There are many different reasons why you would want a water feature in your garden, this may be for aesthetics, acoustics of water or a focal point of your garden but there are a number of positive impacts they can have on your life. Water features are available in a variety of sizes, designs and they can be made from an assortment of materials. Here at UK Water Features we have extensive ranges of both indoor and outdoor features, there’s bound to be something you love!
They say that the sound of water is one of the most relaxing sounds and is loved by most people. This is one of many reasons that people flock to the seaside to hear the waves crashing on the sand, or visit lakes to enjoy the soothing sounds of the water. Many of us have water features in the garden for the same relaxing reasons.
A pond, water feature or fountain can have positive health benefits primarily reducing blood pressure and stress levels as well as improving physical and mental health. Water features which have been incorporated into landscaped gardens especially in hospital grounds are noted for aiding operation recovery time, reducing pain relief medication and reducing stress and anxiety. In today’s world which is full of technology, stress and pollution, any product which can improve our health is a benefit. Water features and ponds can provide a sense of calm and tranquillity and allow us to enjoy our surroundings a little more.
Water features, fountains and ponds can also provide a self-sustaining ecosystem for a variety of nature and wildlife, and can welcome more to your garden. One of the main visitors will be birds using your garden feature as a water source for drinking and bathing, along with frogs, newts and hedgehogs if the features are situated at ground level.
After the initial cost of filling a pond or water feature then they require minimal maintenance and cleaning. Water levels may need replenishing during warmer summer months to ensure pumps don’t run dry. Water features will need to be emptied and stored safely during winter to ensure the water doesn’t freeze in the pipe works.
Ponds and water features can also provide storage for rainwater, which can be an excellent installation if your garden is prone to flooding during heavy rainfall. This is more noticeable with ponds and larger water features, which may be have a plunge or pebble pool to store water.
Ponds are available in a variety of sizes and shapes if they are preformed, or they can be any shape/size you require if you’re going to be using a pond liner which can be adapted to your requirements. It is the same with water features, once you have a budget of how much you’d like to spend, and then you can choose the style you’d like whether that is traditional, contemporary or feature animals it is entirely up to your personal preference. Water features are available in a variety of materials including polyresin, cast stone, wood or stainless steel so there’s sure to be something you’ll love.
It is also possible to power your pond pumps, water features or any installed lights through a few different power sources. Mains powered is a possible option and would ensure that the pump or features were powered regardless of the weather conditions unlike solar powered pumps and features which are heavily reliant upon the sunlight as a power source and will not work unless there is sufficient sunshine. Another power option is battery powered, this will involve charging a battery pack to power your pump or feature then enjoy until the battery power has run out and needs recharging.
Finally, there are many benefits to installing a pond or water feature, depending on your outdoor space. Ensure that what you’re thinking of purchasing is the right choice for what you’re wanting. Different style water features will produce different water noises, spheres will produce only a slight noise where as a water blade will produce a lot more sound, but it will depend whether you need to cover any traffic noise or if you just want a slight trickle water sound.