How to Create a Custom Water Feature Using a Landscaping Boulder

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Landscaping with boulders is becoming increasingly popular as homeowners look for ways to add interest, texture, and beauty to their outdoor spaces. Boulders provide a natural and organic look that can be used to create an eye-catching feature, a focal point, or to simply add a unique touch to an otherwise ordinary garden. When used correctly, boulders can be used to create a stunning outdoor area that will be sure to impress.


Creating a custom water feature with a landscaping boulder is an attractive and easy way to add a touch of beauty and elegance to your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to create a small, intimate water feature or a large, grandiose one, a landscaping boulder can be the perfect starting point. In this article, we’ll look at the steps for creating a custom water feature with a landscaping boulder, from selecting the right boulder to the finishing touches.

Select the Right Boulder


The first step in installing a custom rock water feature is to determine the size and shape of the feature. Measure the available space and decide on the type of feature desired. There are many options available, ranging from large waterfalls to small bubbling fountains. Once the size and shape have been determined, it is time to select the materials for the project. Rocks, stones, sand, and gravel are all commonly used and can be found at most home improvement stores.

Choose a Location


When it comes to placement, it’s important to take into account the existing landscape and the size of the boulders. Boulders should be placed in an arrangement that is pleasing to the eye and that compliments the surrounding landscape. For example, if you have a natural rock garden, the boulders should be placed in a way that blends seamlessly with the other elements in the garden.


Consider installing your custom water feature where you can enjoy it on a daily basis, but make sure that it fits in with the space that it occupies. Consider the size of the space and choose a boulder that doesn’t overwhelm or interfere with the space.

Prepare the Site


Once you’ve selected the perfect boulder, it’s time to prepare the site for installation. This involves leveling the ground, making sure the area is free of debris, and creating a base for the boulder to sit on. This can involve using gravel, sand, or other materials.

Have Your Custom Water Feature Installed


Once the site is prepared, it’s time to install the boulder. This is best done with the help of a professional, as it involves lifting the boulder into place and ensuring it’s properly secured. Even a small size boulder will be much heavier than you may think. In fact, on average, a one cubic foot boulder will weigh well over 100 pounds!

Add the Finishing Touches


The final step is to add the finishing touches. This could involve adding smaller rocks, plants, and other decorative features around the boulder to create a more inviting and attractive look. You could also consider adding lighting to create a magical effect at night.

Maintaining Your Custom Water Feature


Boulders are very low maintenance and don’t require much in the way of upkeep. In fact, once placed, boulders can be left in place for years with no additional care. However, it’s important to check for signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or chips, periodically.


When it comes to caring for the water feature portion, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure to maintain the water level. This is especially important during particularly hot or dry weather. If you don’t have enough water your pump could run dry. Second, be diligent about keeping it clean. Dirt and debris can clog your pump. From time to time you may need to clean the intake portion of the pump, and when you do, always unplug the pump first before taking it out of the water. 


To address other issues such as algae and calcium buildup, it’s best to purchase products made specifically for fountain water pumps. If you’re not sure of what you need, contact a professional who can help you choose the best product for your application. 

Let The Rock Garden Create Your Custom Water Feature


This year, take your landscaping up a notch with a custom water feature from The Rock Garden in Fort Collins. We have natural stone boulders of all shapes and sizes and can provide core drilling to create your custom water feature. Enjoy the natural beauty and soothing sounds in a stunning, one-of-a-kind feature you won’t find anywhere else!  Stop by our landscaping store or fill out our online form to request a quote


Love the look of your new custom water feature? Consider enhancing your space even more with the addition of stone furniture or a custom fire pit!

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