Posted on April 8 , 2013 | 10:57 am
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. April is a great month to consider what changes you'd like to make in your backyard. Since we love water features, we can't think of a better way to add beauty and interest to your outdoor living space than with some type of running water. Here's an example of how a boring expanse of grass became a gorgeous oasis in the suburbs of Chicago.
This landscape used to be all lawn and no pizzazz. Now, the homeowner can sit by their watery paradise on a rustic bench. A variety of plants helps to blend the pond into the surrounding landscape.
A few colorful koi enjoy the cool, clean waters of the pond. When you combine the right balance of fish, plants, filtration, circulation, and rock and gravel ... your pond water will be clean and clear.
Waterfalls aerate the water, providing much needed oxygen for the overall health of the ecosystem pond.
Careful placement of rocks help the water feature appear as though it's always existed in the landscape.
Marginal plants like wet feet and should be placed near the edges of the pond. Not only do they help to filter the water, but they soften the edges of the rock and create a natural look.
Normally, it takes about 3 years for a pond to look fully mature like this one with its lush plantscaping. This gorgeous water feature combines a babbling brook like this along with a larger waterfall.
If you build it ... they WILL come! A friendly frog enjoys a small burrow he found near the stream. He and his friends provide a beautiful chorus well into the evening.
A simple land bridge was added over the stream providing a way to explore and enjoy the pond from all sides. Be sure to incorporate interactive areas into your pond where you can dangle your feet or feed the fish.
Before and After photos show the refreshing transformation of this suburban Chicago yard. The homeowner will spend less time maintaining the pond than he did mowing the lawn!
Learn more about creating an ecosystem pond
that's naturally balanced. You'll spend years enjoying all that nature has to offer when you add a little water to the landscape.
Posted on March 1 , 2013 | 4:28 pm
More and more people are sprucing up their backyards to create outdoor living environments where they can relax, de-stress, and entertain friends and family. We took a virtual trip across the country, compliments of Houzz, looking for gorgeous ponds and waterfalls to share with you.
This is truly the ultimate outdoor living space!
You can see the wide variety available for your very own landscape! Water features come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Whether you choose a small fountain or an expansive pond and waterfall, the options are limitless and each one is unique. Be sure to hire a certified pond professional
to have the job done right!
Posted on November 1 , 2012 | 3:35 pm
Are we really into the month of November already? It seems like August was just yesterday when the waterlilies and lotus were blooming heartily in the water garden. Despite the fading blooms, water gardens still look beautiful during the cooler days of autumn.
This beautiful home is graced with a pond and stream at its entrance.
The orange and yellow koi reflect the colors of the falling leaves.
Shade-loving impatiens will soon be fading.
The stream hugs the front walkway lending a unique landscape element.
A melodious waterfall is nestled to the right of the doorway decked in fall adornment.
The pond will frost over in winter while the koi safely hibernate at the pond's bottom.
They'll return again in the springtime when the days get longer and the ice melts.
For now, it's nice to enjoy the quiet beauty of autumn in the landscape.
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