A-O Pro Tip – Hiding FastFalls with Art of the Yard

Happy Tuesday! Today’s A-O Pro Tip is a simple but, effective way to hide and conceal your Atlantic FastFalls! For the 6th A-O Pro Tip in our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill, owner of Art of the Yard, gives us a quick tip for hiding FastFalls in your water feature!

Waterfall with flowers planted for tip on hiding FastFalls

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 #6 – Hiding FastFalls with Art of the Yard

For the 6th A-O Pro Tip, Shane Hemphill shows us one of the ways you can hide a FastFall by planting flowers directly on top of the FastFall instead of placing rocks on top to conceal it. This is an easy and great way to hide your FastFalls with a natural look!

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Although the Atlantic FastFalls can support the heaviest rock and stone (33,000 lb. to give you an idea), it was also designed to retain soil, gravel and mulch perfectly. For the most natural looking camouflage possible, plant ground covers or low growing perennials directly into the pockets on top of the FastFalls to blend the FastFalls seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.

Which would you prefer? Concealing your FastFalls with rocks or plants?

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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.

A-O Pro Tip – Leveling & Placing Control Stones with Art of the Yard

It’s Tip Tuesday again and we’re coming to you with another A-O Pro Tip! For the 5th A-O Pro Tip in our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill, owner of Art of the Yard, gives us some tips on leveling and placing control stones for your waterfall!

Waterfall control stone in use after leveling and placing control stones

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 #5 – Leveling & Placing Control Stones with Art of the Yard

In this 5th A-O Pro Tip, Shane Hemphill shows us how his team at Art of the Yard places their control stones and waterfall stones to help guide the water over the stones to create a great waterfall!

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Shane explains how they make sure their waterfall stones level on all sides to give a good push off of the rock. They then foam in their control stones so that it pushes all of the water over the desired falls to create beautiful waterfalls!

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

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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.

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! It’s Nature Photography Day

Can you recall a time when you’ve hiked through the woods a deer grazing just 500 feet ahead of you? Or have seen a butterfly perched precariously on a fallen branch? Maybe caught a glimpse of a fox scuttling through your backyard? These are moments that sometimes we wish we had a camera to take a quick picture so that we can savor that moment for years to come, i.e., post it on Instagram. Nature Photography Day embodies not only getting out your camera and getting your Ansel Adams on, but learning how to conserve the natural spaces around you so that wildlife can flourish and be enjoyed for generations to come. June 15th celebrates the photographer in all of us, whether you are a seasoned vet or a beginner, capturing nature at work through a lens is a whole new experience, and it’s closer than you think, try your backyard. 

Attract Wildlife with Your Water Feature

So, what does Nature Photography Day have to do with water features? Well, where’s there’s water, there’s wildlife. This is a chance to incorporate what you already know about water features and extending that knowledge with conservation. It’s as simple as adding wildlife friendly plants to your water garden. So, if you’re looking to add a little National Geographic to your backyard, here are some helpful plants to get you started: 

Arrowhead aquatic plant

Arrowhead – Arrowhead is a great food source for deer, waterfowl and birds, this plant can grow up to 3ft tall and it also provides shoreline erosion protection. 

Blue Lobelia flower

Blue Lobelia – With spikes of blue flowers that bloom in late summer, it attracts hummingbirds in the fall. This plant does well in shade and can grow up to 3ft in height. 

Coontail plant

Coontail – Named after it’s raccoon tail like appearance, it’s a great plant for reducing problematic algae as it takes in phosphorus from the water. This plant does need to be managed so it doesn’t take over the pond.

Joe Pye Weed flowers

Joe Pye Weed – As a pollinator attractor, this plant blooms in late summer and produces beautiful clusters of pink flowers. On cool September nights, you may be able to spot some bumblebees roosting on the flower heads. This plant can grow up to 6ft in height and tends to do better in full sun. 

Marsh Milkweed flowers

Marsh Milkweed – Milkweed is a common butterfly attractor so it’s no surprise that the Marsh Milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies and caterpillars! This plant blooms pink clusters of flowers with a delicate scent. Be prepared, they grow quick, and their blooming cycle is from June to August, they can grow up to 5ft in height. 

For more information about what plants attract which wildlife, please visit the link here.

Capturing Wildlife Through a Lens

Sony Camera sitting in the grass, sense pointing towards the viewer

One of the best ways to capture nature is to just go out with your camera and start taking photos. It can start off being of the plants that surround your pond to the general landscape itself. Who knows, you may catch a few bumblebees in your shot or a cardinal or two. Those are what Bob Ross likes to call “happy little accidents”. Trust me, it’s hard to plan when nature will present itself to you especially when you have a camera in hand. But there are ways to help aid that. A sure way to see some action is to set up a trail camera, they are a great way to catch some of these hidden gem moments when you aren’t around. You can find an array of budget friendly options on Amazon here

So how will you be spending Nature Photography Day? Happy snapping and share with us some of your favorite photos of nature at work! 

For more tips on photography, visit our blog! Read our blog from National Camera Day last year: Capturing the Perfect Water Feature Picture and stay tuned for more photography and videography blogs coming soon!


About the Author:


Leah La Farciola

Like the elusive bigfoot, Leah enjoys the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, attempting to longboard, falling off said longboard, rollerblading, you get the picture. Leah attained a piece of paper from THE Ohio State University that states she can make drawings move on a computer. She is the Multimedia Coordinator for Atlantic-OASE, catch her work on the YouTube.

A-O Pro Tip – Alternative Ways to Lift Rocks with Art of the Yard

Welcome to another A-O Pro Tip! For this 4th A-O Pro Tip, Heath Webb, owner of Art of the Yard, shows us alternative ways to lift rocks. This week’s tip for our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series is a quick and helpful way to use your resources when you’re not able to get machinery into the space you’re building your water feature in!

Rock waterfall on the side of a house with waterfall lights

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 Tip #4 – Alternative Ways to Lift Rocks with Art of the Yard

In this 4th A-O Pro Tip, Heath Webb shows us how his team at Art of the Yard moves heavy rocks and boulders when their space isn’t big enough to bring their machinery in.

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Heath explains how his team uses underlayment to carry all the heavy rocks to their waterfall when powered equipment is not available. They slide the rocks onto a piece of underlayment and utilize 3 to 4 team members to help carry the rocks into place. The underlayment acts as a sling to help lift and move the boulders without straining or injuring the team members’ backs.

Another great tool Art of the Yard utilizes during this build is a rock dolly to move rocks and boulders long distances. But, if you don’t have access to a rock dolly, the underlayment tip is an easy way to get around it!

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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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.

A-O Pro Tip – Installing a Copper Bowl with Art of the Yard

We’ve got another great tip to share with you from our new, Learn From The A-O Pro’s series! This is a video series hosted by Atlantic-OASE where our water feature contractors share their expertise in the field! We’re collecting all the helpful tips and tricks our contractors gave us while creating their water features and sharing them with you! This week’s A-O Pro Tip: Installing a Copper Bowl with a twist!

This tip comes from the build in the Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the Yard, Alpine 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 #3 – Installing a Copper Bowl with Art of the Yard

The 3rd A-O Pro Tip of the series comes from Shane Hemphill from Art of the Yard. He explains how to install an Atlantic Copper Fountain Bowl with a unique illusion.

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Shane wanted to build his water feature with an Atlantic Copper Fountain Bowl flowing partially into the pond and partially on to the patio they created next to the pond. This illusion trick was done by over excavating the pond and creating a false wall inside the pond with wall block and Eco-Blox to set the Copper Fountain Bowl and the patio on top.

By creating a false wall, Art of the Yard was able to create a chamber to hide the Eco-Blox as well as all of the gas and plumbing lines for the Copper Bowl. The wall blocks also create the structure for the pavers or flagstone patio to cantilever over the pond edge. When installing the patio, they added a slight pitch back towards the Copper Bowl to ensure no leaks.

When creating this water feature, it’s possible to either tee off your existing waterfall system from the Skimmer to bring water to the Copper Bowl or install an AquaMax Eco Premium pump or a TT4000 pump into the bottom of the pond to supply water to the Copper Bowl. In this build, Art of the Yard used a TT4000.

Pond and waterfall with a Copper Fountain Bowl and fire feature flowing into the pond

This water feature is also unique in that Art of the Yard also attached a custom fire feature to the Atlantic Copper Bowl. The fire feature includes a check valve for protection in case rain or wind puts out the fire. It will automatically cut off the gas supply to create a safe installation. 

This fire feature can be ran with propane or natural gas. Contact Art of the Yard to help you design a fire feature to enhance your Copper Bowl. 

Fire and water Copper Fountain Bowl design drawing

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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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.

A-O Pro Tip – Hiding FallsFoam in Water Features with Alpine Custom Hardscapes

Continuing our new series, Learn From The A-O Pro’s! We have a new A-O Pro Tip video for the series where our water feature contractors share their expertise in the field! We’re collecting all the helpful tips and tricks our contractors gave us while creating their water features and sharing them with you! Our second A-O Pro Tip: hiding Atlantic FallsFoam in your water features!

Today’s tip is another great video from the build here in the Atlantic-OASE Sandbox with contractors from Art of the Yard, Alpine Custom Hardscapes, Demi Fortuna, owner of August Moon Designs. Ryan Winter from Alpine Custom Hardscapes is the star of the tip today!

A-O Pro Tip #2 – Hiding FallsFoam in Water Features

Our second A-O Pro Tip of the series comes from Ryan Winter, owner of Alpine Custom Hardscapes in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He shows us a great tip when using Atlantic FallsFoam.

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Ryan explains a simple but great tip for hiding the FallsFoam in your waterfall. He tells us to let the foam get a little tacky after spraying it down, then spread and pat down dirt over top of the foam to get the dirt to stick to the foam. When the waterfall is turned on, the water will wash away the excess dirt and leave a natural look of dirt in the waterfall stream.

*Reminder* Be careful while using FallsFoam – ALWAYS use eye protection and WEAR GLOVES! Foam Gun Cleaner LF1325 will dissolve foam only while foam is still wet. Once dry, FallsFoam is VERY difficult to remove from skin and clothes! Also, be sure to clean your Foam Gun with Foam Gun Cleaner when you remove the empty foam can. This will prevent the foam from drying inside the gun which would render it unusable.

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

Do you have some unique and helpful tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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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.

A-O Pro Tip – Hiding a Skimmer with Demi Fortuna

Welcome to our new series, Learn From The A-O Pro’s! This is a video series hosted by Atlantic-OASE where our water feature contractors share their expertise in the field! We’re collecting all the helpful tips and tricks our contractors gave us while creating their water features and sharing them with you! Our first A-O Pro Tip: hiding a skimmer on the edge of a pond in a unique way!

Kicking off our first Learn From The A-O Pro’s series set of videos, we’ll show you tips from the build in our new Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the Yard, Alpine Custom Hardscapes and our very own blog-writer, Demi Fortuna, owner of August Moon Designs, came to Ohio to dig in the dirt. After the 5-day building palooza, they created 3 incredible water features including a pond and waterfall with a custom copper bowl fire feature, a pond-free waterfall and a formal fountain hardscape.

A-O Pro Tip #1 – Hiding a Skimmer

Our first A-O Pro Tip of the series comes from Demi Fortuna, Director of Product Information at Atlantic-OASE and owner of August Moon Designs. He shows us a tip on how to hide an Atlantic Skimmer on the edge of a pond.

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Demi explains that he would rather not see the skimmer anywhere in the pond so, he shows us how he likes to hide a skimmer by turning it sideways. He turns the skimmer so it’s perpendicular to the viewpoints from the pond, directing the water to come into the skimmer from the side. By doing this, you can accelerate the water coming in the skimmer due to the narrower channel.

When you install a skimmer sideways, it’s important to make sure you have enough liner to go around the skimmer. Once positioned, you can start rocking around the skimmer. Then, Atlantic Rock Lids come into play. Place the Rock Lid on top of the rocks that have capped the skimmer. Atlantic Rock Lids look great when placed on top of other rocks to blend in better. With this tip, you’ll never see the skimmer face at all!

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

Do you have some unique and helpful tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

Stay tuned for more A-O Pro Tips here on the blog and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube so you don’t miss out on all the Learn From The A-O Pro’s videos!


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.