If you have a pond in your garden, you will know that it already has multiple benefits. From attracting wildlife to boosting the aesthetic of your outdoor space, ponds are a very popular addition. Adding a small outdoor water fountain to your pond can help to heighten these benefits, and create new ones that you may not have considered. Here are just a couple of the advantages of adding a fountain to your pond.
Did you know that installing a fountain can actually increase the quality of the water in your pond? If that water in your pond is still, micro-organisms can grow, causing the water to become stagnant. This can lead to a whole host of issues such as unwanted insects, bad odors, or water contamination. If you have fish or plants in your pond, stagnant water can have a negative effect on them, as well as being unpleasant to look at. Fountains and filters from water-garden.co.uk can help to keep the water in your pond moving, therefore decreasing the risk of it becoming stagnant and full of bad bacteria.
There are many ways to increase the value of your home, so if you are considering selling, don’t forget about your garden. Adding a fountain can help to boost your property’s value by boosting the aesthetic appeal of your backyard. Water is a huge key to adding value, with fountains, ponds, and other water features being popular additions. Water can even help to make your backyard look larger, as the surface is reflective. The many different types of fountains also mean that you can choose one that is perfect for your pond, whether this includes light features or floating fountains for larger ponds.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma passed directly over our house in Central Florida. It was a pretty scary time for us, but in the end, we were thankful that the only major damage to our property was some wind-driven rain that entered our back bedroom and soaked (then molded) the carpet. As a result of all that, I’m very familiar with issues that unwelcome water can cause to a home. (It also stays in the forefront of my mind because my husband works in homeowners insurance and is always sharing his nightmare claim stories with me!)
There can be several causes for flooding and water damage, including torrential rainfall, sewer issue, broken sump-pump, burst pipe, or damaged appliance. No matter the cause, the effect is devastating and unbearable. Water damage can ruin your furnishings, the structure and foundation, and other prized possessions occupying your house.
One of the projects on our never-ending list of “things to do for our house” is having a water softener and filtration system installed. We once had our water tested at our previous home, and were amazed (not in a good way) at the amount of JUNK in it! Now, since our water is coming directly from a well and not from the city itself, we think it’s even more important to have some form of a filtration system installed.
Something I was especially interested in exploring further was the fact that fluoride was found in our water!
Fluoride was first linked with stained teeth in 1901, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s and 1950’s that the effects of fluoride on cavities was discovered. There have been a number of studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of fluoride at reducing cavities and other dental issues, and it is actually these studies which first led to the addition of fluoride into the public water supply. As a result, the government remains convinced that the addition of fluoride is safe and necessary. However, there are those that have their concerns regarding this natural compound.
A couple of years ago, my hubby asked me to point an appointment on the calendar.
“A guy is coming to test our water.”
“Oh, okay. What for?”
“Telling us the quality or something like that. We get a $100 Visa card if we let him do it.”
“Oh, okay then.”
Needless to say, three hours worth of a water-testing appointment later, we did NOT purchase the $5,000 water system the guy was trying to sell us, but we DID get the $100 Visa. Was it worth it? You got me! But what I DID learn through the process was, number one, no more letting people come over and test water. And number two, there ARE things you can do to make your water better and more heathy for your family!
So when Kaylee from Water Logic contacted me about sharing a drinking water infographic, I thought it was a great idea! We all need to be mindful of our drinking water – it’s so important to our good health!
Most of us are worried about the effect humans have on the environment and wildlife, but many of us think we can’t do anything about it. This isn’t the case, as there are a few things you can do to encourage diversity and give nature a helping hand without even leaving your home.
Offer fresh water
While animals are pretty good at finding clean water to drink when it’s available, they can have a hard time in winter and summer when supplies either freeze or dry up.
Keep a birdbath or a small pond in your garden and make sure it’s topped up and freely available, even if you need to use a small heater to stop it freezing. You’ll be helping birds, lizards and small mammals, as long as the water isn’t near a place that a predator could launch an attack from.