Gardens have undergone something of a resurgence in recent years. With the popularity of nature and gardening shows and to combat the stresses of modern living, gardening has increased in popularity. So too, has the garden pond. More and more people are introducing elaborate water features and ponds to their yards and for good reason.
After a busy day at the office, what could be nicer than relaxing in your own backyard, soothed by the sound of trickling water and mesmerized by beautiful koi fish? It’s good to be out of doors, breathing in fresh air. There is a significant volume of scientific research to prove that being outside is good for our health. This extends to our mental wellbeing, as well as our physical health. Surrounding ourselves in nature helps us to be more mindful.
- Sensory Experience
Ponds provide us with a sensory experience. Water is often associated with peace and calm and watching water and pond life focuses attention and distracts us from ever growing to-do lists and the stresses of everyday life. The design of the pond is also aesthetically pleasing, in terms of shape, style and the surrounding plants.
If you opt for trickling water or a waterfall, you can also benefit from gentle, soothing sounds. Even without moving water, you can still hear sounds like raindrops or fish and other pond life moving through the water.
Plant grasses and reeds around the pond that are known for their textures to add touch to your sensory experience.
- Reduces Street Noise
Building a pond with a waterfall can help to mask noise from the street. The sounds of falling or trickling water is much more pleasant that cars and people.
- Adds Value To Your Property
Having a beautiful, well-maintained garden not only increases the value of your property but makes it easier to sell. When looking for a new home, buyers tend to picture themselves living there. If you can build a picture for them, your home is likely to sell more quickly. And it isn’t hard to imagine yourself sitting in a beautiful garden with a water feature and getting away from everything for a few minutes each day.
Many people who create ponds don’t stop there; it becomes something of a hobby. The joy and satisfaction of creating a small microcosm is addictive and provides hours of enjoyment. It also provides an opportunity to research and learn new things. From the building of the pond, you’ll learn about different fish and pond life and the type of surrounding plants that work best, etc.
- Attracts Birds And Wildlife
The presence of a pond attracts birds and wildlife such as frogs to your garden. There’s nothing more pleasant on a summer evening than listening to the trickle of water and the call of frogs, as you sip a glass of wine. You’ll find that new species of birds will visit, attracted by the water and surrounding plants.
Ponds are relatively inexpensive to instal and maintain, depending on the extent of your plans. There is no end to the benefits of creating a pond to your garden. It’s good for you and good for your property.