Do's and Don'ts of Landscaping Water Features

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Do's and Don'ts of Landscaping Water Features

When landscaping water features, there are some do's and don'ts to consider:


  • Think ahead. Create a plan before you start. Failure to plan results in lack of balance and visual appeal.
  • Choose a central theme and stick to it.
  • Use color to enhance and tie garden elements together.
  • Shop wisely. Research pros and cons of water features and fountain accessories, including care and maintenance requirements. Compare quality and price before purchasing water features and fountain accessories.
  • Make sure you have the expertise to install and care for water features and landscaping water accessories.


  • Attempt to install electrical connections if not experienced. If in doubt, hire an expert.
  • Mix formal and informal landscape elements and accessories. A rustic barrel fountain does not complement a formal entry courtyard and an elegant Old World statuary fountain looks out of place in a laid-back country or decided modern setting.
  • Overdo water fountain accessories or use too many different, unrelated colors. Less is often more when it comes to creating a relaxing outdoor retreat. Too much even of good things creates unsettling clutter.
  • Cut corners on quality. Poor quality almost always results in added time, effort and expense in the future.



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