No matter how small your garden space, there's a water feature waiting for you. Whether it's a simple fountain splashing on the patio, or a backyard pond with waterfalls and colorful koi, water adds a delightful dimension to any garden.
The sound of water rushing over rocks is relaxing and can deflect the drone of traffic or other annoying noises. Water features can invigorate a ho-hum backyard; plus they're magnets for watchable wildlife.
Before adding a water feature to your garden, think about your reasons for wanting one, as well as the amount of available space, expense and maintenance. Here are four different water features to consider:
A birdbath is the simplest, least expensive water feature. Select a birdbath that matches your landscape style, place it where birds can find it and you can view it, and add water. You need regular maintenance to keep the water sparkling clean.
Another simple, low-maintenance option is a self-contained fountain with an electric pump. Fountain costs depend on the kind and size. I've seen self-contained stone fountains hanging onto patio walls, freestanding metal waterfalls, and even tub gardens made from old wooden barrels. The fountain needs to be near an outdoor electrical outlet and kept free of leaves and other debris.
If you'd like a waterfall but don't have the space for a pond, you might enjoy a disappearing waterfall. This kind of water feature has all the elements of a traditional pond, without the pond. Water flows down a stream and over waterfalls. The water lands in an underground rock-filled basin, where a pump recirculates the water to the top of the stream. A bag of barley straw and charcoal placed at the top of the waterfall helps reduce algae. Add dry bacteria periodically to maintain water quality.
For many gardeners, a fish-filled water garden is the ultimate water feature. A backyard pond needs circulating water, rocks, plants, and natural bacteria to keep the pond ecosystem in perfect balance.
What would be the perfect water feature for your garden?
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