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

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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 [email protected]

Outdoor Waterfall Features

Custom waterfalls made with lightweight fiberglass provides infinite possibilities to get a completely custom-crafted waterfall for the home and garden.

Outdoor Water Features

The versatility of artificial rocks (also referred to as faux, fake, or imitation rocks) allows landscape contractors to create beautiful waterfalls for their clients. Typically these contractors serve a very niche market comprised of wealthy home owners.

There is very little that compares to having a miniature resort in your own backyard. People have a tendency to be drawn to waterfalls. Rock waterfall contractors simply recreate that effect for you from the comfort of your home.

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Faux rocks can come in virtually any colour by using different natural rock powders. Their colour can even be changed using paint year after year. Change from one color to another with ease. Paint spray guns work well for this and the mixture of several different colors is recommended.

Normally the biggest barrier that we find our customers face is that they don’t have the budget for something spectacular. The industry average cost for custom crafted work all things considered can be $400+ per square foot. We often have deals going on where we do it for less than half of that. The competition is essentially those miniature fountain statues that you buy off Ebay. However, some people want something much larger that fits well in their yard.

How To Create Quality Do It Yourself Outdoor Water Features

Here are a several resources available on creating your standard DIY water features.

Here is a tutorial on how to build your own water fountain using pots

As you can see from the above video, it doesn’t take much money or time to create your own patio water features. The sound of trickling water can enhance the ambiance out on the deck.

The next 4 part video courtesy of The Pond Digger features a mix of natural and faux rocks that are used to create a basalt column rock bubbler bird bad fountain. Don’t be afraid to add more variety with the types of rocks or plants used and to experiment with new ideas. Another recommendation is to find a spot clear of trees and to avoid placing them in areas where you get lots of falling leaves as that can cause the water to flow out or clog the pump.

Not sure where to buy a faux basalt rock column? Here is a do it yourself tutorial courtesy of Arteolike.

Basalt column fountain installation kits can sometimes be found at your local garden shop. However, this method demonstrates one of the many techniques to creating a faux basalt column. Real basalt rock columns for garden purposes can weigh thousands of pounds and requires heavy machinery to install. That is something better left up to the professionals.

Indoor Water FeaturesThe artificial rock water features such as waterfalls and fountains created by WaterfallNow do not fall under the do-it-yourself category.

Indoor water feature

We have spent many years developing our skills and experience creating custom water features while constantly stepping out of our comfort zone. However, there was a time when we once failed miserably at creating small do-it-yourself water features.

Fast forward to 100’s of water features later we can say that we are definitely much more experienced than we were many years ago.

Whatever your next DIY project, just remember that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t just trying trying hard enough. Get creative. All you really need is a small pump, tubing, drill, screws, glue, and some creativity. Now you have a few examples of how to create quality do it yourself outdoor water features. Start with the basics and maybe someday we can combine our work on the same project.

Hopefully you’ve stumbled across this page because you were looking for some inspiration and found it. Feel free to share your ideas with us on our Facebook page.

Pool Rock Water Features: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pool rock water features can offer a variety of benefits to a homeowner

Things to consider are the type of buyer that would be interested in your home. If they like the idea of having a pool then having a custom-made water feature by the poolside will get them excited about investing in the property. On the flipside we have seen many new homeowners have a pool filled in because they did not want one.

Whether or not you should add a pool to the yard is something that requires a bit of knowledge of the surrounding area. It sounds simple but it is surprising how often builders forget to understand what type of buyer or demographic they are catering to. Sometimes the buyer doesn’t want or even care about owning a pool.

Keep in mind that there are different options to choose from ranging from concrete, GFRC, paneling, natural rocks, fibreglass, or plastic.

Pool Rock Water Features

Advantages of having rock water features by the pool

  1. The white noise produced by a waterfall helps to drown out the sounds of nearby traffic
  2. The soothing sounds help to promote stress-relief and relaxation
  3. Help to increase the property value or appeal to home buyers
  4. They are a symbol of wealth as not everyone can afford them
  5. Makes for a private resort-like setting with the addition of a few palm trees
  6. Lasts for many decades with minimal down-time
  7. Can be enjoyed year-round or whenever you decide to have it turned on
  8. They require minimal maintenance to operate (ensure water level is maintained and pump is replaced every several years)
  9. Can be customized with your favorite lighting, shapes, designs, and colors
  10. An affordable luxury that can be purchased for the same price as a designer purse or piece of jewellery
  11. Receive many compliments

Disadvantages of pool rock water features

  1. They aren’t viewed as an investment to the average consumer
  2. May require a permit which can be difficult to get if using heavy materials, drilling into natural rock, and so forth.
  3. Same as above, depending on the type of material used, if a mistake is made during the construction, you can end up with expensive maintenance issues
  4. The cost of maintaining a pool may surprise first time pool owners who may be too busy to do their own maintenance The small amounts do add up over time. A pool rock water feature that flows into the pool will require extra maintenance and care
  5. Jealous neighbors that will try to 1-up you with a bigger one
  6. Expect high shipping fees for products purchased outside of Canada

Advantages of WaterfallNow’s Pool Rock Water Features

  1. We take care of the maintenance with one phone call
  2. Lightweight with no permit requirements
  3. Simple to install
  4. No large trucks or machine equipment required
  5. Custom-designs that can be changed during the formation process
  6. Small working crews which reduces cost to the consumer
  7. Any lighting, or other custom materials such as water sheers and spillways can be incorporated into the design
  8. No limit to the size, shape, or design
  9. Operates in all 4 seasons
  10. Does not need to be operated on an ongoing basis like most water features
  11. Remote control switch on or off
  12. Competitive pricing for custom work
  13. Can be premade and shipped locally according to the designs you had in mind
  14. Artificial rocks made with fibreglass to capture the realistic indentations seen on real rocks
  15. Pondless waterfall designs that recirculate water over and over for reduced maintenance

Landscape Water Features

Have you been recently inspired to add a water feature fountain or waterfall to your garden? Whether you like vanishing ponds, pondless waterfalls, or just a trickling fountain to some sounds of nature, your options are endless.

Landscape water features are typically for the more advanced garden project as regular maintenance is often required in order for the fountains to look appealing. They have long symbolized the architectural and design ability of cities both modern and ancient. Moreover waterfalls found in nature have always been intriguing to human beings. Many are drawn to them because there is just something about the look and sound of falling water. It is now possible to create miniature waterfalls to be enjoyed in your own garden for as often as you like.

When properly maintained and constructed, a landscape garden water feature can increase your home’s property value. This means you can enjoy your water feature at no cost until such a time when you decide to sell your home while recouping your initial investment and then some. It also doesn’t hurt that your home will stand out from the rest. The work that goes into creating a water feature for your garden pays off for many years as you entertain guests, hold parties, sit outside by the patio, or even while relaxing indoors with the windows open. It just helps to relax and unwind beside the waterfall while your stress melts away.

Swimming Pool Water Features
water feature reservoir (Courtesy of Houston Landscape)
Much in the same way as the water is cycled from a cascading waterfall feature or pondless waterfall, a pool waterfall cycles water back from the pool. The result is a spectacular visual of falling water. Ask people who already own a waterfall for their pool and most will say they cannot imagine not having one.

Fountains
Fountains are a beautiful sight to behold. This is especially true for spectacular water shows combined with lighting. They can be an excellent addition to the frontyard welcoming your guests.

Pondless Waterfalls
Most modern waterfall fountains including the ones made by WaterfallNow are often self-contained. Rather than constantly wasting water, the existing water is cycled through by a pump over and over to create the falling water effect. The hidden reservoir known for its relation to invisible waterfalls or ‘pondless waterfalls’ are a good choice due to their low maintenance requirements. The small water reserve is out of sight and out of mind so you don’t need to deal with green pea soup or the swampy looking water that many other water features are plagued with.

Indoor And Outdoor Fountains
Water features come in all shapes and sizes. Some that are purchased online were manufactured in China. Others may be made in Canada or locally in general. If you like to spend your time both indoors and outdoors then a small portable water feature might be what you are looking for. These can typically be found online and manufactured from China. (WN plans to add a selection for them on this website in the future).

Do It Yourself Landscape Water Features (DIY)
An increasingly popular option is to create your own water feature using existing junk materials from the garden. Water feature fountains can be made from common materials such as granite, aluminum, fibreglass, concrete, glass, GFRC, brick, wood, marble and any other materials. These are just some of the materials one can use and there is no actual limit to the type of materials one can use to create a fountain. An increasingly popular item is the basalt rock column. Simply drill a hole into a rock, create the pond, add some plumbing, and you are good to go. Simple is key.

 
Have you seen our custom rock waterfalls? Contact us for further information on how you can get a hand-crafted water feature for your yard.
 
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Garden Water Features: Can They Save Your Life?

Can a water feature save your life? Well… Maybe not, but they may help.

Imagine coming home from a hard working day and relaxing by the patio next to a soothing garden water fountain waterfall.

The soothing sounds of running water helps to relax the mind, providing a sense of calm.

Have you ever experienced the joy of having a water feature in your yard? Having a beautiful water feature will not only increase the property value (if properly maintained) but will also create a harmonious environment.

There are health benefits of having water features as well.

Stress is the number one killer of human beings in the world. The compounded effect of stress from our everyday lives causes major health issues which can unnecessarily shorten ones lifespan.

So what can we do? Having a water feature can be part of the solution to reducing stress levels. There are many other things you can do to further reduce your stress levels.

1. One effective method that has worked for thousands of years is meditation. It is never too late to learn how to do this or take a local class.

2. Breathe deeply. Did you know that most people either take shallow breaths or breathe incorrectly through their mouth? Diaphragmatic (belly) breathing is a simple way to ensure that you are getting the correct flow of oxygen through your body.

3. Being more present. Slowing down for at a few intervals can actually help you be more productive throughout the day. Being more conscientious about where you are in the world, relaxing tense muscles can all help to improve your health.

4. Fad diets are just that ‘fads’. Take a long-term approach to your health by making healthy eating a habit. Things such as eating more omega 3 fatty oils than omega 6 or trans fats, eating less processed foods, more vegetables, getting enough vitamins and minerals through natural food sources, drinking lots of water, and doing a detox every now and then are all going to help you feel better.

By being more self aware about your health you can extend your life by 10-20 years. Good health doesn’t start at the mouth, rather it starts in the mind. A healthy mind is far more likely to take measures to care for the body and avoid self-destructive behaviour.

Enough stress can cause heart attacks. The relaxation benefits offered by garden water features can in a way help to reduce the stresses that surrounds everyday life.

Garden Water Feature Fountain Waterfall

You don’t need to call WaterfallNow to get a big luxury custom waterfall fountain but we still recommend getting something that you can enjoy everyday – even if it is just a small tabletop fountain made in China.

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