October 7, 2021

Adding a Water Feature to Your Yard

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The wonders of Water Features

Maybe you’re looking to mask the noise from a busy road,  or you just want a quiet, contemplative space.  What kinds of water features are there, and how do you know what’s right for your space?

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Pond
A pond is what most people think about when you say “backyard water feature.” Technology has advanced to the point where ponds can be treated as their own self-contained ecosystems. A pond can be lower maintenance than many homeowners realize.  As an added bonus, ponds often attract wildlife, providing a chance to appreciate deer, frogs, dragonflies, etc.

Simple, but creative

Some ponds are a small, simple pool with a bubbler; or are a large koi pond with large boulders and waterfalls, or it can be somewhere in the middle. A pond can be natural in appearance, looking as though it’s a spring coming from the hillside. A pond can also be formal, with geometric shapes defined with stone, brick, or tile coping.  Depending on the size of your pond, you may be required to meet the same barrier code requirements as a residential pool.

Pondless water feature

A pondless water feature is exactly what its name implies. It’s a waterfall, or streambed and series of waterfalls, that cascade into a concealed reservoir covered with stone. For busy homeowners who want the sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond, a pondless water feature is an excellent choice. Another benefit is safety: with no open water, there’s no need for fencing or barriers to keep people or animals from falling in.

Fountains

The simplest water feature you can create is a recirculating fountain. That can be anything from the ever-popular bubbling vase to a core-drilled boulder, to a formal fountain. In all of these water features, water collects in a basin at the bottom where a small pump sits and is pumped back up to the top. These types of water features are generally the most economical choice for adding some kind of water feature to the backyard.Backyard water features can range from a simple accent piece to a key focal point of the landscape.If you are interested in incorporating a water feature in your yard, reach out to us.  We can help you plan what is the right fit for your budget and your landscape. Just give us a call and let’s get started!Visit our Facebook page for more projects!