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Tips for adding garden water features to your outdoor living space

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a guest article by Allison Ryan, a freelance writer who specializes in outdoor and garden writing. You’ll find more information about Allison at the end of this article. Enjoy!


Tips For Adding Garden Water Features to Your Outdoor Living Space
By Allison Ryan

There is nothing as soothing as the sound of trickling water when you are sitting outdoors enjoying the peace and quiet of nature. Including garden water features like wall fountains into your landscaping plans does not require a great effort depending on the effect you want to create.

It can be a simple matter of having a small tub in the garden with moving through it by means of a small pump. A few water plants will give you a small water garden that you can enjoy during the summer months.

Larger garden water features include garden pools, if you have lots of space in your garden and want to take on a bigger project. Before you excavate the area where you want the pool to be, you have to decide whether you are going to use a molded or flexible liner.

Although the molded type of liner is a better choice, it is also more difficult to install because you have to have the hole the exact size of the liner – not the other way around. Flexible liners are easier to install and they can be adapted to meet the needs of different sizes of garden pools. When installing garden water features it is best to sit back and take a really good look at your garden to decide on the right locations.

You may want to simply have a pond around which you can place stones and flowers giving it the ambiance of an oasis in the middle of a lawn. Or consider outdoor wall fountains along the fence or patio to make your backyard that much more beautiful. You may have an image in your mind of a waterfall trickling down into this pool, which means you can make use of any sloped land for building the waterfall. If so, you need to choose boulders that match the scale of the waterfall and that will suit the surroundings you create. Boulders that are too big will mar the look you want to create and those that are too small will mean you have more work than normal in building the waterfall.

Fountains are very delicate looking garden water features. They are also available in such a wide variety of styles and sizes that you could have several of them in your garden to create a theme. Choose fountains that are replicas of statues from ancient Greece or Rome or ones of storybook characters or animals. If you don’t have a lot of space in your garden you can still enjoy the beauty of fountains because you can get ones that attach to the wall or fence around your garden.

It is easy to create garden water features with used wine barrels. You can bury one of the barrels in an existing flower bed so that you have a small pond with flowers all around it. Use another wine barrel to form the pool that spills into the barrel you have in the ground.

The bottom of the upper barrel will rest on the rim of the lower one so that it will overhand about 8 inches. A notch cut in the side of the upper barrel will provide the spillway for the water. Attach a pump and a source of water before you line the barrels with rubber material.

There are many exciting ideas to help you add garden water features to your lawn or garden, such as wall mounted fountains. These will enhance the appeal of your property so that you will love to entertain outdoors as well as spend many quite hours basking in its beauty.

Allison Ryan is a freelance marketing writer from San Diego, CA. She specializes in landscaping, home improvement, and gardening. For a beautiful selection of outdoor wall fountains or wall mounted fountains for your patio, please visit http://www.garden-fountains.com/.

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