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Old 03-05-2013, 04:18 AM
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The R.I.S.E. Method, In Practice (Photos)

So two years ago I bought this amazing book called The R.I.S.E. Method, by Rick Bartel. I'm sure it's been discussed here in this forum before. But we really didn't have much opportunity to put the methods I learned into place until recently. Water Feature sales have slowed for us in recent years since the recession, as I am sure it has for many of you. And mostly what we sell these days in terms of water features are less expensive rock column bubbler fountains. I don't think we've had an opportunity to really build a real waterfall in a good two years or more.

So when the opportunity arose, I challenged our project manager and our installers to create the most natural looking water feature we have installed to date. I made each of them read through The R.I.S.E. Method right before we installed this water feature. It really helped a lot. What we ended up with was definitely the most natural looking waterfall/stream we've built to date. In fact, it makes our previous water features look amateurish, I have to sheepishly admit.

One of the things you guys might really find interesting is the pump is on a remote control. The owner has a key fob that he can use to turn the pump up or down about 10 notches, all by remote. It's a feature I had never seen in a pump before. It allows him to turn up the flow if he wants more rushing water or turn it way down if he wants something more soothing.

We included a lot of bends and turns; fallen logs; islands; a wide variety of rock accent boulders along the side and inside the stream; changed the height of the stream up and down to create different effects along the stream, added planting along the stream and even inside it; a bridge; and lighting.

Now, the planting looks a little lame, I know. But we did this in January. So half the plants that are around the water feature you cannot see because they are perennials or groundcovers that are so small they blend in with the mulch right now. The planting portion will look a lot more impressive in 6-12 months.

Anyway, what we ended up with is something I though you would all enjoy. If you want to see the rest of this project, you can do so here. But my main point was to show you the water feature, how it turned out, and to say that for any of you who haven't yet checked out Rick Bartel's book - do it! It will change the way you think about water features!

Here are some of the photos from the job....

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