Of all the changes in landscaped design over the years one trend stands out - the increase of water gardens. Spilling water over rocks onto floating lilies in backyards. Why do you think water gardens are so increasingly popular? Could it be because of the following:[list][*]People working longer hours?[*]With a still stagnant economy there are more tasks and responsibilities on their jobs?[*]The daily news headlines are filled with growing strife at home and abroad?[*]People aren't taking as many big expensive vacations and looking for something else to help them relax closer to home?[/list]There's something about your own backyard that the look and sound of the movement of water can instill an immediate sense of relaxation. A great way to take away the stress from work and the world's pressures, don't you think? It turns out that what was once popular comes around again. Victorian gardens in the late 1800's featured ponds. In the west they became less popular by around World War I. It wasn't until the latter 20th century that water features began to increase in popularity in more home backyard layouts. Besides the external stress factors above what else could help bring water gardens to more importance in landscape design? One theory approaches a kind of coping strategy of the increased ambient noise in a typical backyard. Try this experiment yourself. Just go outside of your home and listen, really listen. Does the sound of neighbors lawnmowers, weed whackers, passing cars, overhead airplanes and the neighbors booming surround sound at their backyard pool remind you that this isn't the Victorian era anymore? That's another reason with the right design the sound of water rushing over rocks acts like a natural sedative that helps wash away the numbing sounds of modern suburban life in the 21st century. I've also noticed that more businesses and hotels have invested in water gardens to set the inviting and relaxing tone to attract their customers. So find a water garden near you to run your own little experiment. Find a chair to relax, close your eyes for 15 minutes. Listen closely to the sounds of the moving water. Search inside and cast your cares upon the water. Take your own stress temperature at the end of your mini-retreat and see if your water garden experience made a difference on your outlook for the better as you leave to reenter the noisy modern world.
A water garden is a growing popular way of relaxing right in your own backyard - until it's time to maintain it. Everyone likes beautiful koi swimming around, until they are facing algae problems from the reflecting ponds they require. So what's the solution? How do you get the best of both world's? A relaxing stress free environment without timely and costly maintenance? Consider a pondless waterfall. Designed around your budget and space a pondless waterfall gives the illusion of a waterfall, the sound of moving water over stones, an underground or covered basin to retain all the water and a quiet recirculating water pump. With this design you do not have a reflecting pool. Some of the advantages of that include no sunlight producing algae , no mosquitoes laying larvae in standing water and less maintenance time dealing with algae issues. Another important factor is safety. With pets or small children wandering into your backyard there no real depth of water that could result in accidental drowning that is so tragic. The downside of this for fish lovers is no fish. They need an established body of water to survive and thrive. With the faster circulation of water fish are not recommended in this design. Consider with the right aquatic plants at the stone's edge you can attract butterflies and hummingbirds instead. So how do you save money with a pondless waterfall? The ability to turn off the waterfall when you are not at home or even in your backyard is one of its most attractive benefits. Even for longer periods like a vacation there is no harming the natural biological balance. This gives you a peace of mind for extended absences. A lot of pondkeepers, or should I say, waterfall watchers, use a timer. Just like you do for your landscape lights putting it on a time for say, after dinner to dusk hours when you are most likely to be there is a smart way to make it even easier to enjoy and maintain. Just be sure you have a way to quickly check your water basin levels so your pump doesn't run dry. The other tip is to put a 1/4 cup of chlorine or a hard tablet typically used for pools every week or two. This keeps any risk of water issues developing. For the best of both worlds - a relaxing sound of water garden without the hassle and expense of reflecting pond design consider a pondless waterfall approach.