Presenting Self-Contained Backyard Water Fountains

Self-contained fountains are great for anyone looking for affordability and convenience. alp_gxt698__72495.jpg You do not require any other components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. One name for a fountain having its own water supply is known as “self-contained”.

Stand-alone water fountains are rather easy to set up making them the best option for your patio or veranda. They are easily transportable too in case you later choose to move it somewhere else.

The spot you want to situate your fountain will need to be level, so your landscaper will need to first determine if this is the case. Do not worry if the land is not even, your landscaper can usually even it out. The moment has come to put your water feature where you want it and fill it with water. The last step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is free-standing and does not need an external water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. The center of a garden is a favorite spot for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be positioned anywhere. A number of popular materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Spruce up Your Garden with the Aid of Feng Shui

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

Size is not the most important factor when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. Of course, a big area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. The initial part is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by learning how to strengthen each of its five elements.

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 essential to integrate it. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

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

A Smaller Garden Space? Don't Fret! You Can Still Have a Water Feature

Since water is reflective, it has the effect of making a small spot appear larger than it is. In order to generate the optimum reflective properties of a water feature or fountain, it is best to use dark materials. If your purpose is to showcase your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Sunshine is required to power eco-lights during the day time while underwater lights are great for night use. Natural treatments use them because they release a calming effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

The foliage in your yard is a very good spot to fit in your water feature. Your pond, artificial waterway, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention. The flexibility of water features is that they can be set up in large backyards as well as in small verandas. The atmosphere can be significantly modified by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Select from Many Outdoor Wall Fountain Styles

Wall fountains are well suited to little verandas or gardens because they do not take up too much space while also adding a touch of flair and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. Conventional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just some of the designs you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. If you are looking for a unique design, a customized one can be specially made to fit your specifications.

The two kinds of water features available to you are mounted and stand-alone models. You can place a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Typically made of resin (to resemble stone) or fiber glass, these types of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. Sizable free-standing wall fountains, commonly referred to as floor fountains, have their basins located on the floor and a flat side leaning on a wall. There are no weight restrictions on these kinds of cast stone water features.

Custom-made fountains which can be incorporated into a new or existing wall are often recommended by landscaping designers. Placing the basin against the wall and installing all the plumbing work needs a expert mason to do it properly. You will need to incorporate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. The unified look produced by custom-made wall fountains make them appear to be part of the landscape instead of an afterthought.

Style Ideas for Outdoor Water Features

A garden can be a small oasis, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be glad you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it.

Investing in a beautiful garden is good, as it will increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home. There are many ways to boost the visual charm of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can drastically change the aesthetics of a garden. Where you once had a basic area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. You are not the only one who will enjoy the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the charming new fountain.

Keeping Your Garden Wall Fountain Tidy

Water fountains will keep working a very long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is essential to keep yours free from such debris. On top of that, algae can be a problem, as sunshine hitting the water allows it to form quickly. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to eliminate this problem. Bleach can also be put into the water, but this is not an ideal option as it can sicken birds or other animals.

A complete cleaning every 3-4 months is best for garden fountains. First off you must remove the water. Then use a soft towel and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. Feel free to use a toothbrush if necessary for any stubborn crevasses.

Be sure to thoroughly rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Numerous organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is recommended to take it apart and clean it completely. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it easier to wash. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain components that will build up inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking it every day - this will keep it in tip-top condition. Allowing the water to reach below the pump’s intake level, can cause serious damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!


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