Water features are a wonderful way to depth and dynamic to your home’s Denver landscape design. Like other hardscaping features, they’re available in different textures and can fit in with just about any yard. Though they add beauty without dramatically increasing the amount of work you’ll have to put into your landscaping, they’re not without their issues. You still need to maintain and care for your water features
every week. Here are a few key things you’ll need to do to keep your water features looking their best year-round.
Skim Away Debris
Plant matter, trash, and other waste often end up in the water and mar the way your water feature looks. You’ll need to clean out that debris every week or two to keep things looking fresh and clean. For small water features, use a fine-mesh net to scoop out the trash yourself. If you have a larger water feature, you can invest in a mechanical skimmer that automatically keeps the water clean. Just make sure to dump the basket every week or two to avoid clogs and damage.
Keep an Eye on the Water Level
It’s normal for water to evaporate off, especially during the warmer months. Get in the habit of checking the water level in your water feature every other week. If you notice it getting low, add more water to the system. If you’re filling a fountain or a decorative lined pond, you can use the garden hose to fill it back up. However, if you have a fish pond, you’ll want to make sure the water you add won’t hurt the fish. Ask your local pet store or veterinarian for advice on how to properly prepare water for your fish.
Landscape the Surrounding Area
Believe it or not, your yard’s landscaping can play a major role in the health of your water feature. Use this to your advantage and keep the plants surrounding the feature in good condition. Water them regularly and be mindful of how they’re performing each week. If you need to trim them back, collect the plant waste and toss it in the trash at the end of the session.
Keep the Water Moving
When water is stagnant, it attracts mosquitoes, develops algae, and gets gunky quickly. The easiest way to keep it clean and clear is to keep the water moving. If you have a fountain, make sure to run it through the cycle regularly. If you have a pond, invest in a pump or aerator to keep the water circulating.
Well-Maintained Water Features Are a Great Investment
One of the best things you can do for your property is to install a water feature. If you decide to take the leap, keep these maintenance tips in mind and you’ll be able to enjoy your features for years to come. Just make sure you work with an experienced team
to handle the placement and installation. At Wild Irishman Tree and Landscape, we’ll help you find the perfect place for your water feature and can outline the exact steps you’ll need to follow to keep it looking like-new year-round.