Water features are a great way to add interest and the ‘wow’ factor to your landscape.  However, these additions are usually a lot more complex and detailed than you may think.  In order to successfully install a water feature in your yard here are several things that you need to know before you begin your installation.

Carefully consider the location of your water feature within your landscape.  If you are installing a pond you want to avoid low spots in the terrain.  These take on runoff water and can cause flooding and chemical balance issues.  If you are installing a fountain you need to consider where your access to running water is.  

What type of trees are near your proposed water feature?  Will they will drop their leaves in the fall filling up your water project?  A water pot type feature needs to be on level ground in order to function properly, etc.  You can save yourself a lot of work and irritation by making careful considerations when deciding where to put your new water feature.

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Second, for larger water features that require pump circulation you will need access to an electrical outlet that is made for outdoor use.  Safety can be a concern here so ensure that your outlet is safeguarded by a GFI to avoid electrical shocks.

Related to this item is a reminder to call your local utility companies to come out a mark any underground lines that you need to avoid if your water feature requires substantial digging.  If you are installing a large water feature like a pond you may also need approval from your HOA, local agencies, and should contact your homeowner’s insurance to ensure that they do not have any specific safety regulations that need to be included in the project.

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Third, establish a project budget.  Water features can often have ‘hidden’ costs, such as filters, decorative filler gravel and rocks, water quality testing kits and chemicals, etc.

Take some time to make sure that you have thought through each step in the installation and maintenance processes and set your budget accordingly in order to avoid any unwanted financial surprises during the installation process.

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If you do some thorough planning in advance of your water feature installation and building you will be able to create a wonderful addition to your landscape that you will enjoy for years to come.