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.

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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.

 

WaterfallNow’s landscaping waterfall contractors specialize in creating custom waterfalls for commercial and residential locations. Give us a call today for a free no obligation estimate at your earliest convenience.

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.

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Artificial Rock Waterfalls: A Booming Trend

Creating custom artificial rock waterfalls is the bread and butter of what we do at WaterfallNow. Sometime around 2005 we began experimenting with different ways to create water features for our landscaping clients. We found that most of our clients wanted to have a water feature in their yard but didn’t like the idea of having raccoons coming around. The cost of having to pay a landscaper for maintenance to keep it running was also a barrier.

So we found ourselves experimenting with different ways of creating water features. After more than 30 years of combined landscaping experience we decided to do the unthinkable and go full-time into the water features industry. We created koi ponds, made waterfalls, and many other things. While we loved what we did we had even more enjoyment creating the water features. We no longer make ponds because of the maintenance and focus entirely on hand-building artificial rock panels and assembling them to create artificial rock waterfalls.

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WaterfallNow has worked on many landscaping projects over the years so we are pretty familiar with the game. We have however entered into a new arena where we still consider ourselves to be learning. Taking into account the experience creating waterfalls while still landscaping to present day where we specialize primarily on creating artificial rock waterfalls.

We hope to one day build the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC using our hand-made artificial rock panels. We believe that our lightweight rock panels would make it possible where other materials are simply too heavy. Our special blend of unique ingredients makes the inner membrane strong like steel.

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WaterfallNow has gained some experience building artificial rock waterfalls for residential waterfall projects having build over 100 water features using our unique method. We always have a huge demand for backyard waterfalls and we enjoyed making them for a time but we also got burnt out (hence the long extended vacation).

We want more exposure for what we do because we want more people to start seeing different possibilities for what they can do with their home & garden renovations. Advertising on TV, golf magazines, newspapers, and so forth was nice and we got a lot of requests but they were mostly residential. We really want to get into commercial projects so if anyone has some suggestions we would appreciate any tips you may have.

Chances are high that we will be at the BC Home + Garden Show, BUILDEX, and whatever other events come to mind with the hopes that we will meet an architect who also wants to create the largest indoor artificial rock waterfall in BC. I won’t say world because we’ve seen the artificial rock waterfalls in China, Korea, and India and they are absolutely massive!

WaterfallNow is actually a new company that was formed just this year. After our long break we decided to come back and really take this to the next level. The hope is to contribute in some way to some of the most spectacular designs across BC and get the media’s attention. We are not even 2 months old so we want to make sure that we are fully prepared before that moment. In the meantime we continue to offer outrageously low prices on all of our custom artificial rock waterfalls. When you compare the prices of our waterfalls to some of the tiny water features online that sometimes cost more than our waterfalls (insane) it becomes obvious that we need more exposure.

Back when we were landscaping our clients would always say they “wished they could afford one.” With that in mind we actually went out, figured out a way to make them more affordable while at the same time profitable as a business model, put our heads down, and went to work. The results were outstanding in our first year. So outstanding that we took a long vacation . Not the smartest idea but what did we know?

There is no company at least in BC that builds artificial rock waterfalls both indoors and outdoors at the prices we offer ours at. Our price point makes getting a luxury product possible for many home owners.

 

How would you feel if you had an artificial rock waterfall sitting at the entrance to your home? We want to give all of our clients the same opportunity. We don’t like to hear people say they “wish” they could afford a waterfall. WaterfallNow makes the dream of owning your own custom artificial rock waterfall a reality.

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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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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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Water Features Vancouver

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Demand for unique water features such as waterfalls and fountains has seen a surge in recent years. More people are seeking unique renovation ideas for their new homes. For the person seeking 100% custom hand-made artificial rock waterfalls that look as good as the real thing (not the stamped mounds of concrete or aluminium fixtures) give WaterfallNow a call. We serve a very niche market and are one of the few companies that do what we do in North America. We help people looking for indoor water features Vancouver, Lower Mainland, BC, Canada.

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Our versatility is well known as we have helped many clients throughout the Lower Mainland on a wide-range of projects. WaterfallNow is poised to be among the best in the aquascape and water feature industry and looks forward to creating many memorable dream waterfalls.

More people want to spend more time at home. Many people live busy lives filled with stress. It only makes sense to design a water feature to help people unwind and relax.

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The benefits of having indoor water features are many. Most people are aware of the relaxing sounds of water trickling down a rock water wall or even the sounds of a torrent of water from a waterfall. The white noise drowns out traffic and other sounds that otherwise causes increased stress. The sounds of trickling water is also great for meditation purposes.

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There are of course other health related and visual benefits but another reason why one might want to have an indoor water feature may be to own something unique that nobody else in the world has. There are very few companies if any that offer 100% custom-made rock water features tailored specifically to the individuals needs in BC.

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Are you looking for a beautiful artificial rock waterfall for your water garden that won’t damage the existing ecosystem? With our lighting techniques we are able to create a miniature paradise in your own backyard. Our waterfalls can be run in all 4 seasons with no risk of cracking which is a big issue with concrete applications.

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Let’s be real. Nobody wants to spend money on something that will require constant maintenance and be inoperable without said maintenance. There are many things that those purchasing water features may not be aware of. WaterfallNow has addressed many of the issues and provides a very low-maintenance waterfall or water feature. We keep things simple, not make them difficult.

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The question you may find yourself asking is which one to choose? There are many different styles of indoor water features. Water walls, rock waterfalls, and water fountains to name a few. This boils down to personal preference and your budget. If you don’t have a large budget the best option may be to DIY do it yourself. That is how we got started with our company.

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We welcome others to go through the learning process as well because it is a great industry with a wide open market. There are many resources online that illustrate how you can create rockscapes and pondless waterfalls using natural stone. It is a very simple process with almost no learning curve for those who are naturally handy. Eventually you can contact us to learn how we create our waterfalls at the sizes we make them in.

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Garden Waterfalls

Are you looking for ideas for your garden waterfall project? WaterfallNow provides artificial rock garden waterfalls and water features for ponds and virtually anywhere you can imagine.

backyard pond ideasDoes your project currently look something like this?

Here are some ideas to help visualize the potential of what it could be. You too can enjoy a staycation in the comfort of your own backyard with one of our garden waterfalls.

You don’t need to own a multi-million dollar property to be accepted as our client. We can create beautiful artificial garden waterfalls that will get people wondering what it is that you do for a living. Some people can’t even tell they aren’t made from real rock nor figure out how you managed to get something so big into such a small area.

Call WaterfallNow for consultation on the construction of your new pond. We specialize in the creation of custom water features for all clients. Whether you have a small project in your backyard, inside your home, or on the rooftop of your multi-million dollar penthouse suite look no further than WaterfallNow. Our goal is to cater to a wider range of clients with the benefits of our services.

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We have spent thousands of hours and have failed numerous times when we were developing the system that we currently employ. Had we given up or stopped many years ago there would be virtually no company in the Lower Mainland that could cater to those looking for 100% unique customization and availability to a wider-range of clients. What we do is simple, cost-effective, and ultimately benefits you as the consumers who can enjoy the customization and low-maintenance setups that we provide. Our creativity and vision has enabled us to turn our passion into more than just another darned project. We look forward to what 2014 has in store not just for our own sake but also for the mutual partnerships that we have created thus far.

Do you simply need some consultation and guidance for your renovation project? Feel free to give us a call. We know the stress that sometimes accompanies renovation projects. We don’t want you to be blindsided by forgetting one or two critical components to your next project. Garden waterfalls are in high demand because they are beautiful. But what if you could have one designed by professionals? That is what we do at WaterfallNow.

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