Contemporary Garden Decor: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. a-579__96911.jpg Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water supply, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

Keeping Your Outdoor Water fountain Clean

It is vital to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform optimally. Leaves, twigs, and insects very often find their way into fountains, so it is essential to keep yours free from such debris. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun comes in contact with still water, algae can develop. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to eliminate this problem. Another option is to blend bleach into the water, but this action can harm wild animals and so should really be avoided.

Experts suggest that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough cleaning every 3-4 months. Before you can start cleaning it you should drain out all of the water. As soon as it is empty, wash inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser.

If there is detailed artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Any soap residue remaining on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

It is highly suggested taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and get rid of any plankton or calcium. Letting it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours first will make it much easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking it every day - this will keep it in tip-top shape. Permitting the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!

Where are the World’s Most Grandiose Water Displays?

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

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, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Once every half hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 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 we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Fountains: Four Legged Friends, Visiting Birds and You

Putting in an outdoor water fountain or a bird feeder will allow you to delight in the natural presence of wildlife or pets. Birds need to have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers like the flow of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many birds prefer moving water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more enticing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more noticeable sound, this attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer refreshing water to drink. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water. Consistently moving water is also going to require much less cleaning than a still bowl of water from a birdbath, which collects debris.

Caring For Water Wall Fountains

Installing an outdoor wall fountain requires that you bear in mind the dimensions of the space where you are going to place it. It will require a solid wall to support its total weight. So spaces or walls which are smaller in size will most probably require something lightweight. An electrical socket close to the fountain is needed to power the fountain. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you choose, they generally come with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

The general outdoor wall fountain is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are included in the kit. The basin can normally be hidden away among your garden plants if it is not too big. Other than the regular cleaning, little upkeep is required once your outdoor wall fountain is installed.

It is essential to replenish the water regularly so that it stays clean. Remember to remove debris like leaves, twigs or dirt as fast as possible. Safeguarding your outdoor wall fountain from the cold winter climate is essential. If left outdoors, your pump could crack as a result of freezing water, so bring it inside during the winter. To sum up, your outdoor wall fountain will continue to be a great add-on to your garden if you keep it well cared for and well maintained.


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