There’s something so peaceful about sitting next to a babbling brook or ocean beach. The sound of the water is calming, and scientists believe it’s because the water helps our brains tune out since the sound is not a threatening one like a loud alarm. You can bring the charming forest stream to your own backyard with the landscape design services of Images Landscaping & Construction.
When you think of a pond in a backyard, this is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It’s the most basic water feature and incredibly popular. These ponds are constructed by digging out a hole and covering it with a liner. Then a filtration system and submersible pump are installed to maintain clean water. They look more natural than other water features and blend well with the landscape. Because these ponds require digging into the earth, they may not be suitable for all yards. Don’t worry! Our team will help you decide how to dig out the earth so you can have the lovely pond you’ve always wanted.
There are several kinds of waterfalls. The first kind is the normal one – where water gently falls down the side of a wall. The water loops back to the top via a pump system. This water feature provides a more modern, sophisticated, and luxurious element to the yard. Many homeowners like to add lights to these to illuminate the falls. Unlike a more natural waterfall, which will explore in the next section, a regular waterfall is meant to stand out and make a statement – not blend with the landscape. Because the water flows over stones or brickwork, you’ll need to replace the filter from time to time to remove any build-up of mineral deposits. Lastly, this type of waterfall typically falls in one unbroken stream to the bottom instead of cascading over multiple layers of stone.
Like ponds, this type of waterfall is meant to mimic the natural landscape. Rather than falling in one unbroken stream, like a traditional waterfall, natural waterfalls typically have larger flat stones that tumble the water – imaging the water flowing down a set of stairs. Compared to traditional waterfalls, this creates a more natural sound that resembles a babbling brook or woodland stream.
If you’ve never heard of this type of hardscape, you’re not alone. Pondless waterfalls are growing in popularity because they don’t require as much excavation as a traditional pond and fit well into smaller spaces. There is no reservoir for the water to fall into with pondless waterfalls. This means you won’t have to worry about stagnant water, which means far less maintenance. You’ll need to add more water every so often to make up for water lost to evaporation. And even then, some pondless waterfalls can have an auto-fill feature installed.
Sconces aren’t just for holding candles and lights. They can also serve as a means to deliver water to your pond or water feature. Think traditional Roman fountain along a waterfall, water jetting out of a metal wall sconce designed to look like a fish’s mouth. Scuppers are similar to sconces but generally wider, allowing a higher volume of water to cascade through. The amount of watery ambiance sound you’ll get depends on the amount of water falling and how high the drop is from the scuppers or sconces. Both are a popular choice to pair with traditional waterfalls.
Also known as gurglers, these water features will make it seem like your pond has an underwater geyser. They come in all shapes and sizes, from small to tall. The more you have in your water feature, the greater the noise level, so keep that in mind if you want something quieter.
Fountains have lots of variety. You can opt for something very traditional, like something you’d find in a town square in a European village. Or you could go for something geometric, minimalist, and modern. It’s really up to your imagination! You could have a multi-tiered fountain or one that includes a statue. Fountains come with a collection pond for the water, which is returned to the top via a pump system. When it comes to pricing, it’s scaled. Generally, the larger and more complex a fountain, the higher the cost. That being said, this may be the option that gives you the greatest diversity in terms of appearance.
If you have a lot of land to work with, a stream might be the option for you. It’s the most labor-intensive, but Images has got you covered. Streams are great for carving out the landscape and defining different sections – just like you might use a retaining wall to separate different areas of the yard. It’s a wonderful way to bring a touch of the Great Outdoors to your own backyard. And because they are built on a lower gradient than a fountain or pond, there is less energy spent lifting the water vertically.
Birdwatching has soared in popularity as a result of the pandemic. As people have been spending more and more time at home, many homeowners have chosen to add a birdbath to their yard so wildlife will be tempted to pay a visit. Birdbaths are the lowest maintenance since they don’t require a filter, pump, or any excavation. That being said, you will need to clean them from time to time to prevent mold, mildew, and build-up in the basin.
While ponds may have plants in them, water gardens are designed specifically for growing water plants like lilies, horsetail rush, marsh marigold, and more. Essentially, it’s like an aquatic waterbed. If you’re interested in learning about different types of water plants, be sure to check out our past blog article for ideas and inspiration to get you started.
Whether you have a clear picture of how you want your water feature to look or need some help getting started, the experts at Images Landscaping & Construction are here to help. As a landscaping company with over 30 years of experience, we know how to transform your outdoor space. Part of our hardscaping services includes designing and building water features. Plus, we’ll return for season startups, shutoffs, and cleaning! Spring will be here before we know it – let’s get a start on your project! To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call (248) 866-5442, or you can reach us through our online contact form here.
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