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I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

Tips For Adding A Water Feature To Your Backyard

by Addison Washington

The calm, refreshing sound of water in the background will instantly transform your backyard into a quiet retreat, a place where you can quietly unwind after a hard day's work, or sit with a book on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Here are a few tips on how to create this paradise of tranquility right in your backyard.


Simply put, a pond is a pool of water in your backyard. There are different types of ponds, such as a simple, still pond or one cascading over boulders, creating artificial waterfalls. It can be natural looking or contemporary. You can also add some life to it with fish and water plants such as water lilies and violets.

Raised Pond

Instead of sinking a pond, you can consider raising one using concrete blocks, or bricks. You can make these in interesting shapes such as circular, rectangular, or triangular. Note that the higher the sides, the stronger a foundation you'll need. You can extend the sides to convert them into seats.

Contemporary Pond

For a contemporary look, consider installing a stainless steel wall with water flowing down in neat lines, into a pool of pebbles below. This type of pond is durable, easy to install and maintain. Add some lighting to complete the super sleek contemporary look.

Waterfall without a Pond

It typically comprises of a waterfall cascading over rocks and disappearing into a hidden reservoir. It provides the sound of water, without the hassle of maintaining a pond.


They are simple and economical. They typically comprise of a basin at the bottom of which you install a pump. This pump forces water through narrow outlets to form a fountain.

Fountain pumps use electricity so you must take the necessary precautions to avoid a short or electrocution. You can play around with the water to form different shapes such as mushrooms or tulips. You can also create a statue and have the water falling over it.

Tabletop fountains are ideal for small gardens or patios. To create a rock fountain, use granite or cast stone. Granite is durable, easy to clean, and resistant to cold weather.


Water jets and wall spouts are ideal where space is limited and where there are children. You don't want to run the risk of having them fall into pools of water.

For that ideal relaxation, a water feature in your garden is the way to go. Consult your landscaping and hardscaping services for help. You'll no longer need to escape to El Dorado to find peace and quiet. It'll be right there in your backyard.