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What is the cost?

 

Costs for each projects vary based on a few factors. Scale, scope of work and access to the yard. While scale and scope of work are fairly logical, access to the yard can be a significant factor. If boulders/materials are not able to be delivered to the area that we need them for construction it could add a day or two of project time just to move materials. We do offer ballpark pricing on our website. Simply go to the construction drop down and select the kind of project you are interested in. When you scroll down you will see pricing for small medium and large projects. 

Will this fit in my yard?

 

We offer a lot of different size options to fit in any back(or front) yard. We have designed projects that have very small footprints and we have also done large pond and waterfall projects that are the centerpiece of the whole yard. 

Are mosquitoes a problem?

 

Mosquitoes are a very common concern from clients looking to add a water feature. The good news is that a water feature that is designed correctly should not have any issues with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes like stagnant and shallow water. This means that as long as the water feature is designed with proper circulation(as we do with all of our projects). There will not be an issue with mosquitoes. 

What do we do in the winter?

 

The second most common question that we get is how to properly manage a water feature in the winter. There are two ways to go about it. One option is to winterize the feature. This means taking out the pump and storing it in a garage or similar space until the spring. The second option is to leave the feature running. As long as the feature is on and the water is moving freezing is not a concern. We generally recommend winterizing the feature if you will be going out of town for extended periods of time during the winter or leaving it on if you enjoy the sights and sounds during the winter and you will be able to check on it every now and then to make sure it is working properly. 

How much maintenance is needed?

 

The maintenance required for any water feature is significantly less than the maintenance needed for a lawn! Ponds require the most maintenance out of all options. Which need to have their skimmer baskets emptied periodically. They also need to have beneficial bacteria added to the water on a bi-weekly basis. Pondless waterfalls and fountains require even less maintenance. Generally only needing to be topped off with the hose every few weeks. We do offer maintenance packages and autodosers and autofills for anyone that wants to be truly hands off . 

Do you provide landscaping?

 

Yes! We love to provide the landscaping for any project that we are installing. The landscaping is really the icing on the cake and it brings all the elements together. This is something that should be considered when designing a project as the landscaping is a very important element. 

Do you provide lighting options?

 

Yes. We always encourage clients to add lighting. This is because it increases the time that you can enjoy your water feature! There is also something that is magical about sitting by a waterfall at night. 

How long do installations take?

 

This depends on the scope of the project. Small waterfalls and fountains can be done in 1-3 days. Larger pond projects can take 5-10 days. On average most projects take around 3-5 days.

What is a Biofalls?

This is just a fancy name for Biological filter. Pond water can be filtered via mechanical filtration aka skimmers and/or biological filtration aka Biofalls. The biological filter receives water that has already passed through the mechanical filter, or skimmer, typically placed on the opposite side of the pond. The water enters the biological filter via flexible pipe located near the base of the unit.  The water then flows from the bottom to the top of the filter, traveling through filter media housed inside the unit.  The filter media helps with the removal of fine to medium-sized particles

For any biological filtration to work, there literally needs to be billions of bacteria working to purify the water.  They prefer to anchor onto things, like bioballs (placed in the biofalls) or riverstone placed in the pond. More surface area = more bacteria, and more bacteria means better biological filtration.  Surface area is provided by filter media, bioballs (which live in the biofalls), rocks, and gravel. 

What is a Skimmer?

 

The skimmer(aka mechanical filter) is a unit that is installed on the side of the pond. Usually on the opposite end of the pond as the biological filter. A pond pump is installed in the bottom of the skimmer. This pulls in surface water from the pond. Leaves and debris are pulled into the skimmer this way. Making maintenance easy as all you need to do is empty the skimmer basket periodically. 

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