Outdoor Fountains: Installation Tips

When thinking about where to set up your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The delight of owning one occasionally causes people to overlook the technical aspects when setting it up for the first time. If you require an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as typical power cords are only 12 feet long. A practical place to get water is essential since you will need to fill your fountain. Water is hard to move by yourself from place to place. wwdvs_cv_2__26589.jpg A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a lot less demanding. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be hooked up to an external water line and needs a skilled person to install it.

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 drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

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 ornamental.

The creation of unique water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

How to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your household.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. If you have a lavish, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

Before getting going, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is necessary to integrate it. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

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

The Pull of Multi-Tiered Water Fountains

For many years now now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, particularly in gardens. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Common places to spot them are in courtyards and city squares. While some multi-level fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

People love to include them in spots having a more traditional look and feel. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

Early Water Delivery Techniques in Rome

Previous to 273, when the very first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was constructed in Roma, citizens who resided on hillsides had to go further down to gather their water from natural sources.

If citizens residing at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to be dependent on the remaining existing systems of the time, cisterns that collected rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from under ground. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they applied the emerging approach of redirecting the motion from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground network. Pozzi, or manholes, were built at standard intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. While these manholes were provided to make it simpler and easier to maintain the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to extract water from the channel, which was carried out by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he bought the property in 1543 to his passing in 1552. Although the cardinal also had a cistern to collect rainwater, it couldn't produce a sufficient amount of water. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran beneath his residential property.

Keep Your Landscape Fountain Clean

Appropriate care and regular upkeep are important to the longevity of water fountains. It is important to clean it out and take out any debris or foreign elements that might have dropped into or onto it. Another factor is that water that is subjected to sunlight is susceptible to growing algae. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be mixed into the water to avoid this issue. Some people opt for pouring bleach into the water, but the drawback is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every three-four months is ideal for garden fountains. Prior to cleaning, all of the water must be removed. Then use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean inside the reservoir. Feel free to use a toothbrush if needed for any smaller crevasses. Do not leave any soap residue in or on the fountain.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and cleaning the inside properly. Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to scrub.

Neither rain water nor mineral water contain components that will accumulate inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

One final trick for keeping your fountain in top working condition is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. If the water level drops below the pump’s intake level, it can harm the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!


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