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It’s an exciting thing as a homeowner to begin landscaping your backyard. Landscaping is like a blank canvas – the possibilities are endless. You can cultivate a massive vegetable garden with twenty different species of tomato; or you can pave over the whole area and build a basketball court. But one thing is certain: water features always add to the landscape of a home.

Whether you decide to add a fountain or build a koi pond, water is always a crowd-pleaser. Even your hypothetical basketball court would benefit from the addition of a fountain, just think of how much easier it will be to fill up your water bottle after a particularly tough game! But how do you begin choosing the best water feature for your backyard?

Here are a few ideas for you to consider when picking a water feature for your landscaping.

1. Tiered Fountains

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s pretty difficult to go wrong with a fountain. There are dozens of different styles and sizes you can choose if one particular variety doesn’t work for you. In choosing a fountain, it’s important to first decide what kind of style you are creating with your entire backyard landscaping. A neatly manicured yard wants for an equally neat and tidy fountain. Consider a three-tiered fountain to draw the eye as a focal point. It’s a graceful and stately construction without being gaudy. It’s up to you – but again, the possibilities are endless!
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2. Japanese Fountains

The Japanese are famous for their fountains and the gardens that house them. Japanese fountains are typically designed with a very simple and sleek style. They are usually built of wood, natural stone, and/or bamboo. Much smaller than a classic three-tiered fountain, a Japanese fountain is compact enough to occupy a corner of your yard.

The purpose of a Japanese fountain is to suffuse the space with the tranquil sound of running water, but not to distract from the natural beauty of the landscaping. Therefore, if you’re going for a “zen” vibe to your backyard haven, consider installing a little Japanese fountain. You can enjoy the pleasure of unwinding in your yard at the end of the day, with the musical sound of burbling water soothing your nerves.

3. Waterfall Ponds

Ponds add a natural beauty to any yard; and, in the same way that there are so many ways to design a fountain, there are dozens of different designs available to you in building your pond. It’s a simple task for a landscape designer to build a custom pond; but it’s also possible to buy a kit from any big box store for an inexpensive option.

One common variety is a waterfall pond. This is basically a more natural-seeming way to add a fountain to your backyard landscaping. A waterfall pond will certainly draw the eye and the admiration of any visitors you might have, so be sure when you’re building it that you want this pond to be the center of attention in your yard.

4. Natural Ponds or Streams

If you have one of those aforementioned Tropical yards, you may very well opt for the natural look with your pond. Although it’s manmade, this style of pond looks like the sort of little pond you’d stumble across in a forest or a meadow. If you’re feeling very ambitious, you can also invest in some native water plants and some fish to add color and character to your pond.
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5. Spa

This is probably the most popular water feature you can possibly utilize in your backyard; Relax after a long day or with friends on the weekend. A spa can become a true sanctuary.
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These are only a few ideas for backyard water features; a cursory look at any garden supply shop or consultation with a landscape architect will reveal dozens of fantastic ideas for your home. Take a look around to find the fountain, pond or spa that is best for your yard!

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So you’re ready to landscape your garden! And of course, like any discriminating homeowner, you want to use the highest quality materials you can find. Thus, you’re certainly leaning toward Kerckhoffstone Cast stone to beautify your backyard.

But although Cast stone is a beautiful material, there are just so many options when it comes to using it in and around your home. How do you decide what kind of Cast stone to use? And how much is too much? What features of your yard and garden do you want to highlight, and how?

Here are a few design tips for using Cast stone features in your home landscaping.

Pavestones

There’s nothing more beautiful than a pathway paved with gorgeous and durable Cast stone flagstones. Whether you are creating a footpath from your back porch to your garden, or whether you want to create a lovely path to encircle a pond, flagstones can help to beautify any backyard.

Cast Stone Veneer

You’ve been glaring at the ugly garden wall for ages, without knowing how to fix it up. It’s made of weather-stained concrete blocks, and you experience physical pain every time you see it. If only there was a way to make that wall more attractive without completely tearing it down and starting over.

Lucky for you, there is! Cast stone veneer allows you to adhere thin pieces of Cast stone to that unsightly garden wall. This makes it look as though the whole wall is built of beautiful granite or limestone, when in reality it is an outer shell of Cast stone. Much less expensive, but still perfectly gorgeous!

Fire Pit

This sounds so much more difficult than it is! A cast stone fire pit is simple to build and it immediately adds an attractive and functional piece to any backyard! Creating your own fire pit is an easy three-step process. First, dig out your firepit; second, order a kit from DC Kerckhoff Co or simply purchase your own cast stone wedges, and finally arrange them in a two-layer circular rings. There are plenty of DIY articles and videos available on line. Once you see other beginners give it a try, you will feel much more confident and ready to start building.

Cast Stone Treads

This is even easier than the fire pit. Slabs of staggered simulated limestone or slate can be arranged against a hillside so as to create steps leading to a porch, backyard, or garden. This is a beautiful and simple way to create outdoor stairs – so much simpler than building a staircase out of wood! Although you may spend a little more money on quality cast stone than a porch steps built of two-by-fours, the cast stone steps will last longer and retain their beauty for years to come.

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