Revitalize Your Yard with a Water Feature
If your property wasn’t blessed with a natural body of water, why not add your own. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Adding a self-contained water fountain is an easy fix to freshen up a yard in which the décor is a little stagnant. If you have the time and energy to put a bit more elbow grease into a do-it-yourself project, landscaping and constructing your own babbling backyard brook is an inspiring and rewarding project to take on. Choosing any of the following water feature ideas will provide priceless relaxing ambiance and joy to your guests and increase your property value while you’re at it. All that’s left to do is pour yourself a cold beverage and kick your feet up next to your new at-home oasis.
A tasteful water feature can double as a piece of art, making it a great investment. Unlike DIY projects, water fountains offer instant payoff and years of relaxing enjoyment. A waterfall fountain can work in harmony with other water features in your yard when placed next to a pre-existing pool, pond, or stream. With the right mix of plant life and landscaping, a water fountain is a beautiful addition on its own.
Build Your Own Stream
The years of enjoyment you’ll get out of a man-made pond are worth the afternoon of set-up and weekly maintenance which will be required. If your property is on a slight incline, you can let gravity and gravel act as a natural filtration system for your stream. Just install an underground sump at the bottom end of the stream to pump the filtered water back to the top. For a more audible “babbling brook” sound, choose a plot of land with a steeper incline. Only a few inches of incline are needed for your stream to produce relaxing sounds as it flows. Once you have plotted the perfect location and dug a hole (use an irregular shape for the most natural look), simply line it with a waterproof sheet of PVC. Cover the bottom of the stream with smooth, flat stones to prevent punctures in the PVC and hold it discreetly in place. Then enjoy the soothing sounds of your own mini stream as it runs through your property.
This is an impressive and rewarding project for those who like to entertain. It’s especially a hit with children as they can learn to help care for a pet as they watch the fish grow over the years. Koi can grow up to 3 feet long, so be sure to give them a pond with ample space and fresh water which is filtered or changed regularly. Choose a flat area of soft ground for this dramatic new water feature, and buy a pump and a filter to ensure the water is a clean and comfortable environment for your fish to thrive in. Once your hole is dug and your plastic base is cut, placed, and hidden with soil at the edges, spray a protective coating on the plastic and allow it to dry. Fill the pond with fresh spring water, or tap water balanced with a de-chlorinator (read label for instructions). Then add gravel to the bottom, and beneficial bacteria according to package directions. Once your pump and filter are working and the water has been balanced to an optimal quality, introduce your fish and enjoy!
- Brady Draper