Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect. 5001-blk__30544.jpg

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Outdoor Elegance: Garden Water fountains

Having a pond near your outdoor water fountain is no longer necessary because they can now be placed on a wall close by. Nowadays, you can do away with digging, complicated installations and cleaning the pond. Due to its self-contained nature, this feature no longer requires plumbing work. However, water needs to be added regularly. Clear away the water from the basin and place fresh water in its place when you see that the spot is grimy.

The most utilized materials used to manufacture garden wall fountains are stone and metal, even though they can be made out of any number of other elements. You need to know the look you are shooting for in order to decide on the best material. The best designs for your outdoor wall fountain are those which are handmade, easy to put up and not too heavy to hang. The fountain you buy needs to be easy to maintain as well. While there may be some cases in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which require scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging parts. You can effortlessly perk up your outdoor area with these kinds of fountains.

Installation and Maintenance of Outdoor Water fountains

An important facet to think about is the size of the outdoor wall fountain in relation to the space in which you are going to install it. A strong wall is absolutely necessary to hold up its overall weight.

Remember that smaller areas or walls will require a lightweight fountain. An electric socket near the fountain is required to power the fountain. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you select, they generally come with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

Most outside wall fountains come in easy-to-use kits that will give you everything you need to properly install it. The kit will include a submersible pump, the hoses and basin (or reservoir). If the size is appropriate, the basin can be concealed amongst your garden plants. Since outdoor wall fountains need little attention, the only thing left to do is clean it consistently.

Replenishing and purifying the water on a consistent basis is very important. Debris such as branches, leaves or dirt should be cleared away quickly. Extremely cold temperatures can damage your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during winer. Your pump may split when subjected to freezing water during the winter, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage.

Simply put, your outdoor fountain will be a part of your life for many years to come with the correct care and maintenance.

Reasons to Consider Putting in a Disappearing Water Fountain in your Backyard

The other name for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. The water rises from a covered source, hence the name. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets steady foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the surroundings. They come in a range of distinct styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

There are many special advantages to a disappearing fountain contrary to other fountains. There is no big pool of water that could pose a threat to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. This means that youngsters can safely hang out around it. Evaporating water is also not a concern because the water source is not out in the open. Other types of fountains use up more water due to evaporation. The time needed on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and rubbish can not get into the water supply. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost any place you want.

Pond Water Features: The Gem in Your Very Own Yard

Most people think of the stunning masterpieces that adorn the front of public buildings when they think of fountains. However, they can really suit any area, as they can be made in just about any shape, size, and design. This kind of element could even fit into the design of your garden, yard, or external decor.

Two good things will take place if you put in one of your own. One is the sense of calm and loveliness that fountains create. The sound of the water flowing combined with the lovely appearance is perfect to finish off a tough day. A bit of style and charm will also be added to the ambiance. Additionally, when you have friends over, they will want to hang out around your gorgeous fountain, making your get-togethers even more interesting.

Secondly, the fish in your pond will have healthier water if you add this kind of water feature.

A pond fountain will aerate the water by keeping it in motion, which is fantastic for fish. Your fish will last a longer time because of the constantly moving, aerated water. You should see happier plants too.


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