The Root of Modern Outdoor Water Fountains

c_077__27676.jpg During his reign (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the learned Pope Nicholas V directed scores of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. The ruined Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water in the into the capital city from numerous miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his request. In addition, the ancient Roman practice of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The interesting background of the Trevi Fountain date back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The changes, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, ultimately made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

Common Fountains Found in Japanese Landscapes

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very popular. The water moves through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be designed to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants.

To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decoration.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, out in a much bigger water feature. Charming add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are different alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of flowing water.

Animals and Outdoor Fountains

House pets may be wary of a new water feature so make sure to take them into account before getting one.

Your freestanding fountain may be seen as a big pool or a drinking pond by your dog. Your pets will not be negatively affected if you add a wall fountain to your yard. You may need to think about where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. If you intend to purposely attract birds, however, installing a birdbath is a good solution. Setting up a wall water fountain inside your house is a good option if you want to avoid such concerns. It is common to see these types of fountains in dental or medical offices as well as in glamorous homes.

Keep Your Large Outdoor Fountain Clean

Adequate care and regular upkeep are important to the longevity of water fountains. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. On top of that, algae can be a concern, because sun hitting the water allows it to form quickly. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. There are those who choose to use bleach, but that is dangerous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should undergo a serious cleaning. Before cleaning, all of the water must be taken out. Then use a soft rag and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. A good tip is to use a toothbrush if there are tiny hard-to-reach spots. Make sure all the soap is completely washed off.

Some organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is recommended to take it apart and clean it thoroughly. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it quicker to clean.

Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to avoid any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain every day and add water if you notice that the level is too low. Allowing the water to go below the pump’s intake level, can cause severe damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

A Wall Fountain to Fit Your Design

You can find tranquility and quiet when you add a wall fountain in your garden or patio. Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not occupy much room. Whether it is stand alone or fitted, you will need a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump. Traditional, contemporary, classic, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can consider.

Usually quite large, freestanding wall fountains, also referred to as floor fountains, have their basins on the ground.

A wall-mounted fountain can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. The appearance of your landscape will seem more unified instead of disjointed when you install this style of fountain.

Pick from Many Exterior Wall Fountain Styles

You can design a place to relax as well as add a touch of style to your porch or yard with a wall fountain since they are great adornments to fit into small area. When considering the many types of outdoor wall fountains available including traditional, antique, modern, or Asian, you are certain to find one best suited to your design ideas. While there are countless prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a customized fountain if none of these are appealing to you.

The two types of fountains available to you are mounted and stand-alone models. Little, self-contained mounted wall fountains can be hung on any surface. One of the most important aspects of wall fountains is that they be light, so they are typically made of fiberglass or resin to replicate the look of stone. Floor fountains are freestanding, big, and also have a basin on the ground as well as a flat side against the wall. Typically made of cast stone, these water features have no weight constraints.

Many experienced landscapers prefer custom-built fountains which can be integrated into a brand-new wall or an existing one. A professional mason is required to place the water basin against the wall and properly install all the plumbing inside or behind the wall. It is also necessary to include a spout or fountain mask to build it into the wall. Customized wall fountains add to a unified look because they become part of the landscape rather than look like a later addition.


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