Few landscape features draw as much attention as water, whether it’s a waterfall, reflecting pool, koi pond, or fountain. Here are seven reasons to add water features to your South Whitehall, PA, landscape design project.
Peace and Tranquility
The sound of running water has a calming effect that helps you de-stress after a hectic day at work. Water is a natural source of white noise that masks the sounds of traffic or noisy neighbors, which further adds to the serenity. Water features make any corner of your yard into a secluded meditation retreat where you can unplug from the world.
For a serene atmosphere, consider surrounding your water feature with lush plantings, a living wall to create seclusion, an arched bridge to give you a different perspective, soft lighting such as hanging lanterns, as well as comfortable seating that invites lingering.
Boost Curb Appeal
Make your property stand out for buyers by adding water to your landscape. Water features add charm, ambience, and visual interest. Bring in a few comfortable chairs, and prospective buyers can’t help but imagine themselves enjoying relaxing summer days by the water.
Here’s a helpful tip: If you’re thinking of selling in the near future, realtors report that many buyers prefer low-maintenance water features such as pondless waterfalls over higher-maintenance features such as pools.
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Songbirds and small animals are drawn to water. Finches, cardinals, bluebirds, and other colorful songbirds will be attracted to your yard when there’s a water source. And it’s understandable why: Trees and shrubbery near your water feature gives birds a place to perch and hide, while adding to the serene woodland feel you have curated.
Add Beauty and Drama
Depending on the vibe you’re going for, use water to make it happen. A tranquil koi pond or reflecting pool invites serene contemplation. A waterfall, especially when illuminated at night, makes a bold statement, while a babbling brook invites kids, pets, and adults to play. A multi-tiered fountain invites songbirds and gives your backyard a charming appeal.
Lighting is everything when it comes to drama. Underwater lighting creates beautiful dancing shadows after dark, and spotlighting waterfalls will highlight the movement that only water can bring to your landscape.
A Place to Chill
Pools are great, but they’re not for everyone. A simpler alternative could be a fountain that you could stick your feet into and cool off without having to put on a swimming suit. Such a water feature could certainly make hot summer days much more pleasant.
Kid and Pet Playground
Give your kids—and perhaps even your dog—a place to splash and cool off. It would make for a lot of happy, tired faces at the end of the day! Natural water features such as a small brook or waterfall are perfectly suited for carefree romps and splashing good fun. Be sure to include safety features to keep everyone safe when supervision is not available.
Water features invite artistic expression. A fountain where water cascades down a curved wall, over a gazing ball, out of a Greek-style ceramic pot, or down a slab of brushed copper—these are just a few examples of countless fountain styles could fit perfectly into your design style and let you express your artistic side.