There’s something about water that draws people in, it could be the sound, could be the look of moving water, or it could be the fact that it’s a substance that our lives depend on. History proves that we as humans typically lived near a water source; we did this in the past to ensure we had enough water to survive day to day tasks like hunting, building, cooking and working. There’s more to water features than just being water, they’re amazing, living things and will bring you more joy than you’d imagine. Whether it’s a pond, pondless waterfall, fountain or recreation pond, you’ll love it from day one. Here are the 10 reasons why a pond or water feature is the perfect yard feature for you!
1 – The Feeling
The sound and look of running water is amazing, the feeling of walking into your yard and seeing and hearing a moving water feature is a feeling like no other. You’ll be relaxed and want to enjoy the feature. Bringing back childhood memories of when you were young and down by the water or feeding the fish. Growing up, most of us wanted ponds, if we couldn’t have one we tried to make due with a local stream, pool of water or lake but couldn’t get there often. Now that you’re older, you can finally have the feature of your dreams and if you want to, keep fish, turtles or other aquatic family pets in them.
2 – Brings You Outdoors
You’ll never spend more time outdoors, than if you have a water feature. Believe me, you’ll be finding excuses to go outside. Bringing a living, moving feature into your yard will draw you in and make you want to spend your free time outside. Whether it’s to work while at home, read, relax or do some yard chores, you enjoy your time outdoors way more when there’s a water feature.
3 – Bring an Ecosystem Into Your Yard
Ponds don’t just bring water into your yard, they’ll bring life. If you’re in an area where wildlife can access your yard, it can bring in birds, deer and other amazing creatures to your yard, great for pictures, or to just enjoy seeing them so close. Along with all the plants and life, your system is a living ecosystem working with nature to keep it healthy.
We’ve come to understand water and the way it works. With the right equipment, your pond will require next to no maintenance and have relatively low operating costs. Bring in the ecosystem ponds!
4 – Low Maintenance & Costs
We’ve all heard it before, ponds are a lot of work.. In the past, this has been true; people built retention ponds, holding tanks, cement or plastic pond inserts that cracked, leaked and would break. Finally with science and technology, we’ve come to understand water and the way it works. With the right equipment, your pond will require next to no maintenance and have relatively low operating costs. Bring in the ecosystem ponds! Ecosystem ponds are water features using mother nature to help the system rather than work against her. With next to no maintenance, and low costs, there’s no reason to not get a pond. Their initial cost is worth what you pay. With these ponds, the main expenses you can expect are:
Electricity: With high efficiency pumps these days, you won’t even notice the difference on your hydro bill for most features. Adding other features like auto dosing systems and LED’s you’d think it would be a high cost, monthly investment, far from true. You can expect a few dollars but unless you’ve got a large system you’ll hardly notice the bill increase. Typically $1 - $30 a month depending on your system and area.
Water: Water features are pretty straight forward when it comes to water. You fill in once and unless you drain it to clean it out, you’ll simply add a bit of water to account for evaporation. Add an auto top-off system to make the system less maintenance. Typically $1 – 30 a month depending on system size and temperatures.
Maintenance: Ponds need one major thing to maintain balance, a proper beneficial bacteria system. Adding a few doses of bacteria can significantly improve water quality, fish health and overall system health. Typically $0 - $10 a month depending on your system.