When it comes to landscaping, most homeowners think first of lush grasses, diverse plantings, and integrated hardscapes. Water features add to the ambiance by adding new textures and sounds to gardens in a variety of styles to suit any interest. Whether you want to accent a space with a basic bird bath or arrange your landscape design around a pond, water features are a versatile way to make a garden your own.
Water features can be as natural or high tech as you’d like, too. Place fountains on timers, incorporate lighting, and use solar power pumps to get the mood just right.
While you can search retailers for straightforward options like a standalone fountain, getting the scale, design, and installation just right can be a challenge. That’s where landscape designers and water feature experts become helpful.
Manna Landscapes is the finest choice for water features in Sydney. We design dream gardens for our customers by incorporating water features with striking style, pertinent location, and suitable equipment for any aesthetic. Water features and lights can be added to fashion fabulous effects with a touch of class to your landscaping. And with over 25 years of experience working with Sydney homeowners, you’ll be in great hands when it comes to a seamless design made to last.
Why include a water feature in your landscape design?
Who doesn’t love the relaxing sound of water trickling as they enjoy the sights and sounds of nature? Water features are beloved for the sense of calm they inspire. If you envision your garden as a place to unwind after a long day or to relax with friends and family, a water feature can help create the vibe you’re looking for.
Water features also add unique design elements that reflect our personality. From traditional tiered styles reminiscent of Greek and Roman designs to modern-styled infinity fountains, there’s an option for every individual.
Larger scale water features such as ponds are a wonderful way to invite nature to flourish. Plantings can help attract additional wildlife, a great enjoyment for bird watchers. Where permitted by council regulation, homeowners can also be found keeping fish in their ponds as another way to bring it to life.
What water features are popular in Sydney gardens?
Water features come in so many different designs, styles, sizes, and materials that it would be impossible to count them. However, quite a few have increased in popularity in the outdoors spaces across Sydney in recent years. Here are just a few to get your imagination started:
Free-standing fountains: Vary in styles such as bubbling, streaming, cascading, spouting, and disappearing (to name a few)
Structural ponds: Self-contained and free-standing with depth for fish or plants
Recessed ponds: Dug out and built into the ground landscape for a natural look
Wall features: Free-standing or attached to existing walls with cascading or streaming options
When it comes to materials, homeowners also have a lot to choose from. Water features are manufactured in cast iron, concrete, glass, steel, stone, and copper. Custom water features can also be fabricated from a mix of materials based on plans from a landscape designer.
How much do landscape water features cost?
As we explained above, water features come in a lot of different types and materials. Because of this, every water feature will have a different price. As a general rule, the larger the water feature, the more you will pay for it. This applies whether you are interested in a prefabricated concrete fountain or a custom in-ground pond.
The table below can give you a rough idea of average costs. But keep in mind that this can vary depending on the unique combination of materials and size you choose. Delivery and installation fees can also apply for manufactured water features. If you do not already have electrical service close by, you may also pay an additional fee to have an electrician run wiring to the required location.
When it comes to custom design and custom build, you’ll need to get a quote from your landscape designer.
Water Feature Type
Freestanding Fountain – Concrete
Hanging Wall Fountain – Resin
Standalone Bird Bath
Cascading Wall Feature
Tiered Style – Stainless Steel
What questions should I ask before deciding on a water feature?
Chances are that if you are considering a water feature then you already have a style or concept in mind. But just because you have your heart set on a pond or cascading wall of water doesn’t mean you should go full steam ahead. Ask your landscape designer for their opinion on materials and sizing for your space. They may surprise you with other options that never crossed your mind before.
Aside from getting some extra design inspiration, there are a few things you should ask as you choose a water feature and the professional to get the job done for you.
Have you installed or constructed a water feature of this type before?
Do you coordinate the electrical service to the location?
What care or maintenance will be needed if I choose this option?
How long will it take to install and finalize the set up?
Do you order all of the materials or do I have to buy the feature myself?
Can I see photos from similar water feature jobs you have completed?
Manna Landscaping: the best choice for your water feature in Sydney
With so many options to choose from, deciding on how to incorporate a water feature in your landscaping can start to get overwhelming. Turn to the experts at Manna Landscaping. Whether you want a new landscape design with a water feature focal point or need help incorporating a new creative piece in your existing garden, our creative pros can help.
Manna Landscaping has served Sydney and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. We can help with ordering and installing any prefabricated water feature you have your eye on. Or if nothing quite fits your fancy, we can work with you to custom design and build the water feature of your dreams. No project is too big or too small – just fill out our Landscape Design Checklist or call us on 0415 837 699 to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water Features Sydney
Can a designer use a water feature that I already purchased?
Certainly! Be sure to share this element when you are going over your initial design. The landscape designer will want to make sure they have the exact measurements so they can work it into the design properly. It can also serve as a great way to explain the design style you prefer, such as traditional or modern. If your water feature requires electrical service to operate, the landscape designer will also assess your garden and advise whether there could be additional costs to run wiring to the location.
Are water features hard to keep clean in outdoor gardens?
Outdoor fountains and water features are designed to handle the elements, but they do need a bit of upkeep to make sure they last. A landscaping service may offer water feature maintenance as part of a yearly care plan. But if you want to tackle this yourself, it may certainly be manageable. Most fountains will need to be drained yearly and rinsed down. This will help remove deposits and debris that can build up over time. If your water feature comes with care instructions, be sure to check those before using anything other than water to do the job.
What do I do if my water feature needs to be repaired?
If the water feature was purchased as a prefabricated or manufactured piece, you may still be covered by a warranty. Check with your paperwork or with your landscape designer to see whether your issue can be taken care of. Note that most warranties cover wearable parts such as pumps.
For a custom water feature, you’ll want to check first with your original landscaper. They’ll be most familiar with the construction and innerworkings and may be able to offer a quicker repair. Of course, you can ask any water feature expert or landscaping service to assess the situation and provide an estimate for a solution. Keep in mind that it’s not recommended that you try to fix things yourself. This could create additional issues and add to the overall repair costs.
Do I have to turn the fountain on and off depending on use?
Most water pumps are designed for 24/7 usage. In fact, frequent on and off action can put extra wear and tear on the pump. If you will be away for an extended period of time and would feel more at ease shutting off non-essential electrics, you should be safe to do so. But be aware that leaving still standing water can breed scum that may need to be cleaned before you turn the water feature back on. Still water can also breed pests, so it’s not recommended to leave it off for long.
Do I have to run plumbing to my water feature?
No, nearly all water features are self contained systems. Larger fountains and wall features may include drains or filters to keep things running smoothly. When it comes to refreshing or replacing water, they are typically drained, rinsed, and then refilled from a temporary source like a hose.
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