When you’re in a garden and you hear the gentle sound of water flowing, don’t you feel calm and peaceful?
We certainly do, which is why we’re huge fans of water features — they can easily add ultimate tranquility to any garden. We think you’ll love them, too — especially once you learn how simple, efficient and cheap (free) they can be to operate.
A water feature is a term used in landscaping and garden design for fountains, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls and streams. Water features are self-contained, which means they don’t rely on plumbing but rather water that’s recycled and reused from a pond or a hidden reservoir.
In ancient times, water features were powered by gravity. Today we rely on electric pumps…and I know what you’re thinking — some ugly power cord plugged into the only available outdoor outlet, right?
Wrong — leave it to solar power to save the day! Solar-powered water pumps are a really smart compliment to any small water features because they allow you to place it anywhere you want — as long as you have some nearby sunshine.
For example, you could:
- Add a meditation garden in a quiet and secluded spot in your yard
- Impress house guests with beautiful water fountains in unexpected places
- Make a “pop-up” zen garden anywhere you want — on the top of a mountain, your favorite beach or in the middle of a lava field!
Not only are solar-power water pumps convenient and cost-efficient, they are well-built for long-term use. In fact, a solar-powered water feature will pump about 160 gallons of water per hour — the same amount as a standard plug-in pump.
So next time you dream of adding a charming water feature in your garden, go ahead and leave out the part about the ugly and irritating extension cord.
With a solar pump, as long as the sun is out, the water is running.