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.

Landscape Ponds, Water Features, And Supplies

Water features, Pond Pumps, And Accessories

In the architecture of landscape as well as garden design, water features are items that range from; ponds fountains, pools, streams, cascades and waterfalls, and streams. Prior to the 18th century most water features were typically powered by gravity. With pond planning and construction comes a good number of accessories that can enhance the aesthetics as well as functionality of the pond. An affordable and well reviewed pond pump is made by Jebao. Jebao manufactures pumps in China for waterfalls, ponds, and fountains. They range from simple to more complex construction. These are powerful, and can cost a fraction of what other leading name brands will cost. Cost is typically an issue for the average homeowner who doesn’t want to spend thousands of dollars every few years to replace a brand name pump. It is a misconception that water features can increase property value.

In some cases, a large pond may scare some potential home buyers away as they do not want to deal with the costs to maintain the pond.

Don't let this happen to your pool or pond! There are many things that could go wrong with a pump including damage from freezing in the winter, poor filtration, pump drying out due to low water levels and so on. The lower cost pump will do the same job without the same risk in cost. We recommend spending the difference in cost savings on a higher quality pond contractor to properly construct and service the pond.

Pond liners

preformed pond liner Pond liners come in a variety of forms. You can find premade fiberglass/plastic pond liners from most landscape garden supply stores. These are easy to install. Simply dig a hole, put the pond liner in making sure it is level, and backfill it in. Of course there are more steps involved but you get the idea. Another form is an impermeable geomembrane (EPDM) that is used for retention of water in the lining of garden ponds; it even includes the lining of lakes and artificial streams in gardens and parks. These pond liners require protection from sharp objects such as stones, tree roots, or anything else that could penetrate the liner causing a leak. If you have a leak in a larger pond, god bless your soul in trying to find it. For added protection a pond contractor may install several layers of sand, concrete or even fiber-matting among other materials. Pond liners are always manufactured in rolls and you can buy them in custom sizes. There are a few places in Surrey, BC that we know of that sells pond liner at exceptional prices (at least good enough to not bother with the hassle of buying from Amazon). While pond liner strips may be seamed or even welded together during construction, it is better to use one uniform piece.  Additional flexible types of pond liners like PVC and EPDM are able to have their panels pre-fabricated in the factory to fit the design and shape of the pond.

Jebao Pumps for water gardens, ponds, fountains, and waterfalls

waterfall pump water feature pumps waterfall pump Pond Pumps WaterfallNow carries many different pumps including Jebao pumps or any other brand of pumps our customers wish to use. We work with our customers to source the parts needed if they are items we do not currently have in stock ourselves. A lot of it boils down to costs and budgets to provide a working solution at the best available prices. This is together with services of installation of the same product. Our skilled personnel offer water features services at an affordable price which is often 20-50% less than the competitors pricing. It doesn’t matter what is needed at your pond, through amazon.com pond supplies and products associated with pond liner is an easy thing to acquirer. We also offer complete lines of the following; pond vacuums, pond filters, pond lines, garden pond-heaters among other products which will ensure that your pond keeps working well all year long

Click HERE for reviews on Jebao Submersible Pumps

 

Jebao JGP series pond pumps are available both as submersible and non-submersible pumps (inline). They are a quiet workhorse providing overload-protection devices. These are specifically designed for use in garden ponds, fountains, terraced fountains and indoor fountains. The large pre-filters are easy to disassemble without requiring any tools. Simply engage the pressure tabs to remove, clean the filters, and snap back into place. Keep in mind that the built-in foam filter is NOT a substitute for a legitimate biofilter. WaterfallNow carries pond filters that will help to reduce algae and introduce good bacteria into the pond to maintain a sustainable ecosystem. This means your fish are happy and free from diseases! There are also additional uv filters that wll reduce algae and eliminate harmful pathogens. Overall the benefits are reduced frequency of pump cleaning, optimum water flow, and a clean pond. We recommend Jebao pumps for small to large ponds, waterfalls, or water features. The built-in wear-resistant ceramic bearings allow for continuous and trouble-free use. Jebao has been able to exhibit the best kind of pumps needed for ponds. One of the larger parts costs involved in pond construction is the pump. It is vital to buy the right kind of pond pump for an optimal flow rate. Want to add vertical elements such as a waterfall to the pond? We strongly suggest you give Jebao pumps a try and compare its performance with other brands. Note: Waterfalls are a great addition to ponds as they will add oxygen to the water which reduces the growth of algae and keeps fish happy. Don’t want a pond but want a water feature?  Why not add a pondless waterfall? You can enjoy the soothing sounds of a natural waterfall that is simple to maintain. Submersible and External Pond Pumps

  1. Submersible pumps are ‘submerged’ in the water of the pond itself.
  2. External pumps sit outside the pond. Pipes will connect the pump and the pond together.
  3. There are also other new models which can be used both externally and submerged.

Submersible pump pros or advantages

  • Simple to setup – Just connect the hoses/wiring and drop the pump in the water in the desired location.
  • Very quiet, cheap with a very high water turn rate. Available in almost all needed GPH gallon per hour. Add a valve as needed.
  • Suitable for all pond sizes.

Submersible Pumps cons or disadvantages

  • Clogs easily as do most pumps when a filter is not installed and must be cleaned regularly from debris.
  • Maintaining the pump is a somewhat tough task to do. Cheaper case construction but this does not affect performance.

External Pumps pros or advantages

  • These pumps are outside the pond, this means dry hands installation as well as maintenance.
  • Better for use in larger ponds.
  • Energy efficient

External Pumps cons or disadvantages

  • Relatively expensive to purchase, but has a lower power usage which makes up for the investment costs soon after buying.
  • Relatively harder to install there’s also the, fittings, piping and the pump also needs protection from direct rain.
  • The pump has to be hidden from the “landscape” and in the meantime it should be kept accessible for maintenance purposes.

Most people normally prefer submersible Jebao pond pumps as they are easy to install, reliable and fit well in smaller ponds.

Pond filters

Pond filters are essential for maintaining a clean, and healthy pond. One can choose from our wide range of selection of filters that are for sure of great qualities which suit the issues of ponds and water garden without depending on whether one has a small ornamental pond or an idyllic ram bling waterfall. WaterfallNow has biofilters and uv clarifiers available for customers pond projects.

Pond contractors Surrey, BC

Need installation of a new pond or require pond cleaning? Facing problems with green and smelly pond water or has the filter stopped working? We do have and offer all the contractor services that you may need for the efficiency of your pond.

Pond lighting

WaterfallNow offers a large range of pond lighting in both low energy LED and halogen. The range includes pond lights that are submersible fully. These are suitable for garden installation. These can be LED ring lights for bubbler nozzles, waterjet laminar LED lighting, and dozens more.

Optical Water Jet LED

LED Lighted Optical Water Jet – Laminar Flow Water Jet

laminar water jet fountain

optical water jet

Beautiful total internal reflection of blue light in a circle water jet. A jet of water “traps” light, just like an optical fiber.

These connect to a 1500gph pump which is enough pressure to shoot the water up 8′ high while maintaining the clear glass appearance (also depends on the angle used). The light moves from the waterjet LED source all way to the touching down splashing spot without loosing much light. The effects are far more noticeable at night in dimmer conditions.

The LED optical water jet comes with a preinstalled 5W LED light which runs on AC 12V low voltage. You can choose to have color changing lights, white, blue, green, red, yellow, purple and more. The waterjet itself needs no electric power to propel the arc of water. The angle can be adjusted and timers can be installed to program different effects.

More expensive lines such as the OASE are programmable and can rotate on a multi axis to create stunning visual effects.

 

 

Why not add one to your garden?

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

 

 

 

Pond Waterfall And Water Garden Designs: Vancouver Edition

Featuring award winning pond waterfall and water garden designs by landscaping companies around the world

Thinking of renovating your yard this summer? WaterfallNow can bring any backyard water feature idea to life no matter what you have in mind. Here are some ideas for garden landscaping renovation projects using natural stone or concrete that home owners in Metro Vancouver have access to with contractors throughout the area.

This is a traditional style pondless water feature using the Aquascapes technology. It is a popular choice for many homeowners that are looking for a natural look and beautiful sound. It is also a popular choice for those wanting a Koi pond. Overall I would say that this is the most popular and recommended design. You can add a fountain, custom waterfall and even change the look simply by adding or rearranging the stones. Maintenance is only a hassle if you don’t have the budget to hire an experienced professional. If you like this design, call WaterfallNow and we will draw something up for you.

Here is one of my favourite videos from The Pond Digger a CAC with Aquascapes.

It is a rewarding feeling to have the skills and experience to do any project right the first time. Of course it will require many years of experience and the ability to properly quote a project before this can be achieved. When you consider how many variables there are when offering full-service landscaping it is no wonder most businesses struggle in their beginning stages. I personally believe that specializing in one thing and doing it better than anyone else is the best decision you can make from a business building perspective.

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Shout out to Pacifica Landscape Works. I just rediscovered these guys on Houzz today. The level of work that they do is incredible so be sure to check them out as well.
A cool contemporary design created with concrete rock (GFRC). A great idea for a koi pond. You can see the pond is properly constructed as it is not so small that it can’t sustain itself. Larger ponds require less maintenance because they develop a natural balanced ecosystem within.
WaterfallNowSomewhat hard to see but this is a small project made in the front yard of a home in Surrey. As you may know, WaterfallNow often uses an artificial rock compound panel that is very durable and looks like the real thing. This is used when the client wants a large rock that looks like one large piece. It is difficult or even impossible even using modern machinery to create something similar so we build it from scratch, piece by piece. LED lighting is just an additional tool that can be used to create a certain effect.
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Faux rock panels are what make larger resort-style waterfalls and water features possible. WaterfallNow has made a countless number of smaller projects using this method and has the ability to create larger ones as well depending on the clients budget. We can work out a design that suits your needs for larger projects in any height, width, or design. The colour and lighting add-ons can also closely match whatever you have in mind.
Book your complimentary design consultation with a landscaping contractor in Vancouver or your local market today and start brainstorming some ideas. While word of mouth is great for the contractor, you as the home-owner should get at least 3 different quotes from different contractors to get the best value, service, ideas, and designs. The garden is after all your private sanctuary so you want to get it made right the first time.
Houzz.com is a great resource that is highly recommended for getting ideas.

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.

Add a faux rock water feature to your backyard for stunning results

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.

For updates and free stuff head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what you like best about garden water features.

Water Features For The Garden – Just Add Water

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 Garden Water Features

Looking for a way to get large natural rock features for your backyard? WaterfallNow specializes in creating outdoor garden water features using artificial rocks. These can be made in any shape, size, or colour. These can be added onto an existing pond or built pondless.

Samples of some outdoor garden water features made using our hand-made artificial rock panels

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outdoor garden water features

Updates on some current work (Indoors)

custom artificial rock wallA rock wall starting to take shape.

There are many custom options available. LED lighting, mist makers, fog producers, reactive fountains, programmable fountains and more. WaterfallNow works closely with designers, architects, and builders.

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Rock Pillar taking shape

We will have new videos and updates coming in a few months time. If you need some ideas for some outdoor garden water features simply drop us a line. Book your free estimate. In this free consultation we will discover some options and determine the best plan for you.

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