Suggestions for Selecting the Perfect Water Feature for Your Needs

One of the first things to ponder when selecting a water fountain is exactly where you want to put it. They make beautiful centerpieces in roundabouts and make a wonderful impression in driveways and entryways too.

If you prefer to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed expressly for this purpose. Usually, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to secure them to a wall, post, or some other secure spot. 50332acb__91157.jpg Bare in mind when you put up your fountain that you must safely attach it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and getting damaged.

In open-air places like parks where folks tend to sit and relax for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

Recommendations for Designing a Relaxing Indoor or Outdoor Retreat

One good way to create a peaceful and serene area is to install a feng shui fountain. This can be accomplished rather easily with a garden or home waterfall. It is a beautiful addition to the decoration of any house. Position your outdoor fountain where you can see it from inside the house as well.

Do not forget to add plants and flowers, as they have an important effect on the charm of a water fountain. Plants and flowers that blossom in various seasons make the ideal accompaniment. The area will be further enhanced with small adornments like art, a fire pit, or interesting stones.

California's Garden Fountain Study and Results

Berkley, CA citizens voted for a sugar-sweetened beverages tax in February 2014, the first of its kind in the United States. The tax is thought to decrease sugary drink consumption and augment the consumption of healthier drinks, like water from fountains. Research was performed to find out the status of local drinking water fountains and whether people from different racial or financial backgrounds had reduced availability to them. By creating a mobile GPS application, researchers were able to gather data on Berkley’s drinking water fountains. This info was cross-referenced with demographic information on race and income collected from the US Census Community Study database. By cross-referencing the water fountain locations with the demographic data, they were in a position to establish whether access to working fountains was class dependent. They were able to determine the demographics of locations surrounding existing fountains, as well as the tidiness and maintenance of fountains across different neighborhoods. While the bulk of the fountains were in working order, an astonishing number were revealed to be in a bad state of repairs.

Keep Your Large Garden Fountains Clean

To ensure that water fountains last a while, it is important to perform regular maintenance. It is easy for foreign objects to find their way into outside fountains, so keeping it clean is essential. Another factor is that water that is subjected to sunlight is susceptible to growing algae. To prevent this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add straight into the water. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the problem is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should undergo a good cleaning. Before you can start washing it you must empty out all of the water. Then use a soft rag and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. Feel free to use a toothbrush if necessary for any stubborn crevasses. 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 remove any plankton or calcium. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it much easier to clean. Build-up can be a big problem, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to prevent this dilemma.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain every day and add water if you notice that the level is too low. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can harm the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!

Striking Backyard Multi-Level Fountains

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and typical particularly in gardens. The regions in the southern part of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just two the places you might find one. All multi-level fountains are beautiful, although some have much more lavish carvings than others.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the decor and fit in accordingly.

Water Features: A Necessity in any Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually feature a water feature. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very popular. The basin, which tends to be fashioned of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. People typically make them seem weathered and worn, even when they are new. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people normally adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants.

Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a pretty add-on.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it imaginatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. In time, as moss progressively covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

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

Japanese fountains, on the other hand, do not necessarily need to have water in them. It is okay to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The semblance of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.


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