Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Installation Process

    • Introduction to Installation Videos

  • 2

    Fountainscape Installation

    • Aquabasin Installation

    • Stacked Slate Urn Installation

    • Stacked Slate Urn Enhancements

    • Fountainscape Install Quiz

    • Bonus: Stacked Slate Sphere Installation

    • Bonus: Stacked Slate Wall Installation

    • Bonus: Fire and Water Spillway Bowls Installation

    • Bonus: Stacked Slate Sphere w/Fire Installation

    • Bonus: Mongolian Basalt Installation

    • Bonus: Mongolian Basalt Fire Feature Installation

  • 3

    Pondless Waterfall Installation

    • Part 1: Backyard Waterfall Landscape Fountain Kit Overview

    • Part 2: Setting up the Aquabasin

    • Part 3: Installing the Aquabasin

    • Part 4: Aquabasin Plumbing Hookup

    • Part 5: Backfilling the Aquabasin

    • Part 6: Positioning the Liner

    • Part 7: Starting the Waterfall

    • Part 8: Hooking up the Waterfall Spillway

    • Part 9: Hooking up the Pump

    • Part 10: Foaming the Waterfall & Installing Lights

    • Part 11: Finishing Touches

    • Pondless Waterfall Installation Quiz

    • Bonus: Advanced Pondless Waterfall Installation

    • Bonus Part 1: Laying Out the Pondless Basin

    • Bonus Part 2: Excavation

    • Bonus Part 3: Positioning & Excavation for Pondless Waterfall Vault

    • Bonus Part 4: Installing the Liner & AquaBlox

    • Bonus Part 5: Backfilling the Pondless Basin

    • Bonus Part 6: Waterfall Design & Construction

    • Bonus Part 7: Installing the Pumps

    • Bonus Part 8: Installing the Waterfall Spillway

    • Bonus Part 9: Installing a Bib Liner

    • Bonus Part 10: Finishing Touches

    • Bonus Part 11: Pondless Waterfall Maintenance

    • Bonus Part 12: Hiding the Pondless Vault

    • Bonus Part 13: Tweaking the Lights

  • 4

    Pond Installation

    • Part 1: Equipment Needed

    • Part 2: Product Overview

    • Part 3: Laying out the Pond

    • Part 4: Locating and Installing the Biofalls

    • Part 5: Hooking up the Biofalls

    • Part 6: Excavating the Pond & Determining the Depth

    • Part 7: Installing the Skimmer and Connecting the Plumbing

    • Part 8: Underlayment and Liner

    • Part 9: Rocking in the Pond

    • Part 10: Attaching the Liner to the Skimmer

    • Part 11: Working with Stone

    • Part 12: Beach Construction and Edging

    • Part 13: Recessing Larger Boulders into the Edge

    • Part 14: Pond Edging Next to a Patio

    • Part 15: Placing Lights Inside the Pond

    • Part 16: Rinsing Out and Filling the Pond

    • Part 17: Building the Waterfall

    • Part 18: Connecting the Liner to the Biofalls

    • Part 19: Using Waterfall Foam

    • Part 20: Installing the Pump and Skimmer Components

    • Part 21: Adding Plants to the Pond and Edging

    • Part 22: Building the Waterfall in Front of the Biofalls

    • Part 23: Building Wing Walls

    • Part 24: Installing the Biofalls Rock Tray

    • Part 25: Connecting the Lights

    • Part 26: Installing the Automatic Dosing System

    • Part 27: Turning on the Waterfall

    • Part 28: Wrap Up

    • Pond Install Quiz

  • 5

    Maintenance

    • Maintaining a Fountainscape

    • Maintaining a Fountainscape Quiz

    • Maintaining a Pondless Waterfall

    • Maintaining a Pondless Waterfall Quiz

    • Maintaining a Pond - Part 1

    • Maintaining a Pond - Part 2

    • Maintaining a Pond Quiz

Instructor(s)

VP of Construction

Brian Helfrich

Brian has been with Aquascape, Inc. since 1995, starting out in the warehouse and working his way up to his current position as construction manager. He’s given hundreds of pond construction seminars across the country and is considered to be one of the premier waterfall builders in the nation. Brian shared his pond expertise as a contributing author for The Pond Builder’s Bible, published by Aquascape, Inc. Brian’s creative pond designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications, and Nature’s Garden. In addition, Brian has generously extended his pond artistry to several impressive, public water feature designs including Epcot® International Flower and Garden Show, Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and more. He also appeared on Nat Geo Wild’s “Pond Stars” series. Since 2006, Brian has designed and led the project team for Aquascape’s signature water gardens at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, much to the delight of show attendees. In 2009, Brian and the Aquascape Designs construction crew received the Silver Award for Excellence in Landscape from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association.