A water feature can be a source of tranquility, like a Koi pond or waterfall. It can also be a source of relaxation and entertainment, like a swimming pool or a spa. Whatever the feature, there are some considerations you’ll have to take into account in order to get the most out of it. Of course, space will be a large factor, as will the price of installation and maintenance.
Some water features require little hands-on maintenance. Others however, may need constant attention. The trick is to balance style with function. And with safety. Pools, spas, ponds and waterfalls can all be safety hazards for families with young children and for the elderly. The good news is, living in Sarasota, there’s no shortage of choices. Practically anything you can imagine or have seen be it in a magazine or on television has probably been installed more than once across the state. That means the type of water feature you choose is entirely up to you.
Types of Water Features
From garden fountains to ponds to well to waterfalls, there are several different types and versions of outdoor waterscapes and features. Some of the more popular water features are lighted ponds and water falls and water fountains. Swimming pools and spas are likewise popular. Less ubiquitous are things like water wells and streams.
Mainly the differences are between motion and still, hardscaping, plants or fish. In general, there isn’t a whole lot of difference in the actual water feature as much as the maintenance.
Water features can bring interest, beauty and wildlife to a garden, but they also can be work.
That’s why many homeowners are choosing relatively small options such as fountains, bubbling urns and waterfalls, rather than ponds and streams, industry analysts say. —Arizona Central
As the nearby quote states, homeowners increasingly choose water features that cost less in time and money to maintain. However, there’s a lot more to consider than just maintenance in your water feature design. You’ll have to consider functionality–if applicable–as well as how it will blend-in with your outdoor decor and theme. These considerations help to narrow the list of possible landscaping water features and get you closer to the one that’s right for your home and lifestyle.
Choosing a Water Feature
You know well that your house will become a better place for you and your family to live in if you feel are near or part of nature. And, you can accomplish that by having good landscaping for your property. Dot your outdoor space with some flowering plants, ornamental plants and other types of plants that can grow and thrive in your yard.
But when it comes to things like choosing to add water to your space, it can be difficult to decide between a water fountain or a pond. Here are some tips on how to choose a water feature:
- Family, neighbors and friends. If your home has small children or even an elderly parent, practically any water feature can be a hazard. Regardless of its depth, it can be a safety concern. So, think about building up, out of the reach of children and eliminate the possibility of tripping.
- Know your area’s building codes. There are different municipalities in the Sarasota area, so be sure to contact your local permitting department. Or, hire a professional landscaper and they’ll take care of any permits you might need to install your new outdoor fixture.
- Consider motion. Waterfalls are a moving feature, whereas ponds are still. Think about what you’d most like and what will best beautify your yard. Most homeowners like the serene sound of flowing water and the features are easier to maintain because still water is more susceptible to problems.
- Choose a fitting water feature. Other factor that makes a water feature a great addition to your landscape is one that looks natural to the design. You should choose a style that’s consistent with the rest of your landscaping.
Lastly, get a grip on your budget. Know how much you can afford and include a ten percent contingency fee, just in case. This way, you’ll have plenty to dip into if there is an unforeseen problem.
If you’d like to integrate a water feature into your landscape design, then contact us. We can advise you on which features would best complement your outdoor space and provides you and your family with exactly what you’re looking for.
We are a full-service, professional landscape design company and serve all of Sarasota, including near Bayfront Drive, around Rolling Green Golf Club, along Longboat Club Road, and elsewhere.