The ben­e­fits of wa­ter fea­tures in gar­den land­scapes

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Many home­own­ers as­pire to make their homes ap­pear as beau­ti­ful and wel­com­ing as pos­si­ble. Ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions may be high on home­own­ers’ to-do lists, and land­scap­ing is of­ten­times a key com­po­nent of those projects.

When plan­ning gar­dens, home­own­ers may ben­e­fit by con­sid­er­ing more than just flow­ers and shrubs while giv­ing thought to other el­e­ments that can breathe vi­tal­ity into their land­scape de­signs. Wa­ter fea­tures can do just that, as such fea­tures pro­vide more than just vis­ual ap­peal.

Aes­thetic ap­peal: Wa­ter el­e­ments stand out against the green­ery and fo­liage and can be used to cre­ate fo­cal points around the gar­den or yard. A sin­gle foun­tain can draw the eye, while a trick­ling stream or wa­ter­fall can de­liver wa­ter to var­i­ous spots in the land­scape.

Sooth­ing sound: Rain­drops on a rooftop or waves lap­ping on a shore­line elicit feel­ings of har­mony and re­lax­ation. Wa­ter fea­tures can bring that gen­tle sound close to home, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the am­bi­ence.

Brings tex­ture: Wa­ter has its own unique and fluid tex­ture that can pro­vide stark con­trast to blades of grass or the hard lines of ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments, such as per­go­las or re­tain­ing walls. A pond or foun­tain can soften lines. En­hance the nat­u­ral ecosys­tem: Wa­ter fea­tures can at­tract wildlife to a prop­erty. Birds may visit to take a quick sip, and drag­on­flies are sure to dart and hover over the shim­mer­ing rip­ples. Invit­ing nat­u­ral wildlife to the yard can add hours of en­ter­tain­ment by en­joy­ing the an­i­mals and in­sects.

Rem­edy prob­lem ar­eas: Rather than fight­ing with the land­scape, home­own­ers can adapt it. An area of the yard prone to soggy con­di­tions or flood­ing can be trans­formed into a pond or wa­ter­fall to work with nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

Fos­ter a pas­sion: Many peo­ple turn to wa­ter fea­tures so they can ex­plore the hobby of nur­tur­ing an out­door aquar­ium. Koi ponds are rel­a­tively easy to in­stall and main­tain, and the vibrant fish add vis­ual ap­peal.

Add a per­sonal touch: Wa­ter fea­tures are as unique as the home­own­ers who cre­ate them. To set land­scap­ing apart from neigh­bours’ homes, home­own­ers can add foun­tains, ponds or flow­ing wa­ter el­e­ments to their prop­er­ties. Dec­o­ra­tive wa­ter fea­tures also can be melded with pools and spas to help th­ese man-made recre­ational ar­eas seem like they were carved right out of the nat­u­ral land­scape.

Wa­ter fea­tures can take land­scapes to the next level with sounds, tex­ture, move­ment, and beauty.

METRO CREATIVE

Wa­ter fea­tures, such as ponds or wa­ter­falls, can add a spe­cial touch to the land­scape.

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