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Locating a Water Feature: In the right spot

Updated: Feb 29

Designing and situating ponds and water features in a landscape requires meticulous planning and an eye for detail to create an aesthetically pleasing and functional water body. Earthworks designs are a testament to the thoughtful integration of water features within a landscape, enhancing the beauty and value of the property. Here's how Earthworks approach the design and siting of ponds and water features:

1. Strategic Location for Optimal Viewing: One of the primary considerations in designing a pond or water feature is its visibility. Earthworks ensures that these features are located in a spot where they can be easily seen and enjoyed from inside the home and outside in the yard. This strategic placement allows residents to enjoy the tranquil views and sounds of water, even when indoors, creating a serene atmosphere that connects the indoor and outdoor living spaces... rain or shine.

2. Avoidance of Low Wet Areas: While it might seem counterintuitive, placing a pond or water feature in a naturally wet area can lead to problems. Earthworks avoids low-lying areas that are prone to collecting water. Such locations can lead to excessive waterlogging and can complicate maintenance. Instead, they choose sites that offer natural drainage and are easier to manage, ensuring the longevity and health of the water feature.

3. Drainage Control: Controlling the drainage and preventing external water from flowing into the pond or water feature is crucial. Earthworks designs include measures to manage runoff and ensure that rainwater or nearby water sources do not overflow or disrupt the water feature. This involves careful landscaping and sometimes the installation of drainage systems around the site to direct water away, preserving the water quality and clarity.

4. Designing Filters and Circulation Systems: A key aspect of maintaining the health and clarity of a pond or water feature is the filtration and circulation system. Earthworks incorporates filtering systems that can remove debris and reduce the accumulation of algae and organic litter in the water. These systems are designed to be efficient and easy to maintain, ensuring that the water cycles just like it does in nature.

5. Incorporation of Aquatic Plants: Aquatic plants play a vital role in the ecosystem of a pond or water feature. Earthworks selects plants not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their ability to oxygenate the water, provide habitat for aquatic life, and naturally filter harmful substances. The choice of plants is tailored to the specific conditions of the site, including water depth, sunlight, and climate.

6. Low Voltage Lighting Systems: To enhance the beauty and enjoyment of the water feature during the evening, Earthworks integrates low voltage lighting systems. These lighting solutions are designed to be energy-efficient and safe, illuminating the water feature in a way that highlights its features and creates a magical ambiance after dark.


In conclusion, Earthworks' approach to designing and siting ponds and water features is comprehensive, considering visibility, location, drainage, filtration, plant life, and lighting. By addressing these aspects, Earthworks ensures that each water feature is not only a beautiful addition to the landscape but also a sustainable and enjoyable element for years to come.


Give us a call or email and let's discuss how we can help you with your projects! 503-678-7744 office or info@earthworks-landscape.com







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