If your backyard is next to a busy street, you can still have a relaxing backyard by adding a water feature. Not just any water feature will do, however. You’ll need some special considerations for creating a peaceful backyard even if the roar of cars is nearby.
The first thing to consider when choosing a water feature is the location. Sound experts believe that placing a “barrier” either close to the noise or close to the receiver of the noise is best. Therefore, consider a location for your water feature that is close to where you want more peace and quiet in your backyard. You may find that you need more than one water feature.
The location of the water feature will help determine its size. You can either purchase a water fountain or build your own water fall.
When purchasing a fountain, choose one that will produce the most sound. You’ll want fast-moving water that splashes. Be careful of choosing one just for looks. All garden fountains will enhance the look of your backyard, but you want to also choose one for the sound it will make. Save the calming, trickling fountains for yards that are all ready quiet.
Building a water fall is easier than it sounds. You can find waterfall kits or be creative and purchase materials to build your own unique waterfall. As with a fountain, a water fall with fast-moving water that splashes will make the most sound. You can also use another technique: build “ledges” down the water stream. When water falls down over a ledge that sticks out, the hollow space underneath acts as an echo chamber and increases the sound of the falling water.
With the combination of water features and plants, you can still have a relaxing backyard regardless of the noise nearby.
By Shannon Mendez