There are many benefits to installing garden water fountains in your yard or garden area. Some of them are as simple as the soothing sound of water, but others are as important as providing an area for pollinating birds to bathe themselves. There is even the very real justification that it can increase the value of your home while improving the attractiveness of the yard.
Whether it is the sound of a rushing waterfall or the light patter of rain, the sound of water has always been a useful tool to help people relax. There are even meditation exercises that require the subject to imagine a still pond of water with a slow drip hitting the center of the pond. Having a fountain in the yard can provide the relaxation benefits of the sound of running water.
The second benefit of having garden water fountains is that they provide bathing for many types of birds. People assume that having a bird bath is sufficient. However, the fact is that most bird baths are a single container with standing water. The water must be changed on a regular basis or it can start to grow many types of bacteria and fungus. This can cause the water to smell horrible and be more of a distraction than a pleasure. Additionally, the stagnant water can actually harm the birds, causing disease and forcing the birds to find a new place to bathe.
The alternative of having a fountain is of great benefit to the wildlife in your yard. Birds will appreciate the running water and will bathe with more frequency and for longer periods. This will allow you time to view the birds and enjoy their presence. It is also great for flowering plants, because the birds will pollinate the plants while in the garden. This can cause flowering plants to produce more flowers over a longer period of time.
The final benefit of having garden water fountains is the increase in the value of your home. Water fountains add a peaceful sound to the garden and can even provide decorative accents to your home. Fountains can be constructed out of a variety of materials to complement the look of the home. Copper fountains, with their gradual patina of green, provide a European flair to the garden. A fiberglass fountain can be tinted to look like aged granite, providing a slightly medieval flair to an otherwise modern garden setting.