Management & Design
Fountains, ponds, and waterfalls are part of a stunning landscape feature that can transform a plain yard into an outdoor retreat. When you add water features to your outdoor living space, the scene can be truly captivating. The sound of running, trickling water is very soothing and peaceful, like music to the ear.
Waterfalls can be installed into practically any area of your yard, in the sun or shade. The use of natural materials will give your waterfalls an authentic look. Waterfalls also create negative ions, which scrub the air of dust mites, pollen, germs, allergens and pollutants, leaving behind a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
A fountain can bring a whole new sensory experience and focal point to any yard, plaza or courtyard. Garden fountains come in a wide range of sizes, styles and materials. You can purchase a prefabricated fountain or we can custom design one for you. Fountains can be mounted on walls, freestanding, tiered or disappearing. The option you choose will depend on your space availability, maintenance considerations, taste and budget. A good rule-of-thumb is to use a large fountain as a focal point and a small fountain as an accent element.
A pond is a simple, inexpensive and easy-to-maintain water feature that will make you feel as if you've been transported to another world as you relax and enjoy the full beauty of nature. As water evaporates, the process removes heat from the air which can create a pleasant cooling effect. While lawns and soil-based plants require watering, ponds can be refilled with rainwater, virtually watering themselves. Pond water can also be used to water other plants throughout the yard. Drain pipes can be positioned from your rooftop to empty directly into your pond, allowing it to act as a natural reservoir. In the hotter months, all of this water conservation ultimately offers the side benefit of lower utility costs.
(Water Where You Don't Want It!)
After periods of heavy rain, are there areas of your property where you have experienced water pooling or flooding, leakage into the basement of your home or business, and possible foundation damage? On hard surfaces such as driveways, patios and walkways it can cause moss or mildew growth, concrete staining, and dangerous slip hazards. It can also reduce their functionality and potentially cause flooding of your garage or other nearby structure. In the yard, pooling of water can create muddy areas and the potential to attract mosquitoes and kill grass. Downspouts draining rainwater directly to the base of your home or business can potentially cause basement or crawl space flooding and foundation damage. It can render basement space unusable. Water draining from your neighbor's property and pooling in your yard, planter area, or near your foundation can also cause a variety of drainage problems.
Bill Johnston Landscape Company has been managing water drainage problems since 1979. When possible we use minimally invasive, natural processes such as sloping the yard to carry away the water. If necessary, we design and install piping systems. To manage downspouts, it may be necessary to install a sump pump. Innovative approaches to water management come from years of experience and understanding water and how it flows. Our water management experts can design a custom solution for your home or business that will efficiently transport water away from critical structures and low-lying areas, all seamlessly blending in with your landscape.