Water is known for its soothing effects, so adding a classic pond or fountain to your yard could provide the comfort your family needs after a long day at school or work. However, different types of water features are right for different yards — personal preference, yard shape, size, and structure can all influence which type of water feature is right for you. Here are three common water features that you may want to consider.
If you’re aiming for a serene outdoor oasis, then adding a pond to your yard could be an excellent decision. Aside from providing a space to relax in an environment surrounded by nature, ponds also encourage flourishing wildlife and plantlife. Your pond will attract unique aquatic insects like beetles and dragonflies, and you can place goldfish, Koi, and other pond fish in the water. And, don’t worry, mosquitoes won’t be one of the species that frequent your pond if you take the right precautions — like adding small fish that prey on mosquito larvae, or including a filter to keep water moving.
Find a fairly open space in your yard (falling debris from trees will mean more time spent cleaning), and determine the size, shape, and depth that you’d most prefer. Certain fish, like Koi, only thrive in larger pools with waters a few feet deep, so be sure to check that your desired pond features fit the aquatic life that you plan to keep. Then, begin building, taking care to install the appropriate pond underlay, liner, and filters!
Water fountains are also a great option to add tranquility to your yard, but they’re easier to install and simpler to maintain than ponds. Additionally, fountains offer birds a place to bathe, encouraging them to enter your yard, carrying pollen that benefits your flowering plants. When deciding where to place your water fountain, you will need to take proximity to an electricity source that will power it into account. You may also want to consider factors such as surrounding trees and features. As they often do with ponds, falling leaves and twigs will add more work to the upkeep of your fountain.
After choosing a location, you’ll need to choose a design that you like and buy the fountain from a local retailer (or, if you’re up for it, build your own!), and find a fountain pump. Then, you’ll be ready to dig a few inches into your soil and install your fountain!
If you already have a pond or are thinking of adding one, a waterfall could be a beautiful and rewarding addition. If you don’t have a pond, or your yard is too small for one, you can also construct a waterfall in a distinct area on the property with a separate, much smaller and shallower basin for water to flow into. Pre-made basins are available to purchase if you’d rather skip the hassle of building one. If your yard has a naturally sloped area, this is the perfect place for a waterfall! Dig into the slope, and use large rocks or small boulders to create nooks and crannies for the water to pour through. Find the perfect pump, accounting for the size of your waterfall and its water pressure, and you’ll be good to go!