We could not be more proud of our most recent project. A real labor of love this feature has been in the works since October of last year and we are still at it! A 25,000 gallon trout pond connected by a system of pools and 30 feet of stream. Our trout habitat consists of two ponds, the first 8 feet deep and complete with drift wood snags and the second 4 1/2 feet deep built to house lilies. The entire system is fed from cascades at both ends for optimal water exchange as well as an aesthetic look that cannot be beat. Let's see a landscaper do this! Oh no. We are SPECIALISTS!
The trout pond and stream complete but looking a bit naked. Accent trees and shrubs are needed along side companion perennials and some hardscaping stone work.
With both terrestrial and aquatic plants installed the trout pond has a more finished look. Only time is needed now for things to grow in and establish.
Drilled bubbling rocks make for a one of a kind fountain head. This dual pair feed the stream that flows from here.
Simple lighting kits can add another element to the water feature allowing you to enjoy it in the evening hours when it is often more cool outside.
A bristlecone pine stands vigil over a pool teeming with life. Stone and water may give you a good start but it is the plants, both aquatic and terrestrial, that truly make a pond.
A well rounded selection of floating, marginal and bog plants lends this feature its incredibly natural appearance.
Each spring, permit in hand, we scour the high Uinta mountain range in search of the perfect pieces of gnarled wood to compliment the year's projects. Quite a task!
This is a segment from a fifty foot stream we did. The use of gnarled wood gives the stream a superbly naturtal effect.
Another use we've implemented for our gnarled wood is using it as a focal point itself. Water is plumbed up through a drilled hole and allowed to "weep" over the wood. The niches and grooves make excellent planting pockets and the surrounding basin is an ideal bog habitat.
Mini or "micro" features can be fit into the smallest of spaces. Here six feet of babbling brook trickle into a small pool below.
Water is plumbed up through a drilled rock to create a soothing sound. These particular features are a great choice for those with limited space.
A combination of two drilled rocks and a curtain fall make for quite the cacaphony of noise and movement in this patio feature built for The Hog Wallow Pub in Cottonwood Heights.
This project was completed last fall and revisited this spring. I was blown away by how much of the vegetation had grown in. In another 2 or 3 years this pond will be a knock-out.
One of the first waterfalls I built, this oasis has had time to really grow in allowing the landscape and the water to blend seamlessly.
I am always on the look out for new and unusual plants. My gamble with a supposedly hardy terrestrial/bog orchid paid off more so than my "black" lily which ended up blooming more magenta!
In the foreground of this picture you can see a newly planted "bog pocket". This approach of planting INTO the feature breaks up the rocky appearance and compliments the looks of the water.