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Spring water fountains

In preparation for spring thoughts of a water fountain keep coming to mind. I have wanted to add a water feature to my garden for several years but have continually put it off because of the cost.  T...

In preparation for spring thoughts of a water fountain keep coming to mind.

I have wanted to add a water feature to my garden for several years but have continually put it off because of the cost.  Then recently a new neighbor moved in next door.  He enjoys gardening as well and, in a matter of two months, he added a beautiful water feature to his yard.  After admiring his project for several weeks I finally had the courage to ask him how much such a beautiful water feature cost to install.  To my shock and amazement he said that he spent around $150.  $150???  Not $1000, not even $500.  How was this possible???  For that price I knew I could add one to my garden right away.  When I asked him where and how did he get such a find he told me that he built it himself.  He explained in detail how to build and set up the water feature and it sounded easy enough.  I made a list of supplies that I would need.

The next weekend I built a similar water feature in my own garden.  It has added beauty to our backyard and relaxation to our life.  Now we actually step outside onto our back patio no matter what the weather is just to admire and listen to the bubbling water.  The moving water becomes mesmerizing as you watch it fall over the stones and splash into the pool of water.  The sounds, the movement, and the sunlight reflecting off the water are completely relaxing. 

My fountain is just outside the family room window on the southeast corner of the house.  When the morning sun hits the water it creates an amazing reflection of water movement on the entire ceiling of the family room.

We have also noticed that our feathered friends are visiting our home more often now.  We have more birds than ever before come to enjoy and drink from our water fountain.   I added several flat stones just below the surface of the water.  The birds take turns bathing in the water and then often stay in the area to sing and talk.  It is a joy to watch them.

As time progresses I plan to add some koi and some water lilies.

Everyone should be fortunate enough to have a water feature in their garden.  This one is inexpensive, simple to build, and easy to maintain.

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