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How to Add Water Features to Your Backyard

A Mini Wildlife Preserve and Calming Retreat from the Rat Race

© 2012 by Sarah Harris; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

A waterfall and garden pond; photo courtesy Tomwsulcer

Any backyard can have its tranquility factor increased exponentially simply by adding some water features. The pleasant sound of a gently babbling brook is a relaxing sound that we all resonate with.

A quietly dribbling fountain can make even a busy city space feel like a tranquil Zen garden, and what’s great is that they’re not always so complicated or tough to add.

From fountains to ponds, there are a variety of different things you can add or change in your backyard to add some water features that will bring both style and atmosphere to your outdoor living area in spades.

The Benefits of a Backyard Fountain

Fountains are an incredibly easy way to decorate your backyard with water. A fountain will add physical beauty and a gentle, natural soundtrack that everyone will love.

What’s best is that for you, the homeowner, the fountain is a relatively low-maintenance and low-impact way to add water features to your backyard.

An urn fountain makes economical use of limited space; photo coutesy Sarah Harris The water is constantly running, so you don’t have to deal with problems that typically arise as a result of stagnation. They don’t require too much cleaning, and maintenance is relatively easy to take care of, as well.

You might want to have a fountain professionally cleaned or maintained once every year or so, depending on its size, but compared to other water features, a fountain will allow you to have an easy time adding water to your yard.

Coordinate Landscaping with Your Water Feature

For a fountain or a pond, the effect can only reach its full potential when the look is coordinated with its surroundings. You might want to work with a professional landscaper for this step.

No, you don’t have to hire him to do the actual work; you might want to just employ him in a consulting capacity to pull your concept together, let you know what materials are available and help you to work within your landscaping budget.

Ponds can Add an Oriental Mystique to Your Garden

Many homeowners add ponds to their backyards to increase the Zen factor and add a serious bit of tranquility. What’s more is that ponds are great for koi, one of the most naturally pacifying animals ever to exist.

The thing about ponds is that they have a tendency to be as much a hobby as they are a decoration. If you don’t think you’ll enjoy keeping your pond in good shape, you might want to consider another option.

Realize Going In that You Have a Maintenance Commitment

Algae and other issues can come up frequently and easily with ponds, so you’ll want to make sure you’re taking good care of your pond on a very regular basis.

Weekend projects are also a great way to get water features added to your backyard, and if you think you’re handy enough you might very well be able to build a pond or a fountain yourself.

If you elect to have your pond installed for you by professionals, then make sure you remember to really pick their brains about maintenance and upkeep.

This way you can make sure you keep the upper hand, and avoid costly emergency services to clean up messy algae problems or clogged filters. Whatever your choice, water features make a great addition to just about any backyard.

You can build anything from waterfalls to floor water features to create just the right atmosphere, adding a little peace or tranquility just about anywhere you might need to.

Doing your research is important, but if you make sure you to stay on top of maintenance, water features can bring a beautiful touch of peaceful atmosphere to any backyard.

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