Are you looking for an easy way to add a bit of elegance to your garden design? Water features can add a little bit of design to your garden, a soothing background noise and even attracting wildlife to your garden. In the past, water features would be in the form of fountains but these can now be a number of different contemporary designs using different materials.
If you are considering using a water feature in your garden, then there are some things you need to know. First of all, it’s important to understand that water features require a pump to push the water around. If you are using a solar version then you will need a lot of sunlight in order to get it to run, and if you are using electricity you will need to consider where the wire goes. You are also likely to require a professional to install the electrics to ensure it is installed properly.
There are a number of different water features you could invest in. The most popular being the water fountain. Fountains give a soothing sound to your garden without requiring the maintenance other water features may need. Fountains require a pump to move the water around and a reservoir at the bottom to collect the water at the bottom. This will usually be a statue of some kind although it can be in the form of anything.
You could also consider a ‘water wall’ or ‘pebble pool’, which has the same principle as a water fountain and can be freestanding or fitted to a garden wall. This is often a job left for professionals, such as garden design companies. Water walls can look really effective, but they need to be completed properly to ensure they work correctly.
We’ve already mentioned solar powered features, but these are becoming even more important in garden design. By using solar power there’s no specialist installation to worry about, so they can be easily situated on patios or deckings. The only problem, as we mentioned is you require a lot of daylight to make the pump work which isn’t always the case living in the UK, however this is much better for the environment and more cost effective.
Where to put your water feature is your next question. If you are using a solar powered fountain you will need to ensure it is put in an area with lots of sunlight, although this can be an issue as the water can evaporate quicker.
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