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Waterfalls, Koi Ponds, And More: Backyard Designs That Will Blow You Out Of The Water

If you want to take your backyard to the next level, there are few things that will be better than incorporating water. Along with creating a very unique look in your backyard, water is a great way to attract birds and other wildlife to your space. In addition, water features can also be very soothing areas where you can de-stress after a long day at the office or just be alone with your thoughts. As to which designs will blow you out of the water, here are some of the most popular backyard water feature ideas.


Garden Creek

Nothing says serenity more than a small, backyard creek. To create one, you’ll only need some gravel, concrete, PVC pipe, and a recirculating pump. By placing a few stones in strategic places along the creek, the water can be guided to a retaining pool, enabling it to be pumped back to the creek’s top. Great as a garden border, you’ll love your creek.

Koi Pond

Rather than settle for a small indoor aquarium that contains a few goldfish, why not opt instead for a koi pond in your backyard? By working with landscapers, like those from Sculptured Earth, you can have a koi pond designed specifically to enhance your backyard’s best attributes. Whether you want a large pond or one that is smaller, you’ll want to spend hours watching the koi, which are known to be very playful as well as mesmerizing. However, a koi pond is not low-maintenance, so make sure you know what will go into its upkeep before you proceed.


If you want to have a waterfall in your backyard, remember that it does not have to be very tall or large to be beautiful and soothing. In fact, many backyard waterfalls are actually quite small, multi-tiered, and placed near decks or patios. While you can find plenty of kits at home improvement stores, the best backyard waterfalls are often those that have been custom-designed for their surroundings.

Rain Fountain

Finally, if you love the sound of a pleasant rain shower but don’t want to give up those beautiful sunny days, you can have the best of both worlds by installing a rain fountain in your backyard. Compact and featuring a flat design, this unique fountain can be installed almost anywhere in no more than one hour. Mimicking the essence of a real rain shower, it will be a relaxing addition to your yard.

Now that you know the many backyard design ideas that can make excellent use of water, there’s no doubt you are anxious to choose your next project and get to work right away on beautifying your backyard.

Author Bio:  Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.

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