The Various Styles in Garden Water Features

Gardens are great places to take a breath from the day-to-day routine and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. If you are planning to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it properly. 50024plbz__07215.jpg A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is important to the market value. There are many ways to boost the visual beauty of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can make a significant difference to the charm and tranquility of your garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very ordinary spot. The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming retreat, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local creatures. Before you know it, the whole garden or yard will have a new focal point.

Your Outdoor Garden Fountain: Maintenance & Routine Service

Setting up an outdoor wall fountain requires that you bear in mind the dimensions of the space where you are going to put it. It will require a strong wall to support its total weight. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a light feature is going to be more appropriate. In order to operate the fountain, an electrical socket will need to be nearby. Most outdoor wall fountains come with simple, step-by-step instructions with respect to the type of fountain.

The typical outdoor wall feature is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. 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. Once installed, wall fountains typically only require some light maintenance and regular cleaning.

It is necessary to replenish the water routinely so that it stays clean. Leaves, branches or dirt are examples of debris which should be cleared away quickly. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be exposed to freezing winter weather conditions. Bring your pump inside when the weather turns very cold and freezes the water so as to prevent any possible damage, such as cracking. The bottom line is that if you properly maintain and look after for your outdoor fountain, it will bring you joy for years to come.

Recommendations for Installing a Garden Water Feature

A lot of people overlook the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when contemplating where to locate their garden fountain.

The practical side of setting one up is often disregarded because people get so focused on the excitement of it. If you need an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as conventional power cords are only 12 feet long. Install your fountain in a place close to a water source as you will need to refill it. Carrying water is hard and laborious. A nearby water hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. If you have an specialist on hand, you may want to look into getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much simpler in the long run.

Water Transport Solutions in Early Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started off supplying the men and women living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up until then. When aqueducts or springs weren’t easily accessible, people living at raised elevations turned to water removed from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns.

From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. Throughout the time of its initial construction, pozzi (or manholes) were situated at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. While these manholes were manufactured to make it much easier to protect the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to pull water from the channel, which was practiced by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. He didn’t get sufficient water from the cistern that he had established on his residential property to collect rainwater. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat just below his residence, and he had a shaft opened to give him access.

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

The dramatic or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to providing drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

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 nearby. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the artist. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Grow Your Business with a Fountain in Your Workplace

Most customers love a good water fountain. A business or store with a lovely water fountain in its entrance will entice customers and distinguish them from the competition.

Such businesses as yoga studios, bookstores, coffee shops, and salons can financially benefit from installing a water feature nearby. The right water fountain will add a relaxing feel to a business that attracts people who enjoy the outdoors. A pub or restaurant should think about adding a water fountain to bring in couples trying to find a romantic setting.

Impressive Water Displays Around the World

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

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the United States with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 190 meters (620 feet) high.

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

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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