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Water, Water Everywhere: Guide to Water Features

Water features are one of the most beloved additions to any landscape, despite being one of the more cost-effective options for enhancement.

 Residential communities and commercial properties alike have seen growing benefits from investing in and installing water features, and major players like Google and Amazon are prioritizing greenery and water features in the building of new facilities. But we all aren’t Amazon or Google, so how does a water feature fit into your property?

 

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Water Features Defined

In landscape design and architecture, a water feature is anything that incorporates water into a hardscape or softscape or a mix of the two. Water features encompass a large variety of creations, but the most notable categories are:

  • Ponds
  • Waterfalls
  • Fountains
  • Streams 

Benefits of Water Features in Landscaping

·       Engaging the Senses water.feature.

A good landscape design should be appealing to all senses, and that includes sound. Water features, when done properly, can create soundscapes that are perfect for your property’s aesthetic. A large-scale resort with a lot of square footage may want the powerful and exciting presence of a waterfall, but a smaller retirement community may want the soothing benefits of a koi pond. Whatever the goal, water features, and the sounds they create, are an important part of creating an engaging and memorable landscape design. 

 

·       Environmentally Friendly shutterstock_100841605

Before installing a water feature, know that they come with some friends. As water is enjoyed by all species, small wildlife such as birds and squirrels will take a liking to your water features. Any unwelcomed pests, such as mosquitoes or flies, can easily be avoided using a water agitator. 

A whole ecosystem can even be created just for your landscape, with aquatic gardens utilizing the forces of nature and design to create living landscapes. The most recognizable of which is the koi pond, but anything from Gourami to water lilies can be sustained and displayed in an aquatic landscape. And don’t worry about the upkeep, an experienced landscape professional can include upkeep in regular maintenance. 

 

·       Boosts Property Value VillagesFountain

Not only are water features valuable for aesthetics and the environment, but they’ve even been shown to increase property value. This is tied to the competitiveness in both the commercial and residential real estate markets, making standing out a critical factor for buyers. Water features, unlike most other landscape enhancements, are surprisingly versatile and can be adapted to fit smaller spaces that may not be suitable for other enhancements. This means otherwise inaccessible or unappealing parts of your property can be converted into a valuable addition as opposed to a distracting eyesore. 

 

How to Choose a Water Feature

While there are several water features options to choose from, but you must choose what’s best for your property. You may fall in love with the idea of a waterfall; however, is it the best use of your space, and do you even have space? If not, be willing to change plans and go for something more suitable that works with your existing landscape. 

 

So, how do you determine the best water feature for your property? You should ask some key questions such as:

Does this match the style and feel of my property?

What parts of my property can support a water feature?

Where on my property will a water feature be the most useful?

How can a water feature help improve my property?

These might not be as easy to answer as you hoped, but the installation of a water feature is a complicated task that should be undertaken by professionals. You should always be able to trust your landscape provider and have professionals who care about your property like it is their own.  

With 30 years of service, Down to Earth has installed countless water features, from large-scale installations to small enhancements. If you want to make a difference that will mean something, trust the Down To Earth difference. 

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