Modern Garden Decoration: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

twf006__93672.jpg The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley meant to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains made at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational activities.

The Favorable Effects of Water Features on Your Furry Friends and Visiting Birds

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water fountains bring in wildlife. Birds need to have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. There are some birds, like robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water.

Many birds prefer flowing water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more enticing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they provide refreshing water to drink. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water. Also, regularly coursing water fountains require less upkeep than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.

Eye-Catching Backyard Tiered Water Elements

Gardens are typical places to showcase a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. The regions in the southern portion of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Public squares and building courtyards are very common areas where you will find tiered fountains. All tiered fountains are beautiful, although some have much more lavish carvings than others.

Traditional or classic locations are ideal spots for them. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the environment since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

A Water Element Your Kitty Will Appreciate

Does your cat like to hop onto the counter when he hears the faucet? Do you find him guzzling toilet water or hesitating before drinking water from his own dish? Strange as these behaviors appear, they actually show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. In most situations, they will not look for a lot of water to drink.

Untamed cats get adequate moisture from the meat they eat. Therefore, felines never developed the impulse to drink water. That said, household cats do in fact need extra water, so it is up to you to provide it. To keep a healthy water source for your pet, get it a cat fountain.

Having one will ensure your cat has enough water available anytime it wants to drink.

The range of different styles will let you to select a fountain best suited to your cat. Fountains can have constantly moving water for freshness, or a bowl that fills up as your cat empties it.

Factors to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Water Element

A lot of people forget about the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when considering where to put their garden fountain. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the romance of their new purchase that they forget critical details. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the closest 120v outlet. Position your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to refill it. Carrying large quantities of water requires strength so you do not want to have to haul it a long distance. A nearby water hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be attached to an external water line.


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