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Which Water Feature Is Right For You?


Interested in a water feature for your backyard? A water feature can come in the form of a fishpond, waterfall, fountain, or even a bird bath. It’s something that brings the sights, sounds, and even the smell of water to a piece of property. I thought I’d use this week’s post to show you some interesting water features that are worth considering for your own backyard.

A Backyard Fishpond

Is there anything more relaxing than watching lily pads float on a small fishpond? A fishpond is an ideal choice for backyards of all sizes. A fishpond can occupy one corner of an intimate backyard or take up several feet of space in a sprawling backyard. In my opinion, one of the best things about a fishpond is you can be as creative as you want when choosing the plants, rocks, fish, and even the lighting that will be a part of the scene. One downside of having a fishpond is that they can sometimes develop algae that can cause the pond to take on an unpleasant odor. Also, raccoons, dogs, and other creatures sometimes invade fishponds to steal fish and tear up the plant life. But a fishpond is still an ideal option if you want a relaxing place to sit and watch colorful fish.

A Backyard Waterfall

If you want to take a basic fishpond scene a step further, you may consider putting in a fishpond with a waterfall. I think that waterfalls add beauty to a backyard fishpond, don’t you? They also help to circulate the water, which can prevent algae from forming on the pond’s liner. There are many attractive designs for waterfalls. A waterfall can be a small spillway disguised by decorative rocks at one end of your pond. Or you may opt for a more elaborate waterfall with water cascading down several stone steps. Though there are many benefits of having a waterfall in a fishpond, there are some drawbacks. For one, sometimes, the pump that operates the waterfall can malfunction, which may require you to remove it from beneath the water and reinstall a replacement. Also, if a waterfall involves an arrangement of stones, they can sometimes be pushed out of their arrangement by dogs, deer, and other animals. I think these risks are minimal compared to the enjoyment you can get from a backyard waterfall.

A Container Fountain

What if you’re interested in a water feature for your backyard, but you don’t really want a fishpond? I’d say that a container fountain may be just what you’re looking for. This is essentially an attractive container with a fountain at its top. These containers are available in all sorts of designs. You could get one that looks like a large Grecian urn, an old-fashioned barrel, or even an elegant planter. There is a pump inside the container that keeps the water flowing. Depending on the container’s design, the area around the fountain may feature decorative stones or flowers. A container fountain is a great idea for a homeowner who wants to go with a simple water feature for the garden. One disadvantage of having a container fountain is that the lighter ones can be knocked over and broken by pets or even older children. Plus, if you purchase one that sits low to the ground, don’t be surprised if the family dog claims it as its own personal drinking fountain!

I hope you feel inspired by these water feature ideas. Why not add a little splash to your backyard this year? Thanks for reading. – Alan

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