Your Waterscape Options From Nature
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The waterfall is undoubtedly the most highly sought after backyard water feature in a water garden and now, thanks to the pondless waterfall, anyone can introduce the sweet sounds of falling water even if they don’t have the space to build a pond reservoir.
A pondless stream or waterfall gives the natural beauty of moving water with almost no maintenance. If you want to add the calming sound of water to your backyard and don’t want to worry about the fish or plant maintenance of a pond, then a pondless water feature might be right for you!
Similair to a regular waterfall, the pondless water feature directs the cascading water into a deep rock- and- gravel-filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. Because there is no pool of water, a pondless waterfall is a great option if you’re concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.
A pondless waterfall can be less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard. And maintenance couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. Pondless waterfalls can also be part of a rainwater harvesting system.
Pondless Waterfall Benefits:
- Safety: With no standing pool of water, a pondless waterfall is a great option if you are concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond. People with small children sometimes choose this solution.
- Cost: The price of a Pondless waterfall will be less than a pond, because there is less labor involved, as well as less rock and materials. Operating costs are also less. In addition, because you’re not dealing with an established ecosystem, it’s not necessary to run the pump 24/7.
- Space: The small size of the Pondless Waterfall means you can build and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in your outdoor living space.
- On-going Maintenance: Taking care of your Pondless Waterfall is easy. Fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss because of evaporation and that is it!
Fountains… Slates, Urns and Water Walls.
Depending on space and style, there are lots of ways to get water in your garden. We design and install beautiful Fountainscapes that include urns, water walls and spheres.
These larger landscape garden fountains, walls and spheres are typically set atop an underground reservoir that keeps re-circulating the water. Once the urn fills with water, the water spills out and over into the underground basin, which pumps the water back up through the urn.
AquaReale provides an extra-large reservoir called the AquaBasin™. The AquaBasin supports up to 2,000 pounds and holds 75 gallons of water. Large basalt columns can be set atop the basin for a truly impressive decorative water feature in the landscape. For a more formal look, try multiple urns, walls or spheres.
Enhance Your Water Garden with Fire
Your backyard paradise is not complete without the addition of fire. Aquascape Fire and Water features light up your landscape as a focal point in your water garden. Sit back, relax, and watch the flickering flames combine with flowing water to create a truly unique atmosphere.
Fire and water features can be used to upgrade natural Mongolian basalt columns, added to existing ecosystem ponds and waterfall systems, or introduced as a stand-alone water feature. With a quick set up and installation process, it is so easy to upgrade your outdoor living space.
What is a Koi Pond?
Many people confuse a traditional pond with a koi pond, the major difference between the two is drains and filters. Koi Ponds include these additional features to maintain a healthy ecosystem for your koi Fish.
Ecosystem Elements in a Koi Pond
Ecosystem koi ponds can be easy to understand once you have a grasp of what components go into a functioning ecosystem. An ecosystem pond works similar to a pond in nature to provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. It also provides you with an all-natural, low-maintenance piece of paradise. It’s important to remember, however, that every piece of the ecosystem puzzle must be present and properly installed by an expert in order for a true ecosystem to be in place. Skip one of these elements (or mismatch them) and you’ve got an unbalanced ecosystem that won’t be low-maintenance anymore.
5 Elements of a Healthy Koi Pond
- Filtration Systems: Includes the use of both a biological and mechanical filter.
- A Biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water.
- A skimmer not only pre-filters the water and house the pump; it also skims leaves / debris from the water’s surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor.
- Rocks and Gravel: Rocks and gravel not only protect pond liners from UV light damage, but they also provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess materials in the pond.
- Circulation System: This basically covers the pumps and plumbing that circulate the water within your pond. The proper size pump and pipe diameter are important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system will keep the water moving and provide the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants. We will help along the entire process to make sure everything is healthy.
- Koi Fish: Beautiful fish like Koi Fish will add a really nice aesthetic appeal to your pond. Contrary to popular belief, fish actually reduce pond maintenance as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor. They also make very enjoyable pets, providing hours of natural entertainment.
- Aquatic Plants: Plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, having the right aquatic plants in a water garden is critical for the overall health of the ecosystem.
- Filtration Systems: Includes the use of both a biological and mechanical filter.
Koi Fish Food
Koi are omnivores, so they enjoy eating both plants and fish food. When planning a koi pond, people generally select plants that are safe for the fish to eat. Mini lilies are especially popular for koi ponds, although other types of plants may be used as well. Fish stocking must also be done with care, the fish require regular feeding and inspections to check for general health.
Koi Pond Locations
Many gardeners design a Koi pond as a focal feature of a garden, and they may include seating around the pond or garden paths, which all eventually lead to the koi pond. Some Koi ponds come complete with little islands, bridges, and similar features, and the pond is often designed to encourage people to linger and contemplate the colorful fish. Gardeners who like to meditate may construct a meditation platform near a koi pond, so that they can relax and clear their minds to the sounds of splashing water.
Add the final touches with Hardscaping
Our hardscape professionals have a combined total of more than 50 years’ experience. We specialize in natural stone. We are also certified to install EP Henry Pavers. Our team has spent years honing their craft and pursuing hardscape excellence.
We build and renovate projects ranging from patios, walkways and stairs to dry stacked retaining walls and sitting walls. We look forward to using our expertise to make your outdoors everything you want it to be. Our patio and walkway designs start with a thorough discussion of each client’s spatial needs and expectations.
Our hardscaping installation products include natural stone and repurposed pavers, depending on client desire and usage. We offer special emphasis on patio design and patio landscaping.
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Retaining Walls
- Fireplace / Seating areas
Bring your water garden to life at night with pond lights! Using pond lighting to illuminate your pond after dark extends your hours of enjoyment and creates a stunning display. Browse our great selection of halogen and LED pond lights, pond lighting kits, and lighting accessories.
Fishing & Dock Lights
The Hydro Glow, high output LED underwater pond lights will illuminate water around boats, docks and waterfront property. Choose from blue lighting for aesthetics or green lighting to enhance fishing. We offer a variety of anchored, hanging or dock mounted lights.