How to Improve the Look of your Garden

An easy way to increase the value of a home is by improving its appearance. Some improvements need not cost a fortune, simply look for the best deals if on a budget.  

Thinking of selling your home

The simplest of changes can make a big difference to your garden and increase the value of your home at the same time. When selling a home be careful not to overspend. Look for that special feature to give your garden the most appeal.

If you have a small back yard and no room for a large pond feature, then do not despair. This article will show you how to add water features and attract birds to your back-yard with the sound of running water like a larger pond feature.

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This rock waterfall  fountain with LED lights would be a perfect garden feature for any outdoor patio. Plus this is a stand-alone water feature so there is no work involved in carting rocks to build it.

Solar Powered Fountains

Before the 18th-century water features in gardens were powered mainly from gravity. This has improved over the years with most ponds operating with pumps.  

Now it is more simple with the invention of Solar fountains that not only look great they run a lot cheaper than fountains on power because they work from the sun's rays. Best of all, there is no unsightly wiring visible. Place them in a sunny place for best results.

There are many different types of water features. I have selected a few to whet your appetite and give you ideas to try.

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This floating happy frog solar pond fountain comes with three different spray nozzles so you can change the spray from time to time. The spray height will change on overcast or cloudy days.

The pump on this frog will charge its own battery from the solar panel and should still run for about five hours on an overcast day.

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Sunny Lily Floating Solar Pond Fountain Pump

This one comes with three different spray nozzles so you can change the appearance. The height of the spray will change on overcast or a cloudy day due to less sun rays. On good days with sunny conditions, it should give you about an 18-inch spray and should pump for more than 20,000 hours.

If positioned in full sun it will pump for most of the day. The fountain will help oxygenate the water to prevent a build up of algae. 

It is important to keep the water circulating to increase the oxygen in the water if you have fish in the pond.

If you have a lovely pond in your garden you can also add beautiful water lilies of different colors.  Did you know that plants help increase the oxygen in the water and also provide food for the fish?

Attract Birds to Small Back Yards

Limited Space

Attract Birds to your garden with a Solar Bird Bath Fountain

Like us, birds need fresh clean water daily. What better way to do this than adding bird baths and waterfalls. These will not only give the birds their water to drink it will give them the option to cool off and have a bath at the same time.

They will keep you entertained if positioned outside a kitchen window or near your outdoor setting in the back yard. Even the smallest birds will love the chance to enjoy a bath in hot weather. This little bird in the picture used to call in all the time, but lately I have noticed his absence. I hope he is okay and found another place to visit.

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Smart Solar 21372R01 Ceramic Solar Koi Fountain, Blue Glazed Finish

This would make a beautiful place for the birds to come and drink. Powered with a separate solar panel and water pump with filter. Either mount panel nearby or higher in direct sun with the 3 m cable. Ideal for a small area. Keep an eye on the water level as water evaporates in the warmer weather. It measures 17.3 x 15.4 x 6.9 inches and weighs about eleven pounds.

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Smart Solar Kensington Gardens 2-Tier Solar Bird Bath Fountain

This has built-in Solar powered panels, to save you money running this beautiful bird bath. Has on demand solar technology. Made from maintenance-free resin and fibreglass, with a one year warranty. Its two tiers of water give your feathered friends with fresh water to drink and bathe. It measures 20 d x 32 H inches and weighs 23 lbs. With Antique white stone finish, the basin holds 2.25 gallons 2 levels with plenty of water for birds to drink and bathe in.   

Maintenance is Important

Like everything,  fountains need maintenance. Fountains work with air and water flow, if this becomes blocked, your fountain will not work. Algae growth is one of the main causes of blockages.

If your fountain is in full sun throughout the summer, it will become more susceptible to algae growing in your pond. Dead fish or plants can catch in the fountain pump or filter, curbing this flow. This will not only stop the water flow it could burn the motor out. So remember to do a weekly or monthly check and keep it working in top condition.

All ponds need the water circulated most of the day.  If you have a large pond I would recommend having a large submersible pump in your pond.  Ask for advice when buying this and make sure the pump is big enough to pump enough water to suit your pond. You still need to keep an eye on these for fish becoming blocked under the pump.

The easiest way to do this is to tie a string on the pump then lower it down into your pond.  Now tie the other end of string to a stone or similar around the pond. When you need to check the filter it is easier to pull the string up without having to get into the pond. Clean it and lower back into the water.

So why don't you have a go at improving the value of your home by adding one of these to your back yard?


Submersible Pump

EcoPlus 728310 Eco 396 Submersible Pump, 396GPH
Amazon Price: $26.49 $20.95 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 7, 2015)
This will pump 396 gallons of water every hour, so work out how much water you have in your pond, if unsure ask for advice.

The best part is that this pump has a removable internal filter included.

Installing a Water Feature