The Truth About Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

330_ht_1__02536.jpg You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not include a water element. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. It must have a worn-down, weathered look as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decoration.

If you are searching for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain made of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. Eventually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Lots of people include a koi pond or a small stream as a final touch.

However, water does not need to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. Good options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of flowing water.

The Multiple Styles of Wall Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your backyard or on a veranda is great when you seek to relax.

Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not need much room. Both the stand alone and mounted models need to have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. You have many models to a lot to choose from whether you are looking for a traditional, contemporary, classical, or Asian style.

With its basin laid on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are typically quite large in size.

On the other hand, a fountain affixed to a wall can be added onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. The appearance of your landscape will seem more cohesive instead of disjointed when you put in this kind of water feature.

Reasons to Consider Putting in a Disappearing Water Feature in your Backyard

The term “pondless fountain” is one other way to refer to a disappearing fountain. You are not able to see where the water comes from, because it is underground. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out frequently, as they add so much to the surrounding area. It is not hard to find the style that is right for you, as there are so many to choose from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

A disappearing fountain could be the most appropriate choice for you for many reasons. The water rises from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any risk to those around it is minimized. As a result, it presents no threat to children. Moreover, no water is going to evaporate since it is not subjected to the open air. Other kinds of fountains waste more water due to evaporation. It is really low-maintenance since it is below ground and not exposed to dirt or algae. Lastly, it is simpler to find a space for it because of its small size.

The Captivating Origin of the Outdoor Water Fountains

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to mandate translations of important books from their original Greek into Latin. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance it. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope. Nicholas V also undertook the building of mostras, an ancient Roman practice of putting up grand public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was instructed by him to build a wall fountain where we now see the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included changes and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to function optimally. A common concern with fountains is that they tend to accumulate dirt and debris, so it is essential that you keep it free from this. Also, algae is likely to build up any place natural light meets water. Mix hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue.

Some people opt for pouring bleach into the water, but the problem is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts recommend that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scouring every three-four months. The first step is to get rid of all the water. Then use a soft cloth and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. If there is delicate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Any soap residue left on your fountain can harm it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

It is highly advised taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and eliminate any plankton or calcium. To make it less challenging, soak it in vinegar for a while before cleaning. Build-up can be a big headache, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to eliminate this dilemma.

And finally, make sure the water level is continuously full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally.

If the water level falls below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!

Consider Getting a Self-Contained Fountain for Your Yard

Given that self-contained fountains are both low-cost and easy to install, they are very trendy. All of the parts are included with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. One name for a fountain having its own water source is known as “self-contained”.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a patio or deck, a self-contained model is definitely for you. They are effortlessly transportable too in case you later decide 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. Do not worry if the land is not level, your landscaper can easily even it out.

You are now set to set up your water feature and fill it with water. The only thing still to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

The best option for anyone who wants flexibility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. Though a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people put them in the center. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just some of the materials used to build them.


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