The Demand for Water Features in Japanese Landscapes

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are seen as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself. fcl125__31263.jpg

Many people also get a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water passes 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 out in the open for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. As you can likely deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain built of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The point 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.

Larger water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of running water.

Animals and Backyard Fountains

Take into account how your pet may react to a water feature before you get one. Your stand-alone fountain may be seen as a big pool or a drinking pond by your pooch. Your cherished pets will probably take well to a fountain feature in your outdoor area. You may need to think about where you will place the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. If you wish to purposely entice birds, however, putting in a birdbath is a good solution. Wall water fountains are great for indoor use as well if you want to sidestep these matters. These types of fountains are ideal for dental and medical practices, not to mention stately homes.

The Perfect Multi-Tiered Water Feature for your Backyard

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

These kinds of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. Piazzas and building courtyards are very popular places where you will see tiered fountains. All multi-level fountains are alluring, although some have much more lavish carvings than others.

While they can be seen just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic environments. It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Factors to Consider When Setting up an Outdoor Fountain

A lot of people forget about the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when contemplating where to put their garden fountain. People sometimes forget the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor electrical outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. You will need to fill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. Transporting water is tough and laborious.

A nearby garden hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill will make your life less complicated in the long run, but this requires a specialist to install since it must be attached to an external water line.

Keep Your Garden Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to work optimally. It is important to clean it out and remove any debris or foreign objects that might have gotten into or onto it. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun comes in contact with still water, algae can develop. To avoid this, there are some simple ingredients that can be poured into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the problem is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Every three-four months, garden fountains should have a serious cleaning. First off you must drain the water. Then use a soft rag and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. If there is detailed artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas.

Any soap residue left on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Some organisms and calcium deposits can get inside the pump, so it is recommended to take it apart and clean it completely. To make it less difficult, soak it in vinegar overnight before cleaning. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by looking at it every day - this will keep it in tip-top condition. If the water level falls below the pump’s intake level, it can harm the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!

How Feng Shui Make Your Yard into Place to Relax

Experience the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard.

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, charming one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is important to determine your home’s first.

It is also essential to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. This could be the perfect spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

A water feature is a perfect add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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