At Art of the Yard in Denver, we know that there are many factors to consider when choosing a water feature for your garden. Water features add interest, beauty, tranquility, and calm to any outdoor area. To find the right type for your space, you must consider the location, style, materials, and maintenance of it in advance. Proper planning will increase your enjoyment of the waterscape and satisfaction after installation.
Before choosing a water feature for your yard, think about the general size and shape that will fit in your intended location. By looking at the specifics, you can hone in on what makes the most sense. There are several directions you can take your new water feature in. Let’s take a closer look at your options.
Standard and Koi Ponds
A pond is a more substantial endeavor and can be built above-ground are below-ground. Below ground ponds look the most natural but above ground ponds are an easier build and can be safer for children. If you go with a pond, you can enjoy its natural beauty as is or make it a colorful koi pond.
Fountains can stand-alone or be part of another water feature element. You can design virtually anything using endless options for materials such as wood, metal, rocks and stones, pottery, concrete and more. Fountains and contemporary water features can even include a statue or piece of artwork.
These can also be either above-ground or below-ground. A stream is more of a babbling brook whereas a waterfall offers a significant drop hence increasing the sound the water makes as it rushes by. The difference is created by how far the drop is from starting point to the end. A small drop of only 4 inches will create the quieter stream effect whereas 10 inches or more will create more of a waterfall effect.
Complement Home Style – A primary consideration when researching and designing your new water feature would be maintaining consistency with your existing architecture and yard theme. If you have a rustic-style home, sticking to that theme will look more natural than adding a more modern water feature. Likewise, if you have a contemporary style home then a classic or ornate fountain may seem out of place.
Water Flow – Keeping the water circulating in your new water feature will be vital to keeping it looking great, the mosquito larva at bay, and aerating the water for healthier, happier plants and fish. Use a submersible pump to circulate the water. Be sure to consider what power source will be used when planning your outdoor water feature.
Wildlife – A new water feature may attract nearby wildlife including birds, butterflies, frogs, deer, raccoons and more. Take this into consideration when planning a custom water feature.
Maintenance – This will inevitably be part of keeping your new water feature in tip-top shape. A few basic maintenance items for a pond might include skimming the leaves and foliage off the surface weekly. If you have fish, such as koi, water testing is needed to keep them healthy and avoid concentrated levels of ammonia, chlorine, and other harmful chemicals. Pumps and filters need to be checked to make sure they’re operating correctly and free of debris. Finally, it’s best to perform a deep cleaning every spring and fall.
Choosing a water feature for your yard is going to be a fun process as there are so many options to choose from. Once you go from planning to fulfilling your vision, a water feature will bring enjoyment and interest to your yard. So, call the experts at Art of the Yard in Denver to help you design, plan and install a water feature. We’ll help you every step of the way.