6 Unique Water Features for Your Yard and How to Maintain Them
Water features can give your yard a cool, peaceful, and natural feel. If you are thinking of adding a water feature to your landscaping, there are many different choices. Think about these six unique ideas.
Zen Fountain The concepts behind Zen focus on reflection, contemplation, and freedom from material things. A Zen fountain is an ideal way to celebrate those ideals in your landscaping. Most Zen fountains have an effortless design, and they are made from copper or other natural material. Think about surrounding your Zen fountain with a low-maintenance rock garden, and you will cut down on the amount of yard work that you need to do. Create rows, patterns, or other uniform designs with the rocks and add easy-to-care-for plants in between. After you pay for the original fountain and installation, these fountains cost almost nothing to maintain because the water can be recirculated.
Koi Pond According to Russell Water Gardens, koi ponds can be built entirely underground, or they can be partially above ground. While they can be as shallow as 4 feet deep, they are usually between 5 to 6-feet deep. They have straight walls so that predators cannot walk into them and attack the koi fish. Maintaining a koi pond is simple because they have an aeration system, so you just need to backwash them about once a week. Making these ponds even easier to keep, no plants are placed in the water. You can, however, choose to landscape around the koi pond.
Wild Waterfall You may also want to construct a wild waterfall in your landscape. You will want to layout the size and shape of a pond using a rope or water hose. Then, dig away the area inside the rope or hose while being particularly careful to remove anything that might puncture a lining. Use the dirt that you have removed to build up an area for your waterfall.
You should also lay pipe around the outside of your pond and connect it to the top of the waterfall. Use the dirt that you are removing to cover the pipe. Either cover the hole with a ½ inch layer of newspaper or use a special pond underlayment. Then, add a flexible pond liner. According to the Sprinkler Guy, over-spray from a water system can cause unnecessary expenses, so be sure to carefully control the waterflow. Connect a fountainhead to the water pipe to help keep the water circulating. Place rocks along the hill that you have created for your waterfall. Use foam sealant to control how the water flows over your stones and into the pond to start its journey again. You can add plants and fish if you desire. Finally, add a water pump to keep the water moving.
Water Wall If you have an outside entertainment area, the soothing sounds of a water wall can make a great addition. The first step is to build a plywood box as a frame for your wall. Put a back on your wall with nails or screws. Add a plastic liner to each section of the wall. Build a base for your wall and install a pump so that the water will move back up to the top of the wall. The base should be heavy enough to keep the wall upright when the water flows, so add stones if needed in the base. Conceal the water tubes and attach one at the top with small holes in it so that the water can flow down your wall. You can attach greenery to the frame or cover it with solar lights.
European-Style Water Fountain If you like sculptures, then a European-style water fountain may be the perfect addition to your landscaping. Start by deciding which size of a water fountain is right for your lawn. Then, make sure that you have a flat area to put the base. Four Generations, One Roof recommends filling the area around the fountain with sand gives any water that escapes from your system a place to soak into the ground. You will need a pump in the ground to keep the water moving. Start by installing the base following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Continue following the directions to install the fountain. Then, decide how you want to landscape around the fountain.
Lily Pond According to Pond Clinic, if you love to garden, a lily pond may be a great addition to your landscaping. While you can make a pond directly in the ground, using a water trough or other large containers often makes the job easier. Start by digging a hole as big as you want your pond to be. Then, place your trough in the ground. Use plastic pots or wooden frames for your plants. Fill the pot or frame halfway with dirt. Place the root ball of the water lily into the pot. Add additional soil until you are within 1 inch of the top of the pot. Finally, sink the pot in the water and slowly position it where you want it. After a few years, you will need to replace your pots. Additionally, you will need to check to see which water lilies you need to bring inside during colder months in your area.
You can easily add these water features to your landscaping. They make great projects for many families who will enjoy them for years to come. Planning on Building on Marco Island or Naples? We can help! Give us a call
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