More and more homeowners are adding water features to their lawn. A fountain, pond or waterfall can help transform an ordinary back yard into an oasis. Before your get your shovel out and start digging, understand there are a few steps to take beforehand.
- Decide what you want, and balance your desire with your budget, space constraints of your yard. Your water feature should enhance your outdoor living design – not take it over.
- Call the utility company. In many cities, a representative will come out and mark any existing line free of charge. But if you start the dig and cut a line, you could be looking at a hefty bill, not to mention the inconvenience of losing power or water to your home until the lines are fixed.
- Depending on the size and scope of your project, you may need to obtain building permits. Check with the city office and save yourself any potential fines.
- If you have small children, consider their safety. A pond-less waterfall may be a better option for you than a koi pond.
- Purchase pumps with the ability to move more water than you need. This allows you to run them at a lower setting – decreasing the odds of burning them out and increasing their overall lifetime.
- Plan your feature in an appropriate location. Stay away from trees – leaves, twigs and other falling debris will clog pumps and dirty the water. Choose a place close enough to your patio that you can enjoy it, but not too close where an overflow of water would damage your home.
- Talk to your local pros. In my experience, Lowes, Home Depot and Menards employees have a great deal of knowledge and willingness to share it.
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