When it comes to adding that perfect focal point to your home or garden, there is nothing quite as effective as a pond or water feature. Through the tranquility of moving water, a water feature introduces a new element to any landscape. From a formal fountain to a babbling brook, the nearly limitless styles of water features will surely fit the look of your landscape. Some of the many benefits of adding a water feature include:
- The experience of the relaxing sight and sound of moving water in your backyard
- The addition on new aquatic plant life to your garden
- Supports an interactive ecosystem that can include fish, frogs, turtles, and birds
- Creates a conversation piece that is sure to be the focus of your next outdoor party
At T. O’Donnell Landscaping we are pleased to offer the services of our in-house pond master, who has over a decade of experience working with ponds and water features.
….we are pleased to offer the services of our in-house pond master, who has over a decade of experience working with ponds and water features
This means that every one of our water features is installed under the supervision of a certified professional to ensure that our customers receive the outdoor oasis of their dreams. Unlike other landscape companies that may claim to install ponds and water features, our knowledge of the field extends beyond installations, which allows us to assist our customers with water treatment options, selection of aquatic plants and fish, as well as plant and fish health.
In this climate, the general rule of thumb is that a pond must be at least 3′ deep in one section in order to safely keep fish outside over winter
Typically the most common water feature we install is a pond that is large enough to contain plants and fish. These installations include the creation of a stream or waterfall that enables the water to be recirculated. In this climate, the general rule of thumb is that a pond must be at least 3′ deep in one section in order to safely keep fish outside over winter. That is not to say that we don’t install shallower koi ponds, however it is done with the understanding that any aquatic life would have to be removed from the pond before the winter freeze. Koi ponds can provide hours of entertainment each day as colorful fish can be seen swimming under the water and new blooms of water lilies and other aquatic plants open up for your enjoyment.
This alternative water feature is very popular with customers who have “active yards” with small children and pets
A very popular alternative to the traditional koi pond, a pondless waterfall provides all the natural beauty of a waterfall and stream while drastically reducing the maintenance that is required with a koi pond. A pondless waterfall eliminates the need for a large pond to act as reservoir; instead the reservoir is hidden discretely under ground, creating the effect that the waterfall and stream vanish into nowhere. This alternative water feature is very popular with customers who have “active yards” with small children and pets. Pondless waterfalls can also always be expanded later to include the addition of a pond for plants and fish.
The addition of a simple fountain can be the subtle touch that your garden or landscape has been missing. These self contained water features are compact and can generally be placed anywhere within an existing landscape. All that these water features require is an electrical source and the occasional topping-off with the garden hose. Styles of fountains can range anywhere from natural rock formations to formal cast stone. A very poplar style of fountain is the “disappearing fountain”, where water appears to be overflowing from a jar or urn and spilling onto the ground. A little landscaping trickery hides the buried reservoir that is located underneath the fountain and collecting the spilling water. Whatever your tastes may be, a simple fountain can be the easiest and most economical way to introduce moving water to your garden.
Want to see some of our water features? Check out our gallery.