Put in and Take Pleasure in Your Personal Pond Water Feature

wwlhs_cv_3__41025.jpg The immense beautiful ones that are found in front of nice buildings and in public squares are what one tends to think of when visualizing a fountain. That said, in reality they can be made of any design and size, and do not only belong in public locations. Your very own garden or yard can be a perfect spot for a pond fountain.

Two positive things can take place if you add one of your own. First are the lovely aesthetics and serene nature of fountains. There is nothing more beneficial at the end of an extremely stressful day than the relaxing nature of trickling water. You will find your area benefitting from its elegance, too. What’s more, your lovely fountain will interest your guests and you will find your parties more engaging.

The other reason to add this type of water element is to keep the water in your pond fresher for your fish. A pond fountain will aerate the water by keeping it in motion, which is fantastic for fish. Your fish will be around a longer time because of the continuously circulating, aerated water. Your plant life will also flourish.

The Origins Of Wall Fountains

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Tall Water Fountains Around the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is #3 on the list. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music and propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Taking Care Of Large Outdoor Fountains

A vital first step before installing any outdoor wall fountain is to consider the space you have available. It is essential that the wall where you are going to place it is strong enough to support its load. Areas or walls that are smaller will require a lightweight fountain. In order to run the fountain, an electric powered plug will need to be close by. Most outdoor wall fountains include simple, step-by-step instructions with respect to the type of fountain.

The typical outdoor wall fountain is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. The kit includes a submersible pump, hoses as well as the basin, or reservoir. The basin can usually be hidden away among your garden plants if it is not too big. Once your wall fountain is installed, all that is required is consistent cleaning and some light maintenance.

It is necessary to replenish the water regularly so that it remains clean. Debris such as twigs, leaves or dirt should be cleared away quickly. Ensure that your outdoor wall fountain is shielded from freezing winter temperatures. If kept outdoors, your pump could break as a result of freezing water, so bring it inside during the winter. To sum up, your outdoor wall fountain will continue to be a great addition to your garden if you keep it well cared for and well maintained.

Fountains: Furry Friends, Visiting Birds and You

Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. Birds need to have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen.

Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers prefer the motion of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many flying creatures enjoy running water instead 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. Hot days drive dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water nearby. Also, routinely flowing water fountains require less upkeep than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

The Reason for Water Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is finished without a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential component of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically made of natural stones, and water trickles out. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a nice add-on.

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

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Consider adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Many people prefer to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.


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