Garden Water Features: The Numerous Designs From Which to Pick

A garden can be a small oasis, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. a_540__21250.jpg If you are planning to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it right. Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a beautiful water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

The visual appeal of any garden can be tremendously improved by just adding a water fountain. A place of harmony and serenity will appear from what was originally just a simple spot. The ambiance of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will entice. The rest of the garden will instantly become just background to the beautiful new fountain.

The Appeal of Tiered Water Features

Fountains with multiple levels can be seen just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for many years. These types of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just a couple the areas you might see one. While some tiered fountains have ornate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

While they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic settings.

If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will assume it has been there forever.

Instructions for Hanging a Wall Water Element

Make any room more attractive with a wall fountain. Serenity and tranquility will fill the room due to the pleasant sound of the waterfall. People tend to hang their wall fountains in entryways, but, in fact, they can be a wonderful addition to any room where everyone congregates. How to mount one varies a bit depending on the model, but there are some general directions that apply to all of them. Note that different pieces will need to be put together during assembly. You will need to connect the pump and tubing, and the base will need to be connected to the top part. Be sure to review the instruction manual before starting to make sure it is done correctly. It is usually a simple process. That said, there can be minor differences depending on the style you have. Have a colleague hold the wall fountain in the desired place, then mark the wall as necessary. A level is the ideal to ensure it is mounted straight. Both the top and the bottom should be marked.

Wall features can be mounted in more than just one way. You can place the screws in the wall and slide them into the slots on the back of the wall fountain. Alternatively, you can install brackets to the wall and use those. The bracket alternative is best, specifically for wall fountains that are big and heavy. Mark the point on the wall where the brackets need to be mounted. Drill pilot holes in the wall wherever you need to place the drywall anchors. Insert the anchors by attentively hammering them into the wall. Attach the brackets by making sure they are straight and then screwing them into the wall using a drill or screwdriver. It is now time to place your wall fountain onto the mounting brackets. Be certain it is both secure and aligned. If the position is acceptable, it’s time to add some water. Use sufficient water so that the pump is completely covered. Then plug it in and the water will start to circulate. Very carefully add just enough water to reach one inch below the top edge of the basin. The basin will overflow when the pump is off if it is too full, so be sure not to fill it completely. When the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom part which causes the water level to rise. Harm can be be the result if the water is overly full and spills down your wall.

Tall Water Fountains Across the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. The water here jets up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. This fountain is considered the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. 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.

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

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

Recommendations for Choosing the Ideal Water Feature for Your Needs

Before picking out a water fountain, carefully consider precisely where you want to put it. They make striking centerpieces in roundabouts and make a lovely impression in driveways and entryways too.

If you choose to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed specifically for this purpose. If you check the back, you will notice a bar or some other piece to affix it against a wall, grate or fence. Bare in mind when you set up your fountain that you must safely affix it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and getting damaged.

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


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