Consider Buying a Contained Water Element for Your Garden

Self-Contained fountains are economical and easy to install and are therefore in demand. All of the parts are included with the fountain even the plumbing and pump. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a patio or deck, a self-contained model is definitely for you. or-106__80614.jpg They are easily transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The place you want to put your fountain will need to be even, so your landscaper will need to first decide if this is the case. If your landscaper thinks the ground is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. The time has come to position your water feature where you want it and fill it with water. It is now time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

The best option for anyone who wants flexibility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a favorite place for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. A range of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Where did Landscape Fountains Originate from?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, 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 helped fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Multi-Tiered Water Elements for your Yard

Fountains with multiple tiers can be found just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for many years.

Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain traditionally have lots of multi-level fountains. Common places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. While some multi-level fountains have sophisticated designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be enhanced with one, even though a more traditional setting is sometimes more suitable. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

A Smaller Garden Space? Don't Fret! You Can Still Have a Water Fountain

The reflective properties of water means it can make smaller areas look bigger than they are. Water features such as fountains benefit from the reflective attributes coming from dark materials. When the sun goes down, you can use underwater lights in a variety of colors and shapes to light up your new feature. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Alleviating stress and anxiety with their calming sounds are some of the applications in nature medicine.

Your backyard vegetation is a fantastic place to blend in your water feature.

People will be focused on the pond, artificial river or fountain in your garden. Examples of places where you can install a water element include large lawns or small patios. The best way to perfect the ambience, place it in a good place and use the right accompaniments.

A Glimpse into the Roots of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V authorized scores of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to make it into the worthy seat of the Christian world. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent repair at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman convention of installing lavish fountains, referred to as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space formerly filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by him. The water which ultimately supplied the Trevi Fountain, as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the rebuilt and altered aqueduct.

Garden Water Features: Installment Guidelines

When planning where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the closest 120v outlet. You will need to replenish your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. Water is hard to move by hand from place to place.

A nearby hose is useful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill is yet another option, but will call for the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.


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