Water Features For The Garden

Do you feel the need to spend more time outdoors? In just a month or two from now, the weather should be hitting high 30’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a water feature in your backyard that you can enjoy in the early mornings or evenings when you are back from work? After scouring the web in search of the perfect water features for the garden, our customers came across WaterfallNow. They now love to invite friends over for barbeques, drinks, and sitting out in the evenings by their beautiful water features.

Many people are starting to look for the best ways to decorate their gardens for the summer of 2014, which is ‘likely’ to be the hottest on record – at least in the UK. But let’s just pretend it will also be the same case in BC, Canada just so that I don’t have to figure out the El Nino patterns and other weather related information. If you feel the need to educate me please do.

Here are some ideas of water features for the garden ideas that you can implement this summer. 

1. Drop by the nearest pond and water garden nursery in your area. Once at the store you can browse determine the types of flowers, plants, and designs that you like best. If you are unsure of what plants to buy, ask the staff if they can assist you. Certain plants thrive better in the shade or in damp areas. These are the types of plants that you would want to incorporate into your water garden. Man-made water features look great when combined with the right plants. The plants add greenery and help to provide a more realistic looking water feature as you would find in nature.

2. Do you want a pond? Ponds are undoubtedly beautiful but only if maintained. They can require a lot of manual labour from taking the rocks out, cleaning the basin, putting the rocks back in, so on so forth. Without this maintenance the pond will eventually turn into green pea soup which I’ve seen a lot of. How deep do you want the pond to go? Before you dig, call http://www.bconecall.bc.ca/. It is free to call. Don’t do any digging without calling to avoid causing damage to any pipelines, telecommunication cables, sewage lines, and electrical wires.

Back in our landscaping days we used to get calls to do maintenance on ponds – something that we often didn’t look forward to. You may be familiar with a TV show called dirty jobs. That’s what cleaning these ponds resembled. It was a dirty, disease ridden mess. Eventually some of them called us in after they’d had enough maintaining the ponds and asked us to fill the pond with dirt and lay fresh turf over top. Problem solved. The racoons on the other hand weren’t as happy because there was no longer any fish to eat.

Some people don’t realize that having a pond requires continual maintenance. (Slap my head). It DOES. But, some people actually enjoy working on their ponds on a daily basis. If not, then a pond might not be your best choice.

All ponds require some level of maintenance. When you are looking to care for koi fish you must keep the water clean otherwise the fish will develop diseases and die. Using a variety of water plants such as water lilies or water cress can help to naturally clean the water. There are different schools of thought on whether or not you should have a gravel or dirt bed. I prefer to go without the gravel basin. If you are going to make a pond, don’t make a small pond because the fish will grow. It is also an addicting hobby and you may wish you had a bigger pond.

If you already have a pond then you probably have a grasp by now of how they need constant cleaning. We prefer the pondless or invisible waterfall water feature designs to minimize maintenance and maximize the time spent enjoying the project. Ponds are undoubtedly an excellent addition but unkempt ponds harbour diseases, mosquitoes, and are unattractive. Make sure you know what you are getting into.

20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Build a Koi Pond – Watch this very informative video

3. Decide on how much space you have to allocate to a water feature for your garden. For smaller gardens, focus on height to maximize horizontal space. WaterfallNow is fairly good at doing this as our lightweight artificial rock panels can be stacked to any height. Natural rocks typically require more horizontal space to achieve the desired cascading effects of mini waterfalls.

4. Pondless features are gaining in popularity. WaterfallNow’s pondless water feature system means that you can run these rock fountains in all 4 seasons with no maintenance. Just add water and let it run. To clean our rocks simply spray them with a pressure washer. You can even change the colour of the rocks from one year to the next using a special paint. They can be set to run on a timer or set up to a remote control switch. This would allows you to switch on the rock waterfall sitting in your backyard at night from inside your home.

These look spectacular at night when the floodlights are shining on them. The occasional sweeping of leaves and other debris that might otherwise clog the water pump and ensuring that the water level does not get too low is the majority of the maintenance requirements. Should you decide to not run the waterfall in the winter we advise to drain the water basin, disconnect the water pump, give it a rinse, and store it indoors to prevent cracking or damage to the internal parts from freeze-thaw. They can be set up again simply by connecting the water pump back to the hose, adding water to the mini pond and turning the water feature back on.

The majority of WaterfallNow’s rock fountains are pondless meaning the size of the pond is built to hold just enough water for the water feature to operate.

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Water Features For The Garden

5. Determine the type of sound that you want to achieve. Taller water features often produce more of the crashing sounds of water. The amount of water pressure or the size of the pump used plays a significant role in the sounds. There are low-sound water pumps that can reduce sound coming directly from the pumps motor. If you prefer a smaller trickling sound consider a cascading waterfall feature. The horizontal movement of water followed by small overhangs produces very relaxing sounds. WaterfallNow can adjust all of these sounds by adjusting the angle and speed of water flow.

6. Do you want something permanent or moveable? This is one of the decisions that one must make when working with concrete which is permanent. WaterfallNow used to use concrete until we realized how little our customers could use their water features. The damage from weathering over the years meant multiple leaks and cracks which can cost a lot of money to constantly repair. But that was back in the day. GFRC concrete employed today is much more durable. WaterfallNow no longer employs concrete but uses fibreglass instead. It can be as strong as steel while remaining flexible enough to avoid cracking. Should something crack we can easily repair it. Sometimes our customers will call us a year later to come and add another section to their rock waterfall. Other times our customers will sell their home and call us to help them move the rock fountain to their new home. It is all about your personal preference. WaterfallNow caters to a wide-variety of requests.

7. What kind of lighting do you want to use? Many of our customers enjoy the backyard paradises that we’ve created for them. Some of the pool waterfalls which we don’t have any pictures of look amazing at night. The white floodlights shine on the waterfall spillway while purple, blue, and green lights all create a unique ambiance. We are very proud of some of the projects that we’ve created because of how happy our customers are. It is only a matter of time until more people can experience the joy of enjoying their own backyard paradise with a water feature built the way they had in mind.

Rock waterfalls not your thing? Then check out articles from popular sites for other ideas:

Visit Houzz to brainstorm some visual ideas of water features for the garden. It won’t be long until you find yourself sitting outside in the summer with a cold drink glad about the choices that you made.

HGTV – 15 unique garden water features: outdoors home & garden television

Pinterest – This is currently the most popular and fastest growing social media website to view photos and get ideas for  garden water features.

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The Growth In Surrey Is Amazing: Watch Out Vancouverites

The thousands of KM’s added onto my ride in the past week just from all the short drives throughout the Lower Mainland was a real wake up call. Perhaps it is time to switch to an electric car… Then again, 11MPG was never good to begin with! Back to the point though, I did notice a lot of nice houses being built all over Surrey. By nice I mean massive with 5 car garages and sheds the size of what I used to consider a big size home.

And yes it was slightly embarrassing at first to knock on the door of a shed that nobody lives in and then hear the owner laughing from his window from the main home 3 stories high probably thinking what an idiot I am thinking people live in the shed. The point is, these are some big houses.

While we get many referrals please do me one favor and don’t put a dog house just beside the front door and where you don’t notice it until you see the pearly whites. I still can’t help but get out of the car while driving sometimes and putting doorhangers up. Making rock features can be addictive and I am on rehab from that addiction. My partners now do the artwork and create that blueprint in your glorious head.

I’ve been through half of the neighborhoods in West Vancouver and can say that some of the homes being built south of Surrey are coming to par. There is still much room for improvement. While many of the newer homes being build in Surrey look impressive in size, many are nothing more than a larger cookie cutter. Hopefully we will see more unique architecture like what you can find in Shaughnessy, Vancouver, BC.

Architecture does hold importance to me because it means that some people out there are still striving for the best and to do what hasn’t yet been done. They know that the best designs, ideas, and projects have not even been created. This is inspiring. That is why I appreciate seeing something unique that showcases some of the designers creativity. Don’t take this to mean that uniqueness in itself is a virtue. The finished product has to look good to most people and be a 10 on the wow factor.

Holy Cow…. What happened here? Public washroom?

If you haven’t heard already, Surrey will be the new Vancouver. The population of Surrey is expected to surpass that of Vancouver in 5-10 years. Just in time for 2020. The new city hall erected in Surrey which they spent $97 million dollars on (caused some controversy) reflects the vision that the leaders have for this city. It is an exciting time for people living in East of the bridge(s).

“Successful Official Grand Opening Of Aria Banquet And Convention Centre Saturday June 21, 2014” – The Mayor of the City of Surrey gave it high praise stating that it is the best she has seen in over 18 years of visiting different banquet halls and convention centres in BC. Read More: http://waterfallnow.com/tag/aria-banquet-hall-and-convention-centre/

The Surrey that I’ve come back to in the past few years was not like the Surrey I remembered half a decade prior and I’m sure that change will be exponential moving forward.  I’m sure there will be some issues with overpopulation

While Surrey and White Rock are without the natural landscapes, forests, cliffsides, and creeks that are present in many homes in West Vancouver (natural rock formations take millions of years to become that way), it has many acres of flat agricultural land. That’s fine because I like blueberries. Too much land to even know I was there :D. Just kidding. Stealing is bad.

So basically, much of this land is being quickly bought up and new houses are going up all over the place. I have no idea just how big of a change we will see in the next 5 to 10 years in Surrey’s development but it will be a sight to behold.

WaterfallNow has plenty of customers to pick from. What we really want is to start doing something different each time. We don’t want to get to a point where we stop pushing the limits. I believe that someone in the Lower Mainland has the most amazing blueprint in their mind right now and just doesn’t realize it yet. Come share your crazy ideas with us.

I’ve toured some of the most expensive homes in BC and sadly, many of them did not have a water feature or had one but stopped paying for the maintenance. WaterfallNow’s rock fountains, waterfalls, and water features can be designed in such a way that they require no maintenance, recycle rainwater, and can run on low energy consumption setting with an autostop timer for even further benefit.

Then again, custom water features aren’t cheap. They are expensive, a luxury item, and that is the point right? Well, yes and no. WaterfallNow hopes to strike a balance between the two extremes of luxury vs cheap. We aren’t that cheap and we aren’t that luxurious. We are somewhere in the middle at least for now. Why do we have such low pricing? Well, it is because we hate turning people away.

“It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Rast

Profound stuff…

If you have been planning on getting a rock fountain or water feature for your garden now is the best time to do it. Our Spring Specials won’t be around forever. It’s called a “Spring” Special for a reason 😀

We are blessed to have a very loyal and successful client base that love showing off their rock fountains. Also, if you require a check-up or think it is time to replace your water pump just give us a call and we will come and fix it for you.

WaterfallNow: Stumbling Blocks & Growing Pains

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The crew at WaterfallNow simply loves doing what they do and are thankful for the opportunities to work on a number of different projects. WaterfallNow has been able to help many clients in the Lower Mainland relax with a staycation at their own home while listening to the soothing sounds of cascading water.

Starting something new is always daunting. Stepping into a small niche industry already dominated by larger companies was even more daunting. But in the end, persistency always seems to have a way of paying off. Perhaps the only reason we decided that this would be a good idea was because of the support of our customers. We would be nowhere had we not received that support.

 

Outdoor Living Designs [WaterfallNow]

Do you want to go all out with your next project? That is exactly what we do at WaterfallNow. We provide our clients with anything and everything they need to go above and beyond their expectations. Look no further than WaterfallNow to enhance any outdoor living designs you have in 2014.

WaterfallNow offers 100% unique hand-made rock features. Take it a step further and we can create a stunning, if not, mind-blowing custom water wall.

“Custom: A traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time.”

What WaterfallNow can accomplish in a much quicker period of time than most is not just something ‘custom’ under the ordinary definition of the term but something rarely seen.

 

faux rock panel

The photo below is just an idea of what the actual finished product will resemble

outdoor rock fountain waterfall

Using our fake rock panels that can be cut, bent, shaped, folded, to any size or dimension we feel as if there are no limits to what we can create. We hand-make these and they can be made using a blend of natural and synthetic materials. Our rock panels DO NOT crack and are unaffected by the weather here in beautiful British Columbia.

Our realistic rock panels are second to none. Imitating the actual dips and grooves of real rock faces we re-create faux rock panels that look like the real thing. After an estimate and some planning we then bring these panels and build on-site what will in the end be a stunning rock wall or waterfall.

We generally leave our rocks hollow on the inside as it makes little difference to the structure but should you want a more permanent fixture we can apply a spray foam to fill the insides for you.

backyard garden waterfall

Backyard waterfall built along the fence beside a beautiful putting green.

WaterfallNow’s rock panels can be used along walkways, on interior and exterior walls, and anywhere else you can imagine. We don’t carve our rocks. They are already pre-formed by our artists/designers. We simply cut and patch these pieces together as seamlessly as possible to create a final piece that looks like an actual rock. The shine that previously came off some of our rocks is no longer an issue using various painting/sanding techniques.

We suggest taking a look at your outdoor living area and visualize a good location for one of our rock water features. Keep in mind that we can not only use a certain color of pigmentation for our rocks but we can also paint them as well. Year after year these rocks begin to look more natural.

Have a blueprint idea in mind and contact WaterfallNow for the absolute best in unique outdoor living designs.

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Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless Waterfalls and disappearing waterfalls are picking up in popularity as more homeowners are looking for ways to create things on their own. Whether you want to create one yourself or want the unique rock textures and custom options offered by WaterfallNow we hope you can enjoy your own private getaway from the comfort of your own home.

Pondless waterfalls are designed to cycle water through a fountain or pump continuously. Using just a small water reservoir, a pump to bring the water back to the top, and gravity, the water can continuously cycle through the system. One benefit of this is the minimal maintenance involved. This can be important for busy people who don’t have the time or the money to maintain a pond and want to avoid having one resembling green pea soup altogether. What we’ve noticed over the years having visited many yards is that the latter was more common.

Getting a pondless waterfall professionally created is generally a great idea if you can set aside a budget to get one done. These are a great way to spruce up a smaller yard which may not be best suited for a pond. For those looking for something indoors WaterfallNow can create an indoor waterfall using our artificial rock panel system. The benefits of having our indoor waterfalls is the humidification effect and filtering of dust, pollen, and pet hairs through the flow of water. There is minimal maintenance required.

For those who do not have a significant budget for a custom designed artificial rock waterfall there are many do-it-yourself (DIY) kits available on the market. They are a great option for those wanting t0 create a small cascading waterfall in their yard. The initial investment is minimal and the returns can be significant. Just make sure you have covered all of your bases and have an idea of what you would like the end product to look like. It is a satisfying feeling to know that you can create something as beautiful as a waterfall that others will also enjoy.

What is even better for those who like working with their hands is that the cost of pondless waterfalls are much less than traditional ponds. Not only do they not have to be run constantly but can be drained quickly, require less maintenance, and should you need, can be removed completely in a short period of time with very little labour involved. There is also a reduced risk of injury with pondless applications which can be a concern for parents with small children.

Already have a pondless or pond with a waterfall but want something much larger and taller? WaterfallNow can install a custom artificial rock waterfall onto the existing feature.

Clients of WaterfallNow may request additional upgrades to existing water features as their budget allows. Should you choose you may have your existing WaterfallNow rock waterfall relocated from one area to another. WaterfallNow offers one of the most affordable options for getting an expertly designed water feature that will look and sound amazing for many years to come. If you are looking for something unique and 100% custom made give us a call. We would like to hear from you.

Summer is just around the corner. You too can enjoy a private staycation and enjoy the relaxing sounds of water trickling down.

A sample nearing completion.

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