Water features add ambiance and beauty to our yards, but that’s not their only benefit. They’re good for the environment in your community, your mental health, and they improve your property value.
1. Benefits for Wildlife
Adding water to your landscape will attract all sorts of birds and other wildlife to your yard, including those all-important pollinator populations. A source of fresh, clean water to drink and bathe in is essential for the birds and other small critters in town.
Depending on your water feature’s size, you may get to watch the lifecycle of other wildlife, such as tadpoles turning to frogs. Larger water features, such as a pond or tumbling brook, offer a variety of water access for different animals. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinator insects need really shallow access places, whereas birds usually like a few inches of water to splash in. You can also add fish to a larger pond. Pond fish are beautiful and relaxing to watch.
2. Benefits for Your Landscape
You can add a water feature to your yard in various ways, regardless of the size of your outdoor space. Even a tiny yard can have a small fountain tucked away in the corner of your backyard getaway. There are many beautiful pre-made fountains available, or you can work with our professional design team to create a custom water feature that perfectly suits your style.
The sound of running water is also the perfect white noise. It helps you feel connected to nature, while masking out the urban noise pollution, lowering your stress levels. Running water is also a critical element in the philosophy of Feng Shui because it symbolizes abundance and prosperity. The philosophy says that having running water nearby attracts wealth to our lives.
3. Benefits for Mental Health
Water features have positive benefits for your own health as well. The sound of running water has been proven to have a calming effect, helping people to relax. These sounds not only relax you, but also help you focus better, and reduce mental clutter in your brain.
Listening to running water can help you be more mindful of the present moment and slow down your breathing, promoting positive mental health. Water running also creates a continuous flow of negative ions, helping to improve air quality. Exposure to negative ions improves oxygen levels and mental alertness.
4. Benefits for Your Home
If you have a larger water feature, it can also add a fun new type of gardening to your life with so many interesting water plants to choose from.
Water features also improve property value and boost the curb appeal of your home. There are endless ways to incorporate water into your landscape design, whether you’d like a gently gurgling fountain, a large waterfall flowing into a pond, or a cascading series of small pools on a slope.
Are Water Features Hard to Maintain?
Contrary to popular belief, water features do not have to be high maintenance. Our experienced crews can perform all your annual maintenance to keep your water feature running smoothly all season long. In the fall, we’ll shut it down properly, blow out all the lines, and make sure your pump is dry and safe. In the spring, we’ll get everything set up and running perfectly again. All you need to do is occasionally clean up debris that might land in your water feature.
Don’t let the worry of maintaining a new system put you off of having a water feature. We can design something so easy you’ll never have to worry about it. Stop by the garden center to see some of the beautiful water features we’ve built in the past, and have a chat with our landscaping experts to see how you can add the benefits of a water feature to your Quad Cities backyard.