Have things been a little dry around the lawn lately? Has your lawn left you with a… thirst for something more? If your yard seems to be lacking in diversity, think about adding one of these water features to change it up a little.
Fountain Water Features
Fountains are a great addition to almost any lawn. They can be small or big enough to fit perfectly, no matter the size of the garden. Here are a few types to look at.
An attractive bird bath, these fountains provide excellent places for birds to wash off, displaying their beautiful colors. It also creates a soothing water flow sound for you and your guests to enjoy while you relax.
Similar to the tiered fountain, a self-contained fountain has its own water source and pumps to create flow. That means that it doesn’t require any additional plumbing. It doesn’t get any easier than that. They’re easy to install, easy on the wallet, and also an attraction for birds.
A disappearing fountain pumps water via a hidden reservoir under the ground. The water is brought up to the top of the fountain, where it flows down the exterior before soaking back into the ground, only to repeat the cycle. They take up less space, but take a little more work, as you have to dig and build the hidden reservoir, but they’re very visually attractive as well as being pleasing to the ear. They also use less water than other fountains, as the water doesn’t evaporate because it’s being sent back down into the reservoir.
Pond & Lake Water Features
A pond is an excellent investment for many properties. They can completely change the nature of the lawn. A pond will start to bring in beneficial wildlife as soon as it’s made. Plants and animals will form a healthy ecosystem.
When you create your pond, make sure to design a “beach” or a gradual slope into the one side of it. This allows the animals such as butterflies and birds to take baths at the edge, which is a great site to see on any day.
As far as positioning goes, make sure that your pond is located in a place where it will receive direct sunlight, but not the entire day through. Try to place it near some foliage that will provide shade at least part of the day. Also, make sure your pond is deep enough to avoid a total freeze in winter. Animals can survive if there is water at the bottom, but not if it’s frozen.
Shortly after your pond has been installed, add a bucket of water from another pond. This will bring in the right kind of beneficial organisms to speed up the creation of the ecosystem. And a healthy ecosystem will not attract mosquitoes. But if you’re worried about them, you can always add a fountain to keep the water moving and keep them from breeding.
A great way to add some serenity to your lawn, waterfalls have the beautiful sound of flowing water in addition to being able to be visually stunning. Whether you have one flow into the pool, the pond, or even into its own reservoir beneath the earth, waterfalls always inspire a little calmness and happiness in the observer.
Keep that Water Flowing
When designing and installing any water feature on your lawn, it’s important to remember the impact it will have on the animals around you. Generally, it’s all beneficial. But keep that water moving, as you don’t want to have a mosquito breeding ground on your hands.