Having a beautiful outdoor area on your property, like a deck or a fire pit, is a great way to unwind and de-stress from a day of hard work. Studies have shown that having water, especially moving water, nearby when you relax makes it particularly effective. If you’re looking for a way to add beauty, charm, and energy to your landscape this summer, you should be considering an outdoor pond. Ponds are fairly easy to install, not excessively expensive (it’s an investment in your home and your wellness, afterall), and can be designed for any size yard. Read on to learn about the benefits of adding a backyard pond to your property.
Moving water is one of the best types of white noise. The sound of the pond and the moving water, while not loud on it’s own, is often enough to drown out competing sounds from the city or area around you. If you’re close to a major road, consider adding a pond to give yourself some sound privacy.
Ponds also attract animal and insect wildlife. If you love birds and butterflies, consider adding a pond with appropriate landscaping around it to entice them in. If you can situate it so that you can see visiting wildlife from within the house, even better.
Ponds are beautiful and that is a great reason to have one all on its own. They are also useful, which is great, but even if they weren’t having some beauty in your yard and your life is a good thing.
Adding a water feature like a pond to your property can help with temperature regulation. Water is slower to change temperature than air, so in the heat of the summer it is often a cool spot in an other wise hot area – not just for things in the pond but also for the area around it. The evaporation of the water actually cools the area around the pond and keeps it more comfortable.
Permaculture refers to land stewardship and a process for developing agriculture that is sustainable and self-sufficient. How does that relate to your little pond? In short, because a pond is more than just a pond. It could potentially be a place where you could raise or grow food. If the pond is big enough, you could raise fish or shrimp. Even if it isn’t, you could still potentially grow wild rice or possible cranberries.
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