Six reasons why you need a water feature in your garden and in your life!
Do you suffer from the worries of 21st century living? Mental or physical health problems; emotional stress; anxiety; high blood pressure or insomnia? Or perhaps you feel your life simply needs to tune into the calmness of nature? There are many reasons why water in the garden is a positive addition on many different levels, and not just in a 'cascade' sense!
Reason number 1: for the minibeasts
Friendly frogs need the occasional dip in a pond. They are a great friend to a gardener as they like to snack on slugs!
Firstly, there's the wildlife
aspect. You only need introduce a simple container and pop in a few rocks or pebbles to attract various life within just a few hours. Its amazing how quickly water features are colonised, particularly when you fill your vessel with rainwater rather than tap water. Biodiversity in a garden
is crucial to the health of the planet and it adds a richness to the lives of the garden owner and nurturer too.
Reason 2 is for you
See that smile? She's tuning into nature and relaxing. Water in the garden gives a great focal point and encourages people to rest awhile.
Secondly, for the soul. Water makes us feel relaxed and both the sight and sound of it is soothing. Its all about being back in the womb and the movement of liquid through the blood vessels. In addition, ancient humans depended upon freshwater sources for their very survival and we are therefore programmed to think of water in a positive light. Water means life.
Number 3 is a feast for the eyes!
Water in the garden looks great! Add a water feature such as a fountain and it sounds amazing too.
Thirdly, theres the enhancement of the landscape and visual interest that a water feature brings to an outside space. Never discount aesthetics
! A carefully-placed pond or fountain can provide a focal feature or perhaps a surprise for which an exploration is truly worthwhile. A garden that reveals everything at a single glance is rather a dull place in which to reside.
Number 4 is for the ears, enhancing the audio
Splish, splash, trickle and flow: the noise coming from a water feature can help to focus the ears away from less-pleasing sounds.
In the fourth place, a fountain
provides the huge benefit of reducing noise pollution from the surroundings. Flowing water produces its own sound which can be helpful in distracting and absorbing impacts of other noises. If you live by a busy road or you have loud neighbours or even barking dogs, a trickling, bubbling water feature focuses your ears on something far more pleasing. Youre not blocking out the external hubbub, merely giving your ears something more pleasurable on which to focus.
Reason number 5: cleaning up the air
A flowing fountain, stream or cascading pond feature actually helps to attract dust and pollen and keeps air flowing. It's good for the health!
The atmosphere and the air that you breathe can be improved by flowing water. It attracts dust particles and pollen
and helps to purify the air. The evaporation process forms vapour and this also has a filtering effect on the air around a pond. On a hot day the presence of water can actually reduce ambient temperature around it.
Six means success! Increase the value by adding a pond.
Research shows that a well-tended garden and a pond or tasteful water feature can increase the value of a property.
Lastly, a tasteful water feature can help to increase the value of your property.
This, coupled with a well-designed and maintained garden,
is a great draw to prospective buyers. It provides an image (possibly an illusion!) of relaxation, calm, happiness and wellbeing which can potentially improve the lifestyle of the occupants.
Want to be happy? Get a pond or garden water feature!
How to install a pond
Adding a pond to a garden is relatively simple. Making it look natural is the more difficult part of the process. If you garden on dense clay, youre halfway there already. It means that you might be able to utilise the soil as your waterproof lining, which will save you having to purchase a pond liner or pre-formed pond. Heres how to do it
The first step to making a pond is to dig a hole. You can also buy ready-made, free-standing water features too.
Dig a hole
You can decide on the size of pond that you require. Remember that water will always find a level, therefore if the ground is on a slope you will need one side to be dug down lower than the other. Position your hole away from trees and away from danger of intruding roots. The falling leaves will cause of lot of silting up and they are likely to add too much nitrogen to the water which will turn the water green.
Clay soil can be a bonus if you are hoping to make a pond in your garden. You might be able to do without a liner.
Making it water-tight
Puddle the surface
if you have clay soil, to compact it as much as possible. It means squashing the soil in order to squeeze out the air. Some people use a wacker plate to help them. Others walk all over their hole in their bare feet. Dont forget the sides! You might need to add clay to the surface in order to smear over any weak spots or cracks. In the old days you might have run a herd of sheep all over your pond so that they could do the hard work on your behalf!
Alternatively, you can drop in a rubber pond liner which will keep the water out. Youll need to hide the top surface, and this can sometimes prove a little tricky. Running it under the soil is the best method, then stabilising the soil using stones or turf.
Going with the flow
Even the simplest of fountains needs a pump. Installing a water feature isn't too difficult provided you prepare well.
A water feature
generally means some sort of cascade or fountain, which will need a pump. There are submersible pumps and external pumps, each with their own advantages. Do take advice from a pond expert if youre not sure. Then its just a question of connecting inlet and outlet hoses, filling your pond with water, priming the pump, connecting to the electricity supply and switching on.
The 'switching on' period of a water feature is always a hugely exciting task!