Ideas For Adding A Water Feature To Your Yard

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Water features such as ponds and outdoor fountains give your yard a definite finished look. In some landscaping design styles, such as Asian, water features are a central element. However, a well-placed fountain, pond or water garden can elevate any yard. Increase the curb appeal of your yard with a water feature.

Koi Pond

Koi ponds are one of the most ambitious water features. The pond needs to provide the correct habitat for the fish. According to the Landscaping Network, a koi pond needs to be at least three feet deep and contain no fewer than 1,000 gallons of water. In fact, the pond should feature 25 square feet per koi. Additionally, a koi pond should be located in the shade and feature aquatic plants both for oxygenation and protection of the fish.

Backyard Pond

A standard pond is less ambitious than a koi pond. You can have any size pond you want, and include any plants you find attractive. Above-ground ponds feature a retaining wall that can be most any material, from poured concrete to metal to wood. Water lilies and lotus are traditional plants for a pond. Your pond should also include both underwater lighting and ambient lighting for the exterior. Both of these are essential for in-ground ponds to avoid a nighttime mishap.

Container Water Garden

A container water garden is an easy addition. Simply find a selection of water-holding containers, and set them up in the desired locale. Fill them with water, and add aquatic plants. In addition to the standard water lilies and lotuses, consider marginal plants such as reeds, cattails, water clover and forget-me-nots. Marginal plants have submerged roots, but the majority of the plant grows above the water.

Outdoor Fountain

An outdoor water fountain is another easy water feature to add to your yard. There are a wide range of fountains, from self-contained to pondless. They also range in size, material and style. Self-contained fountains are just that – the pond and all working parts are part of the whole structure. A pondless fountain, on the other hand, is one which requires the reservoir to be installed underground. Japanese fountains typically feature a bamboo spout spilling water into a natural stone well.

Because of the range of fountains available, they can go anywhere from the patio to the center of your garden plan. However, when considering the placement of your outdoor fountain, consider where the sound of running water will best mask street noise. Likewise, consider a location that allows the sound to be heard on your patio and even inside your home.

Plan to add your water feature as a highlight of your landscape design, such as at the center of a mini-garden or as a reason to curve a path.

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