Though summer days are winding down, we’re still enjoying balmy afternoons — and fantasizing about how to stay outdoors late into the fall. One of the coolest trends we uncovered this year was the resurgence in outdoor water features: Zen pools, ponds, and waterfalls are on the rise, and their trickling affects can be felt throughout the year.
We tracked down H20 experts Sarah Mendak and Susie Lobdell, from Flower Pots Nursery, to find out what all the fuss is about, and uncovered some intense advantages. Grab your swimsuit (no kidding), and read on.
IT’S A POOL
It’s a new trend. Homeowners are forgoing a pool and the use of chemicals. Instead, they’re creating a natural swimming area, which utilizes gravel, filtration systems, and water plants. A watering hole in your yard can be a place to cool off in the summer heat, or for a pet takes a leisurely swim.
KOI FISH ARE PETS
Koi fish: They’re not just really pretty; they actually make good pets. Koi fish bond with their owners. The fish can be trained if they are hand-fed. Also, they eat “people food.” Koi fish love cereal, lettuce, watermelon, shrimp, rice, etc. Well-trained Koi fish will greet you when you approach the pond. And since their typical lifespan is 25-30 years, they’ll be around even after your kids go to college. Get this: Koi, in the wild, can live up to 200 years.
WATER IS LOW MAINTENANCE
There’s a filter. But there’s also a natural ecosystem in play that helps to minimize the maintenance. The koi, the water plants, rocks, gravel, and the natural, organic bacteria that populate the pond work together. The rocks break down the debris while the root systems of the water plants remove the solid wastes, and the filter helps to keep the water clear. Aside from feeding the Koi, and emptying the skimmer box twice a week, the elements of the pond work together maintain the pristine, clear water that has become a natural habitat to tadpoles, frogs, dragonflies, hummingbirds, fish, and other birds.
MAXIMIZE YOUR OWN TERRAIN
Many homeowners that have hillsides or sloping yards, and have incorporated a waterfall into a pond, or a pondless waterfall, and this integration of natural stone and rushing water look as though they were created by mother nature. The most important feature of the pond or waterfall is its ability to replicate the natural environment.
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