Not everyone wants a swimming pool in their backyard, but most everyone enjoys a water feature. Water is relaxing and such a desirable part of an overall backyard oasis. But, aside from a pool, what are the ways to enjoy the soothing sounds of water without a swimming pool? Let's take a look at several ways to add water to your own oasis: 1. Koi Pond - This centuries old water feature may seem exotic, but is becoming more and more available to the homeowner. The new trend of koi ponds currently feature things like an amazing vanishing edge that makes the pond look like it's suspended in mid-air. The koi can be trained to eat out of your hand and make incredible pets; some living for as much as 70 years. In fact, the oldest living koi is said to have lived to the ripe old age of 276. 2. Man-Made River - Take a look at some of the beautiful rivers that landscape contractors can design in your backyard. The sight and sound of the babbling brook is so relaxing after a long day at work. An added bonus is that the noise produced from the running water can help cover noisy traffic and neighbors. 3. Waterfall - Similar to a river, a waterfallâ€™s sounds can be melodic to a tired, overworked ear. Combine a river with a waterfall and you'll create a backyard oasis that is sure to lull you and your guests into a very peaceful evening. Underground components are built into the structure to make it easy to enjoy. The water recirculates and is filtered so you don't have to fret about it too much. Just routine maintenance will keep it flowing. 4. Fountains - Here's where you can go crazy. This water feature encompasses so many options. Traditional sculptural fountains, modern orbs and classical niche fountains built into the wall are just a few to consider. The options are only limited by your design tastes. You can display a large fountain as a centerpiece to your garden or tuck a smaller one away in an undiscovered corner. 5. Bubbling Water Pots - A modern twist on water features, these stone orbs usually have one or two small spigots at the top. The water bubbles or gurgles out the spigot and cascades down the surface of the orb, is captured in a pool at the bottom and recirculated. The soft shimmering appearance is different from the splashing effect of a fountain. 6. Stairway Fountain - Sloped lots naturally lend themselves to the use of a stairway fountain. These Zen-like water features involve steps with a wide tread; the water slowly moves down the side of the staircase, dropping from step to step. This can be purchased as a unit or built in out of cement, stones, rocks, or metal. 7. Niche Pond - Smaller backyards or garden areas often don't have room for a full-scaled water feature or pond. Instead, choose a niche pond. This little mini can be tucked into a corner, built into a wall, or even inserted into an attractive container. They are meant to surprise and amuse, and to sooth with their little water sounds. You don't have to install a big swimming pool or even a big pond in your backyard to enjoy the sounds and sights of water. Water cascading, bubbling, or sliding down a hill will give you a pleasant oasis feeling.
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