6 Tips for Caring for your Outdoor Water Features

This guide explains the ins and outs of water features, care, and periodic maintenance to keep it healthy

Fountains and other water features in the backyard can be a fantastic addition to your home. Having a fountain can add a lot more visual interest to your yard, and it can become a haven for local birds and other wildlife. The sound of a fountain is relaxing as well. However, before you choose a fountain, you have quite a bit to consider in terms of styles and size. You also need to make sure you maintain the fountain properly so it lasts for years.


Choose the Right Size

The first thing you need to do is to consider the amount of space you have available for the fountain and where you will put it. If you have a large backyard, you could choose a relatively small water feature and use the other area for the lawn, your garden, and more. However, you might want to choose a larger pond. Think about how you use your yard now and choose a fountain that works for your needs and the space that you have.


Garden fountain


Material and Style

You have a wide range of different styles and materials from which you can choose. You might want to go with a very natural look that includes stones, or fake stones, in and around the water feature. However, there are a number of other options for fountains and water features. You can find copper fountains, and even fountains made from bamboo. You may want to choose a synthetic material instead, such as fiberglass.


Old stone fountain closeup with dripping water


When you are choosing the material, it is important to research the material to determine whether it will work well in your climate. If you are in an area where it snows and freezes in the winter, you need to have a material that can withstand these fluctuations, such as stone. Bamboo would not do well in those conditions.


Zen Fountain



It is also important to consider how much you can afford for your fountain. Knowing your budget ahead of time will help you choose a size and material. Having a good quality fountain doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but you will find that some materials are costlier than others.


Notebook, calculator, pencil and coins


Premade Fountains or DIY Fountains?

While many people who are interested in fountains and water features will be able to find a premade option that works for their needs and their budget, you might want to create something that’s a little more personal. Perhaps you would like to create the fountain from the ground up. It’s possible, and you can find the materials you need, such as the base and the pump, online. You can also find online tutorials and videos that can show you how to create your own water feature. Keep in mind that this will take quite a bit more work than simply filling a fountain with water and plugging it in, but not so much work that it won’t be fun to construct – and you will have a one-of-a-kind fountain, as well!


English garden fountain


Electric or Solar Power?

Electric fountains and water features are common. Most of the fountains need to have some type of power source to keep the water circulating through the pump. However, you might want to consider getting a solar powered fountain instead, as it can save you some money on your electric bill. The amount of the savings is not going to be overly significant, but if you are serious about going green, you might want to consider solar powered fountains. This can also give you a bit more leeway on where you place the fountain in your yard.


A small garden pond solar powered fountain


Simple Maintenance Tips

Most of the time, maintenance for your water features is fairly simple. You need to keep them clear of debris so that the pump doesn’t get clogged. A skimmer can help with this, although you might need to reach into the water to get some debris out. Adding some algae treatment to the water can help to ensure there is no growth.


In addition, you need to make sure that there is always plenty of water in the fountain so the pump does not burn out. If you are in an area that gets cold in the winter, you will need to drain the water from the fountain for the winter months and store your pump inside.


Decorative home water fountain in a bed of flowers


A water feature is a nice addition to any home. Just make sure you choose a fountain that works well with your home and your yard, and be sure to maintain it properly.

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