Scientists might not be able to explain why, but there is no doubt that the sound of moving water is universally appealing. While not everyone can live next to the ocean or a babbling brook, everyone can install a water feature on their property.
Adding a water feature with flowing water has multiple benefits for property owners. Here are some of our favorites.
Flowing water calms the soul
Adding the sound of moving water makes any space relaxing and peaceful. Water naturally seems to help people slow down and enjoy their surroundings. Philosophers and physicians have recognized the benefits of the sound of flowing water for centuries, and it isn’t a coincidence that fountains and water features are often a central part of traditional and classical landscaping and design. While it might not be feasible to add a large water feature to your property, there are plenty of smaller options that can be economical while still adding the benefits of moving water.
For anyone interested in wildlife, especially birders, water features are a natural addition to landscaping design. Fountains and birdbaths are a great way to attract desirable wildlife to your yard. Birds, for example, need clean water for drinking and preening. Water helps the birds remove dust and loose feathers. Water can also attract squirrels, rabbits, and other animals. If you are a nature lover, incorporating water into your landscape can bring you hours of joy as you observe animal visitors in your yard.
Boosts curb appeal
Water features are almost universally appealing and can add visual interest and charm for potential homebuyers. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market or think you might down the road, a small brook, fountain or even a burbling ceramic pot can be a good investment for your property.
Improves air quality and reduced noise pollution
Flowing water is a beautiful and relaxing way to reduce noise pollution. The sound of moving water has been scientifically shown through multiple studies to decrease stress levels. Studies have also found that moving water can improve air quality and offset the health impacts of air pollution.