Adding Fire and Water Features to an Existing Landscape
Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Thursday, 8 June , 2023
One way to give your landscape instant impact is to add fire or water features–or both! Fire and water are natural elements that quickly elevate your landscape from boring to exciting, and make your outdoor space more enjoyable for you, your family, and your friends.
Landscape Considerations for Fire and Water Features
While fire and water features are great additions to any landscape, there are certain factors you must take into consideration when you are adding these things to your outdoor spaces. Some things to think about include:
All land has some type of slope, and when you are considering water features, this is an important thing to think about. Slope refers to how your land moves “downhill” and is calculated based on downward movement per linear foot. For example, a yard that dropped 1 foot over a length of 50 feet would have a particular degree slope that could be calculated from those measurements. A yard that dropped 2 feet over the same length would have a steeper slope. Water runs downhill, so the steeper your yard’s slope, the faster water will run downhill. This is important when considering runoff from water features and rainfall. If your yard has a steep slope, you may have to make adjustments to accommodate runoff.
In order to have a water feature, you must have water piped to your fountain, pool, waterfall or other feature. This involves irrigation pipes, and may involve a pump if gravity alone is not enough to draw water to your features. Using a low-flow or gravity-based system is best and costs least, so it is important to understand not only the lay of your land but also whether these types of systems are an option for you. If not, you should be aware of options for irrigation pumps such as solar that may be more environmentally friendly.
Gas or fuel. A fire feature runs on fuel, and that fuel is most often propane, although natural gas is another good choice if it is available in your area. Whatever your fuel system, it is important to think about how the fuel supply will get to your fire feature. Safety is always a primary concern, as well as cost-effectiveness. A good landscape designer can help you choose your fire feature based on the type of fuel you have available and the type of effect you want to create.
At Juniper Landscape Company, we work hard to ensure our clients have the very best in outdoor landscape design, management and construction support. Our professionals understand how to create and implement beautiful landscape plans that include hardscape, water, fire and other features to bring your dreams to reality. Call us today to discuss how we can help you create a design that will work with your particular landscape. Our 3-D rendering options will allow you to see the yard of your dreams even before it is built!
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