For the past 10+ years the water feature has been the most desired outdoor improvement. However, a challenger has arisen: the outdoor fire pit. If you are looking to add a little "something" to your landscape, should it make a splash or add some flare? (Pun intended)
You can't deny that a water feature adds two great facets to any landscape: beauty and sound.
A well made water feature is a natural focal point. It pulls your eyes and feet towards it while pushing neighborhood noise into the background.
Add water plants and koi- it becomes hard to argue that anything else in your landscape is more thoroughly engrossing.
But they do have drawbacks...
Water features are not cheap. Spend now for a quality pond or spend later on wasted water, electricity, and repairs.
And water features can be a bit needy. They need a little care, especially as they age (who doesn't).
How about fire pits?
A fire pit's appeal is more subtle. Yes, they can be major element- but probably not the anchor for your whole yard.
But tell me this: where do you want spend two hours on a late summer evening? Cleaning your pond or enjoying crackling flames in your fire pit.
A fire pit is happy to chill in the background, ready when you need it. But visitors won't ask to go into your backyard to check out the fire pit.
So the real question is not, which is better? But, which is best for you?
Let me know in the comments!