The Allure of Multi-Level Water Elements

For many years now now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, most notably in gardens. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. alp_gxt686__20101.jpg The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just two the areas you might find one. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

People love to feature them in places having a more traditional look and feel. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Keep Your Outdoor Wall Fountain Clean

It is vital to carefully maintain water fountains for them to function optimally. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Also, algae is likely to build up wherever natural light meets water. Blend hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every three-four months is best for garden fountains. Before cleaning, all the water must be eliminated. Then use a soft cloth and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. If there is delicate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Do not leave any soap deposit inside of or on the fountain.

It is highly advised taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and remove any plankton or calcium. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it easier to wash. 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 components that will stick to the inside of the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking on it every day - this will keep it in tip-top condition. Allowing the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!

Integrate the Vitality of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

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

Do not worry if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. A huge space is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. 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.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to utilize each of them to intensify the 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.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water element.

Guidelines for Installing a Garden Water Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a suitable water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. The practical side of setting one up is often disregarded because people get so focused on the beauty of it. Do not forget that an extension cord can be useful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the typical length of power cords. You will also require a water resource close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Water is difficult to move manually from place to place.

A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a great deal more convenient. A water fountain autofill will make your life less complicated in the long run, but this requires a professional to install since it must be attached to an external water line.

The Stupendous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Display in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of heathen and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, visitors were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of a project to revitalize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.

The Innumerable Choices in Garden Wall Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great place to put your wall fountain when you need peace and quiet. You can also make the most of a small area by having one custom-built. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are necessary for freestanding as well as mounted styles. There are any variety of models to choose from including conventional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Stand-alone wall fountains, otherwise known as floor fountains, are relatively big and feature a basin on the ground.

It is possible to incorporate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. A unified look can be achieved with this style of water feature because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.


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