Fountains: An Invitation for Your Pets and Visiting Birds

p-586-p-585__05528.jpg Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. All birds need a place to drink, bathe and preen. Birds such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers are normally enticed to the flowing water of fountains. Birds are often drawn to outdoor fountains because of their moving water rather than the standing water found in bowl-shaped bird baths. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more detectable sound, this attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they provide refreshing water to drink. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for fresh water. Also, regularly coursing water fountains require less upkeep than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

The Father Of Rome's Fountain Design And Style

There are countless popular fountains in the city center of Rome. One of the greatest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed, conceptualized and built nearly all of them. He was also a urban designer, in addition to his skills as a fountain engineer, and records of his life's work are noticeable throughout the streets of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features.

The young Bernini received encouragement from Popes and relevant artists alike, and was an exceptional employee. Originally he was recognized for his sculpting skills. An expert in historical Greek architecture, he utilized this knowledge as a starting point and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. Although many artists had an impact on his work, Michelangelo had the most profound effect.

Deciding on the Best Spot for Your Water Fountain

Before selecting a water fountain, take some time to think about specifically where you want to put it. They make striking centerpieces in roundabouts and make a lovely impression in driveways and entryways too.

It is also possible to buy a fountain made especially to be placed against a wall. If you check the back, you will see a bar or some other piece to affix it against a wall, grate or fence. There are many natural hazards such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely attach it to the wall, so do not neglect to do this immediately.

In public places like parks where people tend to sit and take it easy for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

An Introduction to Contained Backyard Water Elements

People love contained fountains for their easy installation and lower cost. All of the parts are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. One name for a fountain having its own water supply is known as “self-contained”.

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

The first issue the landscaper will need to find out is whether or not the land is level. If your landscaper thinks the surface is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The following step is to put your water feature in place and add some water. It is now time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is ideal. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and position them right in the center, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. You will find them in myriad different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Taking Care Of Garden Wall Fountains

Setting up an outdoor wall fountain demands that you bear in mind the dimensions of the space where you are going to install it. In order to support its total weight, a solid wall is needed. So spaces or walls which are smaller in size will most probably require something light. An electrical socket near the fountain is required to power the fountain. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you choose, they typically come with simple to follow, step-by-step instructions.

Most outside wall fountains are available in "for-dummies" style kits that will provide you all you need to properly install it. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are included in the kit.

Depending on its size, the basin can normally be hidden quite easily amongst the plants. Once your wall fountain is in place, all that is needed is consistent cleaning and some light maintenance.

It is essential to replenish the water consistently so that it remains clean. Leaves, branches or dirt are types of debris which should be cleared away quickly. Make sure that your outdoor wall fountain is protected from bitterly cold winter temperatures. Bring your pump inside when the weather turns very cold and freezes the water so as to eliminate any possible damage, such as cracking. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with the right maintenance and care.


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