Natural Stone Landscaping: Water Features
Creating a water feature using natural stone is the perfect way to beautify your yard and give yourself a small escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are a number of things to consider, however, before you jump into the deep end with these attractive additions.
Initial Construction – Water features require a great deal of work initially. Ponds, pools, fountains and waterfalls are all fairly labor intensive and require a great number of materials for construction. The cost of hiring a contractor can become high when installing something more complex, such as a large pond or a waterfall, but even avid Do It Yourself enthusiasts should take the time to consider just how much work is involved with creating a water feature.
Ongoing Maintenance – The ongoing maintenance for a water feature includes the water itself as well as the natural stone which create its border. Ponds of any size must be maintained through aquatic plants or chemicals in order to prevent problems such as bacteria growth. Waterfalls need to be maintained by checking the upright structure every so often. Any outdoor water feature must have the natural stone maintained in order to prevent them from being damaged by the elements.
Safety Issues – Water features can be a beautiful focal point for a yard but a family with pets or children should consider the safety issues these can bring. Ponds, for example, are inviting to animals and smaller children who may not yet be able to swim. If you plan to construct any standing water feature, be sure it isn’t easily accessible by young and furry ones.
Creating a water feature with natural stone is a fun project for advanced Do It Yourself enthusiasts or if you can afford to hire professionals it will be a worthwhile investment. Water features give families a chance to escape from daily life and relax. Taking some time to consider the pros and cons of adding a water feature will help you plan more effectively so that whatever you choose is a good fit for you and your entire family.