Spring is around the corner and as the days get longer and weather gets warmer you’ll soon be thinking about outdoor projects. And perhaps you might have thought about adding a pond or water feature. There’s no doubt the primary driver for homeowners to add a pond to their landscape is to create a place of beauty and relaxation where they can escape this hectic world. Another benefit is increasing their home’s living space by adding an outdoor living room around the water garden.
By replacing some or all of your lawn with a pond or water feature, you can conserve energy, save money, support the environment and have a beautiful place to relax!
Here are seven environmental benefits of owning a pond:
- Lawns require watering; whereas, ponds can be re-filled with rainwater.
- Ponds are a self-sustaining cycle of hydration that keeps plants alive without having to water them.
- Less mowing means less use of gas and carbon monoxide emissions.
- Pesticides and fertilizers for the lawn can be harmful, creating run-off that ends up in groundwater, streams and rivers.
- Sludge collected by your pond filter can be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowerbed and garden.
- Ponds attract and create a haven for beautiful fish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.
- Water gardens influence the young to help create a better future for the planet.
Remember, every little bit helps, especially when it comes to water conservation. And these are just a few things you can easily affect, right in your own back yard.