Stress is a fact of life in today's hectic society. With the demands of work, school, families and a never-ending list of hobbies and activities, many find it nearly impossible to find a moment to relax, whether alone or with friends and family. That's why it's so important to create a tranquil environment to combat the effects of everyday tension on your mind, body and soul. Water is the most nurturing of all the elements, yet we frequently take its restorative properties for granted. By incorporating a few simple water elements into your backyard landscape, you can create a tranquil oasis to soothe frayed nerves at the end of the day. By utilizing water features creatively with pools, spas, water gardens and fountains, homeowners can create an individual and inviting sanctuary in their outdoor living space.
Fountains are the best-known example of a manmade object that compliments your primarily natural landscaping. A small pump submerged in water circulates that water and sends it rolling over the fountain, creating the soothing, bubbling sound loved by landscapers across the country.
Depending on what type of fountain you purchase, you could spend anywhere from twenty dollars to several thousand dollars. Simple fountains have only a small pump and stationary object over which the water flows. Extravagant fountains work with much larger quantities of water and may contain elaborate statuaries. For landscaping purposes, however, you'll probably only want a small fountain, which will include both the pump and the fountain. In addition, you should obtain a small pond liner (essentially a thick tarp) and rocks and plants to surround the fountain.
You can use your fountain as the focal point of your landscaping or pool remodel. Consider surrounding the pond and fountain with large rocks, and then planting flowering plants around the structure. You'll be amazed at the ways in which the water fountain compliments the rest of your landscape.
In addition to fountains and ponds, other water features are also very popular additions to backyard landscapes. Water is naturally very relaxing, so it makes sense that people would want to have water in their backyards in addition to their pool. Waterfalls are especially desirable because you not only get the look of moving water, but also the serenity of the sound of splashing water.
Adding water features to your pool also create a striking effect. A dramatic spillover or sheer water feature can be dynamic additions to an ordinary pool. Spilling over from a raised spa, rock wall, or any number of interesting places, water creates a spectacular point of interest. For pools with a view, consider a negative edge application, which creates a horizon of water with no visible pool wall. Not all features are available on all pools, so make sure you check with your professional pool builder before planning your features.
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