Water Elements: A Necessity in any Japanese Gardens

230_houndstooth_top_closed__52401.jpg You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most important component of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very prevalent. Underneath the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. In addition, it is vital to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a beautiful add-on.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss progressively covers the rocks, it becomes even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

There are different options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.

Water Transport Solutions in Ancient Rome

Rome’s 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; prior to that, citizens living at higher elevations had to depend on local creeks for their water. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the only technological innovations around at the time to supply water to segments of greater elevation. From the early sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. Throughout the length of the aqueduct’s route were pozzi, or manholes, that gave entry.

During the roughly nine years he possessed the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi made use of these manholes to take water from the network in buckets, though they were initially established for the intent of cleaning and maintaining the aqueduct. It seems that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t sufficient to satisfy his needs. To provide himself with a much more streamlined way to gather water, he had one of the manholes exposed, giving him access to the aqueduct below his residence.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Landscape Fountains

Water fountains will keep working a long time with regular cleaning and maintenance. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outdoor fountains, so keeping it clean is vital. On top of that, algae can be a challenge, because sunshine hitting the water permits it to form quickly. To stay clear of this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add directly into the water. Another option is to stir bleach into the water, but this action can sicken wild animals and so should really be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every 3-4 months is recommended for garden fountains. To start with you must remove the water. When you have done this, wash inside the water reservoir with a gentle detergent. Feel free to use a toothbrush if necessary for any stubborn crevasses. Any soap residue that remains on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

It is highly recommended taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and remove any plankton or calcium. Soaking it in vinegar for a while will make it easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to avoid any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

One final trick for keeping your fountain in top working order 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 do not want to happen!

Spruce up Your Backyard with the Use of Feng Shui

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

Do not worry if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Whether you are adding feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by comprehending how to bolster each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the optimal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful 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).

Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity.

Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entrance 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 arrived in the city of Rome

The end of the 19th century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

The Plusses of Disappearing Water Elements in your Backyard

Disappearing fountains occasionally go by the name “pondless” fountains. The origin of the water is not visible since it is underneath the surface of the ground. Any spot where there are people, such as a walking path, is perfect for a disappearing fountain since it adds calming sounds and a lovely visual effect. They are available in an array of distinct styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also come with many added merits. There is no large pool of water that could pose a risk to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. This means that children can safely hang out around it. Additionally, since the water is held underground, none of it is lost to evaporation.

This type of fountain, therefore, is a good choice for areas where there is a need to reduce water consumption. The time you spend on maintenanceis also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water supply. Finally, due to its more compact size, it is less difficult to install it where you want it than other types of fountains.


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