Thoughts to Consider When Choosing a Fountain

p-539__56910.jpg When you are selecting a water fountain, make sure you give some thought to where you will put it. They make beautiful centerpieces in roundabouts and make a wonderful impression in driveways and entryways too.

It is also possible to buy a fountain made specifically to be mounted against a wall. Typically, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to affix them to a wall, post, or some other secure spot. Such fountains are unstable on their own, therefore, be sure to secure it right away so that it does not topple over as a result of weather conditions, animals or other natural occurrences.

Anywhere people gather to sit and take in the fresh air is ideal for another option, a garden sculpture style.

Build it and They Will Come: Water Fountains and Wildlife

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are alternatively drawn to the movement of water created by fountains. Many flying creatures enjoy running water instead of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds are greatly attracted to the trickling and splashing music 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 clean 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.

Keep Your Outdoor Water fountain Tidy

Water fountains will keep working a long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is vital to keep yours free from such things.

Also, algae has a tendency to build up wherever natural light meets water. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be mixed into the water to avoid this problem. There are those who prefer to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

No more than three-four months should really go by without an extensive cleansing of a fountain. Before you start cleaning, all the water must be removed. Then use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the interior of the reservoir. A good tip is to use a toothbrush if there are tiny hard-to-reach spots. Do not leave any soap deposits in or on the fountain.

It is highly recommended taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and get rid of any plankton or calcium. To make it less strenuous, soak it in vinegar for several hours before cleaning. Build-up can be a big headache, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to prevent this dilemma.

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

The Early, Unappreciated Water-Moving Plan

Unfortuitously, Agrippa’s wonderful plan for lifting water was not discussed much after 1588, when Andrea Bacci acclaimed it in public. It could perhaps be that in 1592 when Rome’s latest conduit, the Acqua Felice, began supplying the Villa Medici, there was no longer much usage for the equipment. In reality it was perhaps simply forgotten when Ferdinando went to Florence in 1588 soon after the demise of his brother, Francesco di Medici, leading Ferdinando to give up his cardinalship in order to lock in his place as the next Grand Duke of Tuscany. There may have been other spectacular water-related works in Renaissance gardens in the late sixteenth century, just like fountains that played tunes, water caprices (or giochi d’acqua) and also scenographic water displays, but none of them were powered by water which defied the force of gravity.

Can Garden Fountains Help Cleanse The Air?

An otherwise boring ambiance can be livened up with an indoor wall fountain.

Your senses and your health can benefit from the putting in of one of these indoor features. Science supports the theory that water fountains are good for you. Modern-day machines produce positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features. The negative ions produced by these types of water features overtake the positive ones ending in positive shifts to both your psychological and physical health. A rise in serotonin levels is experienced by those who have one of these water features making them more alert, serene and lively. Indoor wall fountains {generate negative ions which serve to elevate your mood and eliminate air pollutants. Allergies, air-borne pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. Finally, these fountains absorb dust particles and micro-organisms in the air thereby influencing your general health for the better.

Making the Best Sanctuary Indoors or Outdoors

One easy way to create a tranquil and serene area is to put in a feng shui fountain. A garden or home waterfall is the perfect solution. They are the ideal addition to your household. Set up your outdoor fountain where you can see it from indoors as well.

Make sure to include some attractive flowers and plants, as they enhance any water fountain. The best idea is to add some plants which look lovely no matter what the season. The area will be further improved with small touches like art, a fire pit, or interesting stones.

Installing a Fountain In Smaller Yards

The reflective properties of water means it can make small spaces look larger than they are. Water features such as fountains benefit from the reflective qualities coming from dark materials. When the sun goes down, you can use underwater lights in different colors and shapes to light up your new feature. Solar powered eco-lights are excellent during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Natural therapies use them because they emanate a calming effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

Water just blends into the greenery in your yard. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the core piece of your backyard. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to install a water feature. The right accessories and the best location for it are important if you want to enhance the atmosphere.


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