When people think of residential landscaping, they usually think of lush, green, rolling yards and manicured flower beds. And we love creating those types of landscaping for our Atlanta clients! But we also believe that great landscaping includes unique surprises, like little bubbling urns or pondless waterfalls. If you’re going to invest in landscaping, why not go all the way and add garden water features, hardscaping, and landscape lighting? When you create the perfect outdoor oasis, you’ll want to spend more time outdoors than you do inside!

If you’ve been considering adding a water feature into your landscape design or are simply looking for backyard landscaping ideas, Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group has you covered. Continue reading to learn more about water features, and if you’d like to speak with one of our professional landscapers or request a quote for your project, contact us today.

Benefits of Water Features

Did you know that the human brain interprets the sounds of flowing water as nonthreatening? It literally soothes the mind, and we’re deeply encoded to love water and the sound of bubbling brooks. So naturally, a water feature in your backyard will foster relaxation and peace. It can also mask any nearby noise pollution.

Running water also attracts wildlife. A small water feature can function as a birdbath, attracting beautiful house finches, chickadees, and mourning doves to your yard. If you have a small space, our landscape design company can adjust the water feature to fit your space. 

Water features are also a great way to increase your home value and your home’s curb appeal. They add visual interest and texture to your existing landscaping. 

Types of Water Features

A water feature can be a simple as small reflecting pool or as intricate as a river that turns into a waterfall, spilling into a fish pond with its own fountain. One of the great things about water features — and landscape design more broadly — is that you can continually add and expand. So if you’ve got a small bubbling foundation and are now envisioning a waterfall or coy pond, we can help you make that happen by adding different types of garden water features.


Water features generally fall into four categories: ponds, fountains, waterfalls, and streams. In terms of ponds, you can choose from reflecting pools, ornamental pools, water gardens, and fish ponds. These ponds can be any shape, size, depth, and our landscaping company can help you determine what will work best for your vision and your space.

There are nearly unlimited types of water fountains, from bubbling urns to large pond fountains. They also each make unique sounds, so if possible, you should consider listening to them to see what you’re drawn to. Fountains can also provide a refreshing mist, which is great for our hot Atlanta summers.

How Water Features Work

Most garden water features are self-contained, which means that the water circulates through the feature. This means that you won’t need a constant water supply, and instead will just need to occasionally add water as it evaporates. While you don’t need a constant water supply, you will probably need electricity to drive the pump itself. You can also find solar-powered water features, which are a great addition to sustainable landscaping. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of how water features work or would like to install one in your yard, the landscape experts here at Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape and Design Group. Contact us today and we’ll walk you through your options.

Maintaining An Outdoor Water Feature

Water features are going to need a little cleaning every so often, as they can accumulate grime and slime. When you clean your garden water feature, drain, dismantle, and clean the reservoir. It’s also important to care for your water feature all year round, and it’s a good idea to drain it during the winter months, even though our Atlanta climate is relatively mild.

Michaelangelo’s Sustainable Landscape And Design Group

You can depend on us for all of your garden and lawn care needs — including installing water features! Our Atlanta landscaping company is  dependable, professional, and passionate about providing sustainable landscaping for projects of all sizes, from residential landscaping to large commercial projects. Along with water features, we also provide regular turf care, hardscapes, irrigation, and landscape lighting. We serve customers in Alpharetta, Marietta, Roswell, and everywhere in between. Contact us today for a free estimate on your lawn care!