You backyard should be your oasis, where you can escape the worries of the world and spend some quality time with your friends and your family. In addition to green space and landscape architecture, one of the most popular ways that people turn their yard into their Eden is with the inclusion of some water features. If you are thinking about ways to inject some peace and tranquility into your yard, below are four water feature ideas for your garden.
A miniature pond is a great way to add some life to your backyard. They make great complements to swimming pools and can end up attracting wildlife to your backyard as well. Ideally a pond should get between 4 and 6 hours of sunlight during the day so that the water stays clean and free of algae. Shade, however, is also important, if you choose to stock the pond with tropical plants and/or fish.
Birdbaths are another great way to attract life to your backyard. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and materials, and it is always fascinating, especially for young children who have never witnessed it before, to see birds bathing in your own backyard. Just make sure that you change the water every so often, especially during the summer, so that it doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Waterfalls come in a wide range of sizes and configurations and can be a swimming pool water feature, or a stand alone water feature. They provide both a visual and auditory feature for your backyard, and work great for creating an exotic feel, if that is the aesthetic you are going for in your backyard. Waterfalls can also double as jumping areas for the pool, if the water below is deep enough, or even hide “secret” alcoves that you and your guests can explore.
These are perhaps the smallest and most inconspicuous backyard swimming pool water features. You can get them in virtually any size pot, place a pump and fountain in and voila-you’ve created the tranquil noise and motion of flowing water. Usually the bubbler will have a hole in the bottom so that you can insert a hose, but if it doesn’t, you can drill a small hole yourself, and insert a hose into the back so that the water is constantly in motion.
Making your backyard look like a tropical oasis, or feel like it is hundreds of kilometres outside of the city is fun, and is not that difficult or expensive if you do a little thoughtful planning. If you are thinking about adding some great swimming pool water features to your backyard this spring and summer, keep the above four in mind and create a backyard that everyone will be talking about.