December 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #144: Benefits of Landscaping Water Features

Tip of the Week

A water feature is a natural focal point or centerpiece of outdoor living spaces. Well-designed and well-maintained landscaping enhances water features and enjoyment of a garden or patio setting.

Outdoor water feature landscaping boasts more than a dozen benefits, it:

Extends living space. Creates appealing views from inside the house. Brings pleasure to each of the five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and feeling. Adds instant curb appeal to the front yard. According to the American Association of Realtors, curb appeal can actually increase a home's value by as much as 15 percent.Balances outdoor yin and yang and signifies healthy Feng Shui. Subtly disguises unsightly outdoor features like distracting cords and wiring.Increases peace and privacy.Highlights each season.Unifies outdoor living spaces. Makes it simple to use vertical and horizontal design elements for aesthetic appeal.Lights a garden for night enjoyment.Attracts birds and butterflies. Creates special effects with misting fountains. Provides a creative outlet for outdoor enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers.

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