Many experts say America is going through a water crisis with more shortages ahead. Let's consider some better ways to enjoy water in our home's outdoor environment without adding to the problem.

container pond with alocasia and water lilies

Build a Small Pond For The Garden

Even a small pond can be home to a variety of wildlife such as damsel flies, dragonflies, newts and frogs. Any pond can become a feeding area for birds, hedgehogs and bats, all of which provide excellent natural pest control.

Your pond doesn't need to be big. An enamel dish pan, large plant pot, or even an old sink can be repurposed as a pond if wildlife is able to access it safely.

If the container isn’t watertight, add a piece of pond liner. Add a layer of gravel and rocks. Use logs or stones to create a range of depths and add a slope for access and egress. If your container isn’t close to the ground, you’ll need to provide a ramp

pond in plastic container

Solar Water Features

By converting sunlight into energy, solar fountains are able to operate without the use of electricity or batteries. Solar panels designed to absorb and retain energy from sunlight and convert it into power operate the fountain's pump.

solar fountain in a birdbath

solar fountain in a birdbath