroke when vacuuming and brushing to cover all areas thoroughly. Always keep the vacuum head under water while in use. To speed up the process, dedicate 10 minutes a day to brushing down the walls.
3. Hose down the pool area after cleaning and before using. Direct the spray away from the pool to prevent dirt from washing into the water.
Pool Chemical Safety
While pool chemicals are available to solve almost all water problems, they can be dangerous to humans and animals if handled improperly. Chemicals can cause skin and eye damage and can be fatal if swallowed. To keep yourself and your pool safe, follow these pool chemical safety precautions:
Keep all pool products away from children and animals.
Wear rubber gloves and goggles, and wash clothes and hands immediately after handling chemicals. If your skin comes in contact with any chemicals, flush immediately with cold water for 15 minutes and call a physician.
Follow the dosage directions and safety precautions listed on the pool product label.
Store chemicals according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Never return spilled material to the original container or place in the household garbage.
Use clean, dry measuring equipment for chemicals. Rinse all measuring equipment after using.
Don't mix spa, pool or household chemicals together.
Add chemicals to water. Don't add water to chemicals. Adding water to chemicals contaminates the entire container.
Don't allow dry chlorine to become damp or wet.
Keep open flames away from pool chemicals.
Don't reuse empty containers. Check with local, state and federal regulations for proper disposal.
Discard any unused chemicals after closing your pool. Follow local ordinances for disposing of hazardous materials. Buy new chemicals when you reopen the pool.
This is the ability of your water to resist changes in the pH. If your total alkalinity is too low, the pH level will be very sensitive and could swing drastically. Also, if the total alkalinity is high, it can make the pH level too high and contribute to cloudy water and scaling. If your total alkalinity is too high, add an alkalinity increaser. If it's too low, add a pH decreaser.
pH is a basic measure of acidity or basicity in your water, and it's one of the most important factors in balancing your pool. On a scale of 0 to 14, 7 would be considered neutral with an ideal range falling between 7.2 and 7.6.
Hard water contains excess calcium and magnesium, and those levels can vary throughout the country. No matter where you live, calcium and magnesium are left behind as your pool water evaporates, and that increases water hardness. If the calcium hardness level is too low, add a calcium hardness increaser. If it's above 250 parts per million (ppm), add a scale and stain control product to prevent possible scaling. If it's above 500 ppm, drain off some of the water and dilute with fresh fill water to bring the level down.
Free Available Chlorine
Free available chlorine kills bacteria, algae and most viruses. It also eliminates grease and oil. If the free available chlorine is too low, add a shock treatment. A shock treatment is a high concentration of chlorine. Shocking adds 5.0 to 10.0 parts per million (PPM) of free available chlorine to pool water. Test and balance the pH before doing a shock treatment. Shock-treat after sundown with the pump and filter turned on. After a shock treatment, test the free available chlorine. Don't enter the pool until the reading is 1.0 to 3.0 PPM. If it's too high, allow the chlorine to evaporate naturally.
Liquid FX brings you - Custom sized fiberglass arbor and pergola kits for residential and commercial applications.
At LiquidFX Pools, we are continually looking to expand our offerings to provide customers with variety, giving you options to make your outdoor living dreams a reality. Our newest offerings include beautiful outdoor structures. Outdoor Structures provide both aesthetic and practical functionality. Create a custom look to your outdoor space while also providing some protection from the hot California sun with arbor installation from LiquidFX Pools. As certified installers of two different types of arbor materials, our clients can select the one that works best for their needs: fiberglass or wood.
Fiberglass: Recent advancements in Pultrusion processing technology have brought lightweight, high-strength, corrosion resistant composites to the Outdoor Living market at extremely competitive prices. Fiberglass can be painted to the color of your choice and span large open areas creating more usable space beneath the pergola.
December 31, 2014
Well placed climb-out to access walking path to slide and top of waterfall
Well placed climb-out to access walking path to slide and top of waterfall