Landscape Water Features for The Garden

Water Feature for Your Garden

Water features can be a great addition for any garden style and size. It creates a relaxing, natural and serene environment. It also brings many health benefits. The soothing sounds of flowing water is well known to be a good stress reliever and mood elevator. It helps take you away from your troubles to a different relaxed place. Water features also drowns out traffic noise which is beneficial to residents living in Vancouver, BC. It also purifies the air and adds humidity. Outdoor water features also attract small wildlife such as birds and frogs creating a natural environment. From a financial point of view, water features can increase the value of your property. If you are considering adding a water feature to your landscape, it is recommended to benefit from the following tips and guidelines.

Water Feature Sizes

Water features can add a lot of style and natural beauty to your environment when sized to fit your garden or space. If you are unsure whether or not to add one we recommend starting with something smaller such as a tabletop fountain with plants or a medium sized pond. Opting to construct a larger and bolder water feature might require too much maintenance. However, keep in mind that a larger pond can actually have less maintenance requirements than a smaller one. This is due to the forming of a natural ecosystem around the pond. You can always start small and then expand from there for a more natural and gradual transformation from year to year. Of course if you’ve done something like this before it is easiest to start with the largest size. Smaller  water features such as floor standing waterfalls can be perfect for a balcony, small decks and confined sitting areas.

Design A One-of-A Kind Water Feature: landscape water features waterfalls

Unusually and uniquely designed water feature can be integrated effortlessly into a landscape, as long as it complements the texture, design and style of the garden. You can combine elements – basin, pedestal, spout, etc. – to create your own style. Focus on creating something you won’t find in your neighbors’ or friends’ backyard. You can explore materials and combine design ideas to create a purely unique water feature.

Using Water Features As A Focal Point

Landscape water features, especially ones with moving water, should be placed so as to serve as the focal point of your garden or any space. However, stationary water features such as pools can serve as focal point as well in any style of garden, structure formal garden, deck space, cottage garden, and all sorts of garden incarnations and plants. When you use a water feature as a focal point, the eye is drawn to it and the surrounding is relative to the water feature.

Natural Looking Water Features and water fountains

When you are deciding on a water feature, keep it simple yet natural and consider its appeal in all seasons. The material, placement and size of a water feature should be able to withstand the elements of weather, and appear natural, as if it belongs. Natural water features can help add beauty and structure to an outdoor space. Even if the water is drained in the winter, it can serve as a sculptural element.

There are many kinds of water features. ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, that you can choose for your landscape. You can construct it yourself or get professional help. These are just some of the points to consider.

How To Build a Pondless Waterfall For The Garden

How to Build Your Very Own Pondless Waterfall

Waterfalls are, undoubtedly, everyone’s favorite water feature in a garden. You can add waterfalls to your ponds and pools, but that’s not the only option. Stand-alone waterfall, known as pondless waterfall, can be an excellent water feature all on its own. It brings the sound and sight of flowing water into your property, without the maintenance needed with a pond. Pondless waterfalls require lower maintenance than any other type of water feature.

Whether you are a backyard warrior looking to tackle your own renovation project or a landscaping contractor specializing in aquascapes, this article is for you.

Complete System: Working, Space & Maintenance

In simple words, a pondless waterfall is a stream or waterfall that falls into and disappears in a bed of river rock. The water is collected in a small basin hidden behind the rocks and transported back to the top through a hose. It is fitted with a pump which sits on the bottom away from the view. As the water level never pools, it appears that there is no pond, when in fact the pond is simply not visible. You can set the speed of the waterfall as per your desire. Pondless waterfalls are a perfect solution if you have restricted space in the yard or you have safety concerns with a pond such as infants.

Pondless waterfalls can be accommodated into a small area, so even if you have a small backyard, limited space or you just want a small, compact water feature to enjoy, pondless waterfall is your solution. It is very easy to take care and maintain a pondless waterfall. All you need to do is to fill up the reservoir every few weeks to make up for the water loss due to evaporation, and you are done.

Steps to Building a Pondless Waterfall

Step # 1

Finding a suitable location is the first and foremost step in the construction of the waterfall. Ideally, pick an elevated area as the natural drop means you won’t have to create an artificial slope (work with what you have). If there is no slope, you can do some digging to create the slope so gravity will take care of the flow of water. You want to pick an area with little debris and falling leaves. Maintaining aquascape style pondless waterfalls e.g. matrix box, pump, and skimmer can be difficult to clean and properly maintain. It is sad to see many of these types of waterfalls inoperational within a few months to a year because they are difficult to clean (matrix box and pump hidden underneath the rocks). You could opt for a more vertical waterfall made using artificial rock e.g. fiberglass, conrete, shotcrete, or other material that can be easier to maintain.

Step # 2

Plan and mark a rough outline, keeping in mind that after adding layers of fabric and liner, you will lose a lot of definition from your path. It is wise to make the wall of your water flow overly exaggerated. Ensure that the pit you build is large enough to hold the volume of water needed. If you don’t estimate enough water, your pondless waterfall may run out of water too soon. This is especially true in hot weather conditions where water will evaporate quickly. A dried out water basin can cut years off from your pumps life as pumps should last many years under proper working conditions. You need to be cautious to avoid potential overflowing in an event of power loss. Even more important is to install a float valve that will automatically shut off power from the pump when water levels get too low.

Step # 3

Once you have dug out the path, you need to lay down a layer of landscape fabric. Make sure to spread out your landscape rubber so that it goes well into the groves and smooth out wrinkles on your waterfall drop. Finally, you should cover the entire thing in a sheet of landscape fabric to help protect your expensive pond rubber. Pond line exposed to the sun can eventually start to crack. The top later of fabric liner covers the pump, vault and drain pipe to allow the water to flow in, but keep the dirt out.

Step # 4

Landscape rocks may be expensive both in upfront cost, transport, and installation. But with a bit of searching you can find rocks for free, such as an area where mountain has been blasted, construction site, etc. This is good news for the DIYer or even a professional who can then route those savings to purchase more quality products for other areas e.g. better quality pumps, lighting, filters, and accessories.

Step # 5

You can use premix cement or landscape foam around the edges of your waterfall. As the gaps and crevasses are filled, water flows on top of your ledges rather than flowing underneath it. This is an important step as it can make a huge difference in the overall flow. Don’t spray too much as the foam expands. You can cut excess later with a knife. Properly filling in gaps will help to ensure that the water is going where you want it to go.

Step # 6

Something you should definitely add is landscape lighting to give your waterfall a spa glow during the evenings when the sun is going down. You can also add plants – real, fake or a mix to add more color and give the feature a more natural look. Pretty soon your pondless waterfall will become a miniature oasis that will have its own ecosystem. (And yes, if you have a pondless waterfall with natural rock instead of artificial rock the maintenance requirements will be very high).

Once you have done all the hard work, it is time to enjoy the waterfall. You can invite your friends for an intimate party at the waterfall or you can simply unwind after a hard day of work.

 

We recommend Pinterest or Houzz to find more inspiration for your pondless waterfall designs.

1413 Sandhurst Place West Vancouver

1413 Sandhurst Place West Vancouver

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Project is complete.

WaterfallNow has been working away on a large custom rock wall in West Vancouver over the past few months. We would like to apologize for not being able to fulfill all requests. If you are planning on adding a water feature project for your yard in the new year you will want to contact us to begin brainstorming some ideas and putting a budgeting plan in place. We work with all budgets and provide virtually anything our customers need. With prices for custom work from $40-$400 per sq ft we have something for everyone.

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Custom add-ons such as waterfall spillways (LED), fountain units, fog/mist generators, and others should be requested sooner rather than later. Because we have negotiated deals with several of the largest manufacturers for pond and outdoor garden supplies, we are able to offer these at significant cost savings to our customers.

We have in stock all GPH waterfall and pond pumps to power each waterfall that are quiet and efficiently built to save energy. The major advantage of WaterfallNow’s rocks as our previous clients know is that the rock waterfalls require almost no maintenance and do not need to be operated 24/7. The significant savings in cost both before and after the project is completed makes these waterfalls a great choice for any garden renovation project.

We look forward to meeting our new clients as well as working on new and exciting projects in the new year.

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