Building a water feature.

Building water falls and streams for your landscape projects.

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 Designing a water feature

 

Before grabbing a shovel, put your water feature vision on paper. The more thorough your plans, the more likely you’ll realize the pond, bog, stream, and waterfall of your dreams. Begin with an idea of what type of feature would integrate nicely into the existing landscape, suiting the style of your home as well as your outdoor living style. Do you seek a place for contemplation or a hub for family activities, a place to expand your gardening skills or a way to deal with a confined site?

Consider how the water feature suits the region as well as your taste preferences. Would you prefer a pond, waterfall, stream combination that dominates the landscape and provides interest year round.

As you select a site and design your water feature, consider how your plans will be affected by other elements including sunlight, proximity to living space, year round views, trees, drainage, and utilities.  

 

 

 

Water feature size 

 Next, think about the size of the water feature. Keep the scale of the project in proportion to its surroundings. One of the most common mistakes is building a water feature that is too small. Make the water feature as big as your landscape and budget allow. Although starter  ponds are inexpensive and easy to install, they’re not easy kept in balance and quickly become a source of frustration. Remember the common remorse of pond owners, I should have built it bigger.

 

Water feature shape

 

Sketch the pond’s shape within its surroundings. A symmetrical shape fits a formal setting, an irregular shape may complement the nearby landscape so well that it looks as though it has always been there. If you use a flexible liner, the size and design of your water feature are unlimited, but a simple design reduces the likelihood of wasted flexible liner and minimizes installation challenges.

 

 

 

 

Type of water feature

First decide if you’ll build a water garden, pond, stream, waterfall, or a bog. Plan any linking ponds, stream, or a waterfall. Visualize an added fountain, bridge, or other special water feature.

 

Depth of your water feature

 

Plants and fish will have enough water to be healthy if the pond ranges from18 to 24 inches deep. This depth minimizes water temperature variance, algae growth, and overwintering problems in areas as cold as hardiness zone 3. Make koi ponds between 3 to 6 feet deep.

 

 

 

 

Drainage for your water feature

 

Plan for drainage inside as well as outside your water feature. Include a bottom drain or perhaps a bulkhead connection for a koi pond. A sloping site may require a retaining wall or uphill drainage. Examine the terrain to determine if storm water will flow naturally off the property or toward an in ground drain.

 

Electricity needed for your water feature

 

Plan for 120 volt, 20 amp power to your water feature, including a GFIC and PVC conduit. The power outlet should be set back from the water’s edge at least 6 feet, or more if local regulations require.

 

Edging around your water feature

 

Design edging to overhang the pond at least 2 inches to  conceal the liner and discourage fish from jumping out of the pond. A slightly raised edge prevents surface water from entering the pond.

 

Landscape your water feature

 

Integrate the water feature  with the site, using planting areas, a meandering path, a beach, decking, or a sitting area. Building a new fence or building paths and walkways in your water feature.

 

Equipment needed for your water  feature

 

Estimate your needs for a pump and filter system, along with accessories. In general, think big and plan for contingencies. You may want to add a component to a pond later so start with the biggest pump and power supply you can imagine using. A koi pond works best when designed with a bottom drain, biological filtration, and a plant filter or adjacent water garden.

 

Building a water feature.

Water features is an essential part of any landscape projects. Moving or still, water in your landscape will entrance you and reward you with a variety of benefits. Water delights the beholder, whether it is peaceful and contemplative in a reflective pool or a quiet bog or exciting in a rushing in a rushing waterfall or stream.

A Water feature or a pond that includes aquatic plants and fish captivates viewers with its fascinating rhythm of life and continual change. The magic of waterfalls applies no matter the climate, garden designs home or lifestyle. 

Water features are popular because they transform an ordinary garden into a delightful retreat. Choose from a wealth of possibilities from a small simple container garden or a water fountain to a still pool or a cascading stream.

Designing and building a water feature offer all sorts of appeal, whether you seek a creative outlet or a way to challenge your mechanical or building skills. Even if you do not view its design as an art form a water feature becomes an artful addition to the landscape projects. Making a waterfall, a stream, or a pool offers new gardening opportunities as you decide which plants to include and whether or not to incorporate aquatic plants. Depending on the design, you can use a water feature to resolve a landscape projects, such as a boring or sloping site turning it into a decorative asset. Your landscape design might help you build on top of soil that retains water or won’t support much plant life other than weeds. The newest technology and concepts in constructing water features imitate nature and give you ways to transform your landscape project into a beautiful oasis.

Despite all the compelling reasons to make a beautiful water feature, many people hesitate. Construction often intimidates people and may prevent them from diving into a water feature projects. Begin by considering your options for building materials and equipment, then proceed to design and build your dream of a water feature. Just set your sights on making the most natural looking pond, stream, bog or waterfall. Then prepare yourself for the delights and satisfaction it will provide for years to come.

 

Types of water features

Almost any watertight container qualifies for this simple feature. You can transform a half whiskey barrel into an attractive container pond for a small patio. Add a bamboo spout for the soothing music of a tricking fountain. Even a 12 inch bowl can be a garden with aquatic plants such as umbrella palm, dwarf papyrus, or duckweed, bringing life to confined places, from a patio or a deck to a balcony or courtyard.

 

    Waterfalls and Streams

 

Waterfalls and streams contribute motion and sound to a landscape projects. The design of a watercourse determines the emotions it elicits exciting or calming. Waterfalls and streams regardless of their size, add variety to the landscape projects. What’s more, a waterfall or stream may provide a solution for areas otherwise difficult to landscape, such as steep slopes, rocky terrain, or a deep shade. A forceful waterfall helps minimize traffic noise. Whichever water features you choose will set your landscape projects apart from the ordinary.

 

     Garden Bog

 

Constructing a garden bog puts you on the cutting edge of landscape and garden designs. Garden bog not only mimic a swampy, natural habitat, but they also present an opportunity to turn a poorly draining, soggy area into a beautiful water garden teeming with wildlife. For plant lovers, bogs display a vast array of seldom seen native water plants that thrive in wet or moist soil. Known as marginal plants, most grow best with wet roots, but some adapt to periodically dry conditions. All offer another opportunity to explore a vast plant palette.

Garden blogs can be part of a pond or a separate aquatic feature. When incorporated into the edge of a pond with fish, bogs act as a filter, providing an idea mechanism for enhancing their quality of the water. Fish waste polluted water re-circulating through the bog carries nutrients to plants and beneficial bacteria growing there. They in turn clean the water garden and enhance the quality of life in the fishpond. Without filtering, fish die from the toxicity of their own waste.

 

           Do-It-Yourself Water Features

 Designing a water feature

Installing a pond with a flexible liner

Installing a  pond with a preformed liner

Installing waterfall

Installing a stream

Installing a bog

Installing plant filter

Types of flexible liners

Rocks and edging

Water pumps

Filtration

Water treatment

Electrical power

Lighting

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

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