Water features are one of the least commonly requested landscape features that our MPS design team encounters. However, there are still many homeowners who are interested in the idea of incorporating a water feature or garden fountain to add a sensation of tranquility to their landscape. Running water helps induce a sense of rest and relaxation, as a matter of fact, the sound of running water actually triggers the body’s natural response to relax. However, in our 30+ years of experience, most types of water features end up being more of a headache then the relaxing experience that was expected. Here are the main reasons MPS does NOT recommend water features:
Of course, some customers have their hearts set on a water feature in their landscape design, at this point MPS recommends designing it without a pond reservoir. Pond-less water features are simply waterfalls or streams without the presence of an open water reservoir. Pond-less water features pump water from an in-ground, or covered, reservoir through the waterfall spillway and continue to re-circulate it without a pond or open water reservoir.
We highly recommend pond-less water features because they require much less maintenance, are more cost-effective and easier to winterize. With a wide variety of styles and sizes on the market, pond-less water features are the perfect option if you want to incorporate the tranquil sound of water into your landscape design. If you want more information about designing and installing a landscape with a pond-less water feature, request a landscape consult with one of MPS’ designers here!