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The 5 Basic Rules in Creating Water Features


Waterfall streaming into pondThe 5 Basic Rules in Creating Water Features

Landscaping adds value to your home by making it more appealing. In case you plan to make some home improvements, then you need to consider a few things. I think the Greeks and the Romans did the best job in landscaping; the patio, garden or flowerbed and some irrigation systems were the top 3 choices in yard beautification. To make your landscape even more dramatic, you might want to spice it up with the latest water feature. Here are the 5 basic rules in making them:

Rule #1) Aural Preference
The noise level or how quiet you want your water feature to be is crucial in making a decision to set it up in your backyard. Do you prefer a zen-like garden pond or a bubbling brook or something tranquil and quiet? Or are you the extravagant type of person and want a raging river or indoor small waterfalls as a finishing touch to your landscaping work? The size of your water feature and the rate of flow of the water in it is also important. You can make your yard a peaceful retreat even in a small space as long as you keep the aesthetics good. Installing a lagoon, bubbler or grotto will go a long way and it won’t overwhelm your landscape or budget.

Rule #2) Aquatic Appearance
Appearances can be deceiving some people say, but when it comes to landscaping deception is not the thing you go for, everybody will take your front yard or backyard at face value. So, don’t hold back in bringing out the best aesthetics that you can think of; for instance, you can add potted fish bowls, a birdbath or bubbler statues. Stream beds, floating lily pads or spurting fountains are also good. In-ground or above ground rock-lined pools or waterfall spas are something out of the ordinary, I personally recommend these.

Rule #3) Symmetrical Arrangements
Anything that’s out of place in your landscape will not only malfunction, but will be a less than attractive thing to see. It will also affect the overall appearance of your yard. So you’ll need to match each feature with the entirety of your yard. As a rule of thumb, whenever you position an item against the background of your yard, make sure that it is cleared off of foliage, debris or clogs. Setup the fountain where it is most visible or stack right in the middle of your yard or inside the pond itself to compliment it. In case you plan to install lighting, bridges or foot paths arrange them in a way that they serve a purpose and they add aesthetics to the whole yard.

Rule #4) Installing the Water Feature
There are water features nowadays that are packed DIY (do-it-yourself) kits; however, they are not as easy to install as an IKEA table or bed; it is a huge task. Therefore, you will need a professional to do it for you. Also, how do you know that you are getting the highest quality building materials and working parts? Though it is more expensive, hiring a professional to not only instal the feature but provide the materials and warranties is worth the price.
Rule #5) Considering the Price
Over-all value is what should come to mind when considering the price of having a water feature in your yard as a grand addition to the landscaping work. Out of the hundreds of landscaping firms in your area, it is almost certain that you will need to find one that offers the best price for the best quality in their products and services. If you are in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs, Seasonal Landscape Solutions would love to help you.

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