Installing a water feature in your garden is a great way to add value to your property while creating a swoon-worthy outdoor escape.
There’s a common misconception that you can simply buy a water fountain online, dig a trench for an underground hose, hook it up, and call it good. In reality, installing outdoor water features takes proper training, specialized tools, and thorough planning. DIY water feature installation can turn from fine and dandy to doom and gloom in a hurry.
Here’s a look at several reasons you should forego DIY water feature installation and leave it to trained professionals instead.
They Get it Right the First Time
How many trips did you take to the home improvement store for your last DIY project? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably at least three. And each trip to the store means more things to purchase, and by the time you’re done, you probably have a pile of things that didn’t work out that need to be returned.
There’s a good chance you had to change your design plan along the way, too. Experienced landscape installers know how to do the job from the get-go. They understand the complexities of designing and installing outdoor water features and are better equipped to handle setbacks when they inevitably arise.
Professionals know what it takes to install a garden water feature successfully and how to avoid common installation mistakes. So the new addition to your landscape will look good and continue to function well for years to come.
Professionals Are More Efficient
As much as you might wish you could spend all day every day in the garden, it’s just not practical for most people. Owning a home takes a huge amount of work, and the inside of your house needs attention too. Tackling another outdoor project when you’ve already got a ton of stuff on your plate might not be the best idea.
If DIY is your thing, you may think you can handle it. But trust us — installing outdoor water features is a ton of work. So think about these options:
- Option 1: Tackle the job on your own and attempt to be a DIY hero.
Your friends and loved ones will think you’re amazing if everything goes according to plan. But if it doesn’t, you just sunk far too much time and money into a failed project. And now you’ll have to call a professional to clean up the mess and finish the project correctly.
Maybe there won’t be any problems, and the project will go off without a hitch. But unless you have a whole week off of work, it will likely take you a month or more of working in the garden on the weekends to get everything done.
- Option 2: Hire a landscape professional to install the garden water feature for you.
Imagine simply making a phone call and having a landscape professional design a stunning water fountain and give you a quote upfront. It takes little to no effort on your end, and now you know what to plan for cost-wise.
Once you give them the go-ahead, you can stick with handling the rest of your life while the professionals get to work installing your beautiful new water fountain. You’ll be having a party around that water feature in no time, and your guests are bound to be impressed.
You’ll Get a More Natural Look
Designing a beautiful pond, fountain, or another water feature in your landscape is a lot more difficult than you might think. It takes skills and experience to know what looks best and what type of design will complement your home’s landscape. It truly is an art, and it’s difficult for a DIYer to create a design as well-thought-out as a professional.
An aesthetic landscape design has five parts: line, form, color, texture, and scale. It’s essential for all of these elements to be incorporated into your entire landscape — including any water features — to look natural and professional.
They’ll Help You Understand the Maintenance
Many DIY installers choose an elaborate water landscape feature without understanding how much maintenance goes into keeping something like that functioning and looking good. That’s one of the reasons working with a professional from the design stages through installation is essential.
Professional landscapers are fully aware of what kind of maintenance is involved with various landscape features, especially those that include water. They’ll walk you through the options so you understand what you’re getting yourself into from the beginning rather than getting the project done and realizing you’re in over your head.
They’ll Install It in the Right Location
You probably see a beautiful landscape with a few design features here and there when you look at your garden. So, if you were to choose the location for your water feature on your own, you’d probably pick a location that makes the most sense visually. This plan might work out in some circumstances, but at other times it’s likely to cause problems.
Many homeowners don’t realize that not every location is ideal for a water landscape feature. Many considerations go into choosing a proper location. It needs to be easily accessible and can’t be at a low spot in your garden, or it will collect unwanted water. It should also be somewhere that sees plenty of sun so it’s not covered in perma-frost all winter long.
LaytonScape Can Help Design and Install Water Features
If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of adding water features to your landscape, the experts at LaytonScape are here to help. Our landscape professionals have over 40 years of experience in landscape design and installation. We take pride in installing beautiful water features with your satisfaction guaranteed on all products and services. We are located in Clearfield, Utah, serving homes and businesses in the surrounding areas, including Ogden, Layton, Kaysville, Bountiful, Park City, Morgan, and Farmington. Contact us today for a garden water feature or landscape project quote.