- Planting and Hardscaping in Northern Virginia
- Inspiration from the Historic Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg
- Is Your Landscape Barbecue Ready?
- Landscape Your Home With Trees and Shrub Plantings
- Winter Landscaping Ideas To Liven Up Your Vienna, VA Home
- Add Rocks to Your Northern Virginia Landscape For Natural Beauty and Function
- Landscaping Style Guide for Northern Virginia Character
- Spring Landscaping Tips For Your Northern Virginia Home
- The Importance Of Choosing A Landscape Design Company For Your Northern Virginia Home
- The Basics Of A Dry Stone Retaining Wall Right For Your Northern Virginia Home
- Create an Outdoor Living Space Through Landscaping
- For the Best Results Match Your Landscaping With the Style of Your Northern Virginia Home
- Incorporating Loose Stone and Rock into Your Northern Virginia Landscape
- Container Gardens Enhance Even the Smallest of Outdoor Spaces
- Rock Gardens Add Low-Maintenance Beauty to Your Northern Virginia Landscape
- How to Augment Your Centreville, Potomac, or Woodbridge Landscape with Stone Walls
- Create Usable Space with a Multi-Level Landscape
- Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Designing Your Landscape
- Extending Spring Cleanup to Your Northern Virginia Property
- Importance of Erosion Landscaping and Drainage In Residential Northern Virginia
- Retaining Walls Both an Aesthetic and Functional Landscape Feature
- Different Elements in Your Landscape Add Interest
- Landscaping in Northern Virginia: Rake or Mulch for a Better Lawn?
- Installing A Soaker Hose
- Reduce the Time Spent Weeding Your Flowerbeds This Summer
- Pruning Shade Trees on Your Newington, VA Property
- Are Underground Sprinklers Right For Your Northern Virginia Lawn?
- Protect Your Northern Virginia Landscape and Plants From Salt and Chemicals this Winter
- Essential Tips for Lawn Mowing Safety
- Rake Your Northern Virginia Yard without Straining Your Back
- Using Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
- Smart Watering Tips for Your Lawn
- Pruning 101
- How To Create A Pristine Northern Virginia Landscape
Ponds and Water Features
- Tips on Removing Suds from your Outdoor Water Feature at your Northern Virginia Home
- The Basics of Landscaping and Water Features For Your Great Falls, VA Home
- Add Curb Appeal with Stepping Stones Leading to a Water Feature on you Aldie, VA Property
- Winterizing Your Northern Virginia Small Water Feature
- What is a Formal Water Feature and How Can One Complement Your Landscape?
- Types of Water Plants for Your Northern Virginia Pond
- Adding a Pond or Water Feature To Your Northern Virginia Property
- Bring Life To Your Northern Virginia Pond or Water Feature
- Issues Surrounding Your Northern Virginia Pond or Water Feature
Lighting, Ornaments and Materials
- Are You Considering Outdoor Lighting For Your Middleburg, VA Home? Read This!
- Consider Masonry Projects When Designing Your Newington, VA Landscape
- Choosing the Right Material for Your Outdoor Planters
- Shedding Some Light on Outdoor Lighting
- Incorporating Garden Ornaments in Your Landscape
- The Benefits of Using River Rock in Your Northern Virginia Landscape
Livestock and Wildlife
- Build a Wildlife Oasis With Creative Landscaping
- Landscaping Your Northern Virginia Grounds To Attract More Birds
- Create A Butterfly Garden For Your Northern Virginia Landscape
- Add Interest to Your Landscape With Hummingbirds
- How to Protect Your Northern Virginia or Maryland Garden from Pesky Rabbits
- Landscaping for the Birds
- How to Care for Your Koi Fish
- Ways to Keep Deer from Dining in Your Yard
All About Plants
- Inspiration for Your Landscape from Huntley Meadows, Virginia (near Alexandria)
- Great Flowering Shrubs and Bushes To Enhance Your Home Landscaping
- Consider Shrubs For Added Home Security
- The Best Time To Plant Shrubs On Your Newington, VA Property
- Landscaping Plants That Are Easy To Grow In Northern Virginia Gardens
- Watering Systems For Your Northern Virginia Home And Garden
- Plants Need Water To Survive
- Tips For Planting A Rose Garden At Your Northern Virginia Home
- Topiary for Beginners
- Adding Color to Your Landscape
- Choosing the Right Plants for Pool-Side Landscaping
- Starting Your First Northern Virginia Vegetable Garden
- The Benefits of “Greenscaping” Your Northern Virginia or Maryland Yard
- What Are Native Plants and Why Are They Important?
- Landscaping Tips for your Vienna VA Home: Create a Compost Pile
- 9 Tips for a Glorious Landscape All Year ‘Round
- Rejuvenating Your Home Garden: Decorating Tips
Decks and Patios
- Fun on the Fourth: Party on the Patio
- Benefits of A Flagstone Patio For Your Vienna, VA Backyard
- Cabinets and Sinks For Your Northern Virginia Outdoor Kitchen
- Taking Your Kitchen Outside Add another dimension to your Northern Virginia home
- Patio Design With Urns and Planters Virginia Style
- Keep Your Northern Virginia Deck Colorful Throughout the Winter Months
- Using Focal Points in Patio Design
- Design Your Patio to Be an Outdoor Extension of Your Northern Virginia Home
- Brick Pattern Ideas for Your Northern Virginia Patio
- Flagstone Patios Bring Natural Beauty to Your Northern Virginia Landscape
- Spring Patio Decorating Tips
Tips on Removing Suds from your Outdoor Water Feature at your Northern Virginia Home
You may be surprised to know that outdoor water features can develop suds naturally from organic compounds deposited in the water. Or you may wake up one day and find that some neighborhood pranksters have squirted some dish soap or bubble bath into your water feature, causing a large clean-up project. Removing the suds from your outdoor water feature at your Northern Virginia home can be done with store bought chemicals made specifically for this purpose – or you may be able to take care of the problem with some of the things you most likely have around the house.
Natural suds that have been deposited in the water from bacteria, plants or animals can be removed with non-toxic foam removers. The reason for the natural suds is the film that the organic material leaves on top of the water. The water going through the filter, water fall or any pressurized hose, churns the film into suds. Removing this film will remove the suds. To do so, gently lay large beach towels spread out on the water's surface to soak up the suds and the film that is causing it. An old foam mattress topper will work like a sponge which will also soak up the film and suds when laid across the water's surface. You can also try Foam for Fountains or Crystal Clear Foam B Gone - these products dissolve the substances that are causing the problem. They can be used safely on the water feature for you Northern Virginia home.
If you've got soapy suds, chances are you have white foam overflowing from you water feature. You can usually pick up this type of foam with a pool skimmer. Skim all of the foam off the water into an open sheet or tarp, and dump it someplace where it won't hurt the other plants in your yard.
You can also quickly remove the suds with a wet vac, by skimming over the top with the vacuum hose. The canister will compress the suds so you can clean a good amount up before having to dump it out -just be careful not to get too much water with the foam, or you'll be emptying that wet vac canister more times than necessary.
Some common food items can help to remove the suds from both natural and soap sources. Regular table salt sprinkled over the top of the suds will make the suds dissipate on contact. You can also use vinegar; pour some in the water and let it sit for an hour or so. You only need one bottle to do a small pond, and just a capful for a fountain. The only downside is that your water feature will have a vinegar smell for a day or so.
Please note: if you have fish or plant life in your water feature, check with the experts for their recommendations before adding anything into the water to dissolve the suds. Even though most of these techniques are safe to use, the life in your water feature could be in jeopardy if you use too much of an additive. It is best to double check.
For more information about caring for the water features at your Northern Virginia home, contact Lost Creek Landscapes. Providing full landscape design services, Lost Creek Landscapes has served the Northern Virginia region since 1997 and is fully licensed and insured in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.