Common Water Features Seen in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically have a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned at the entrance of buildings or shrines. 4510_7416__40210.jpg Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very prevalent. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. People generally make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. It is essential that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a pretty add-on.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. In time, as moss progressively covers the stones, it becomes even more natural-looking.

If you are blessed enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Charming add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Many people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a babbling brook.

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

Putting in an outdoor water fountain or a bird feeder will allow you to enjoy the natural presence of wildlife or pets.

Drinking, bathing, and preening are some of the things birds need to do. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers like the motion of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Birds are often drawn to outdoor fountains because of their moving water rather than the standing water found in bowl-shaped bird baths. Birds are highly attracted to the trickling and splashing music produced.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they provide refreshing water to drink. Hot days drive dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water around. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly streaming water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly maintained because they easily collect debris.

Determing the Best Place for Your Fountain

When you are selecting a water fountain, be sure to give some thought to where you will place it. Any high-traffic locations such as driveways, entryways, or roundabouts are perfect spots to install one.

There are models such as wall fountains created expressly to be hung against a flat surface. If you look on the back, you will notice a bar or some other piece to secure it against a wall, grate or fence. Keep in mind when you install your fountain that you must safely affix it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and getting damaged.

Anywhere people come together to sit and breathe in the fresh air is great for another option, a garden sculpture style.

Why a Water Feature Can Make Your Life More Enjoyable

Your quality of life will be positively influenced by a fountain as it not only offers you a place of tranquility and calm, but also serves to clean the air.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will benefit you in ways you might not even realize. Water makes up a considerable percentage of our body composition, and populations world-wide tend to gravitate towards coastal areas. All living creatures need water to exist, and while you could move to a pricey house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and cheaper option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Improve any outdoor area by adding a beautiful outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water elements can further improve even the most beautiful space. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the exterior wall above your patio. If you have a flower bed, look into installing a beautiful tiered model there to add a feeling of harmony. Due to the continuous movement of water in a birdbath fountain, algae and bacteria do not accumulate, and birds come flocking to the clean water. Finish your garden area with the serene sound of flowing water.

Fountains Where Your Pet Cat Can Play Around

Does hearing water flow from the faucet make your cat come running? Does he reach into the toilet or touch the water in his bowl before putting his face in it? Although these actions might seem odd, in fact they are common because cats shy away from water that is not moving. Generally, they do not consume water that is not moving.

In the wild, cats consume meat full of moisture which keeps them adequately hydrated. Therefore, felines do not have a natural craving for much water.

Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need adequate hydration, so you need to ensure they have an adequate supply. Make water easily attainable to your cat by installing a cat fountain.

If you put one in, you can rest easy knowing your cat has easy access to water. The variety of different types will allow you to pick a fountain best suited to your cat. Fountains can have continually flowing water for freshness, or a bowl that fills up as your cat empties it.


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