Are you looking to improve the space around your pond but need help getting inspired? If you want to make your space more exciting and inviting, you don't have to do a complete overhaul. Start with small DIY projects to help make your outdoor space the perfect place to relax and unwind or host guests. Ponds are a great focal point for a yard; you can add decor and other water features that help complement it. Read on for easy and fun ideas to improve the space around your pond.
How easy is it to get to your pond? Using brick pavers or rocks, create a pathway to your pond and around your backyard. Pathways will encourage you and your guests to naturally make your way to the water feature. Make sure you choose rocks that aren't too slippery and are sturdy enough to be walked on. Learn more about the different types of landscape rocks.
While your pond may be your yard's focal point, having other water features can help balance your outdoor space. Fountains are relaxing, effortlessly chic decorations that make a space pop with vibrancy. There are many different types of fountains you can choose from. An unused planter quickly transforms into a fun fountain with the container fountain kit. If you have a shovel, you can create a delightful disappearing fountain after a bit of digging.
Need Help with Your Fountain?
Follow these guides for step-by-step instructions on creating your own beautiful fountain using a smartpond fountain pump or the Container Fountain Kit.
- Container Fountain
- Disappearing Water Feature
- Spitter Fountain
- Tiered Fountain- Two Tier and Three Tier Option
- Vortex Fountain
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Lighting helps you to enjoy your pond and backyard all year round. You can use LED Pond and Landscape Lights inside your pond or in the space around your pond. The LED lights have dusk-to-dawn sensors. As the sun sets, the lights automatically turn on, and they shut off in the morning at dusk. The lights come with 12 colored lenses so that you can customize your lighting colors.
The Color Changing Floating fountain has a built-in pump that circulates and aerates your pond's water. It has 16 color-changing options and comes with a wireless remote. All you have to do is place it in the water, plug it in, and enjoy.
Plants are important for a pond's natural ecosystem. Some aquatic plants help absorb excess nutrients and filter the water. Plants play an important role in your backyard as well; they attract essential pollinators like bees and butterflies. Flowers and other plants (bonus points if you can add them to your salad) help the space around your pond feel more natural, which is soothing and relaxing. If you have a limited amount of space, you can set up container gardens and even add a fountain to them.
Create a bubbling stream that feeds into your pond. Watercourses are a fun addition to a pond and improve the space around it. They make the pond feel more natural and organic, flowing into a waterfall. The secret to an easy DIY waterfall is the 8-in. Spillway. Learn more about adding a waterfall to your pond.
What's better than one pond? Two! You can add a mini pond to improve the space around your pond. Mini ponds are smaller above-ground ponds that have aquatic plants and sometimes even have smaller fish. You can make a mini pond out of a water basin or build your own using brick pavers.
Enjoy Your Pond
Love your pond but think you don't spend enough time enjoying it? An easy way to improve the space around your pond is to add places to relax. You can add a few chairs, a hammock, or a swing, or get a full outdoor furniture set. If you have places to unwind, you'll be more likely to spend time near your pond. You can add umbrellas, a cabana, or a pergola to help create a shaded area near your pond for entertaining guests or just reading a book.
Dine Al Fresco
Take your lunch or dinner outdoors and dine in your backyard. You can set up a BBQ and grill out or cook dinner inside and bring it outdoors. All you need is a picnic blanket and some cushions for an outdoor picnic. If you're feeling extra crafty, you can make your own outdoor dining table or get a simple folding table with chairs.
Sit by the Fire Pit
Fire and water are opposites, but when together create a magical atmosphere. Adding a fire pit near your pond will help you to enjoy it year-round. You can sit outside in the fall and winter, roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sounds of your pond. Make your own easy custom DIY fire pit with some equipment from Lowe's.
Use a Storage Shed
Does your backyard feel cluttered? A storage shed gives you an easy place to put away all of your gardening gear and pond maintenance tools so you can make the most out of your outdoor space. You can store your table, chairs, and games when you're not hosting.
Play Fun Games
Create space to play fun outdoor games in your backyard to encourage spending more time outdoors. You can play games like cornhole, Jenga, croquet, and bocce ball with guests or just your family. During the hot summer months, incorporate water into your games and cool off with water balloons and water guns.
Improving the space around your pond will help you enjoy your water feature more and spend more time outdoors. Small improvements help accent the pond and make your outdoor space more entertaining. Ponds are naturally calming, the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Create an area near your pond to sit back and relax with a relaxing hammock and some shade. Eat some of your meals outdoors for a change, and sit by the fire at night when the weather cools down. These easy DIY projects to improve the space around your pond will help you make the most out of your water feature and backyard.