The Different Styles in Backyard Water Features

A garden can be a little sanctuary, providing you a tranquil place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. Even though there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. Many people choose to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or building a water feature. ft_268__85570.jpg

A water fountain can dramatically alter the aesthetics of a garden. Where you once had a simple area, you will now enjoy an outdoor wonderland. The sounds of a water fountain make for a calming environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will entice. Your fountain will quickly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.

Wall Water Features: A Broad Range of Style Options

When you are tight on room, a garden wall fountain is an ideal solution. These decorative pieces are quick to set up on any wall surface and do not take up a lot of space. Prices range from cheap to expensive and there are many types available so everyone should be able to find the best model for them. There is also a range of colors and shapes available. These gorgeous water fountains are also common with anyone looking to add some pizzazz to their outdoor decor. If you want a unique waterfall effect, consider installing more than one fountain if you have room available on your wall.

Lots of options are out there if you want to get a garden fountain. Which one to purchase and where to put it up are the initial decisions you have to make.

Keep Your Garden Wall Fountain Tidy

Water fountains will keep working a very long time with regular cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Another factor is that water that is exposed to sunlight is prone to growing algae. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem.

Bleach can also be dissolved into the water, however this is not the ideal option because it can harm birds or other animals.

No more than 3-4 months should really go by without an extensive cleansing of a fountain. Before you can start washing it you need to drain out all of the water. Next use gentle and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there is delicate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Make sure all the soap is totally rinsed off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and washing the inside properly. Soaking it in vinegar for a while will make it easier to scrub. If you want to remove build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water rather than tap water, as these don’t contain any elements that might stick to the inside of the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by looking at 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!

A Short History of Water Features

Villages and communities depended on practical water fountains to conduct water for cooking, bathing, and cleaning from nearby sources like lakes, channels, or creeks. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was needed to pressurize the flow and send water spraying from the fountain's spout, a technology without equal until the later half of the nineteenth century. Striking and impressive, prominent water fountains have been built as monuments in many cultures. If you saw the 1st fountains, you wouldn't recognize them as fountains. A natural stone basin, carved from rock, was the first fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious functions. The first stone basins are thought to be from around 2000 BC. The jet of water emerging from small jets was pressured by gravity, the sole power source creators had in those days. These original fountains were created to be functional, often situated along reservoirs, streams and waterways to provide drinking water. Fountains with ornamental Gods, mythological beasts, and creatures began to appear in Rome in about 6 BC, built from natural stone and bronze. The remarkable aqueducts of Rome supplied water to the eye-catching public fountains, most of which you can visit today.

Improve Your Garden with the Aid of Feng Shui

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthful energy into your home as well.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. A huge area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The primary feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. The first part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting started, make sure you understand 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 include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Consider integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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