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You love your pretty pond. Your waterfall is, well, wow. But you can’t help thinking itlandscaping will make outdoor water features look more natural could use an update. A little oomph. A bit of pizzazz. So how much will it cost to upgrade an outdoor water feature like a pond or waterfall? Good question.

5 Upgrades That Will Breath New Life Into Your Outdoor Water Features

Some are designed to add beauty or a finishing touch. Others will make your backyard water feature operate even better. Here’s a look at 5 small outdoor water feature upgrades to consider:

#1 A Fountain For Your Pond

Fountains offer elegance and the soothing sound of spraying water. And a fountain adds more than beauty — the extra aeration and water circulation helps reduce algae growth and adds oxygen to the water, which is great for any fish or other aquatic life living in your pond.

There are lots of different nozzles and spray heads to choose from to create the exact look you want.

You can also choose a freestanding fountain to complement your water feature. Maybe a naturalistic piece of granite that looks like it’s always been there. Love otters? Captivated by turtles? Choose an animal sculpture fountain to add a sense of playfulness to your pond. Listen — you can almost hear it from here.

Fountains can cost from $400 and up.

#2 A Pond Filter System

So this isn’t as cute as an otter fountain, but it can do wonders for your backyard pond. A separate pump and filter typically not included with a basic pond installation will prevent algae and murky water. Its job is to keep the water nice and clear. This is an especially good idea if you plan to add fish to your pond if you don’t want to hear them gasping for air.

Cost ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.

#3 Surrounding Landscaping

Any pond, stream or waterfall will look more natural if you add landscaping around it. You’ll want a mix of plants for the most natural look.

Sedums thrive among rocks and stones. You might consider a few dwarf evergreens to add structure and year-round color.

Ground covers soften hard edges of a pond’s rocky border. Marsh blue violet loves wet habitats and has pretty blue flowers. Bonus: the leaves are rich in vitamin A and C, so pluck a few to add to your salads.

Remember, a pond will reflect the plants that surround it, so you can double the beauty by adding brightly colored lilies or gracefully arching pink astilbe.

Costs start at $200 and up to add a few plants. Invest in a more elaborate landscaping job for several thousand.

#4 Water Plants

A few lovely floating plants will bring your pond to life. Just a handful can change the whole look. Water lilies offer stunning blossoms — remember Claude Monet’s famous paintings of them? — while their masses of foliage offer shade and cover for fish.

Lotus feature vibrant blossoms and huge waxy green leaves that add an exotic look to ponds. Shallow growers create a pretty transition from shallow water to the pond’s edge. Think cattails and assorted rushes.

Some plants grow below the surface, providing oxygen and improving water quality. Hornwort and parrot’s feather might not offer you a peek, but they provide cover and spawning areas for fish. Sometimes you have to be selfless.

Expect to pay from $5 to around $60 each for water plants.

#5 Lighting

Outdoor water features look magical when lit at night. Lighting transforms your lighting will transform backyard water featurespond, fountain or waterfall, and extends your enjoyment well into the evening hours.

Lights can be submerged beneath the water to provide a magical glow. Low voltage spotlights or floodlights can highlight a waterfall or fountain. Lighting can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

Add a couple simple lights to your pond for $100 or $200. More elaborate landscape lighting for your water feature can run into the thousands.

Make A Splash With Neave

From koi ponds and waterfalls to backyard streams and water gardens, Neave Aquatics can help you with a wide array of outdoor water features. And if you’d like to upgrade an existing water feature, we can help with that, too.

Neave Aquatics offers the highest quality in design, craftsmanship and installation for water features of any scale. Our services are available for commercial property owners and residential homeowners alike. Our expertise is unmatched — we’ve been serving the New York and Connecticut areas for more than forty years.

Give Us A Call

If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.

Add some magical lighting, a few stunning plants and the elegant spray of a fountain, and your pond is no longer just a pond — it’s a vacation getaway in your own backyard.

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