Cool Backyard Ponds are Hot in Phoenix AS LANDSCAPE IDEAS
The 2014 Garden Trends Report by Garden Media Group shows a strong upsurge in the popularity of outdoor living. People are focused not on moving to a larger house or onto a bigger property, but expanding their current living space by taking the indoors outdoors while not increasing their overhead. And backyard ponds, waterfalls, and streams, are some of the hottest items to include in the new outdoor rooms and living spaces. Aside from adding a cooling effect without the high maintenance of keeping up an impressive lawn, why do you suppose that is? Let’s explore…
Water Attracts -- Everyone
When you’re driving down the highway or the interstate and you look over and spot a body of water, whether it’s a creek, a river, a lake, or a pond, doesn’t that immediately grab your attention? That principle also holds true of backyard ponds, and that's one reason why they're such a hot backyard landscape idea. When you have family and friends over for an outdoor gathering, just guess where they’re inevitably going to gravitate and congregate. Children and adults alike are mesmerized by the life and interest in a well-built, living backyard pond. And if you’re a wildlife freak (like we are), your backyard pond will attract the most amazing birds and critters – it’s like living in a reverse terrarium!
Cacooning & Stay-cationing Trends
There’s also a trend called “cocooning,” which describes the modern family’s tendency to appreciate things closer to home, instead of having to jump on airplanes and go to exotic lands. You may have also heard it called “stay-cationing.” Why fly over 10 hours (from Arizona) to Jamaica, when you can bring Jamaica into your own backyard and keep it to yourself all year long? There’s a reason why people call living with a backyard pond a paradise, and creating that paradise that you can enjoy for many years is quite a savings. What other landscape idea does that for you?
Sounds of Tranquility
When you add a backyard pond with waterfalls and a stream, as many people do, you’re adding the sounds of tranquility, peacefulness, and relaxation. The whole experience is so comforting, so soothing. When the modern, 21st Century worker comes home after a hard day on the job, usually being surrounded by the constant buzz of voices technology, they’re often stressed out, agitated, and frustrated. They’re also often working away in an environment that requires more production for similar, or even less pay, and the day begins and ends in a traffic jam. Under those circumstances, do you think that a dose of naturalistic tranquility, peacefulness, and relaxation may be a welcome antidote to the workplace? Some even call it intoxicating, and one of our clients even said that it “feeds the soul.” Imagine coming home at the end of your techno-crazy day, kicking off your shoes, grabbing the beverage of your choice, and decompressing for a half hour next to a rolling waterfall, a babbling brook, and/or a backyard pond filled with aquatic life. Think you’d be a better spouse, parent, partner, etc., afterwards?
A Good Investment
Last but not least, in an era of investment instability and ever-dwindling ROIs, there’s hardly a better and more predictable place to put your discretionary funds than in real estate. And as long as you’re going to invest in real estate, why not make it your own home! Many studies confirm that an investment in landscaping is one of the best and most cost effective ways to increase the value of your home, and the property’s saleability. And since backyard ponds are one of the hottest landscaping ideas on the market, it’s easy to contend that investing in a beautiful, low maintenance, living water feature will pay large dividends when it comes to your home equity. And it’s a true treasure to enjoy in the meantime!
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Barbi Holdeman, co-owner of The Pond Gnome, enjoys sharing their 17+ years of education & experience with you! She writes about Phoenix Ecosystem Pond Installation, Pond Maintenance, Wildlife around the Pond, Koi and Goldfish in the Pond, and the Pond Lifestyle. If you enjoy what she writes, please share it!