Beaches, rivers, lakes– we’ve always loved water. There’s just something so relaxing about sitting near a body of water, watching it flow by. We can’t all be lucky enough to live at the beach or on a river, but we can bring the water into our yards with some creative landscaping. Check out these great ideas for landscaping with water for all sizes of yards and budgets.
Small: Bird Bath
A bird bath is an easy and affordable way to bring water into even the smallest of spaces. Purchase a bird bath that is at least three feet high, as some birds don’t like to spend a lot of time close to the ground. There are two main types: those that use still water and those that use a pump to create a flow. The still water variety is a simpler and cheaper option, but it also requires regular cleanings so that it does not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Creating water flow with a pump keeps mosquitoes at bay, and the sound of trickling water might attract more birds to your yard than a still bath alone. Either way, placing a bird bath amid trees or tall bushes will give your feathered friends a great place to stop and visit, and add beauty to your yard at the same time.
A small bird bath with a pump can also function as a fountain, but if you’re looking for something a bit bigger, there are lots of options out there. Some fountains are made of concrete or stone and come pre-assembled. Others require a bit of construction on your part but allow for more creativity. You can create cascading fountains that flow from a higher pool to a smaller one, and fill them with lily pads or outdoor fish. Or use a large flat fountain to create your own personal wishing well. Standalone fountains make great additions to flower beds, while DIY creations often become focal points of their own.
Large: Man Made Pond
Got a lot of space? If you want to add water to your property, why not go all in and dig your very own pond? This is an incredible way to add beauty as well as value to your land. Once your pond is established, you can bring in fishing favorites like catfish and enjoy early mornings and lazy afternoons fishing with your family. You’ll also find that ponds attract many different kinds of wildlife, like deer and Canadian geese. It’s an accent unlike any other that your family will no doubt enjoy for years to come.