Setting up a Fountain In Smaller Backyards

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Water just mixes into the greenery in your yard. Ponds, artificial rivers, or fountains are just some of the ways you can you can make it become the focal feature on your property. Small verandas or large gardens is the perfect place to install a water element. The ambience can be significantly modified by placing it in the best place and using the right accessories.

Acqua Vergine: The Solution to Rome's Water Troubles

Previous to 273, when the very first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Roma, residents who lived on hillsides had to go further down to gather their water from natural sources. If residents living at higher elevations did not have accessibility to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to rely on the other existing systems of the day, cisterns that gathered rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from under ground. From the early sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill through the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. Through its initial building and construction, pozzi (or manholes) were placed at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. Though they were originally designed to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started out using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he acquired the property in 1543.

Whilst the cardinal also had a cistern to get rainwater, it didn’t produce enough water. By using an orifice to the aqueduct that ran below his property, he was set to fulfill his water demands.

Multi-Tiered Water Elements for your Yard

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been prevalent, especially in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain traditionally have many tiered fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. All multi-level fountains are enchanting, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

Any area can be enhanced with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

A Wall Water Feature to Suit Your Design

You can find peace and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. Whether it is stand alone or fitted, you will need a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump.

There are many different styles available on the market including traditional, contemporary, classical, or Asian.

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

A stand-alone water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it appear as if it was part of the landscape rather than an added feature.

From Where Did Large Garden Fountains Begin?

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.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

Keep Your Landscape Fountain Clean

Water fountains will last a long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. It is important to clean it out and get rid of any debris or foreign elements that might have gotten into or onto it. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun combines with still water, algae can develop. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be dissolved into the water to prevent this problem. There are those who prefer to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every 3-4 months is recommended for garden fountains. Before you can start washing it you must drain out all of the water. Then use a soft rag and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. If there are any small grooves, use a toothbrush to get every spot. Do not leave any soap deposits inside of or on the fountain.

Some organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is recommended to take it apart and clean it completely. Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to clean. If you want to remove build-up in your fountain, use rain water or mineral water versus tap water, as these don’t contain any components that might stick to the inside of the pump.

One final trick for keeping your fountain in top working shape is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. 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!


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