Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Torrey Pines Landscape Company
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fountains...a.k.a. Water-Features

The sparkle of water dancing on air, the soothing sounds of a splashing fountain, the delicate petals of a water lily - all these and more are reasons to add water to your landscape. A water-feature can be simple or elaborate, formal or natural, pre fabricated or custom, a bold centerpiece or a background element. Whatever your desires are, Torrey Pines Landscape Company of San Diego can help bring your dream to a reality.

Helpful Questions:

-What size?

First, check out your garden site.
A large water feature with a spectacular waterfall will overwhelm a small lot. If you have a lot of space, a tiny feature would get lost in the expansive space. If you are planning anything more elaborate than a pre-cast fountain, you'll need to check with the city or county offices or your HOA for any ordinances that apply. Set backs from the property lines, required fencing (depending on water depth) and guidelines for size, height and lighting are all things we research before design and installation. All of our plumbing and electrical work meet required codes.

Formal or Informal?

Ask yourself these questions:
Do I like straight lines and symmetry?
Do I thrive in order?
Is my home interior formal?
Do I find some informal gardens 'chaotic' or 'messy'?

What's my Budget?

We have a great deal of experience in giving you a general idea of cost. If you show us some photos of water-features that you like, we can give you a rough idea of how much you're looking at investing. One of our favorite shops for precast fountains in San Diego is the jewel of a shop 'Column One', in Hillcrest. If you opt for a custom feature that we build, we'll give you a detailed price point along with the design. Don't forget to calculate maintenance cost, too.

Which Features?

Do you want sounds, sights, movement, lighting? Above ground or In-ground?
Textures, Colors and Materials? We've used tiles, natural stone, brick, boulders and stucco & concrete.
Would you like an eco-system that could sustain fish and water plants?
If you're leaning torward a fountain, do you prefer wall, freestanding or statuary?
Positioning reflects purpose. One of the things to consider when postioning your water feature is how you'll use it. It should always work integrally into the landscape.
Plants - Planning is the's important to know a plants size at maturity as well as how aggressive it amy be. With that said, there are a variety of textures, shapes, colors and heights that can help add to your water-feature.

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