How To Add Water Features To Your Landscape

A water feature such as a fountain or small pond adds serenity and brings the sounds of nature to your home.

Some examples of landscape water features are swimming pools, outdoor hot tubs, a small waterfall, a rainwater harvester, koi ponds and water fountains.

The best landscape water features are low-maintenance or even self-sustaining and they integrate perfectly with the existing landscape.

What Are Landscaping Water Features

Water features, such as koi ponds, creeks and pools are man-made water circulating systems meant for delighting the senses, irrigation or even for human interaction, such as in the case of swimming pools.

Landscaping Water Features Benefits

There are a lot of benefits to adding a water feature to your landscape:

  • They entertain the senses – the sound of flowing water is long known to be relaxing. So is the sound of it and the way it cools down air on a hot summer day
  • Most of them, with the exception of swimming pools require little to no maintenance
  • They keep you and your family physically active by encouraging outdoors activities such as walking & swimming
  • They keep you physically relaxed, such as in the case of outdoor hot tubs
  • They offer stress relief – koi ponds and waterfalls
  • They increase your property’s appeal and value

Types Of Water Features

You can combine water features with your existing landscape in a myriad of ways. Some of the larger projects might require the help of a landscape designer and a specialized crew, while others are a lot easier to do and may not even require a permit.

Here are some the most popular water features:

  • Ponds
  • Reflecting pools
  • Ornamental pools
  • Water gardens featuring aquatic plants
  • Streams & creeks
  • Koi ponds
  • Waterfalls and pondless waterfalls
  • Fountains
  • Fire fountains
  • Small patio ponds or container water gardens
  • Rainwater harvesting and circulation systems
  • Bird baths
  • Rain curtains
  • Scuppers and sconces
  • Water jets and bubblers
  • Swimming pools and outdoor tubs
  • Natural ponds

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