Consider Getting a Stand-Alone Water Element for Your Backyard

Since contained fountains are both affordable and easy to install, they are very popular. You do not need any more components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. Yet another name for a fountain having its own water supply is known as “self-contained”. ft-247__69807.jpg

If you are shopping for an easy-to-install water fountain for a veranda or deck, a self-contained model is definitely for you. They are perfectly transportable too in case you later decide to move it somewhere else.

The spot you want to put your fountain will need to be level, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always flatten it for you. The moment has come to put your water feature in place and fill it with water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall outlet, or batteries, and it will be good to go.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and place them right in the center, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to produce them.

Water Fountains: Fundamental in any Japanese Gardens

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. Below the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

More substantial water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Give some thought to adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. The illusion of a creek with running water can also be achieved by placing flat stones very closely together.

Eye-Catching Garden Tiered Water Elements

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been popular, especially in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain traditionally have many multi-level fountains. Common places to spot them are in courtyards and piazzas. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively simple types.

Traditional or classic settings are great places for them. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the area and fit in accordingly.

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform properly. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outdoor fountains, so keeping it clean is vital. Also, algae has a tendency to build up wherever natural light meets water. In order to stay clear of this, there are some common ingredients that can be added into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide.

Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts suggest that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough cleaning every 3-4 months. Before you can start washing it you should drain out all of the water. Next use gentle and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there is intricate 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 suggested taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and get rid of any plankton or calcium. To make it less challenging, soak it in vinegar for several hours before cleaning. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to eliminate any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is consistently full in order to keep your fountain running smoothly. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

The Origins of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V authorized countless of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. Turning the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. Beginning in 1453, he called for the restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The mostra, a monumental dedicatory fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a custom also restored by Nicholas V. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the building of a wall fountain in the place where the imposing Trevi Fountain now stands.

The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains situtated in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the altered, rebuilt aqueduct.

Vitalize Your Yard with the Aid of Feng Shui

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

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. A sizeable area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to introduce feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start by knowing the bagua of the house.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by comprehending how to strengthen each of its five elements.

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.

This could be the perfect spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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


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