Landscape plantings are to the outside of a home what furniture, decorations and paint are to the interior of your home. Traditionally, shrubs were installed along a house wall to hide the raised house foundations that were prevalent at that time in some regions. Some of the goals of landscaping today are: Newly built homes are sometimes plunked on an expanse of lawn devoid of mature trees. Softscapes ( plantings ) can quickly counteract this rather bleak look. (Curb Appeal) Trees and shrubs can be used to break up vast expanse of vinyl siding, as well as soften hard lines even on houses that have very appealing architecture. Well placed plants that reach a mature size can aid in the heating and cooling your home. Plantings also act as the paint on the walls of your outdoor rooms, by providing many colors and textures to choose from. Softscaping can also help by providing shade to cool your outdoor living room, and buffering out noise from traffic. Knowledgeable and thoughtful plant selection play a key role in creating a functional and attractive landscape around your home. The first step in selecting plants is based on specific needs identified in the landscape plan. Lawn areas and decorative ground covers protect the soil and offer areas for recreation and relaxation. But additional plants such as a Japanese maple, with its interesting shape, color, and texture can serve as an attractive focal point. Perennials can also be a fragrant addition, serving up delightful displays of color and contrast, while introducing seasonal change and perhaps attracting wildlife visitors. Mature trees and aromatic shrubs can dramatically define the outer spaces of your garden and provide a practical way to maintain privacy and scenic integrity. Planting shade trees serves to break up large areas of siding on homes. When these trees are properly placed they may also help with your heating and cooling cost. This is just one of the many sustainable design ideas we bring to you. A properly designed and installed water garden at your Vernon, Lake Country, Salmon Arm and Kamloops home can give you an all -natural, low maintenance piece of paradise, as well as, provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. The key to a beautiful pond comes in the proper inclusion and placement of each piece of the water garden ecosystem puzzle; Circulation, Filtration, Fish, Aquatic Plants, Rocks/Gravel and Bacteria. Scroll down to the section below to read the details on the Aquascape Ecosystem. Our true artistry comes out in our water gardens We love building ponds and waterfalls as much as you enjoy listening to the peaceful rippling water while you have dinner on the back patio at your Vernon home. It's truly relaxing watching the fish swim around and chase each other for hours on end. It's refreshing to walk out in the morning and see a new lily flower blooming in your pond. Unfortunately, water gardens are the easiest thing to make mistakes on when building your backyard paradise. It is sad to see people make a significant investment and have a pond put in and be frustrated because it does not work as intended. Before hiring a pond contractor to build your water feature, we highly recommend requesting to see completed jobs and talking to past clients of whoever you are considering hiring. Not all water features are created equal. Allow Lakeside Reflections to walk you through the ins and outs of a properly designed water feature. We have lots of happy pond customers. The water gardening lifestyle really can be maintenance free and enjoyable. We invite you to see many of our ponds and waterfalls built in our display location at the Backyard KOI and Fish ponds, CREATING YOUR OWN LITTLE PARADISE, RIGHT IN YOUR BACK YARD. A properly designed and installed pond can give you an all-natural, low maintenance piece of paradise, as well as, provide food, shelter, and safety to the wildlife around it. The key to a beautiful pond comes in the proper inclusion and placement of each piece of the ecosystem puzzle; Circulation, Filtration, Fish, Aquatic Plants, Rocks/Gravel and Bacteria. Circulation System is really just a fancy way of saying “pumps and plumbing.” The proper size pump and pipe diameter are extremely important for the aesthetics of a water feature. More importantly, an efficient circulation system keeps the water moving and provides the necessary oxygen levels for healthy fish and plants. Proper Filtration System includes the use of both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water. A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water’s surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor. Fish are an integral part of any ecosystem. Unfortunately, fish are often seen as creating a maintenance nightmare. Contrary to popular belief, fish will actually reduce pond maintenance, as they graze on string algae and bottom feed from the pond floor. Aquatic Plants are Mother Nature’s true filters. Plants are great for adding character to a pond by providing color and texture, but from a filtration perspective, they’re second to none. Thriving from the excess nutrients in a pond and depriving algae of its food source, the aquatic plants in a water garden, given proper coverage, are critical for the overall health of the ecosystem. Rocks, Gravel, and Bacteria have been a controversial element in the hobby for many years. Many enthusiasts have steered away from rocks and gravel out of fear that their system will become a maintenance nightmare. On the contrary, rocks and gravel will not only make your pond look more natural, they will also protect pond liners from UV light degradation and they provide tremendous surface area for beneficial bacteria to break down excess nutrients in the water and dissolved organic debris on the pond floor. Having all these things in place makes all the difference in the health and success of your water garden. Use them and work with Mother Nature, not against her, for a chemical-free wonderland of water! The truth is that most people opt for the ecosystem way of water gardening because it’s easier and it just makes sense. A low-maintenance ecosystem pond provides you with more free time to enjoy friends and family … while gathered around your pond, of course!