Angie’s List: Bubbling Boulders


Outdoor living remains a hot home trend, and backyard water features are part of the revolution. This Angie’s List says there’s one unique way to create your own tranquil oasis.

The slow trickle of running water puts many folks at ease.

Water features like this 1-ton bubbling boulder bring enhanced visual and auditory appeal to a backyard.

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder, “If a water feature is done well, it can be a great investment for your house and can provide long-lasting relaxation to your family.”

Bubbling boulders come in all shapes and sizes.

David Gorden, Landscape Architect, Mark M. Holeman Inc., “Unlike fountains where they are pre-built, a kit kind of thing, this is its own thing, so there’s nothing like it anywhere else.”

David LaFara finds bubbling boulder candidates both large and small at Midwestern quarries.

David LaFara, Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply, “They have a lot of stuff, it’s all set up palletized ready to rock and roll, it’s all in lines. I don’t want the next in line, I want the best in line.”

After a customer picks out a rock, LaFara drills the holes where the water comes out.

Once placed on-property and hooked up to plumbing, it’s time for finishing touches.

David Gorden, “We’ll finish it up with decoration, there’ll be some Mexican beach pebbles around the base, there’ll be plantings all around it. When it’s all said and done, it’ll be a nice feature in a beautiful setting.”

Angie says you can get a small bubbling boulder installed for around 5-hundred dollars, while larger ones can cost 5-thousand or more because of the labor and equipment needed to move and place it

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