Cheap Outdoor Water Features

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Cheap Outdoor Water Features
Incorporate water into your garden with an inexpensive birdbath. (palm and birdbath image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Water features add tranquillity to the garden and attract wildlife including birds and butterflies. Water features, such as ponds or waterfalls, can be an expensive undertaking but you need not invest significant time or money to add an attractive water feature to your space. Consider salvaging vessels to create your own fountain or utilising solar power to run a pond filter.

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Salvaged Vessel Fountains

Purchased fountains from hardware or home and garden stores can put a serious dent in your pocket. Achieve the same effect with the addition of old world charm by creating your own fountain from a salvaged urn or flower pot. For an authentic piece, browse second-hand stores or salvage yards. For a more modern aesthetic, repurpose a clay flower pot. The container and submersible bubbler (or motor) are all you'll need to complete your project. Purchase a submersible bubbler at your local home improvement store. Be sure to use a non-rusting container. Place your fountain in a central location in your garden with easy access to an electrical socket. Because the fixture is small, electricity costs to power the motor will be minimal.

Birdbath

Birdbaths are an often overlooked opportunity to incorporate water into the garden. Birdbath designs range from free-standing pedestal varieties to small tabletop options. Birdbaths require little to no assembly and because they are still water features, have no associated electricity costs. Birdbaths are not only attractive but functional as well, paired with a bird feeder, they will help to attract an abundance of birds to your space. Be sure to keep your birdbath full of fresh, clean water and scrub regularly with a hard bristled brush to prevent mould or bacteria build-up. Aside from the initial investment a birdbath will cost nothing to maintain making it an extremely cost-effective water feature option.

Solar Powered

Use a solar-powered water feature to achieve the grandiosity of a fish pond or waterfall without the expensive electrical bill. You can purchase a complete solar waterfall fountain pump kit online for less than £74. Solar pumps produce equivalent power to their electronic counterparts ranging in output from under 100 GPH (Gallons Per Hour) to over 1001 GPH. To achieve maximum performance you must place the solar panels (which power the pump) in full sun. Most solar pumps also come with a backup battery pack should you experience a period of significant cloud cover.

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