Updated Nov. 2021

While the weather outside might be frightful, designing your backyard water garden should be delightful. Imagine your evenings enjoying the sweet tranquilities of calm water, your backyard illuminated by lightning bugs. For a moment, your backyard transforms into the perfect water landscape.

Don’t let the winter blues stop you from dreaming of your oasis of tranquility because now is the perfect time to start planning out your backyard water garden.

 

5 Reasons why you should design your summer water garden project this winter.

Didn’t your mother tell you that being “on time” is arriving five minutes early? If you wait for the spring thaw, you are already behind in your quest to sit by your designed pond before the neighbors can get the plastic covers off their generic swimming pools.

Does that feel a little overwhelming? Well, if you’re not a water garden expert, it might. Water gardens aren’t DIY projects. Creating a water garden that will blend seamlessly into your space and last for your home’s lifetime requires an expert’s guidance. 

There is no wrong time to start designing your backyard water garden, but it’s always a good idea to start the process in the winter months between November and March. This way, you will have plenty of time to prepare and design your dream water garden.

 

1. Avoid delays

Supply chain issues, materials in short supply, or even a backlog of other projects can hinder your chances of getting the most out of your backyard water garden this summer. 

One of the best ways to avoid any of those issues is to simply start planning early. By doing so, you’ll give the construction crew enough time to gather up supplies, make any necessary material changes, and put them on the calendar.

Some construction delays are impossible to predict, but the more time you give yourself to design your water garden, the better prepared you will be for any future construction complications.

 

2. Give yourself extra design time

Designing your dream backyard water garden shouldn’t be something you rush into. Take your time, imagine the cozy sounds of rushing water, or let your imagination run wild planning out your own koi pond.

Reflections Water Gardens understands that building a natural water garden in your backyard is a big decision and should be something you enjoy for a long time. That’s why we take our time with every project making sure your dream oasis is perfect for a long time.

When you’ve decided to take the leap, you’ll work alongside our water garden expert, Larry Carnes. Together, you will brainstorm and explore every option.

After that, Larry creates a couple of 2D renderings, and you’re one step closer to the water garden of your dreams.

 

3. Eliminate untimely construction issues

You never know if something in your backyard could cause some unexpected construction issues. Thankfully, if you get started in the winter, Reflections can help you iron any potential problems out.

Ever heard of that thing called “red tape”? City offices make their own hours, so it’s best to file early for those building permits. (Reflections will help you with those hoops, but you need to budget the time.)

Workers will need to survey your backyard and check for soil samples. How much of this or that you have in your dirt can call for particular materials, which will factor into the cost and time-budgeting. Those waiting until the last minute might have their entire renovation halted if these issues weren’t sorted out ahead of time.

Design your water garden this winter to avoid any untimely construction issues, and get ready to enjoy your staycation all summer long.

 

4. Give yourself something to look forward to

It’s cold. It’s windy. The more miserable it is outside, the quicker you find yourself Googling airfare prices to Maui. But what if instead of planning a temporary fix to your snow blues, you can look forward to something more permanent with a backyard water garden.

The planning and design of your backyard oasis should be fun, with every step getting closer and closer to your vision.

By having something like your water garden to look forward to, you’re actually empowering yourself while providing a healthy distraction from the cold. Planning your backyard water garden this summer is enough to provide you with enough optimism to make it through any kind of poor weather.

 

5. Enjoy your summer water garden all summer long

If there’s one thing better than planning your summer backyard water garden, it’s actually sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying it. And, we here at Reflections want you to enjoy your babbling brook or natural pond as much as possible this summer.

You are giving the water garden designers enough time to work out any kinks in production by maximizing your planning time. You’ll be ready for company (or a quiet night under the stars) sooner than you think.

 

Still unsure? Give us a call!

Construction projects can be complex, but designing your dream backyard water garden shouldn’t be.

If the weather outside gives you the blues while your backyard just sits there, then maybe it’s time to start planning your tranquil oasis. Call Larry at (815) 955-4911 to start designing your water garden project today.

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Larry Carnes

Owner of Reflections Water Gardens

(815) 955-4911