Pond Predator Control

The question that I hear the most when it comes to water gardening is, how do I keep predators from eating the fish in my pond? There are a lot of ways to keep birds, raccoons, and other animals out heres a list of a couple of ways to do it.

When building your pond, remember to add a fish cave in the deepest part of your pond by stacking flagstone and leaving enough space for all of your fish in there. This will give all of your fish a place to swim and hide if a harmful predator is in the area. Most animals, like raccoons, will put their paws in to grab a fish but almost never fully submerge themselves in the water.

Scarecrow motion activated sprinklers are another way to scare away birds and other animals that have wandered into your backyard for a meal. These are the quickest to install and very popular with pond owners. They work similarly to motion activated flood lights, except they emit a 3 second burst of water to scare the pond predator away. These can easily be found online and in the ground in minutes.


Netting is also available to keep out those pesky predators from munching on your fish. There are lots of different sizes to choose from and can be trimmed down to fit your water feature. Visually this is not the best choice since you will see a black net over your entire pond, but it is effective.

Get any pond products you need at at our Pond supply website www.propondsoutlet.com

Pond Seminar – 20 Pond Myths Destroyed

If you are considering the addition of a pond, waterfall or any other water feature to your yard, then you may have a lot of unanswered questions. This mini pond seminar will help answer some questions that you may have and shine some light on other misconceived myths about water gardens.

If you would like further information on ponds and water gardening, give California Waterscapes a call at 818-244-4000.

Affordable Water Feature Options

Affordable Water Feature Options

Adding a fountain can dramatically change your outdoor space with the sights and sounds of water, and can be enjoyed by anyone without breaking the bank. The bubbling urn can be done on a smaller budget and is great for homeowners with limited space. This 30″ decorative urn feature is nestled atop an underground reservoir that houses the water, re-circulating pump and plumbing. The water is pumped up through the stone feature where it falls back into the reservoir for reuse.

Spitters are fountains that work very similarly to the bubbling urn, but usually come as sculptures like the Tucan shown here. They still use a reservoir basin underneath the sculpture called the Aquabasin.

Aquabasin’s are large reservoirs that can support up to 2,000 pounds of weight on top and hold up to 75 gallons of water, it is also compatible with any urn, spitter, or sculpture we have available. These features can easily be installed within a couple of hours as a do-it-yourself project or by a professional pond installer from California Waterscapes.

California Waterscapes provides a wide variety of decorative pieces that can be used in conjunction with the AquaBasin™, from ceramic urns to brass sculptures to carved stone structures.For more information on these fountains or to have one installed for you, give us a call at 888-600-7224.

Water Gardening – The Tranquil World

Water Gardening

Natural Waterfall and Pond

The water gardening lifestyle is becoming more and more a way of life in Southern California.

More and more home owners are stepping out of their work-a-day world of deadlines, cell phones, traffic jams, anti social co-workers and entering the tranquil sanctuary of their own water garden.

How many people do you know who escape from our technical concrete jungle and go to a lush green golf course, escape for a hike in the mountains, venture into a forest or lay at the beach soaking in the sounds of cascading waves?

40 to 60 hours a week most of us are surrounded by computers, pagers, mass media, Xerox machines and all the other things that come in this vast sea of circuits and technology that is anything but natural.

C-3PO from Star Wars may feel at home in this environment, but for most of us humanoids, this daily interaction leaves us with a longing to escape to Mother Nature.

And that is the pleasure of water gardening!  The Zen atmosphere and tranquility of Mother Nature right in your backward.  No need to jump on a plane or to drive hours out of the city to feel close to nature.

Imagine sipping tea with your spouse, listening to soothing sounds of water spilling over the rocks and into your pond.  Colorful Koi swim about a lily filled pond.  You take a deep breath and inhale the aroma of the surrounding plants and flowers.  A blue jay lands, skips over to the water and bathes in the stream. All this while having a quality conversation with your spouse that you can’t have in front of the television.

Water gardening provides a hobby for the whole family to enjoy. It’s very common to hear a home owner describe how their water feature has increased communication between them and their spouse, how it’s lured the children away from the mesmerizing effect  of video games and TV with pond critters that are far more interesting.

Water features also make an excellent place to entertain friends and family. Chat with neighbors over coffee or just to spend some quality alone time with oneself.

Natural and magical ponds

The new eco-friendly water features support all kinds of beautiful creatures to enhance that close-to-nature feeling.  Fish, frogs, Koi, dragonflies and turtles are a few of the beautiful critters that you can purchase and or naturally attracted to your pond.  Birds of all kinds visit often to drink and bath in the clear water. There are a variety of lilies, flowers, aquatic plants, and grasses that enhance the beauty and fragrance of your water garden.

This a great time to add a natural pond and waterfall to your backyard.  Call today or fill out a Free Estimate form on this page to receive your Free Design Consultation with one of our expert water gardening professionals.