Artificial rock + waterfall (photo courtesy of authenticrocks.com)

Arti­fi­cial rock + water­fall (photo cour­tesy of authenticrocks.com)

 

If you’ve been dream­ing of adding a rock water­fall or other rock ele­ments to your back­yard pool or land­scape but think it’s out of reach, whether finan­cially or logis­ti­cally, we’ve got some­thing that might change your mind.  Arti­fi­cial rock.

Now, wait. Don’t jump to the con­clu­sion that this is some hideous, styrofoam-looking fake stuff.

Today’s arti­fi­cial rock is beau­ti­ful and very real­is­tic. Plus, arti­fi­cial rock is afford­able for most home own­ers and easy to install.… Think no back hoes destroy­ing your lawn to bring in huge boulders.

Arti­fi­cial rock for­ma­tions and water­falls are easy to install because they are mod­u­lar, durable and light­weight in most designs. Rock for­ma­tions with or with­out water­falls come in an assort­ment of shapes and sizes to fit any bud­get or back­yard, and can tie into other kit acces­sories to com­plete the entire pool.  You can even blend them with real rock for added inter­est and versatility.

But will they really look real­is­tic?  Most arti­fi­cial rock is actu­ally cast from molds that are made from impres­sions of real rocks.  So the answer is yes.  And here is another tip for adding the look and feel of “real” to your rock fea­ture…plants.  It is a com­mon mis­take, when adding arti­fi­cial rock for­ma­tions to the side of a pool, to not soften the edges with plantings.

The key here is lay­er­ing.  Include at least three lay­ers: short, medium or tall along with a vari­ety of col­ors and leaf shapes. This adds inter­est, soft­ness and cre­ates more of an oasis effect for your water/rock fea­ture. Oh, and don’t put the plants that drop leaves eas­ily right next to the water’s edge. You’ll thank us later for this one–and  keep­ing your cleanup to a minimum.

Your pool is the focal point of your back yard.  Arti­fi­cial rock is a great way to cre­ate even more of the peace­ful escape and beau­ti­ful space you desire.

As always, if you have any ques­tions, give us a call!

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