Water feature installations, when done right, require the convergence of a multitude of talents. A pond installer is part artist, part engineer, part ecologist, and part landscaper; all supported by the rock-hauling strength of an ox. So you should ask yourself – are you the real handy type, or are you the kind of person who would rather go get Timmies for the crew and enjoy watching them work on your water garden?
Some water features can be installed by a homeowner in as little as 3 hours. Others can take up to 3 to 6 weeks – even with a professional, experienced crew and heavy equipment. This section will help you determine which water feature is right for you and keep you from getting into a big hole – and an unfinished pond.
Eco System Ponds
Install an EcoSystem pond and you help provide an oasis for creatures whose natural habitats have been replaced by development – birds, frogs, toads, salamanders, and many others. One pond in one backyard may not seem very important, but when you have a thousand similar backyard ecosystems functioning simultaneously, there is truly a positive impact being made on the environment.
EcoSystem ponds create a whole lifestyle experience. It’s like having pristine waterfront property right in your own backyard, complete with fish, plants and a natural surrounding landscape.
Installation components come packaged in simple, pre-engineered pond kits allowing you to focus on the fun part – the creative process.
Modular design of pump and filtration components allows you to build any size pond you like – from small 100 sq.ft water gardens right up to one acre recreational swimming ponds.
Very low-maintenance! When you create a balanced EcoSystem pond, Mother Nature cleans it for you.
By collecting rainwater, backyard ponds prevent run-off thereby reducing the stress on city storm water systems.
It’s like having a huge aquarium in your backyard!
Natural Swimming Ponds
Natural swimming pools/ponds began in Austria, Europe in the early 1980’s, by the inventor Werner Gamerith. Natural swimming ponds can be works of art, offering far more design possibilities than “traditional chemical” pools. Instead of rectangular shapes, Natural Swimming Ponds incorporate the harmony and beauty of nature.
But the real case to be made for the Natural Swimming Pond is “sustainability.” The Swimming Pool industry grew up on the concept of “Vacation in Your Own Backyard”, and this approach hasn’t changed in 50 years: the industry is still rooted in “Vacation in Your Own Backyard,” now often called a “Staycation”. But the times have changed: no longer does it cost just pennies a day to operate a pool pump. Pool systems require high-volume turnover and use pressurized filter vessels with poor flow characteristics (particularly multiport valves); even the most electrically-efficient pumps can’t overcome the innate filter design requirements and flaws. It’s electrically expensive to operate a pool today.
Similarly, the chemicals that we’re putting in our pools don’t come cheap. Gone are the days when the 100-pound drum of cal hypo (old “scoop and cough”) was the only pool additive used. Today the mix of chlorinated isocyanurates, shocks of various types, water clarifiers, balancing chemicals for alkalinity, pH, and hardness, algicides, borates, phosphate removers, flocculants, etc., can be mind-boggling… especially for the consumer.
Since the mid-1980s consumers have made it clear, they don’t like chlorine! When the biguanide chemical systems first came out, consumers flocked to them when they were told that “it’s not chlorine.” Fifteen or so years later, consumers are now running to the “salt water” pool. The “salt water” pool is often misunderstood by homeowners as being a “chlorine-free or chemical-free” alternative, when in fact, it is a chlorine pool. There are really two “sustainability” issues. The first is that the chemicals that we put in our pools are not eco-friendly, environmentally-sustainable economics.
Expensive and damaging to the environment, pool chemicals require the mining of the raw materials necessary for the chemicals, the manufacture of the chemicals in chemical plants, the packaging of the chemicals, and the many steps of distribution and transportation of the chemicals. Each of these components has impact on pollutants, carbon footprint and environmental costs, and yet the ultimate goal is to dissolve the chemicals in the water of our backyard vacation! Ultimately, this cannot be sustainable.
This brings up the second of the “sustainability” issues. Is it really necessary to chemically disinfect a swimming pool in order to make it healthy and safe for bathing?
The Natural Swimming Pond embraces the biological processes that occur in nature to produce water that is clear, healthful and consistent with bathers’ expectations. In a Natural Swimming Pond, the water is purified naturally by the movement of the water through filters and the biological functioning of plants and microorganisms: creating a balanced ecosystem where all plants, microorganisms, and introduced nutrients are interrelated to create true “living water.” A Natural Swimming Pond functions optimally when all of the biological factors are present in the correct ratios, which is called stability. In fact, the system becomes more stable with time. In the regeneration zone, biological principles are at work breaking down undesirable components in the water and transforming them into nutrient for plants. Because there is no soil, plants and microbes must get all nutrients from the water, i.e., the plants and microbes thrive on the nutrients that would otherwise feed unwanted algae growth.
Water flow is naturally an important component of the biological system and also a determinant in the ecological sustainability of a pool. The natural processes that take place in a Natural Swimming Pond require much slower water circulation rates than a traditional pool. This results in energy and cost savings. Also, best practice calls for pond design to function such that gravity is the force bringing water through much of the system, allowing for less pumping and therefore less energy consumption.
The case for natural swimming pools comes down to art and science. The art of the Natural Swimming Pond is immediately apparent and without limits beyond the designers’ vision. Additionally the inherent bond between humans and other living systems makes it “feel” like a more comfortable environment. The science of the Natural Swimming Pond reflects the proven, effective function of balanced biological processes in stable, sustainable ecosystems. Natural Swimming Ponds are the environmentally and financially responsible choice.
Natural Mineral Spas
The Lotus Natural Spa is a non-chlorinated, effervescent hot tub, made using 100% natural products, accurately simulating the feel of a natural mountain hot spring. Imagine being submerged in hot, clean, pure bubbling water, surrounded by natural granite walls, and stretching out in your sunken reclined Brazilian walnut seating.
Lotus Natural Spas are designed and built using only the finest standards, here in Canada. Using a unique double direction pump and airflow distribution system ensures a powerful and even effervescence through-out the hot tub. Silver Ionization is used to keep the water in the hot tub clean and pure, without the scent of harmful chemicals. The product sits in a pre-dug, 4′ foot foundation, lined with geo-textile. The Lotus Natural Spa system then assembles in four pre-fabricated sections, and requires virtually no plumbing in set up. The Spa edges are rocked in using cambium granite, and gorgeous canyon stone.
This new technology is hot off the production line, with global patents pending. The Lotus Natural Spa is easy to install, and even easier to maintain. The Pond Clinic is the proud sole distributor of the brand new Lotus Natural Spa, and would be happy to discuss installation expectations and requirements with you today! Call our Retail Store at (613) 225 – 7663 for more information.
Are you interested in installing a water feature in your yard, but you are concerned about the safety and liabilities of having a pond? Or are you apprehensive about taking on the responsibility of maintaining a full-fledged ecosystem? The Pondless Waterfall is basically that – a waterfall and stream, without the pond.
Perfect for small spaces where a pond is impractical. Streams and waterfalls can meander through your front or back yard following existing landscape grades.
Perfect for public settings (ex: commercial building entrances, schools & day cares, community centres, etc.) where liabilities of a pond are a concern.
Virtually maintenance-free! Simply refill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss due to evaporation.
Energy efficient – no ecological need to run the system continuously. Ideal for vacations – set a timer for day/night operation.
No need to worry about water testing or fish care.
Water Features & Fountains
FountainScapes provide homeowners with a unique and creative way to decorate their outdoor living space. Many homeowners long for the soothing sounds of running water in their landscape, but they are just not ready for a pond or they cannot afford one. The Aquascape AquaBasin system provides the perfect solution. They are designed to eliminate errors and take the guesswork out of creating and installing fabulous looking FountainScapes.
There are so many good reasons to choose a FountainScape, including:
Creates a stunning focal point in your front or back yard.
Simple, self-contained, modular design makes it easy to install.
You don’t have to be a pond expert and there’s virtually no maintenance.
Designed to be moved around as your landscape grows and changes. You can even remove it and take it with you, should you decide to move to a new home!
Fit anywhere in your garden – All you need is a 4’x4′ space.
FountainScapes are so affordable, that you can change the decorative piece from year to year without breaking the bank. Brass, stone or ceramic décor – create a fresh new look every season.