Waterfalls add tranquility to landscaping

Waterfalls add tranquility to landscaping

If your backyard is lacking repose, the soothing sound of a babbling waterfall may provide the solution. Quality+Design researched the latest trends and asked Chris Scanlan, co-owner of highly rated Minnesota Pond & Waterfall in St. Paul, Minn., to highlight the necessities for a peaceful water feature.

“A beautiful pond, stream or waterfall can really bring life to your yard,” Scanlan says. “I like to think of it as bringing a little bit of the summer lake to your home.”

1 “The size and placement need to be well thought out. This pond is roughly 1,300 gallons, and that’s a big commitment. You want to put the pond somewhere that allows you to comfortably view it from your patio or deck. Also, try to avoid putting it below trees that will drop a lot of leaves into the water.”

2 “Aquatic garden plants and fish are essential. Plants like water lilies and hyacinths are my favorite. We also like to use cattails or native grasses like pinegrass. Butterfly or dragon koi are great choices as far as fish go. They keep your pond clean and add a great splash of color.”

3 “A good design of tiers and ledges for the rocks and plants is a necessity. It creates visual appeal and prevents the rocks from slipping once they settle. Deeper tiers beneath the water give your fish a place to hide from predators as well.”

4 “Proper filtration and pumps help keep the pond safe and clean. If you don’t have that, the pond will become a smelly hazard and an eyesore in your backyard.”

5 “A waterfall is a nice touch, like this bubbling rock version. This client can sit with her nose in a book and listen to the sounds it creates. The moving water also catches the eye and draws attention to the pond. It really becomes the main focal point.”

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