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Navigating Your Existing Water Feature: A Guide for New Homeowners in Colorado

So, you've just moved into your new Colorado home and it came with a water feature. Perhaps it's a charming little pond, a cascading waterfall, or even a babbling brook running through your backyard. It's certainly beautiful, but you might be asking yourself: "What do I do with this?""How do I care for it?""Can I change it?"These questions are more common than you'd think, and this guide is designed just for you.

Water features can be a stunning centerpiece for your property, creating a tranquil oasis right in your own backyard. But, they can also be daunting if you've never had to deal with one before. Whether it's figuring out how to revive a neglected pond, deciding if you want to add new elements, or learning how to navigate the seasonal transitions unique to Colorado's climate, this guide will walk you through it all.

Assessing Your Water Feature: To Keep or Not to Keep?

A man cleaning a pond in Colorado

As a new homeowner in Colorado, you might be wondering whether to keep or replace the existing water feature in your yard. It's essential to assess the condition and design of your water feature, as it can significantly impact your property's overall aesthetic and functionality (not to mention value). Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of retaining the current feature can provide great insight into making the best decision for your unique outdoor space.

Evaluating the condition and design of your existing water feature

Maybe the water feature was one of the reasons you bought your house in the first place. Or, maybe it's an eyesore and you got a bit of a deal on the house because of it. Either way, it's crucial to assess its condition and design to ensure it complements your home's aesthetics and functions efficiently. It's not just about how it looks; you also need to consider how well it integrates with the rest of your landscape and whether it's in good working order. Feature aesthetics isn't just about beauty; it's also about harmony and functionality. Take the time to consider the following aspects:

Design: Does the water feature's design enhance the overall appeal of your property? Does it match your home's architecture and landscaping style? If not, you might want to consider redesigning it to better suit your preferences.
Condition: Look for signs of wear and tear. A poorly maintained water feature can be an eyesore and may even pose safety risks. Check for leaks, cracks, or any signs of damage that might require repair or replacement.
Efficiency: Does your water feature function smoothly? A water feature that is not efficient can be a burden, leading to excessive water usage and high maintenance costs.

Remember, a well-designed, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing water feature can significantly enhance the charm and value of your Colorado home. So, make sure to evaluate it thoroughly and make necessary changes if required.

Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of retaining the current feature

Retaining the current feature has its pros and cons, and it's essential to weigh these carefully before deciding whether to keep it or start anew. On the positive side, keeping the existing water feature can save you substantial time and money. If it's in good condition and designed well, it can add aesthetic value to your property and become a focal point of your landscaping.

On the flip side, there may be drawbacks to retaining the current feature. If it's in poor condition or poorly designed, you might end up spending more on repairs and adjustments than it would cost to install a new feature. It may also be less efficient and eco-friendly than something new.

Reviving the Beauty: Essential Servicing Tips for Neglected Water Features

So, you've identified a neglected water feature on your new property and you're wondering how to bring back its former glory? First things first, you'll need to identify common issues and understand the maintenance requirements of the feature.

Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of retaining the current feature

Navigating the world of water feature maintenance might seem daunting at first. One of the most common issues you'll encounter with your water feature is with the filtering systems. These work to keep your water clear and clean, but when they're not functioning properly, you may notice a decline in water clarity, increased algae growth, or even unpleasant odors. Regularly checking and cleaning the filters can go a long way in preventing these issues.

Another common maintenance requirement is dealing with the accumulation of debris in your water feature. Leaves, twigs, and other organic matter can clog your filtering systems and disrupt the flow of water. If you notice your water feature's flow isn't as strong as it should be, it's a good idea to check for blockages and clean out any debris. Regularly removing debris will not only keep your water feature running smoothly but also prolong the life of your filtering systems.

Realistically, you're likely going to need a contractor to inspect and repair damage on a water feature unless it's the simplest of fixes. Landscape companies usually have a general idea of how to service a water feature, but only a company that specializes in water features can truly give you something that will last for years and years.

Take the time to do some research. Look for contractors with a proven track record in water feature maintenance and repair. Check out their reviews and ratings online, ask for recommendations from fellow Colorado homeowners, or seek advice from local garden centers.

Find someone who offers ongoing maintenance packages as well to save effort in the long run and keep your newly repaired feature up and running efficiently.

Now that you've revived your existing water feature, why not consider expanding your oasis? There's a myriad of options to enhance and expand what you currently have, making your water feature even more of a centerpiece in your landscaping. When incorporating new design elements, always ensure they complement your current setup, accentuating the beauty that's already there.

Exploring options for enhancing and expanding the existing feature

One of the most impactful ways to enhance your water feature is by incorporating feature lighting. As night falls, feature lighting can transform your water feature into a magical spectacle, creating a whole new dimension of beauty. It's not just about aesthetics, though. Feature lighting also improves the safety of your yard by illuminating paths and walkways. You can choose from a variety of options including underwater lights, spotlighting for fountains or waterfalls, or even color-changing LED lights for a truly mesmerizing effect.

But it's important to remember that lighting is not the only way to enhance your water feature. There are countless other ways to expand and improve. Consider adding new elements like a wooden bridge, stepping stones, or a little island. You could even introduce aquatic plants or fish to bring your water feature to life. In Colorado, you'll find a range of local species that are ideally suited to your water feature. The key is to consider the overall design of your yard and choose enhancements that complement it. With a little creativity and planning, you can turn your water feature into a stunning focal point that adds value to your property and enhances your enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Incorporating new design elements that complement the current setup

Imagine the delight that a charming wooden bridge or a trail of stepping stones could bring to your outdoor oasis, seamlessly blending with the current landscape while providing a surprising touch of whimsy. These elements not only create visual interest but also provide practical paths for navigating around your water feature. At the same time, consider incorporating lighting enhancements into these new design elements. Strategically placed lights can highlight the features you're most proud of, like the natural rock formations around your pond or the serene waterfall cascading down your stream. You'll find that with the right lighting, your water feature can come alive in a whole new way once the sun sets.

But creating an enchanting evening atmosphere isn't the only reason to incorporate lighting enhancements into your water feature design. Safety is another important aspect to consider. A well-lit path can prevent trips and falls, ensuring that your backyard remains a safe haven for all. Plus, with the wide array of lighting options available, you can choose fixtures that not only brighten your space but also complement your existing setup. From low-voltage LED lights that gently illuminate your stepping stones to solar-powered lanterns casting a warm glow over your wooden bridge, the right selection of lights can truly make your water feature shine. So as you consider new design elements for your water feature, don't overlook the potential of lighting enhancements to add both beauty and safety.

Starting Anew: Rebuilding Your Water Feature from Scratch

Sometimes, it's best to start from square one. If your existing water feature is beyond repair or no longer fits your aesthetic, it may be time for a complete rebuild.

Knowing when it's time for a complete rebuild

It's heartbreaking to admit, but the once-beautiful water feature in your yard might be beyond repair and require a complete rebuild. You may notice that the water isn't flowing well, or perhaps the feature lighting flickers or dims. The pumps and filters might be failing more often than not, and you'll end up spending more time and money on repairs than enjoying the tranquil beauty of your water oasis.

Knowing when it's time for a complete rebuild isn't always straightforward. You need to consider factors like the cost of constant repairs, the age of the water feature, and even how the feature lighting is functioning. If you're finding yourself constantly replacing bulbs or fixing wiring, it might be a sign to start anew. Remember, a rebuild isn't just about restoring functionality, it's also an opportunity to upgrade and enhance your water feature's aesthetic appeal, including its lighting.

Finding a water feature contractor to provide a reliable estimate

So, you've figured out that it may be time for a complete rebuild of your beloved water feature. The algae has taken over, the structure is deteriorating, and the original charm is lost.

This is where contractor selection comes into play. Make sure you're choosing a contractor with a proven track record in Colorado. Research potential contractor's previous water feature projects, check out their reviews, and don't be shy about asking for references. Get a few estimates if you can. This will not only give you a better idea of what the rebuild will cost but also help you gauge the quality of work each contractor provides. Remember, the cheapest estimate isn't necessarily the best one. Think about the long-term value, their ability to understand your vision, and how well you believe they can bring it to life. After all, your water feature is an investment in your home and happiness.

Mastering Seasonal Transitions: Caring for Water Features in Colorado's Climate

As a homeowner in Colorado, it's crucial to master the art of seasonal transitions for your water feature. Adapting your water feature to Colorado's diverse seasons is a must, and it's particularly important to winterize and prepare for the colder months to prevent any damage.

Adapting your water feature for Colorado's varying seasons

You'll find that Colorado's ever-changing seasons can add a touch of magic to your water feature, if you adapt it wisely. The key to this is understanding the concept of 'Seasonal Aesthetics'. Essentially, this involves adjusting the design and function of your water feature to complement the changing moods of Colorado's climate. In the spring, you might focus on creating a vibrant, lively display with blooming aquatic plants. As fall approaches, you can shift your emphasis towards a more serene, reflective ambiance, playing up the quiet beauty of falling leaves and cooler weather.

To make the most of these seasonal aesthetics, you need to be proactive in your maintenance and adaptability. When the hot Colorado summer rolls around, for instance, it's vital to ensure your water feature has enough shade to prevent evaporation and keep the water cool for any fish or plants. On the other hand, during the snowy winters, you might need to install a pond heater or de-icer to keep your water feature from freezing over. By staying mindful of the seasons, you can ensure your water feature continues to be a beautiful, engaging part of your home throughout the year.

Winterizing and preparing for colder months to prevent damage

As the temperature plummets and snowfall becomes a frequent occurrence, you must ensure that your water feature is prepared to withstand the harsh Colorado winter. Proper winterization is essential to prevent any potential damage and to ensure your water feature continues to enhance your property's appeal all year round.

One of the primary elements to consider during winterization is Feature Lighting. The use of lighting can transform your water feature, adding a dramatic effect on those long winter nights and significantly improving the visibility of your feature under a blanket of snow. Here are a few key steps to ensure your water feature is winter-ready:

1. Drain and Clean: To begin with, drain your feature completely and clean out any debris. This prevents any water from freezing and causing damage to the structure of your water feature.

2. Protective Covers: Use protective covers to shield your water feature from heavy snowfall. This will ensure that your feature and its lighting system are protected from any potential damage.

3. Inspect and Adjust Feature Lighting: Check all feature lighting for any signs of damage or wear. Replace any faulty bulbs and adjust lighting positions if necessary to highlight the most attractive aspects of your feature during winter.


The average person — and even more experienced DIYers — aren't usually going to be equipped to safely, efficiently and effectively manage a complete water feature rebuild. We want to see your yard turned into something truly amazing that you can enjoy with friends and family for years to come — without worry and without too much intricate maintenance.

Schedule a call with us if you've just moved into a new home that has a water feature and you're not quite sure how to make the best of it.


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