Lately it seems that customers are often undecided on which way to go. Pond or Pondless® Waterfall? They are 100% sure they want a water feature but unsure of getting a pond. This is usually due to the most common stereo type - ponds are a lot of maintenance.
Yes, it is true. A Pondless® Waterfall is less maintenance than a pond and usually answers all liability concerns. They can also fit in a much more confined area and don’t have to run 24/7 to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Pondless® Waterfalls give you the aesthetic beauty of a running waterfall accompanied by the soothing, relaxing sounds. The biggest draw back to a Pondless® Waterfall is that it is much more like a great piece of art. Meaning how long do you look at it before you move on?
When I run across a customer which seems to be on the fence,(pond vs. Pondless® Waterfall) I ask them the same question every time. Have you ever walked up a mountain stream? Did you notice how far you actually walked? Most people don’t realize how far they have walked until they have to walk back. This is usually because as they walked up the stream they spotted a waterfall or babbling brook. They stop for a while, enjoy the view and then curiosity moves them to discover what’s around the next bend. This pattern can go on for miles until finally they discover a spot where all of a sudden the fast moving water has slowed down enough for them to now see clearly through the water. Often they will discover fish darting back and forth through the calm clear waters. Almost always this becomes the spot to stop and take a break, eat lunch, and relax.
Watching the fish is what persuaded them to stop and relax. This is why almost every doctor’s office has a fish tank. They know you will be waiting a while and they want you to be relaxed.
So, I know that ponds are not for everyone, but there is something very magical when you take a great piece of art, (a waterfall) and put it on the edge of a well-built pond that comes to life as fish gracefully move back and forth. Your blood pressure goes down and you lose track of time as you think of nothing else but your immediate surroundings.
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and puppies, but has a strong dislike for regular cake.