A few years ago, my husband and I tore out our dilapidated wooden porch and had a stone patio installed. We included a fire pit and seating wall and it was designed in a slightly odd oblong shape to accommodate the area we needed to keep clear for the septic tank. After adding in decorative fence posts, grape vines and an assortment of plants you would think we were finished, right? Nope…as beautiful as it was my husband insisted it needed one more thing: a water feature! We did a little bit of research as to what sort of water feature we wanted to add (and what we could afford after throwing away many thousands of dollars on the patio!) and started with a simple birdbath:
A Simple Water Feature for your backyard
This worked fairly well for a short amount of time but in the heat of the Georgia summer it spends more time dry than actually containing any water. Or, if we have a particularly warm and wet summer it is an amazing breeding ground for mosquito. One thing I do NOT want in my water feature is mosquito breeding! So, we decided we needed a little bit of moving water and a bit of something living in our water feature besides bugs. We moved onto the whiskey barrel water feature:
Cam you see our lovely little Koi in there? The benefit of using a whiskey barrel and pump as your water feature is that it allows you to add fish and water plants like our water lily and and a few other plants we got at our local water garden store. Yes, the benefits of living in a big city is that we have an entire store dedicated to outdoor water features like this. And boy, do I get pond envy every time I go in there! The Koi are actually very hardy and even when we get a hard freeze they have been fine. As long as the barrel isn’t frozen solid they have room to swim and plenty of air for a few days. Of course, if you live in Vermont this might not be a viable outdoor water feature for you unless you add a heater!
Well, my husband has decided that our water feature isn’t big enough and has tacked a major outdoor undertaking: he is building a pond with a small river and waterfall. I have no idea how he is going to accomplish this but here is our backyard patio so far:
The benefit of him doing it himself is that we save quite a bit of money. The downside is that there is a LOT of swearing going on. I just remind the children that they are NOT allowed to repeat what daddy says. Ever! We will see how this water feature turns out. I have a feeling that naughty puppy is going to spend an awful lot of time trying to catch the fish and it is going to be fun to try and keep clean but I am looking forward to seeing the final project completed.
So, is adding a water feature to your backyard something you have ever considered? Here are just a few reasons why you might want to think about adding a water feature to your own landscaping:
Water Ponds Help You Relax: Having an outdoor water feature is a great way to unwind after a heard day’s work. The sound of running water is a huge stress reliever!
Water Features are environmentally friendly: Current research suggests that having a pond in your yard may improve air quality. The constantly evaporating water helps filter the air. It also increases the biodiversity of your landscaping, attracting animals and birds that enjoy a slightly cooler and wetter environment.
Increases your home’s resale value: Outdoor spaces are THE up and coming must have for home buyers and adding a water feature and a few benches and potted plants can be a big draw when you put your home on the market.
Creates a family friendly space: One of the things I love about our patio is that it is a relaxing and soothing place to gather with the kids. We sit around in our patio chairs and the kids play with the dog or just hand with us and enjoy a snack. They love to watch the fish in the pond and try to catch the lizards as the hide in between the rocks. Water features are just one aspect of creating a friendly outdoor space for your family to enjoy together.
Have you ever considered adding a water feature to your back yard?
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