Benefits of a Backyard Water Feature

Our backyard is large – it takes up most of our 1/3 acre lot. I love the wide open space it gives us for a small orchard, garden and plenty of room for our chicken coop.  My favorite part however, is the water feature that we added. Ours is fairly basic and was built in the course of 2 weekends by a friend just starting out in the landscaping business. It turned out really well and is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

Our fountain at night
Our fountain at night

We love having a water feature in our backyard, so here a few reasons to consider adding one to yours:

1 – The Sound: The constant sound of water streaming into the fountain from the spouts is relaxing. There’s nothing like it to help mute the noise from the road and lull you into a quick nap on the hammock.

2 – The Fish: We have five really fat and happy goldfish that live in our fountain. I originally wanted Koi, but after learning that Koi are happiest in water deeper than 3 feet, I decided they probably weren’t our best option. Goldfish are often found in tiny bowls and jars indoors, which is really sad because they thrive with more space. Ours were 5 inches when were bought them a year ago and now the largest is over 10 inches. Monsters I tell you!

3 – The Plants: Water Lilies are just gorgeous. We purchased a Colorado Water Lily and were able to split it this spring, so the pretty pink flowers now adorn each corner of the fountain. I just also added some Swamp Rose Mallow to the back of the fountain – fingers crossed that it does well.

4 – The Wildlife: Our fountain is the major water source for our bees, who love to land on the lily pads and sip the cool water during the hottest days of summer. The fountain also attracts birds, dragonflies, and butterflies with the sound of running water. Birds land on the spouts all the time and drink from them, which I love to watch from the house!

5 – Curb Appeal and Property Value: When you look out our back door, the fountain is the first thing you see sitting at the end of the courtyard. It’s a beautiful feature that adds value to our home and makes our backyard an inviting place to hang out with friends.

Can you tell I’m totally in love with this fountain?


2 thoughts on “Benefits of a Backyard Water Feature

  1. We want to add a pond to the backyard and hopefully I’ll find the time next spring to dig it out and prepare for it…thanks for the info on your water feature….there is no doubt that water is soothing. 🙂


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