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Choose a Garden Water Features with These Tips

By James DeMers

The new spring is the perfect time to give your garden a makeover. Start planting some new plants and flowers and they’ll have plenty of time to bloom. If you want to give your garden a new look, one of the things you should consider is a water feature. There are many reasons for installing one, and most of them are to make you happy. A water feature can be incredibly relaxing, whether it’s a still pond, a gushing fountain or a trickling waterfall. They can add to the overall landscape of your garden, and lift it out of the ordinary. If you’re thinking about getting one, don’t forget to consider these important factors.

Still or Running Water
Your water feature could have still water, or it could have running water. Deciding between the two means more than just thinking about what they look like. There are maintenance issues with both types of feature. Your still water feature might be a pond, or perhaps a bird bath. One of the major challenges is keeping it clean. With a pond, selecting the right plants and using a filter can help to keep it clean. You might choose to occasionally empty and clean a smaller feature. A running water feature will require you having to hook up a system to keep the water moving.

Contemporary vs. Traditional
There are so many different styles you can choose from when you’re looking at garden fountains. A lot of people like the more traditional ones, which are usually made from stone. They can have intricate designs or be a bit more straightforward. They look fantastic in an English country garden or perhaps a cottage garden. Other people might prefer to have something more modern. You can get some stunning contemporary water features that will look great in any up-to-date garden. They can be made of metal or any material you like. They should look much more at home in a modern garden than any more traditional options.

Elaborate or Simple
Water features can be fancy and elaborate, or they can be more understated and simple. Which one is more suited to your garden is up to you. You might want to start by thinking about size. Perhaps you don’t want anything too big. But then again, you might want something that makes a statement. Your water feature could dominate the garden and draw the eye of anyone who visits your home. You could also place it out of the way in a corner, so you only see it if you go looking for it.
Another thing to consider is whether you want fish. If you do, your water feature will need to be a certain size. There are also other things to think about, such as feeding your fish and making sure the water is the right environment for them. Most people will choose goldfish or koi carp to keep outside. They can be a great addition to any garden, but you need to consider their purchase carefully.
You have lots of choices if you want to put a water feature in your garden. Think about the theme you’re going for to help you pick the right one.

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4 thoughts on “Choose a Garden Water Features with These Tips

  1. Great tips! I always struggle with taking good photos, especially indoors. I love your tip of standing up when taking a photo of food. I can’t believe this never occured to me!! Next time I’m going for lunch (or dinner) I’m going to try this!

  2. My husband and I finally finished landscaping our backyard which means that it’s time to add the water feature we’ve always wanted. We appreciate these helpful tips on choosing a water feature. It’s true that we must consider whether we want a still or running water feature, as well as decide on a contemporary or traditional style. Thanks for sharing!

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