Build an Industrial Water Feature
Follow these steps to add an industrial chic water feature to your landscape.
Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp
Photo By: Lilypons Water Gardens
Modern Water Feature
You Will Need
Plan Out Your Water Feature
Draw out your general design, without worrying too much about your artistic ability. The drawing is for your eyes only and simply used to help you determine the general layout and to plan purchases. Next, list the items you will need and make sure they fit within your budget. If you want your water feature to be seen, make sure to place it in a prominent place where it stands out among nearby landscaping. You may also consider setting it apart somehow by outlining it with landscaping stones or building a path that leads to it. Remember that water is often tempting to small children, so make sure they are always supervised when playing near your water feature. Also make sure your water feature is fenced-in and not accessible to passerby and curious children who might want to explore unsupervised.
Choosing a Pump
There are a variety of pumps available. Choose one that will pump enough water for your project. For a small water area, a 120-gallon-per-hour pump should be sufficient. Consider one with spraying attachments included or easily attainable.
Choosing Rocks and Stones
The rocks are an important part of this design and critical around the pond edge to disguise the top of the black basin. We chose flagstone to cover the edge, but you could use a different variety. Have enough on hand and incorporate the rocks or stone into the surrounding landscaping to add a natural element.
We chose grassy plants intentionally to play up the rebar and solidify the design idea. Choose plants that are to your liking. Many who make water features like the idea of including flowering water plants. There are some wonderful varieties to choose from, but remember that incorporating aquatic plants into the pond may require you to clean it more often.