A-O Pro Tip – Extending A Waterfall with Art of the Yard

It’s Tuesday and we all know what that means! It’s time to learn another A-O Pro Tip! This week’s tip is brought to you by Shane Hemphill and Heath Webb from Art of the Yard. They’re giving us advice on extending a waterfall.

Pond-free waterfall close up with blue color changing lighting

This tip comes from the build in the Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the YardAlpine Custom Hardscapes and Demi Fortuna, from his own company, August Moon Designs, came to Ohio to dig in the dirt to kick off the start of this new series. After the 5-day building palooza, they created 3 incredible water features including a pond and waterfall feature with a custom copper bowl fire feature, a pond-free waterfall and a formal fountain hardscape.

A-O Pro Tip #9 – Extending A Waterfall with Art of the Yard

Man building a pond-free waterfall and standing on Eco-Blox matrix blocks

In the 9th A-O Pro Tip of our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill and Heath Webb show us how they extend a screen on a pond-free waterfall to keep you from seeing the dry rock look.

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Shane explains how, normally, you would backfill the pond-free reservoir with dirt and create a tight space so you don’t have to put in as much river rock. Instead, they decided to extend the waterfall all the way to the end of the Eco-Blox by using more waterfall stones. Heath shows us how they extend the waterfall by placing a bib liner on top of the Eco-Blox, first, to put the last waterfall stone on top. This extends the waterfall further out and helps prevent the dry stone look because the waterfall reaches more of the rocks.

Pond-free waterfall construction with a bib liner over Eco-Blox matrix blocks

Learn more about our Pond-free waterfall systems here!

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About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

8 Water Features to Give Your Dad for Father’s Day This Year

Happy Father’s Day AND happy Summer Solstice, aka the first day of summer! What better way to kick off the summer than to give your dad a new water feature to enjoy all summer long? Here are 8 great water feature options to gift your dad this year!

A Formal Spillway to add to your patio or existing hardscape

Stainless Steel Spillway Project Bundle

Check out Atlantic’s new Formal Spillway Project Bundles to create your very own formal spillway. Project Bundles include everything you need but the stone to create awesome water features!

His own custom fountain bowl or vase

Blue Fountain Vase in a backyard with a patio

Use our Fountain Systems to make any fountain come to life. Pick out a fountain topper of your liking (bowl, vase or pot) to put on an Atlantic Fountain Basin.

A Pond-free waterfall

Pond-free waterfall created by Art of the Yard

Waterfall by Art of the Yard, Colorado

Find a contractor near you to help bring the sights and sounds of a waterfall to your backyard. Click here to find a contractor in your area.

A classic koi pond

Koi fish pond

You can’t go wrong with a classic koi pond in your yard! Spend hours outside watching your gorgeous fish swim by. Keep it clean and clean with the OASE BioTec Screenmatic².

Add some pizzazz to your pool with some spillways

Pool with Stainless Steel Spillway flowing water into it by Designing with Elements

Spillway by Designing with Elements, New York

Make some additions to your pool this year with Atlantic’s 316 Stainless Steel Spillways that are specifically made for chlorinated pools.

Spruce up your water garden with a new fountain

Filtral UVC fountain and filtration set

Already have a water garden? Drop in a decorative fountain feature with the OASE Filtral UVC. Choose between 3 different nozzles and also get the added bonus of built in filtration to help keep your water nice and clear!

Go big with a pond and waterfall

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping, Ohio

Go big or go home like dad always says and give him the pond of his dreams.

Or maybe he wants to give the furry member of the family somewhere to splash

Dog swimming in pond with small waterfall by Liquid Landscapes

Pond by Liquid Landscapes, North Carolina

It is the first day of summer after all. Give the Dad’s best friend the summer he’ll never forget with a pond to cool off in!

We’re wishing you a great Father’s Day and know good ole Dad will be so thrilled with his new water feature this year! Stay cool this summer!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Golden Treasure For The Pond Border

Lysimachia nummularia: The Creeping Jenny

I love to use plants along the edges of the water features I build to soften the hard edges of stone and add color and life to them. One of the plants I tend to use over and over is the Creeping Jenny or Moneywort, Lysimachia nummularia, an attractive and versatile perennial ground cover that neither rabbits nor deer will touch. 

Floating Bog, Nelson’s Water Gardens

Named for its round, coin shaped leaves, gold in color when grown in full sun, Creeping Jenny performs beautifully just about anywhere I put it. With a constant supply of moisture, along streams and pond edges, it can handle the hottest sun. Forget “creeping” – this plant positively runs in the sun, growing quickly from both its vine-like branches and long roots to cover edges both in and out of the water.

In deep shade its growth slows somewhat, leaves glowing a soft green as it carpets soil, stone and gravel alike. Easy to propagate, one plant will spread to cover many running feet of stream edge. It is vigorous almost to a fault. If it thins out in one spot simply grab a handful from somewhere else and tuck it into moist soil. It will usually root without any extra care.

As if that weren’t enough, for all you other closeted herbalists, Creeping Jenny is a mild astringent, a diuretic and an effective vulnerary – applied to open wounds its crushed leaves are antibacterial and promote healing. (I don’t know about you guys but ‘vulnerary’ is my new favorite obscure word of the day.)

Finally, those of us who appreciate a brew every now and then might be interested to know the ancient Anglo Saxons called it alehoof – ‘ale herb’ – and used it to flavor and clarify beer. What a plant!


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

Next Generation in Pumps for Ponds, Pond-free, Hardscape & Fountains

Pumps are the heart of all things water features: pond, pond-free, hardscape and fountain features. Without them we have no moving water to circulate, filter or entertain us.  

They are the number one thing we all use and the number one thing that is misused and misunderstood. And by that, I mean all pumps are not created equal.

You have a simple magnet driven pump commonly used in small water features or hardscapes. Easy to use, very energy efficient, easy to clean and easy to fix broken parts. The flow rates are typically lower so you can not create a large water fall with them.

Next in the line of pumps are Asynchronous and Synchronous electric. Similar in that they have a stainless-steel rotor assembly and have a vortex impeller to allow for higher water flow volume. Still lower energy consumption, easy to clean and easy to repair. The synchronous electric pump will shut down if it runs dry or something is blocking the flow and some are frost protected to -4 degrees. These pumps have a wide flow range and can be used in a wide variety of pond, pond-free, and hardscape features on a regular basis.

The direct drive pumps are one of the hardest to size and service. This type of pump has many uses from high to low flow needs. It is commonly misused because of the flow requirements. These pumps operate in a very tight window of best operating ranges. A lot of care is needed in choosing these types of pumps so they can remain in operation for many years. 

For more in-depth information on our pumps please go to www.atlantic-oase.com or seek help from an industry professional.

What’s coming in the next generation of pumps and what is already here will blow your mind, if not make you think twice about your pump choices. 

Look towards the day all water garden pumps are DC brushless motor pumps. Your drills, drivers, blowers and mowers are seeing the light of brushless motors, including the vacuum world. More power, less energy and whole lot more ingenuity. Look now and towards the future as pumps in the water feature world change too.

First to market from Atlantic-OASE: the Aquarius Eco-Expert and AquaMax Eco-Expert. The first DC brushless motor pumps for ponds, pond-free, hardscape and fountains.

Just to highlight a few things the Aquarius Eco-Expert has:

  • DC brushless motor pump, very energy efficient
  • Robust stainless-steel intake screen passes debris particles up to 3/16 great for fountain nozzle use
  • Frost protection to -4 degrees
  • Integrated Environmental Function control shut off if runs dry or clogs
  • No minimum operation head heights 
  • Integrated earth grounding plate
  • Submersed or inline
  • Water types include chlorinated pool and salt water
  • Dynamic Function control 1 preprogrammed water scene alternating fountain heights 

When paired with the Eco or EGC cloud controller you have even more option on this pump. Making this pump first on the market to claim a 12-function pre-programmed water pattern along with things like runtime, pump status and malfunctions, complete adjustment of output flow and so much more. Also, when paired with the Cloud Controller, these functions can be controlled on the EGC App from anywhere in the world. One other unique feature is that it can pair with up to nine other devices like additional pumps and ProfiLux lighting systems  

Some highlights of the AquaMax Eco-Expert include:

  • DC brushless motor pump, very energy efficient
  • Robust stainless-steel intake screen passes debris particles up to 7/16 great for filtration use
  • Frost protection to -4 degrees
  • Integrated Environmental Function control shut off if runs dry or clogs
  • No minimum operation head heights 
  • Integrated earth grounding plate
  • Submersed or inline
  • Water types include chlorinated pool and salt water
  • Seasonal Flow control switch lowers flow and wattages as water cools to 40 degrees 

You can pair the AquaMax Eco Expert with the Eco or EGC Cloud Controller as well. Making this pump first on the market to adjust seasonally for water temperatures along with things like runtime, pump status and malfunctions, complete adjustment of output flow and so much more. When paired with the Cloud Controller, just like the Aquarius Eco-Expert, these functions can also be controlled on the EGC App from anywhere in the world. Pair it with up to nine other devices including the next generation ProfiClear drum filters and ProfiLux lighting systems. 

Look for much more on the line of DC brushless motor pumps in 2021. Changing the way the world pumps water! 


About the Author:

Jim Chubb

Jim is Atlantic-OASE’s Midwest Regional Sales Manager and has 26+ years of sales experience and 16+ years in the water garden industry.

Atlantic-OASE Staff Picks: Three-Way Diverter

When our Social Media Director, Caitlyn, asked me to jot down something on a favorite product, I realized it might not be as simple a task as it sounds. There are so many Atlantic products that I personally find literally extraordinary, as in “beyond the ordinary.” I’m not alone. Contractors, especially those with little experience with our line, usually notice that our FastFalls, FilterFalls, Skimmers and Basins are all built a little differently than everyone else’s.

Thinking back, I remembered the first time I saw an AWG product that was definitely out of the ordinary. It was at the Winter Workshop for Pond Professionals in Lawrence, Kansas, presented by Water’s Edge, a deceptively small water garden specialty distributor that punches waaaay above its weight. Deb Spencer and Susan Davis have quietly promoted the highest ideals, standards and education in water gardening for decades. The Workshop presented the latest trends in water features to contractors from all over the country. Brandon Dwyer, the new product development guy at AWG, was doing the Pond-free presentation. I was pleasantly surprised when he asked me for info about my (competing) product line to include in his presentation. We started jazzing about a couple of his current projects. He waxed deservedly enthusiastic about his revolutionary new check valve and asks if I’d like to take a look at what he called a three-way diverter.

A little background, I had just built a small fountain requiring multiple water returns for a customer. The valved manifold I constructed separated the flow from the 1½” outlet on the pump to three ¾” spouts. It cost me $40 in fittings: two tees, two elbows, three close nipples, three reducing bushings, three valves and three barbed adapters. It took me 45 minutes to cut and glue, ended up 14” wide, was impossible to hide and looked like hell.

So, this thin, well-spoken bespectacled young man reaches into the bag on his shoulder, pulls out this polished piece of black plastic with two red handles and asks my opinion. My first thought is, I’ve met Skinny Santa Claus, and I musta been good, because this is a gift of genius. He’s stuffed an 1½” threaded inlet, three valves and three ¾” barbed outlets into a single fitting the size of my fist. I would be lying if I said I was impressed; I flat flipped out. This Brandon was not only thinking up terrific new products for contractors, he was actually building them!

Years before I landed at Atlantic, I knew I wanted to work with the skinny dude.

Still do.

By the way, those FastFalls, FilterFalls, Skimmers and Basins that are all built a little differently from everyone else’s? Right outta the same bag.


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

To Every Pump, a Purpose

From my perspective, the newly combined and expanded Atlantic-OASE presents a welcome challenge, the task of assimilating a veritable abundance of new and exciting products. Today I’d like to talk about our greatly expanded pump line, and I’m including page numbers so you can follow along in the 2020 Catalog.

In Fountain Pumps, on pages 70 & 80 for example, the flow and head ranges of Atlantic and OASE lines are similar. Both series share built-in adjustability, suction feet and replaceable components. But, the OASE Fountain pumps also feature a grounding plate to direct stray current from any source safely out of the water; they are less expensive and carry a longer warranty. Although it’s not up to me, I might bet we’ll have less redundancy next year in this range.

In larger Magnetic Induction pumps, the story is different because the lines are complementary. AWG MD-Series (page 81) range from 250 to 1500 nominal gallons per hour. Their volutes rotate and their footprint are tiny, perfect for small cavities and close quarters, but these are no lightweights. MD’s are solid, heavily-built pumps that carry a 5-year warranty. Extending the range, the OASE Waterfall Pumps (page 88) are synchronous magnetic pumps that start where the MD’s stop. Larger in size and capacity, from 1650 to 5150 gph, Waterfall Pumps feature a coated rotor that does not allow lime to accrete easily and a self-flushing rotor chamber; they can handle the worst water conditions out there. Although the warranty is less at 3 years, their high efficiencies and integrated grounding plate make these a great choice for larger fountains and hard water applications.

The TT-Series, AquaMax and Neptun pumps are also complementary lines, built for entirely different tasks. TT1500 through TT9000 (pages 72-73) are compact clean water pumps built for use in skimmers. Featuring high flows and high efficiencies, all TT’s work with our Tidal Wave Variable Speed Control (page 78), to adjust pump flow from 20% to 100%. Easy to access, pull apart and clean, TT-Series pumps make maintenance a breeze.

The AquaMax Classic and Premium Series (pages 84-85) are designed to live at the bottom of the pond, where they push 1200 to 4000gph of mucky water at low head and very low wattage. When paired with a matched OASE filter and UV, these solids handling pumps qualify for the OASE Clear Water Guarantee, assuring you’ll be able to read the 1” mark on a tape measure extending three feet down into the water. Both the Classic and the Premium share a low restriction housing that can go for entire seasons without needing to be cleaned; the Premium features a second inlet to power a second satellite intake or an in-pond skimmer. All come equipped with a grounding plate for complete security against short circuits and stray current in the water.

The third pump series, Neptun (p81), is designed specifically for the rigors of fountain use. The stainless steel screen is designed to draw the shallow, clean water of fountains without clogging or vortexing, regardless of temperature. In fact, these pumps are frost-proof down to -4°F for extreme durability and can be used submersed or in-line.

Finally, there are the Eco Experts, Aquarius for fountains, AquaMax for water gardens. These powerful 220v pumps deliver massive flows from around 7000 gph to over 11000 gallons per hour, but sip minimal electricity – even the largest pull only 700 watts. The brushless DC motors offer more than just extraordinary flows and wattages; the fully electronic pumps can be programmed to vary their flows as well. The fountain iteration, Aquarius Eco Expert, offers a dance of 9 different speeds cycling at the touch of the blue button, to provide a captivating built-in fountain display. Combine the pump with an Eco Control or the full Electronic Garden Control system (p83) and choose from another 12 pre-programmed water patterns, or set whatever flow you wish. Fully thermally protected and frost-proof to -4°F, these are among the finest fountain pumps ever built.

For water garden use, the AquaMax Eco Expert (page 86-87) offers the same power, protection and connectivity but exchanges the water dances of the Aquarius for the more pond-useful Seasonal Flow Control. Now when you push the blue button the pump slows as the water cools, limiting circulation and automatically avoiding supercooling the water as it freezes.      


About the Author:

DEMI FORTUNA

Demi has been in water garden construction since 1986. As Atlantic’s Director of Product Information, if he’s not building water features, he’s writing or talking about them. If you have a design or construction question, he’s the one to ask.

Let’s Talk Spring

For most of the country, spring has sprung and you pond or water feature is up and running and waiting for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on your creations. Here’s some helpful start up tips and advice to help combat any issues Mother Nature causes in your ponds, pond free waterfalls and fountains!

Ponds

Ponds need tender loving care from March to May depending on what part of the country you are in. 

All ponds need the left over debris from the previous Fall removed to give your pond a fresh start to the season. Some may need a complete overhaul (costly and may not be needed) but, most will just need a good clean up. Netting out leaves, debris and string algae that are starting to form should do the trick.

Once you have done the cleanup and your skimmer, pump and biological filter are running, you will need to start your beneficial bacteria treatments which will continue throughout the year. 

Remember, the only reason you have string algae is because the food source (nutrients in the water) is greater than the things that consume nutrients like plants, beneficial bacteria and fish. Once you have a balance, string algae will be greatly diminished. Liquid and granular algaecides can help reduce growth, but the goals are to have your filter system and plants with the aid of beneficial bacteria do it naturally. 

Adding aeration to your pond is another way to enhance the water clarity and quality naturally. 

Pond-free Waterfalls and Fountains

Pond-free Waterfall and Fountains need the same tender loving care from March to May.  

Clean up any leftover Fall debris and hook up your pump to get the water moving. You may have a slight rotten egg smell once you turn your feature on after the winter months. Do not panic this will pass in about 24 hours with the water circulation.   

Mother Nature works on these water features also! Algae will start to form in the stream water and on the decorative pieces. Liquid and granular algaecides can help reduce the growth and keep the feature clear. 

Another option for these features would be to add a copper ionizer; which releases a small dose of copper electrodes into the water to ward off algae. Remember, very small doses are all that would be needed (.03ppm) so make sure you are testing your copper levels if using an ionizer.  

Feel free to add your tips and suggestions about what you do the get your water features up and running for the Spring season below in the comments! How do you combat what the the spring brings to your water features? Do you work with or against Mother Nature? 


About the Author:

Jim Chubb

Jim is Atlantic-OASE’s Midwest Regional Sales Manager and has 26+ years of sales experience and 16+ years in the water garden industry.

Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor Spotlight – Jason & Tony Lenox

Join us in recognizing an Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) pair of brothers for another spotlight section!

Jason Lenox and Tony Lenox, Ponds Inc. of Illinois, Illinois 

Where are you from: Jason was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and is now residing in Dundee, Illinois. Tony was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and is now residing in South Elgin, Illinois. Ponds Inc. of Illinois is based in Gilberts, Illinois currently.

How long you’ve been working in the industry: I’ve been working in the landscaping industry for 30 years. We’re proud to be two time POND Trade Magazine Water Artisans of the Year Award Winners. 

What you love about what you do: My Brother and I love helping others while helping ourselves through our artistry and passion of creating truly enjoyable outdoor spaces that soothe your soul allowing smiles to flow like the waterfalls we create!

Favorite Atlantic-OASE product: There are so many incredible products to choose from especially with the Atlantic Water Gardens products combined with the OASE North America products! 

I guess I would have to say must have favorite or a useful product for maintaining and servicing water features is: PondVac 5 it’s a very useful tool for us!

For creating incredible elements to any water feature design: the FastFalls Series is also impressive!

One of your favorite projects you’ve done: Key West, Florida was definitely a beautiful place for my Brother and I to build an incredible all Atlantic-OASE product water feature! What’s even more exciting about it is that we were able to build together with the #CrazyHappyIrishPondBuilder known as Gerard Touhey of WaterFeaturesbyGerard.com! How can building a large scale PondFree water feature in paradise with our great friend Gerard Touhey not be a favorite project? Even Lloyd Lightsey, ThePondMonster.com from Florida came down to participate in our shenanigans!

Gerard Touhey, Water Features by Gerard

New projects I’m working on: Ponds Inc. is currently designing a large water wall waterfalls feature in downtown Chicago working with David Montoya of StoneMakers.net utilizing incredible artificial rock work combined with Atlantic-OASE products to create a truly magnificent outdoor dining space at a well known Chicago restaurant! Stay tuned! 

Anything else you’d like to share with your fellow APC’s: Number one, the most important advice I can offer is to get your company’s website listed with the Team at www.p-o-n-d.services so you’re found on page one of search engines like Google! Encourage your distributors, retailers, landscapers and manufacturers to get connected also! The more our industry gets connected, the more beneficial it is to us all!

My next best advice is to learn and soak up as much as you can from other pond contractors throughout our industry. We all can always learn from each other through networking! This includes attending industry events and landscape shows. Get to know others who you can help which in turn helps you all to succeed in this industry that we all love!

Lastly, help each other out by participating in social media by sharing, watching, liking, subscribing and commenting on each others content from Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Houzz, Pinterest, Tik Tok, Twitter and Snap Chat! Give Google reviews, Facebook reviews and reviews on Houzz etc! Help each other succeed and others will help you succeed!

See more of the Lenox brothers on all of their social media! Facebook Ponds Inc. of Illinois, Twitter @PondsInc4you, Houzz Ponds Inc. of Illinois, Pinterest Ponds Inc. of Illinois and Hometalk Ponds Inc. of Illinois, Jason Lenox.


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Moving Water, It’s Therapeutic!

Our everyday lives are always on the go. With our jobs, family, friends and everyday life, it can add additional stress. We are always looking for ways in our fast pace lives to slow down and enjoy the things around us to help us destress. The things that can make a difference in how we feel. Water makes you happier, healthier, more connected to other people. Everyone just wants to relax, we know we do! One way you can do that is by having a water feature in your back yard! It is proven that the sounds of moving water has a soothing effect on your mind and body in a therapeutic form. Not only are these experiences therapeutic, it can also activate positive thoughts and memories such as taking you to your happy place. 

With everyone staying home, we are seeing them working on their landscape and improving their homes. Many look at putting in a water feature and what it would take to do so. Unfortunately the worry is that it’s too complicated or too involved or would cost too much. And they shy away from it. This is not the case at Atlantic-OASE! We have products that can help the DIY-er in yourself come out and provide cost affordable and easy installation of water feature products to create just about anything in your current landscape. 

We have a saying, “you are limited to your imagination on what you can create, you just need to be inspired.” Anything from a fountain, waterfall, pond to a large-scale project can be done. This will depend on the size of your yard or what you are trying to achieve. One of the many examples you can create for your future backyard oasis is the Pond Free system. Having a waterfall providing the sounds of moving water as it cascades down and then disappears into the ground allows you to have the sounds of moving water with a waterfall anywhere in your landscape without the worry of tending to a big body of open water.

Why is it that everyone travels to the beach for vacation to relax? It’s because the sounds, the smells and the atmosphere of being around water creates a calming affect on everyone in its presence! Imagine coming home from a long day of work and wanting to decompress. Step outside your back door and relax by your waterfall or fountain, that you customized to your backyard, and just listen to the water flow. It’s therapeutic! Pull up a chair, grab a drink and let the white noise of your water feature wash away your stress.

Having moving water in your landscape can help you relax and enjoy nature as it was intended. 


About the Author:

Todd Rosendahl

Todd has been in the water garden industry over 20 years. With extensive knowledge of water treatments for ponds and lakes he’s your go-to-guy for treating your ponds and water features!

Quick Tips – Waterfall Construction

In the world of water features, there are many different tactics that contractors and homeowners use to approach building a water feature. Over the years I have encountered a variety of construction methods water features are built and through my experience have put together a list of tips that I think will help you create a natural looking water feature.

Use different sized rocks to achieve a more natural looking waterfall. But let’s be honest, when building these features moving heavy rocks can be quite the challenge.

Tip #1.

Try cutting a piece of underlayment (commonly known as geotextile fabric) large enough to hold the rock you are trying place and use it as a sling. The corners will act as handles for you to hold on to. Because the fabric is very strong it can handle the weight of heavier rocks.

 Another option to move heavy rocks by hand is to use tow straps or tie down straps. This method can be used with heavier rocks and will require more than two people to move the size rock you are working with.

If you are using large boulder and neither of the two options prove useful, you may need the help of larger equipment.

**You do not want to hurt yourself trying to move these rocks, equipment can be rented on a day to day basis at your local rental yard.

While you are placing your rocks keep in mind that you are also creating a place for water to flow. When creating your waterfall or streambed you will notice gaps forming around and behind the rocks that you have placed. Once you turn on your pump water will flow into these gaps instead of flowing down your streambed causing you to lose some of the visual effects of your stream or waterfall.  In order to avoid this, these gaps should be filled.

Tip #2.

When filling the gaps, a mortar or cement type mix can be used but this method is highly susceptible to cracking and movement. Another option is to use expandable foam, the foam will not crack or move and can fill large or small gaps in the rock placement. Typically foam is grey in color so that it will blend with most rock colors. Waterfall foam cans from Atlantic are available in two sizes – a 12 ounce can with a straw applicator or a 29 ounce can, which requires using a professional foam gun.

I highly recommend the professional foam gun if you build multiple water features during the season.

For the average one or two builds a year, the DIY 12 ounce can works great. To save on the use of foam you will only need to apply the foam in the locations that water is flowing over.

Please be sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear when handling the foam as it is very difficult to remove.

Tip #3.

A great technique to disguise the foam that you used to fill in the gaps is by covering it with smaller stones and/or gravel. You can also add a small amount of sand over the foam before it is completely dry to disguise the foam to look more like a rock.

Make sure you give the foam time to cure before you turn your waterfall on. Once the waterfall has been turned on you can add more foam to push the water in the direction you prefer at any time.

Remember this is a foam product and is not glue or a patch product for leaks. It is only used to direct the flow of water.

 

Hopefully, these tips will help save you some time and frustration (as well as your back!) and keep your water flowing in the right direction! If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to comment below.

 

About the Author:
Jim is the National Sales Manager for Atlantic Water Gardens.
JIM CHUBB

Jim has 26+ years of sales experience and 16+ years in the water garden industry.