As Southern California embraces water conservation efforts, homeowners are encouraged to explore creative ways to make their outdoor living space sustainable.
True enough, an outdoor living space does not have to go against the environment. Rather, it should blend well with nature and still give your family a place you can enjoy for years to come. A garden pond is an example of an environment-friendly water feature in several ways. Here are few of them:
1. Consumes Far Less Water than Grass Lawns
While you need to fill your pond with water during construction and top it off occasionally, no water is wasted in the process. Water you put in is stored and recirculates. Runoff doesn’t occur and you can still recycle water for your other yard needs.
2. Promotes Plant Life
Ponds are self-sustaining. Plants thrive without the need for watering. Also, aquatic plants such as lilies use up nutrients, keeping the water clean and healthy. These plants also aid in controlling algae growth by providing shade and filtering sunlight, and at the same time work to keep the water temperature cool. This process works in favor of the cold-blooded fish that love cool temperatures.
3. Requires No Harmful Pesticides and Fertilizers
Ponds do not require the use of fertilizers for maintenance. And unlike grass lawns that need to be mowed and terrestrial plants that need everyday watering, natural ponds only require weekly checking of the skimmer box, and regular monitoring of the fish and for algae buildup as well.
4. Supports Wildlife
Garden ponds attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects and is a way you can let kids explore wildlife right at the comfort of your home. Also, contrary to the myth that ponds only breed mosquitoes, this outdoor water feature actually does otherwise. Ponds support a habitat for mosquito predators such as dragonflies. Mosquito larvae also serves as food for fish.
Needless to say, a garden pond or water garden transforms your backyard into a sanctuary where you can rest after a long day, listening to the soothing sound of the water in motion, watching your fish as they dance and play around.
An outdoor pond build project offers several benefits not only to you and your loved ones, but to Mother Nature as well. Don’t take it from us though. Hear from our clients how keeping a pond has transformed their lives and made them appreciate staying at home even more.