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What You Need to Know About Installing a Backyard Waterfall

What You Need to Know About Installing a Backyard Waterfall

Ponds are already a great addition to any yard, but you can make even more of an impression with a backyard waterfall. These structures not only look beautiful, but they also give you the great sound of running water adding a peaceful element to your home or garden.

The Essential Components

When working with an outdoor waterfall, you’ll likely be dealing with two structures: the pond and the fall itself. You can also set up pondless waterfalls that cycle in on themselves. Be sure to account for the space and construction of a pond if you’re starting the project from scratch.

In the simplest form of a waterfall, you’ll need these materials:

  • Pond liner
  • Tubing
  • Sand
  • Submersible pump
  • Rocks/waterfall structure

If you’re working on a DIY structure, rocks are a readily available and inexpensive resource for building your desired waterfall.

How It All Comes Together

If you are building a DIY waterfall and pond all in one, you must first dig out the space for the pond. After this step, use a pond liner as your base so water stays in the pond and doesn’t sink back into the ground. The sand helps make the liner sit evenly, which can be a challenge depending on the terrain your pond and waterfall will be in.

The submersible pump is what lets your waterfall function. Unlike natural waterfalls, which often occur in streams or rivers, your waterfall doesn’t have a consistently moving source of water to keep it flowing. The submersible pump will suck in water and send it through the tubing all the way to the top of your structure, making it possible for the water to fall as it should. This has the added benefit of keeping your pond from becoming stagnant, which prevents growth of algae and mosquito breeding.

The tubing will run from wherever you set the pump to the top of your waterfall structure. To keep it from being visible, you can use the pond liner as a sort of cover.

What your waterfall structure looks like will depend on what sort of design you choose. You can order custom structures or build one yourself. If you’re using rocks, you need to have large, flat ones to serve as a spillway. These are the ones that form the platform that the water runs over before tipping over the edge. You can then use other rocks to complete the surrounding structure and even hide your pond liner from view.

Cleaning

If you have a pond attached to your waterfall, then you’ll have a little bit more cleaning on your hands. You don’t need to thoroughly clean your pond more than twice a year, but you must be careful not to contaminate the water with chemicals if you have fish.

Take good care of your pump; it’s what brings your waterfall to life. Having an appropriate filter can keep pond life from clogging up the system and stopping your waterfall.

When you’re ready to start your backyard waterfall adventure, contact Bold Landscaping to set up an appointment and learn your best options today!

Sources:

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-build-outdoor-waterfalls-inexpensively-2132910

http://arborridgeservices.com/10-pond-and-waterfall-cleaning-mistakes/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Backyard Fire Pit

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Backyard Fire Pit

Backyard fire pits make a great addition to any outdoor area, giving an extra level of ambiance to
any yard. There’s just something appealing about settling down around an open fire and enjoying
the evening air. Of course, you get a fantastic way to enjoy toasted marshmallows and company.
However, adding a backyard fire pit takes a little more than just deciding you want one. Here are
some things to consider as you work on upgrading your outdoor space.

Local Ordinances

Depending on where you live, there may be laws about open burning. Before you decide what
kind of fire pit you want, make sure you’re not going to violate any ordinances by setting one up
that’s the wrong size or scope.

Cost

You don’t have to break the bank to have a top-notch fire pit in your yard. Many DIY options
only take about $200 to set up a small fire pit, and some simple pre-purchasable options are also
inexpensive. If you choose to go that route, have an expert give it a second look for safety.
Besides the pit itself, you’ll also want to account for any potential seating you’re planning on
having. One of our team can help you determine what’s best for you.

Permanent vs. Portable

Some fire pit options allow you to take the whole set up on the go, which can be great for outings
that aren’t always at your home. These fire pits come in different types of materials, from cast
iron to copper and stainless steel. The materials will play a role in both the price and the weight.
If you want to work with a built-in design, you’ll want to match the rest of your yard’s design for
the best fit. Building it yourself allows better flexibility in matching materials, while you can
also pick up building kits that contain everything you need. For complete customization, work
with a landscape professional to help design and build it exactly the way you want.

Wood vs. Gas

When most of us think about campfires, we picture logs crackling in the fire. Using real wood
allows for the true campfire smell and ambiance, which gives any yard an unmistakable
atmosphere. If you go for this option, you’ll need to maintain a steady supply of firewood. You’ll
also want a screen to help catch any stray sparks.

Where to Put It

No matter if you have a portable or a permanent fire pit, location is still essential. For safety
purposes, keep at least 10 feet between the pit and any other structures, like your home, sheds, or
fences. Some communities require this as well, so you should always aim for this distance when
setting up shop.
This is another point where local ordinances come into play – you may need an inspection to
approve your fire pit location to ensure safety.
If you do have a portable fire pit, you’ll always want to place it on a fire-resistant surface. Some
of the best options are concrete, gravel, slate, stone, and brick, which won't start a blaze when
sparks fly. For the same reasons, you’ll want to have a base of gravel for any permanent fire pits.

Safety

Owning a fire pit also comes with a responsibility to maintain safety. Besides some of the tips
mentioned above, you’ll also want to:

  • Always have a fire extinguisher/water ready before you start the fire
  • Don’t use flammable fluids to light or relight fires
  • Avoid using softwoods susceptible to sparking, like pine or cedar
  • Check wind direction when starting the fire
  • Keep seating at least two feet away from the pit
  • Keep children and pets at a distance of at least three feet
  • Don’t wear flammable or loose-fitting clothing when enjoying a fire pit

With these thoughts in mind, you’ll have no difficulty in making the best decisions for installing
a fire pit in your yard. Get ready to start the s’mores!

Sources:

Considering a Backyard Fire Pit? Here’s What You Should Know


https://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/outdoor-fire-pits-and-fire-pit-safety

Things to Consider When Searching for a Landscaping Company.

Things to Consider When Searching for a Landscaping Company.

Things to Consider When Searching for a Landscaping Company.

It’s important to keep a well-maintained yard. Having a skilled landscaping company to do the job is essential in making that happen. However, with so many factors influencing your choice, it can be tricky to know what to look for. With this guide, you can always make sure you’re getting the best landscaping service possible.

Determining What Kind of Landscaping You Need

There are a lot of different landscapers out there. Do you need someone to design your landscape? Someone to build? Conduct maintenance? Help with plants? Trees? Understanding your needs and setting a budget can go a long way to narrowing your landscaping company choices. Be sure to consider how much time your desired project will take. Some major overhauls will be ongoing for a while before completion.

Certifications

Professional affiliations and certifications are signs that a landscaping company is willing to put the time into improving its operations and skills. Many other trade organizations promote safety and ethical business practices, which are good indicators of the type of service a company will provide.

Proper Licensing and Insurance

To legally provide landscaping services in Utah, companies must meet state insurance and licensing requirements. Always make sure that whoever works on your yard has all the necessary qualifications to do so. Not having proper insurance on the company’s part could cause problems if complications arise while working on your yard.

Experience

Every landscaping company needs to start somewhere, but there’s really no substitute for experience when it comes to keeping your yard and garden in the best shape. An experienced landscaper will know how to best take care of all your plants and can properly tend to any pests, diseases, or fertilization issues. If you’re working on a larger yard project, like installing a new structure, experience will ensure that the job is successful.

Specialists

Depending on your landscaping plans, you may need a little more than simple plant installation and sod work. Horticulturists and arborists specialize in work with plants and trees respectively and can provide guidance when you’re trying to implement and maintain your yard. Always check to make sure your company has specialists for your project on board.

Cost

Determining proper pricing for landscaping work can be tricky. After all, you don’t want to overpay for services, but you also don’t want to pay too little and have your yard suffer. One thing to keep in mind is that most landscaping costs account for how much labor occurs on your project. While that lower price tag may seem appealing, it may amount to a rushed or sub-par level of performance by the company. Compare several available businesses to make sure that inexpensive deal isn’t too good to be true.

Your yard is a big deal and you want it to be the best it can be. Always ask yourself and the company the right questions before enlisting services. Keeping these guidelines in mind when you start to look for a landscaper is the first step to picking out an excellent company to take care of your landscaping needs.

At BOLD Landscaping we are fully licensed and insured professionals ready to assist you with your landscaping needs. Contact us today for a FREE Landscaping Quote

Sources:
https://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-questions-ask-hiring-landscaper.htm

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What Is BOLD Landscaping?

What Is BOLD Landscaping?

What Is Bold Landscaping?

BOLD Landscaping is the place to find all your landscaping service needs. With nearly 40 years of combined experience, our team strives to provide excellence, customer satisfaction, and care in every project we do. When you need landscaping help in Utah, look no further.

Who We Are

The BOLD Landscaping team came together over 30 years ago, due to a passion for doing great yardwork. Over the years, that original team of four friends went from developing designs and assisting friends, family, and neighbors to an established brand that serves hundreds of people across local communities.

The core of our service has always been the customer. That means when we work for you, we’re working to bring whatever landscaping needs you have to fruition. We always aim to impress and use the most up-to-date equipment for whatever landscaping task comes our way. Every single member of the BOLD Landscaping team strives to uphold the values that have gotten us so far: excellence, customer satisfaction, and genuine care for each of our customers.

What Can BOLD Landscaping Do for Your Yard

We started out our work with landscaping design and project completion, but our business has grown to better accommodate the wide range of landscaping needs our customers have.

Lawn and Bed Maintenance

Keeping your lawn in the best shape isn’t just about setting it up, it’s also about maintaining it on a regular basis. We provide all manner of residential lawn maintenance, including:

• Pruning
• Property maintenance
• Spring and fall cleanup
• Mulch
• Tree/flower/shrub planting
• Weeding and mowing
• Sprinkler and sod repair

It doesn’t matter if you need a seasonal touch-up or year-round care. BOLD Landscaping offers a lawn care program that best fits you with the quality service you deserve at the best value for your money.

Landscape and Hardscape

When you update your landscaping, you’re updating an extension of your home. Whatever vision you have for it, we can fulfill it with our comprehensive landscaping and hardscaping services:

• Retaining walls
• Stonework
• Pavers
• Decks and patios
• Water features
• In-ground trampolines
• Trees, plants, and flowers
• Fire pits

You want your yard to best reflect you, and we do, too. We collaborate with you to give you the perfect outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of, while working to the best of our abilities. And if you need guidance in planning your design, we can do that, too.

Irrigation Systems

Your irrigation system is vital to your lawn, so it should be the best it can be. We customize all irrigation systems to fit your yard’s needs, so that you can have reliable service, no matter the time of year. In addition to installation and repair, we also provide the necessary seasonal services to protect your system through winter, and help it come back into working order in the spring.

At BOLD Landscaping, we pride ourselves in bringing the yard of your dreams to life. No matter what service you require, our focus is always on you and making sure your landscaping project exceeds your expectations. Contact us today, for FREE estimate.

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