Having a water feature in your garden or backyard is not just aesthetically pleasing, it also offers several benefits to your well-being and even the environment. Here are just a few examples why installing an outdoor fountain can be beneficial to your home or office landscape.
It Brings You Closer to Nature
Not only does the sound of flowing water make you feel like you’re near a river or stream, it also attracts all sorts of animals and insects to your space, thus improving your home or office’s outdoor ecosystem. As soon as you get your water fountain up and running, it will attract a number of beneficial wildlife. You’ll see various birds, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and frogs converging in your garden. If you have young children living at home, you can use the opportunity to teach them about the relationships between and among animals and nature. Now, you might argue that the water in the fountain will also attract mosquitoes; however, as long as the water is constantly moving, it won’t be too much of a problem. Besides, the host of other friendly critters will take care of this problem naturally.
Installing an outdoor water fountain is also beneficial to the health of any and all plants you may have in your landscape. And when your greenery is thriving, it will also provide better shelter to the animals that will become regular visitors (perhaps even residents!) of your garden.
It Gives a Soothing Ambiance
There’s a reason why people play white noises like the crashing of waves or cascading water to help them relax or even fall asleep: these sounds are natural stress relievers. The sound of running water acts like a psychological relaxant, helping you unwind, meditate, or simply just appreciate the soothing tones. This is a simple way to promote better health by relieving stress and anxiety. Flowing water has also been said to have positive effects to a person’s mood, further contributing to the improvement of one’s mental and emotional health.
Outdoor water fountains can also help mask other irritating sounds like traffic, construction noises, and even the babble of conversation around you. Couple this with the twittering of birds and other sounds from the animals that will be naturally attracted to a water source, and you will definitely drown out annoyances with more soothing, natural sounds.
It Helps Improves Outdoor Air Quality
During hot summer months, having a water fountain in your garden will help considerably in cooling the space down, providing much-needed moisture when the air gets too dry. This is beneficial not just for the people, but also for the plants and animals in the garden as well. Some studies have also looked into the capability of water fountains to produce negative ions, attracting dust and allergens and helping purify the air in the immediate area.
It is a Low-Maintenance Fixture
Pondless fountains like wall fountains or cascading waterfalls are easy to maintain, primarily because they don’t require too much water, since the water is constantly recirculated. Algae and bacteria also don’t have much opportunity to grow, because the water is continuously moving. A pondless water fountain or at least one with a smaller catch-basin is also a safe choice for young children, since these water features don’t pose risks like drowning.
It Can be Adapted to Any Size and Kind of Landscape Design
Some people think that you need a large space to be able to incorporate a fountain into your garden. Well, they couldn’t be any more wrong! There are various models like pondless water fountains and pedestal fountains that can work amazingly well in a small amount of space. If you have a corner in your yard that seems too awkward to use as a seating area, for example, you can instead repurpose that space and install a fountain there to turn it into a focal point. And whether you have a minimalist, Mediterranean, Old English, or even a tropical garden, you can easily incorporate a fountain into these designs easily and seamlessly without ruining the overall look. And if money is your concern — don’t worry! There are a lot of affordable options that you can choose from, especially if you’re gunning for the simpler designs.
So, are you convinced yet to install an outdoor fountain yet? With all these benefits, all signs are pointing to yes!
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