10 Backyard Pond Benefits

Backyard ponds have many benefits, not just for homeowners, but also for wildlife and the environment.

Whether it’s a koi pond, wildlife pond or a small pond with a water feature, there are many great benefits to having a backyard pond.

Here are 10 benefits of having a small garden pond in your yard.

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1. Aesthetic value

Garden ponds add beauty and interest to your property. 

They can be used as a focal point in your landscaping or garden design.

Ponds can be customized to fit any size yard and budget and you can choose from a variety of materials, such as concrete, stone, or liner kits.

Garden ponds change by the season so they create year round interest.

2. A place to relax

Another benefit of backyard ponds is that they can provide a place of beauty and relaxation in your backyard.

The trickling sound of a waterfall, backyard stream or bubbling water feature can create a sense of peace and relaxation and help to reduce stress.

The white-noise will also help to reduce the sounds of traffic, neighbors and other noises that are common in cities.

If you live in an area with hot summers, a backyard pond can also provide a refreshing place to cool off.

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3. Adds value to your home

A well maintained garden pond can increase the value of your home. 

If you ever decide to sell, potential buyers will be impressed by an attractive pond and may be willing to pay more for your home.

4. They’re great for nature watching

Ponds attract a wide variety of wildlife, such as birds, frogs, turtles, lizards, dragonflies and butterflies which can add even more beauty to your yard while providing a fun learning opportunity for children.

5. Habitat for wildlife

Ponds are used for breeding, shelter, drinking and feeding locations for many different types of wildlife. [1]

Be sure to place a few large stones in shallow areas of the pond for small insects to land and take a drink and plant some low growing shrubs or grasses around the pond for lizards and frogs to take shelter underneath.

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6. Less lawn to mow 

Installing a backyard pond means less lawn to mow.

This can save you time and money, as well as being better for the environment.

You can also landscape the area around the pond using native plants, rocks and gravel. 

This will attract pollinators and provide food and shelter for other wildlife.

7. Learning experience for kids

Installing a garden pond is a great way to get kids away from their screens and out in the fresh air.

Kids can learn about the diverse range of plants and animals that live in and around ponds. 

They can also learn about the water cycle, ecology, and other scientific concepts by having a pond in the backyard.

Pond safety for children

8. Erosion control

Ponds can help to prevent soil erosion by slowing down water runoff. 

This is especially beneficial in areas prone to flooding.

9. Water storage

Ponds can be used as a water source during dry periods or droughts. 

You can use a small pump to extract some water out of the pond for watering plants or keeping your lawn alive.

10. Temperature regulation

Ponds help to cool down the surrounding area and provide moisture to the air.

This is helpful during long periods of hot, dry weather, especially if you have tropical plants in your garden.

pond with flowers


Ponds can be a great addition to any backyard and with so many benefits, it’s no wonder they are becoming increasingly popular.

Do you have a garden pond? What are some of your favorite things about it?

Are you on Pinterest? I have boards dedicated to Garden Ponds and Water Gardens that you may find interesting.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener with a special interest in ponds and water gardens. For over a decade, I've been designing and creating beautiful gardens that feature stunning water features, from small garden ponds to large water gardens. Read more