Installing a water feature in your yard is a common spring or summer project. It's ambitious, but a fairly straightforward process, that most people can accomplish over a weekend. You may have questions and Rockland is here to address some of your inquiries and concerns about building water features.

Q: Will the process take a long time?

The timeframe for completing your water feature project will depend on if you purchase a manufactured kit or if you want to build a natural water feature from scratch. A manufactured kit comes with all the valves and the pump you'll need to create a great-looking feature in just a couple of hours. If you opt for a customized, natural water feature you will have to dig to level out the ground, so you can set up the basin and then cover it with gravel or decorative rock. It's a more time-consuming process.

PQ: Will I have to tear up my yard?

The process of building a water is not overly disruptive or destructive to your yard. In the case of installing a manufactured kit, there is no need to dig at all! If you decide to do a natural water feature you will have to do a bit of digging, but there's no need for a Bobcat. It can be accomplished with a shovel, some elbow grease and bit of sweat.

Q: Will installing a water feature be expensive?

The cost of installing a water feature will hinge on the look you want to accomplish. For example, if you want a large, majestic bubbler in the middle of your driveway it will be far more expensive than a modest pond in your backyard. Your vision will determine how much you need to spend.

Q: Will a water feature cost a lot of money and take a lot of my time to maintain?

Water features are fairly low maintenance after they are installed. You will need to ensure that you replace water regularly, because it does evaporate. You should also clean your filter every year and remove it in the fall when you drain your water feature for the winter.

Q: Do I need any special permits to install a water feature?

A: You will be glad to learn that installing a water feature doesn't require any special building permits. You have no chance of coming into contact with electrical or pipeline infrastructure so these documents aren't necessary.

Q: How many people will it take to install a water feature?

A: If you are working with a manufactured kit, you can usually install it easily by yourself. If you are completing a custom natural water feature, it may be useful to have someone to help you.

Q: What are some benefits of installing a water feature?

Building a water feature on your property can have many benefits; among these are increased curb appeal, its relaxing ambiance and they attract wildlife to your yard.

If you have any further questions about water features, pricing and how to install them, please call Rockland at (780) 239-7625, or e-mail us