Looking to take your landscape design to the next level?
Giving life to your backyard can be achieved by doing many things. Planting trees and shrubs and arranging them to look as natural as possible provides a natural landscape to any outdoor setting. However, there’s one thing that will most definitely bring life to your backyard in terms of looks and sound, a Water Feature.
The sound of water flowing from a fountain or pond will bring life to your backyard as the water splashes over the rocks creating the natural sound of wilderness.
Water Features are a great addition to any landscape design. A properly designed landscape water garden can bring an element of serenity to your surroundings that is hard to match with any other landscaping feature. A landscaping water garden is not only pleasing to the eye, but the sounds associated with falling water, and birds enjoying your pond, are a great way to bring about a feeling of relaxation and tranquility.
Take care of your outdoor water features with these 5 maintenance tips!
1. Avoid direct sunlight
If you’ve yet to install a water feature, be mindful of sunny spots that cause algae and other nasty organisms to develop in the water. Sunlight also causes evaporation, so water features in sunny spots naturally require more maintenance – avoid the sunniest spots for a water feature to minimize maintenance!
2. Small daily cleaning makes a big difference
One of the easiest ways to keep a water feature well maintained is to regularly clean it. Even just checking it each day and removing any pieces of debris goes a long way to maintain the feature, preventing more significant issues from developing over the long term.
A small net makes this process quick and easy – give your water feature a once over every day or two for easier maintenance!
3. Test the water weekly
If you have a water feature that has fish such as a pond, then you will want to check the quality of the water about once a week. Water testing kits are affordable and easy to use, letting you know whether there is too much chemicals in the water that could harm animals or plants.
4. Change water twice a year
Even the best maintained water features need their water changed, so aim to do this twice a year for the best results. You won’t need to replace the entirety of the water, instead replace between 15-20% to help reduce pollutants, debris, and other organic waste. Doing so prevents unwanted growth while maintaining a healthy habitat for any fish or animals living in the water. For other features without animals, replacing the water helps to prevent long term damage to components and issues such as clogging.
5. Inspect water feature when changing water
When doing your twice-yearly water change, take the time to look over the feature for signs of wear and tear. Inspect pumps, filters, and clogs for any damage, blockages, or leaks, taking the time to complete repairs if you come across any issues.