Marin IJ Articles
October 26, 2013
There's nothing more relaxing than the gurgle of bubbling water on a hot day. And there's nothing lovelier than a water fountain as a focal point in a garden landscape.
Water features can range from a simple birdbath on a pedestal to elaborate multilevel fountains, pools and waterfalls. If attracting birds and beneficial insects and the aesthetic appeal of a water element calls to you, here are some things to consider before you install one.
Location: It's important that water circulates in a fountain. This deters mosquito larvae and algae build up. Most fountains have a pump that will need to be plugged into an electrical source. And, of course, you'll need a water source. Some fountains can be connected directly to a water valve so it doesn't require filling by hand. These connections may effect where you can place the feature. If you are positioning the feature on a hill, you will need to create a firm, flat surface so it sits upright.
The aesthetic appeal of water is what drives most folks to purchase and install a fountain, but gardens also can benefit greatly from water features. They attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies so your garden may be more productive. Birds frequent fountains, nesting close to access the water. We all love the tranquility that water movement creates.
If you give it a little thought beforehand, your water feature will be something you can enjoy for a long time.
The University of California Marin Master Gardeners are sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension. For questions about gardening, plant pests or diseases, call 473-4204 from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays, or bring in samples or pictures to 1682 Novato Blvd., Suite 150B, Novato.