Adding a water feature to your garden will provide an instant sense of serenity and relaxation, but if the question of sustainability has been a deterrent it’s time to take another look at how you can incorporate water into your garden in an environmentally-friendly way.
Water is one of nature’s most powerful elements. Humans are innately attracted to water and its stress-relieving properties. The sound of trickling waterfalls has been used to provide a sense of calm in gardens for centuries and, if you’re a parent to young children, watching them engage in a watery ecosystem can be incredibly rewarding.
If your budget, space and time commitments are limited, you might think a pond is out of the question but it doesn’t need to be. Water features are on the rise in properties both big and small and there are ways you can achieve the instant serenity of a water feature with minimal cost to yourself and your environment.
In building a pond you are actually creating a little ecosystem within a confined space that reproduces nature. Birds, frogs and insects (both good and bad) will be attracted to your water feature but the good news is that if you take care of your new ecosystem the positives will far outweigh any negatives.
If your budget and your experience are limited, an instant water garden is for you. It’s as simple as adding water to a pot and choosing some water plants to plonk into it. But for the uninitiated there are a few steps you won’t want to miss.
For a quick, simple and stress-free water garden, you can start by creating a water feature using a bird bath. Not only is this garden relatively low on maintenance, it doesn’t require a lot of water to set up and it minimises water waste thanks to its largely still nature.
Once your bird bath pond is well established you can take your watery adventure even further by creating even larger water features using buckets, tubs and barrels to create living ponds. These, of course, come with their own challenges — keeping fish or tadpoles is fun but it does require an extra level of work — but are rewarding for both you and your environment.
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!