Contractor’s Corner | Enhancing the Space

By Dan Stanza

Published on September 28, 2018

Good Earth Water Gardens
After the renovation was complete, the previous water feature was unrecognizable.

We all want to be able to do it all. But the hard truth is, we all have our special gifts, and not everyone can be great at everything.

Good Earth Water Gardens recently worked with some homeowners who had major backyard improvements done by a “We can do it all!” landscape company. This included terracing and retaining walls, a patio, a built-in grill space and a water feature. Overall, the homeowners were pleased. But the water feature? It turned out that the “do-it-all” folks perhaps didn’t know exactly what they were doing.

The homeowners loved their new outdoor environment, but the water utility soon started sending them notices. It turned out that the home was consuming an abnormal amount of water. When the homeowners turned off the water feature, everything went back to normal.

Good Earth Water Gardens
The water feature used way too much water before we got our hands on it.

So, the landscaping company returned to troubleshoot and make repairs. When they were done, they said it was normal to lose water through splash and evaporation. The homeowners thought this still seemed like a lot of water, but they took the word of these “experts.”

The homeowners lived with the issue for a few years before they decided to get a second opinion. That’s when Good Earth Water Gardens came in.

We ran a few tests on the water feature and were able to pinpoint the leak. And it was a big one, too. It turns out they were losing almost 500 gallons of water a day! That’s no splash and evaporation — that’s an excessive leak.

The homeowners had some questions about how their pond was supposed to function, so we invited them to our display showroom. That visit turned into a conversation about what they wished their water feature was like. With that in mind, Good Earth Water Gardens came up with two options. One was simply to fix the leak. The other included a complete renovation of the water feature. We were delighted when the homeowners decided to go with the whole shebang.

  Good Earth Water Gardens
What an awesome transformation!

We took away a lot of the small, stacked stone that was present. In its place, we brought in more than 10 tons of large boulders. These substantial stones created a more seamless effect.

We also created a steppingstone path that leads around the water feature and up the hill. This walkway lets the homeowners and their visitors enjoy the different elements of the waterfall and pond from many vantage points.

The homeowners were thrilled with their water feature’s transformation. And at Good Earth Water Gardens, we were so excited to address the issue and enhance the space!

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Designer: Good Earth Water Gardens

Installers:  Good Earth Water Gardens

Location: Parkville, MO.

Contact Info: 913/749-8090 –

Size: Renovation of an existing 13 x 8 pond with a 30-foot stream


  • Aquascape 2500 
  • BioFalls Aquascape 1000 Skimmer
  • Aquascape waterfall spillway
  • Aquasurge 4000-8000 pump
  • Aquasurge 4000 pump
  • Aquascape automatic dosing system
  • Combination of Aquascape’s LED underwater lights
  • 10 tons of weathered moss rock

Time to Complete: 9 days

Crew Size: 3 person crew

Project Price: $34,000



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