Pacific Landscapes | Water Features

Enhancing your landscape design:  A water feature improves property value and makes your property stand out from the rest. Waterfront property is a prized commodity and you can easily incorporate water into your outdoor living space without having to move near a lake or ocean. "Nearly 20% of buyers say they consider landscaping to be a ‘very important’ factor in their decision to buy a house, according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors.
Quality Family Time: Backyard ponds create a gathering spot for family and friends.  Young children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents enjoy relaxing by the pond’s edge, and water features act like a magnet pulling the family together.  Enjoy family meals outside near the pond and spend the evening unwinding with your loved ones.  Educate children on the wonders of nature with an ecosystem.  All ages love watching fish glide underneath lily pads, and enjoy the surprise of a frog poking its head above the surface.
Relax and de-stress: Landscape designed water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world.  Lower your blood pressure and improve your physical and mental health as you prop your feet up and enjoy the therapeutic effects of Mother Nature. "Hospital patients who have a view of natural landscapes recover faster from surgery and require less pain medication.  In addition, heart rate, blood pressure, and other measures return to normal levels more quickly when people view natural rather than urban landscapes after a stressful experience.”
Environmental Conservation: Environmental sustainability has taken center stage in today’s world, and water plays an important role as the world’s greatest resource.  An ecosystem pond is self-sustaining with very little maintenance.  Although it takes many gallons of water to fill initially, over the long haul it requires less water than the expanse of lawn it replaced. Water features attract wildlife of all kinds, from birds to butterflies, to frogs and salamanders.  A pond provides opportunity to have fish as pets, without the mess and maintenance of an aquarium.  Aquatic plants give you the chance to broaden your gardening horizons with choices that go beyond the standard petunia and rose. Nature lovers simply can’t go wrong with water features.
Landscaping can change the micro-climate around a building by 20 - 25 degrees F. According to the US Department of Energy, energy-efficient landscaping can save up to 30% on home heating bills. Savings for cooling can be even more. Most people can save at least a few hundred dollars a year by properly reworking their yard … Water also tempers heat.  Even a small pond can help”