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Water Features for Your Kansas City Home or Business

A water feature brings the beauty of sound & movement to your garden or commercial space.

Whether you are interested in a brand new water feature installation, renovation or repair services, or recurring maintenance, we will provide expert & professional service. Our water garden expertise has come from exclusively installing & maintaining water features for years!

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Add a Backyard Water Feature to Your Home


Ponds are beautiful and they also create a tranquil environment and great gathering spot.


Natural Fountains

Fountains make an entry, patio, or deck come alive with sound and movement.



These dramatic water features can turn even the dullest space into the centerpiece of your yard.


Things to consider before building a water feature...

A beautiful water feature can bring joy and beauty to any garden. But it also calls for some serious planning. Before you start digging, take some time to think not only about your dreams but also the logistics.

We suggest finding an area where you regularly spend time that’s close to your house

Consider what would make the most of the area’s natural beauty.

Each has positives and negatives. Shade usually means tress, which means debris. And more sunlight can create excess algae.

A healthy pond ecosystem strikes a delicate balance, and filtration is an important part of the cycle.

When you’re planning what you want to spend, look at the big picture.


What Our Customers Are Saying

My new pond is more incredible than I would have thought possible. Dan and Kevin took my ideas and took it to the next level. I never dreamed I could have such a beautiful pond and two waterfalls! They were great to work with!


Could not be happier with the work. They embraced my needs and the challenges of my property as their own and hit a home run.


If you are looking for a water feature of any kind for your home or business, you would be crazy NOT to have it done by Good Earth Water Gardens. They listened to what we were looking for, put together a plan and then built a water feature that blew us away!


Setting Up Your Water Feature

How does a pond ecosystem work?

Your pond ecosystem has four or five parts, and each one does important work.

  • Filtration – The job of your filtration system is to remove debris and to keep the water clear. Without this important housekeeping, that stuff – usually plant matter like leaves – will sink to the bottom of the pond. There, it will decompose. Yuck!

Filtration has two components. The first is a mechanical skimmer that usually houses a pump. It also pulls water through a debris basket and a series of filter mats. This process grabs most debris and sediment. The second part of the system is biological filtration. This filtration method relies on beneficial bacteria to breakdown and remove excess nutrients that algae feed on. The result with balanced filtration is crystal clear water!

  • Rocks and gravel – In addition to a biofilter, these stones provide another home for beneficial bacteria. The microbes adhere to rocks and then break down the small bit of debris the filtration system might miss.
  • Waterfall – The pond pump in the filtration system does double duty. When connected to a stream or waterfall it also adds oxygen to the water. And it’s this oxygen that supports fish and bacteria. Moving water keeps a pond from getting stagnant and gross.
  • Fish (optional) – Not everyone wants aquatic neighbors in their pond. But fish eat algae, helping keep the pond clean. Sometimes, fish munch on plants and insects in the water, too.
  • Plants – Landscaping looks great. But having plants around a pond detoxifies the water, too. They remove many nutrients in the water, helping keep algae away.

At Good Earth Water Gardens, we carefully design our ponds around a healthy ecosystem. A little planning means maintenance is a breeze.

What sort of fish can I put in my pond?

Not all fish like the same environment. The Midwest can be a tricky habitat for some aquatic friends. But we’ve found some fish species that thrive in Kansas City:

  • Japanese koi
  • Shubunkins
  • Orandas
  • Sarasa comets
  • Comets

There are some area nurseries and shops that carry fish who love the Midwest. The Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City is a good resource, too.

Why would I need an aerator for my pond?

When a pond doesn’t have enough oxygen in the water, plants and fish suffer. But an aerator can help.

When you add aeration, your pond is clearer and smells better. Here’s why:

  • The amount of dissolved oxygen in the water goes up. Your fish and plants are less stressed. But these higher levels of oxygen are especially awesome for the beneficial bacteria in your pond. The bacteria will be more efficient and eat the gunk in various areas of the pond. And the bacteria won’t produce that icky rotten eggs smell. More oxygen = better smell.
  • The pond water is no longer divided into warm and cool layers. Aeration circulates and mixes water. That means you no longer have warm water at the top and cooler water at the bottom. You have fairly consistent water throughout the pond, and that helps beneficial bacteria do their job cleaning. Those bacteria tend to live on the bottom of the pond, and typically thrive when water temps are warm.
  • The water quality and clarity improves. When an aerator circulates the water and increases oxygen, the water looks clearer. Nutrients and debris are less likely to accumulate at the bottom of the pond. This gives the mechanical filtration a chance to remove this gunk.

The right aeration can help balance out a pond ecosystem. Want more detail? We’ve got you covered.

Can I put lighting in my pond?

Of course! If you enjoy your water feature during the day, imaging being able to experience the beauty when the sun goes down. Night lighting transforms the ambiance around your water feature into a completely new atmosphere.

We think it’s worth it to have a professional install lighting in and around your pond. But if you’re dedicated to DIY, it’s not impossible. Here are two things to keep in mind.

Get the right equipment for the job. There are many kinds of landscape lights, but be sure to select a variety that’s designed to work underwater. Also pay attention to the area you want to illuminate. For smaller, compact spaces, use lights that are in the 1-2 wattage range. For larger areas such as the length across the pond or a wide waterfall, lights in the 3-6 wattage range would be ideal. And remember that water dissipates light. So, you may need more lights than you think.

Make tweaks after nightfall. Water can be tricky, and even experienced lighting designers make changes as they go. Don’t be afraid to highlight plants or focus lighting on a waterfall … or completely change things around as you experience your lighted pond at night.

Is it possible to move a fountain?

Yes. We’ve worked with a number of clients who installed fountains years ago but weren’t satisfied with the location. The honest truth is that folks tend to get the most out of their fountains when the water features are close to the home and outdoor living space.

Moving a fountain takes some muscle. It requires you to carefully remove all the fountain components – the basin, the fountain and pump, and surrounding rocks. You’ll then need to stage these items at the new location and get working on installation. For water feature pros, it’s all in a day’s work. But depending on the size of the fountain, it can be a back-breaker for DIYers. Don’t be afraid to call in professional reinforcements on this job.

When you’re considering the location of your fountain, think about where you’ll be viewing the water feature. If you’re going to be sitting on your deck, there’s no point in putting the fountain in the far corner of the yard. Consider the terrain, too. Placing a fountain on steep ground can be tricky. Perhaps there’s a more stable option, or maybe a waterfall is a better fit.

Moving a fountain can transform your yard. Here’s a fountain relocation we completed for one family.

Do koi ponds need to be at least 4 feet deep?

This is a common myth – but it’s not true. Most of our ponds in the Kansas City area are only two feet deep in the center, and koi do just fine in the winter. We also know contractors as far north as Canada who say that two feet is OK during the winter.

We do recommend a floating heater and/or an aerator fountain to keep a hole in the ice. This allows the water to still absorb oxygen from the atmosphere and prevents the build-up of toxic gases underneath the ice.

Do I need to worry about predators around the water?

Predators can be a concern, but there are ways to minimize their impact. Around Kansas City, the main predators we see are herons, raccoons, and cats. To protect fish, we normally build fish caves into our ponds. These give fish a place to hide from danger. We have also found that heron decoys help keep herons away. In extreme circumstances, netting is an option.

To keep cats and raccoons away, we build steeper drop-offs into the pond. These animals typically don’t get into deeper water to hunt, so the drop-off is a natural deterrent. Fish caves are also an effective way to prevent hungry critters from snatching a meal from your pond.

Does gravel in the bottom of the pond cause muck and more maintenance?

No. It seems like gravel would cause these issues, but the opposite is true. Muck is a natural by-product of decomposing organic debris such as plant matter, dead algae, and fish waste. So, it will eventually accumulate in any body of water. Ponds without gravel can have more muck build up because they don’t offer the significant biological component that gravel provides: a home for muck-eating beneficial bacteria.

These bacteria are key to balancing any natural pond ecosystem. And as long as the water feature is properly maintained, ponds with gravel stay much cleaner than ponds without it. We always recommend using round gravel instead of gravel with jagged edges. Sharp corners could potentially puncture the liner.

Want to learn more? Here are additional details about the role rock plays in your pond.



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