Keep Your Landscape Fountain Tidy

Water fountains will last a very long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and insects often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Also, algae has a tendency to build up wherever natural light meets water. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue. a-030__49386.jpg There are those who prefer to use bleach, but that is dangerous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

No more than three-four months should go by without an extensive cleansing of a fountain. The initial task is to empty out all the water. As soon as it is empty, clean inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser. If there is detailed artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Do not leave any soap deposits inside of or on the fountain.

It is highly advised taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and eliminate any plankton or calcium. Soaking it in vinegar for a bit will make it easier to scrub. If you want to minimize build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water versus tap water, as these don’t contain any components that will stick to the inside of the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking it every day - this will keep it in tip-top shape. If the water level falls below the pump’s intake level, it can damage the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Experiencing

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and uninviting which generally kept visitors away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The task of laying down the church’s foundation began on August 17, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Typical Water Elements Seen in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually include a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been out in the open for a long time. It is vital that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a beautiful add-on.

An alternate approach is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. Before long moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Consider adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are alternative options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Many people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a rippling brook.

Add the Vitality of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Do not fret if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. A sizeable space is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your home’s bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

Before getting started, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about including a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Grow Your Business with a Water Feature

Most customers think water fountains are a great addition to a business. Increasing traffic flow and differentiating yourself from the competition are just some of the benefits of having a water fountain in your place of work. Such businesses as yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, and salons can financially profit from installing a water feature nearby. A water fountain will offer the perfect ambiance to a business where people like to gather and relax. A bar or restaurant should contemplate adding a water fountain to bring in couples seeking a romantic setting.


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