Water Features: An Invitation for Your Beloved Furry Friends and Visiting Birds

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. All birds need a place to drink, bathe and preen. twf006__93672.jpg There are some birds, such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water. Many flying creatures appreciate running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds are highly attracted to the trickling and splashing sounds produced.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they provide refreshing water to drink. During the sweltering summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for fresh water. Because water in fountains is consistently moving, they do not need much maintenance, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more care.

A Few Simple Ways to Mount a Wall Water Feature

Wall fountains can enhance any space. Harmony and relaxation will fill the room due to the comforting sound of the waterfall. While any area will benefit from a wall fountain, they are most often placed in entryways. The best way to hang one depends on the style, but the standard technique is the same. Be sure that all the different components are used in assembling it. The base and the upper section will need to be put together as well as the pump and the tubing. The directions should be read first to make sure it is set up properly. You will find the steps relatively easy. Note, however, that the instructions for your specific model can vary a bit.

Have a friend hold the wall fountain in the desired place, then mark the wall accordingly. To ensure a straight line, use a level. Draw your marks at both the top and the bottom. Wall fountains can be installed in two ways. There are slots on the back which can be mounted onto the screws you put on the wall. A second option is use brackets secured on the wall. The bracket option is best, specifically for wall fountains that are big and bulky. Mark the spot on the wall where the brackets need to be attached. Make pilot holes in the wall for the drywall anchors. Place the anchors in the wall with a hammer. Use a cordless drill or a screwdriver to mount the brackets, making certain they are straight. Mount your wall fountain by fastening it onto the brackets. Be sure it is both secure and level. When you are sure the unit is secure, add water.

Make certain there is enough water to cover the pump. At this point plug it in and the water will start to circulate. Carefully pour in just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. Do not fill the basin all the way to the top or it will overflow whenever the pump is not on. When the pump is turned off the water all settles at the bottom of the bowl, causing the water level to rise. The water will overflow and cause damage if the wall fountain is overly full.

Consider Getting a Self-Contained Water Fountain for Your Backyard

People love self-contained fountains for their easy installation and lower cost. The plumbing, pump, and other materials come along with the fountain. Another meaning of “self-contained” is a fountain which comes with its own a water source.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a patio or deck, a self-contained model is definitely for you. Since they are versatile, it is easy to change their location whenever you want.

The landscaper will first check that the place where you want your fountain to go is level. Lawns and gardens tend to be bumpy so your landscaper will have to level the spot where you want to install it. The moment has come to position your water feature where you want it and fill it with water. Last but not least, connect it to a solar panel, a wall socket, or batteries, and it should be ready to go.

Anyone who does not have direct access to a water source or external plumbing should consider a self-contained fountain. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and place them right in the middle, although they can certainly go anywhere in the garden. There is a variety of materials that can be used to make them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Elegance of Simple Garden Decor: The Garden Water fountain

It is also feasible to locate your exterior water fountain near a wall since they do not need to be hooked to a nearby pond. Excavating, installing and cleaning a nearby pond are no longer needed. Plumbing work is no longer needed since this feature in now self-contained. Do not forget, however, to add water at regular intervals. Your pond should always contain fresh water, so be sure to drain the basin anytime it gets dirty.

Stone and metal are most prevalent elements used to construct garden wall fountains even though they can be manufactured from other materials as well. You need to know the style you are shooting for in order to pick the best material. It is important to buy hand-crafted, light garden wall fountains which are also easy to set up. Buying a fountain which requires little maintenance is important as well. Even though installing certain fountains can be difficult, the majority take little effort because the only parts which demand special care are the re-circulating pump and the hardware to hang them. It is very simple to spruce up your yard with these types of fountains.

The Pull of Tiered Water Features

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, particularly in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have many tiered fountains. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather.

Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have less complex designs.

While they can be found just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the decor and blend in accordingly.

Caring For Large Outdoor Fountains

A very important first step is to consider the dimensions of the outdoor wall fountain with regards to the space you have available for it. It is essential that the wall where you are going to place it is strong enough to support its weight. Remember that small areas or walls will require a lightweight fountain. An electric socket near the fountain is needed to power the fountain. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you select, they generally come with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the information needed to install it correctly. The kit will include a submersible pump, the hoses and basin (or reservoir). The basin, if it's not too big, can easily be hiddenin your garden among the plants.

Since outdoor wall fountains require little attention, the only thing left to do is clean it consistently.

Change the water regularly so it is always clean. It is important to quickly clear away debris such as leaves, twigs or other dreck. Protecting your outdoor wall fountain from the cold winter temperatures is vital. In order to avoid any damage, such as cracking, from freezing water during the cold winter months, move your pump inside. The bottom line is that if you properly maintain and look after for your outdoor fountain, it will bring you joy for many years.


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