Water nourishes the body and soothes the soul. It’s no wonder that more and more gardeners are rolling back the sod and incorporating beautiful water features into their landscapes, ranging from small decorative fountains to impressive in-ground ponds. Garden centres offer lovely, inexpensive statuary as well as innovative products that make building your own pond easy, while landscape professionals offer larger custom-designed options. Things to keep in mind when planning your water feature: LOCATION Certified landscape designer Fred Post of Your Designer Landscapes, recommends choosing the location of your pond based on how you plan to use your water feature—as a vista through a living room window or a tranquil setting for outdoor dining and entertaining. Avoid placing a pond beneath or close to trees that will drop their leaves or needles, adding additional maintenance to your pond. Consider slope, soil, sun, shade, wind and utility lines when planning the location of your water feature. SLOPE Place the pond on a flat area above the lowest spot on the site to avoid overflow by rainwater, causing muddy waters and possibly washing away plants and fish. SOIL Clay soil, although difficult to excavate, holds its shape, and flexible liners will conform to whatever configuration you dig out. Create a series of internal ledges that will provide bases for large boulders to gradually incline upward to the pond margins and for marginal plants to be placed, in pots, in the pond. SUN, SHADE AND WIND Position your pond where plants will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Wind can speed up evaporation and damage plants and shrubs. Erect windscreens in windy spots. UTILITIES Call before you dig to avoid installing over gas, electrical or sewer lines. The closer the pond is to electrical outlets for fountains, lights and a pump, the less expensive it will be to run lines to it. Running a water line is only necessary if you can’t reach the pond with a garden hose to top off the water level. Serving Summer Refreshments with Flair (Pics of different jugs of refreshments with fruits etc.,) The hot weather is here so make sure you have cool drinks on hand with these chic dispensers. Whether you’re hosting a swanky soiree or a casual outdoor barbecue, they are a great way to display the drink of choice: iced tea with sliced lemons, juice, punch or something with a little more, er… punch! Your guests will have fun refilling their own glasses with this easy-to-use entertaining essential.