How to Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Garden

How to Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Garden

If you are looking to improve the appeal and environment of your garden, you should consider adding in one or more water features. You may already have planted flowering plants, ornamental plants and other types of plants, but you can give your garden a focal point and a dramatic touch to your garden by adding water features. There is a large variety of water features you can consider for your garden – fountains, ponds, pools, waterfalls, streams and cascades. They come in different sizes and designs and you need to choose one according to your existing garden.

There are considerations for choosing a water feature that suits your garden and your preference.

Available Space

Determining the availability of space is the first thing you need to do when choosing a water feature. Different water features comes in various sizes and you need a water feature that is neither too big nor too small for your garden. A large fountain cannot be fitted in a restricted space. You don’t need your water feature to take up most of the space and appear out of proportion. Ensure that you have enough space to move around the garden once the water feature is installed or your garden does not looked congested.

Ground Condition

You need to choose a water feature that can be supported by the soil of the garden. Some gardens have hilly ground while others are flat. Your soil can be soft or hard rock. In any case, you should choose a type of water feature that is workable for your ground condition. Water features for hilly areas can be different from flat surface. For instance, you can create a waterfall on a hilly area and install a typical fountain on a flat one. In case your garden is hilly and you have your heart set on a water feature suitable for flat area, you can always flatten and level your ground.

Adding Plants & Fishes

Not every water feature can be mixed and matched with plants, so if you want to add plants to your water feature, you should choose accordingly. You need to have a water feature with still water to have plants in them. Moreover, the location of the water feature should be such that sunlight can reach the plants. Similarly, if you love fishes and want to add them to your water feature, you need to choose a water feature that can support an aquatic life. Fishes can be placed in flowing water so that they get more oxygen. Also, you need to decide what types of fishes you want so you can choose a water feature accordingly.

Know the Purpose

Different people add water features for different reasons. You may be adding it to increase the beauty of your home. Or you want to extend the collection of your plants and fishes. Hence, you need to choose a water feature that can satisfy your purpose successfully.

Preference of Water Feature Type

There are a wide variety of water features that you can choose from and you might have a preference for water feature type. There are small ones and really huge ones, free standing water feature or a moving one. You should take into account what type of water feature you want for your garden. You can also choose if you want it to be formal, rocky, zen or tropical.

Have a Budget

Installing a water feature requires an investment, but the amount of investment depends mainly on the type and style of the water feature. Hence, you need to create a budget or you might end up spending more than intended. Setting a budget can narrow your choices to ones you can afford. The expenses you should consider are materials, labors and overheads.

Once you have considered these factors, you can shortlist the water features suitable for you and then choose. A water feature can create a sense of serenity and peace in your garden as well as increase its aesthetic appeal.

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.

Waterfall Contractors: Finding The Right One For You

Are you making plans to renovate your yard this summer?

The Lower Mainland, BC is expected to have very nice weather this summer. As the weather gets nicer more people start making plans for their garden or outdoor living renovation projects. One of the most popular ways to revamp a yard (once everything else is taken care of) is to add a water feature to the garden.

Why hire the right waterfall contractors?

Many people are attracted to the idea of do-it-yourself projects. Some aren’t. Hiring professionals that are dedicated to their craft and not doing it as a hobby will save you time. Not only will you have time more time to relax after a long day but you will also enjoy a quality product. There are risks in doing things yourself and these risks grow with the complexity of the project. There are also risks in hiring the wrong contractors who only get the job because they were the cheapest.

Hiring a landscape waterfall contractor can be an easy process.

Depending on the style of waterfall that you like you can simply do a local search on Google for contractors in your area. You should first determine the type of water feature that you want or imagine already owning it and reverse engineer the process from there.

Here is a checklist you can use when deciding on which waterfall contractors to hire.

1. What kind of water feature will you have (Read: Water Features For The Garden)

2. Browse through photos online to get an idea of what you like and then do a local search for contractors that provide those services.

3. Ask about maintenance fees. Cost per call and per hour. Do this because regular maintenance requirements can cost more money in the long-term than those that cost more initially.

4. Determine how long you plan to use the water feature for.

5. How much space is there in your yard?

6. Do you want a pond or no pond? Pondless waterfalls are growing in popularity due to low maintenance requirements.

7. Determine how much the water feature will increase your property value. If you plan to sell the home consider that most homeowners are now seeking low maintenance (which is why pools are in decreasing demand). High end homes don’t mind maintenance but the opposite is true for the average home.

8. How often are you outdoors? Is it in your budget to buy something you won’t get much use out of?

9. Do you want lots of sound or just a little coming from the waterfall? Ask about adjustable water pressure to vary the sound.

10. Determine the type of lighting to be used.

11. Determine the types of plants and landscaping that will be employed around the waterfall

12.. Cheapest isn’t necessarily the best. That is a trap that you should avoid. If you want quality then the last thing that should be on your mind is to lowball waterfall contractors and take the lowest bidder. That is a recipe for disaster. When your mind is focused on finding the cheapest prices you will more often than not find the cheapest quality as well. There are other ways to get a better deal which includes providing a referral, written testimonial, video testimonial, or online review for the waterfall contractor.

Check the contractors portfolio and ask the right questions

Ask for references, ensure the photos of their work are actually of projects they’ve done. Use Tineye and upload one of their photos to see if it appears anywhere else online. Avoid contractors that haven’t taken the time to get a website. Write out an agreement of the work you want done and when it is expected to be completed by. Most contractors ask a 25% or 33% deposit upfront and the rest as the projects moves along. If a contractor asks for 50% upfront there is a good chance that they are still working on another project and will be using a chunk of your deposit to finish that one up. For that reason you should determine an end-by date and not have to pay for work beyond that deadline.

 

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