Garden Waterfalls Year Round

Waterfalls are a great addition to any garden. Water features come in a variety of styles. The most common method for their creation is by stacking natural rocks or boulders down a small stream or with a spillway kit. These are beautiful and can look like they belong in nature however we’ve found that most owners of these types of waterfalls often don’t maintain them.

WaterfallNow has an easier solution to this problem. We build a faux rock that has realistic rock shapes to maximize vertical height. The rock is all one large piece so cleaning it only requires a brush and hose to spray off any dirt. However, most people will find that the rocks look better over-time as the natural moss or earth colors mix into the rock’s surface. If you decide you want to go with a different color for the next season you can simply paint over the surface of the rock.

Lighting is another important feature to add to your garden during the fall/winter months especially as the days are shorter. The lighting from the LED lights that we use for our waterfalls and water features look great at night and especially in the winter as they make the icicles glow. The pond pumps can be left in as long as the water is kept running. Fortunately in Vancouver, the weather rarely gets so cold that the pond would freeze over. If you live in a colder climate it is best to remove the pump from the hose, rinse it out, drain it, dry it, and store it in a dry place. If it is not stored properly you can expect it to rust and no longer function when you go to install it again in the Spring.

Extend The Life Of Your Pond Pump

Most submersible pumps will last half a year or more as long as the pump is not clogged up with debris. You want to ensure that the motor is never running with low or no water levels. That can cause the pump to burn out. Turning the pump on and off does increase the wear and tear on the pump. It is usually recommended to leave them on. The downside is that they will require more constant filling and consume more energy although very little. If you hear a gurgling sound it just means you need to add more water as the pump is sucking in air. If the pond has an autofiller it’s better to just leave the pump running all the time.

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How To Winterize A Pond: Pondless Waterfall, Water Feature, Or Fountain

How To Winterize A Pond: Pondless Waterfall, Water Feature, Or Fountain

winter fountain

Whether you have a pondless waterfall, koi pond, or outdoor fountain, there are a few important steps to take to winterize any water features that you may have in your backyard.

One step to take is to ensure that the pond area is free from debris such as fallen leaves, branches, or dead plants. The presence of these is often the largest contributor to maintenance requirements. Proper placement of a water feature away from potential debris can lead to a maintenance-free waterfall. In other cases, more notably in the fall months, such organic materials will deteriorate in the pond. This lowers the quality of water which can in turn decrease the lifespan of the pond pump. It is recommended to cover the pond water supply using a net or trimming nearby branches.

Much like a pool, it is essential to keep the pond free basin free of decomposed organic sludge. If draining of the pond followed by a sweep is not possible, it is recommended to use a pond vacuum. One should not over clean because the fish, frogs, tadpoles, and other organisms will often use the organic sludge at the bottom of the pond to nest in.

Another concern if you have fish is that the levels of ammonia, hydrogen sulfite, and nitrates will be increased as a result of the debris. Hydrogen sulfide in particular is poisonous to fish. Also, because fish require oxygen to survive, it is recommended that an open hole is maintained to allow oxygen in and to let carbon dioxide out. If you find that the water has frozen over, it is recommended to open the hole using boiling water as banging on the ice can irritate the fish.

Proper pump care for a pondless waterfall is necessary in harsh climates that are well below freezing temperatures during the winter months. It is recommended that you disconnect the pump, drain, and store in a dry place. It is also recommended that the waterfall be drained and covered to protect the internal hose/plumbing systems. If you have fish, it is recommended to try and leave some form of aeration system on for the pond to provide a fresh supply of oxygen to the pond. If the weather is too cold then a regular aquarium air pump will do in a pinch (even if the water is freezing). Floating pond heaters are available in stores and serve the purpose of keeping the pond surface from freezing over.

frozen fish pond

Pond owners will find that the deeper and larger the pond, the less maintenance is required in the long-run as a natural ecosystem builds up over-time. Smaller ponds that are shallow tend to require more careful attention. this is especially true in the winter as they can freeze over killing the fish inside. Fish often stay near the deepest areas of a pond during the winter months.

WaterfallNow’s waterfalls on the other hand can run year-round as Vancouver’s temperature is not as harsh. Because water rarely freezes in the Lower Mainland, BC, we are able to operate almost all of our waterfalls in any season without any issues. The fiberglass kevlar backed membrane can withstand even harsh freezing temperatures without fear of cracking that could cause significant damage to the structure or worse – leaks.

Home Depot’s Guide To Winterizing Your Pond

 

 

 

Rock Gurglers, Basalt Rock Columns, And Boulders

Just a few photos of a rock quarry in Squamish. Many of these basalt rock columns have been cored and are ready to be shipped+installed in the garden to become a water feature. These are an excellent option for anyone looking to add the look of real stone to their yard. The cost is significantly greater due largely to transportation and installation requirements (large machinery) however the final product is timeless.

These look great year-round. It is recommended that they be drained and the pump be disconnected during the winter when temperatures are below freezing. This will prevent any cracking due to freeze-thaw action caused by expanding ice from within the center hole.

WaterfallNow has in the past installed and created custom designed rock water features with basalt rocks being a large component in the designs. These are a popular water feature (with a resurgence in popularity in recent years) that we have seen spring up all over the Lower Mainland in parts of West Vancouver, White Rock, Surrey, Langley, and in Burnaby particularly in upscale neighborhoods. The higher cost and weight are overcome by the fact that the customer can see exactly what they are buying without having to visualize it first.

For the avid do-it-yourself homeowner/gardener there are a large number of videos online that educate people on how to create your own rock column fountains.

 

Example Of A Rock Gurgler Water Feature In Action.

Note that you can add custom LED Lighting in any color or style. This is highly recommended especially if you plan to operate the fountain in the evening and nighttime.

Rock Gurglers, Basalt Rock Columns, And Boulders

Once you’ve winterized your rock column fountain you will also want to take some steps to winterize your pond.

Should you require any recommendations, pumps, or installation services simply drop us a line or email info@waterfallnow.com

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