Pond Water Features: The Jewel in Your Own Garden

When envisioning a fountain, most people first think of the artfully carved ones found adorning beautiful homes, parks, public buildings, etc. However, they can really compliment any decor, as they can be made in just about any shape, size, and design. A pond fountain can be a wonderful addition to your own yard.

Two major benefits can result from setting up one of your own. or-125__15898.jpg To start off, everyone knows that fountains add beauty and contribute to a calming ambiance. What better way to wind down than to listen to the trickle of water and soak up its tranquility. A bit of style and charm will also be added to the atmosphere. Moreover, your beautiful fountain will inspire your guests to gather around and take photos, making your get-togethers even more entertaining.

Another benefit is that such a water feature will supply the fish in your pond with better, healthier water. Since it keeps the water pumping constantly, it helps to improve the oxygen level in the pond to the advantage of your fish. The constant motion of the water and the enhanced oxygen levels will make sure your fish stay healthy. You will notice an improvement in your plants as well.

Consider Getting a Self-Contained Water Feature for Your Garden

Self-Contained fountains are cheaper and quick to install and are therefore quite common. All of the parts are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. Another name for a fountain having its own water supply is referred to as “self-contained”.

Given that they do not need much work to set up, self-contained fountains are perfect for patios and porches. They are also not difficult to move from place to place.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be level, so your landscaper will need to first determine if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the ground is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. Your water feature is now set for setup and the addition of water. The remaining step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is stand-alone and does not necessitate an external water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. The center of a garden is a popular place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be put anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to produce them.

From Where Did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin?

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational events.

A Solar Powered Water Wall Fountain

Do you desire to make your personal space just a little more stunning? Solar water features might be the answer - they are a perfect add-on to any home because they embellish the layout and raise the price of your home. Solar powered water features can be a wiser investment versus electric ones because they not only improve one's well-being but they offer other interesting monetary perks. Despite initial expenses, the long-term investment in this type of fountain is worth it. Despite periodic power outages, your fountain will not be affected because it does not run on electricity.

Constant running water fountains will most probably lead to a higher electric bill at the end of the month.

Keep in mind that while you may not notice any rewards right away, your home will be worth more further down the road.

The issue with using more electricity is not only about our electric bills, the impact on the environment is considerable. Becoming “green” is just one of the pros of setting up a solar water fountain running only on the energy of the sun. The environment can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

Less maintenance is a result of installing this kind of fountain. Since solar fountains don't have motors, they don't get clogged which leads to little cleaning. And this means more personal time for you!

Keep Your Large Outdoor Fountain Clean

Water fountains will last a long time with routine cleaning and maintenance. It is important to clean it out and remove any debris or foreign elements that might have fallen into or onto it. Another factor is that water that is exposed to sunlight is vulnerable to growing algae. To stay clear of this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add right into the water. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scrubbing every 3-4 months. Before cleaning, all the water must be taken out. Next use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the interior of the reservoir. A useful tip is to use a toothbrush if there are small hard-to-reach spots. Any soap residue left on your fountain can harm it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Various organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is advised to take it apart and clean it completely.

Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to wash. Build-up can be a big headache, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to eliminate this dilemma.

And finally, make sure the water level is continuously full in order to keep your fountain working smoothly. Allowing the water to reach below the pump’s intake level, can cause severe damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!


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