Water features are popular additions to any landscape. They can be used to accent a particular spot in the yard or add a sense of peace and tranquility to an existing area. Here are some tips that Windsor homeowners should consider when installing a waterfall feature:
Decide Where You Want the Feature
Before you start shopping for an outdoor waterfall, it’s essential to get a sense of where you want to place it. You’ll want to make sure it’s in an area that’s accessible and not too close to any structures or trees. You’ll also want to make sure there’s enough room for people to enjoy the view of the water feature without it looking crowded or cluttered. The best location is where it will be protected from wind and other elements so it can remain fully functional all year round. It should also be near a source of water, so you don’t have to move heavy buckets or hoses around too much during maintenance.
Choose a Feature That Fits Your Space
Depending on how much space you have, there are varied types of water features available for outdoor use, from tabletop fountains to wall-mounted ones. You don’t want something too large or too small for the space you’re working with.
A small pond or waterfall can be installed in a backyard of just about any size and still create an impact on your landscape design while adding value to your home. That being said it is important to have the size of your waterfall or pond correspond with the size of your garden or space. If you have a huge pond in a small space or vice versa it could throw off your entire landscape.
Consider Your Climate
Where you live will dictate which plants and trees grow best in your area. Make sure to have plants that are strong enough to withstand colder climates or if you live in warmer areas to have plants that are known to flourish in hotter temperatures.
Level the Ground
Before installing your water feature, make sure the ground is level so it doesn’t look like it’s sinking into one side or another when viewed from above (or below). Leveling out any uneven spots will also ensure that water flows evenly over rocks or other materials used in construction.
Consider the Water Source
You’ll need to determine what kind of water source you have available and whether or not it will be easy to install the feature. If you have natural sources of water, such as a stream or pond, you may want to consider using them as part of your design rather than building something from scratch. We recommend consulting with a Certified Aquascape Contractor before starting any project as building a water feature from scratch and integrating it into a landscape with an aesthetic appeal can be a challenging task.
Use the Suitable Pumps, Filters, and Liners
It’s paramount that you use proper, high-quality equipment for your outdoor waterfall, including high-quality pumps, filters, and liners. If your pump isn’t working well enough or if your liner doesn’t have enough holes in it, your waterfall won’t look right or function properly. These components make up the heart of any backyard water feature and can make or break its success. Choose a pump that is made for outdoor use and it will perform well in your climate. A good rule of thumb is to pick a pump that has an energy efficiency rating (EER) of 10 or higher. This means that it won’t consume too much electricity while still producing enough water flow to fill your pond or waterfall basin quickly enough.
Considering to add a waterfall to your property but unsure of where to start? Hiring a professional waterfall installation company near you can help you plan your waterfall and create an elegant look and feel as well. To discuss your project, call Sweetwater Landscape at (707) 887-0140.