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Water Features for Your Garden


Water Features

Water features can add interest to a garden in many ways. They can add structural interest, a sense of movement, an interesting sound, and even a sense of fun.
Some common types of water feature:

Natural Pond
A natural pond needs to be fairly large in order for it to look ‘natural'. Also the larger it is, the more likely that it will become ecologically balanced. It is important to use the right type of plants to encourage this balance.
Natural ponds should have sloping sides to allow wildlife to get in and out and should be positioned in a sunny spot.

These can be a fun alternative to a pond but should be made look as though they run through the garden and onward and often look more natural if on a natural slope. They need an open pool or underground reservoir at the bottom from where the water can re-circulate back up to the top.

A raised water featureFormal Pool
A formal pool can either be raised above the ground or at ground level. Remember that if you want it at ground level, the soil from the cavity of the pool will need to go somewhere and may be costly to remove this from the garden. Formal pools are generally linear in nature and suit a more formal or contemporary garden. They should be chemically treated to avoid algae build up.

A rill is really a formal stream as the water runs from one place to another, but in a more geometric way.

Sculptural Water Features
There is a wide range of water features on the market from sandstone spheres to metal cubes where water circulates around a closed system with a thin film of water cascading over the side of a sculptural object onto a pebble surround and into a reservoir below.
These are safer for children than open bodies of water and can offer a relaxing sound as the water trickles over the feature.

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