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Summer 2008
The Heights Pages Summer 2008 Article by Tim Turner Water Features - Providing Soothing Tranquility During Our Sizzling Summers by Tim Turner
Landscapes comprise many elements within an outdoor space. Most of these landscape elements provide a visual impact for the garden. Other parts not
only provide a visually pleasing statement, but also provide movement and sound for a garden. One such element to consider when planning a landscape that appeals to these senses would be the inclusion of a water feature.

Whether it is a small urn or a babbling stream, water features provide an instant cooling effect adding another dimension to an outdoor space. Movement within a water feature not only provides a cooling sense to a landscape, but also provides soothing sounds. This tranquil repetitive nature of water falling has a calming effect on all who are relaxing in the landscape, in addition to screening out possible undesirable noises of day to day life such as auto traffic or that of an a/c compressor.

Water features can also provide a refuge for thirsty birds and small animals, while others showcase water loving plants and fish. Colorful fish further increase movement within the water feature.

Incorporating a water element requires some consideration prior to installation. Usually, a landscape master plan should be designed to provide a layout for the entire garden space. This will insure a better fusion of all elements considered for the landscape space including the water feature. The design and planning of a water element determines the placement, form resolution, and type of material used to construct the piece. Specifications for pump and electrical considerations are also included during this process. Once all considerations are taken into effect during the design process, installation will commence.

Water features provide another dimension to the landscape. Once the installation is complete, the landscape becomes a tranquil outdoor space of relaxation and tranquility throughout the seasons and years.

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