Eco-Friendly Wall Water Fountains

Have you always wanted to beautify the look of your house? Well, think about adding elegance and value to your residence by installing a solar water feature. 6277-5004__17123.jpg You get all the advantages of an electric fountain, as well as other financial benefits and an overall betterment to your health. Despite the high initial price, costs associated with these fountains are worthwhile. Because your fountain will not be powered by electrical energy, there will be no need to fret about any power outages.

Running water fountains means that your use of electricity will increase and thus your monthly bill. The short-term perks may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased value of your home will be later on.

Spending more money on our electric bills is not the only downside - the environment is negatively affected too. Solar powered water fountains get their energy straight from the sun thus making them the optimal “green” fountain. Using solar energy to run a water feature is not only favorable to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

This sort of water fountain doesn't need as much upkeep as others.

These fountains require less maintenance than other kinds. Since solar fountains don't have motors, they don't get clogged which leads to less cleaning. And less cleaning means more time to enjoy yourself!

The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century considerably modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But yet there was no time for home life, domestic architecture, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole realm. Monasteries and castles served separate functions, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures built in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the occupants focused on learning offensive and defensive strategies. The serene method of gardening was not viable in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is reported to have been developed during the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to assailants trying to dig under the castle walls. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and bordered by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.

Factors to Think About When Determining Where to Put Your Fountain

It is vital to think about how a water fountain will fit into your garden prior to purchasing one. They make gorgeous centerpieces in roundabouts and make a nice impression in driveways and entryways too.

If you want to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed expressly for this purpose. To secure one against a wall, look for a bar or hook on the back made specifically for this purpose. There are many natural threats such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely fasten it to the wall, so do not neglect to do this immediately.

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

The Reason for Water Fountains in Japanese Gardens

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not include a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. Underneath the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. In addition, it is vital to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. It is important that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural setting, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it.

Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a nice add-on.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The aim is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are lucky enough to have a big piece of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Consider adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not need to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Lots of people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to give the illusion of running water.

The Genesis Of Fountains

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

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th 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. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for creating it.

Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entrance 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

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

California's Water Fountain Study and Results

In February 2014, a taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages was approved in Berkley, CA, making it the first city in the United States to introduce such a regulation. The taxation is thought to reduce sugary drink intake and enhance the consumption of healthier drinks, such as water from fountains. First, the city conducted research to evaluate whether citizens had proper access to working drinking water fountains. By creating a mobile GPS application, specialists were able to get data on Berkley’s drinking water fountains. The US Census Community Study database was used to amass information pertaining to race and economic status in these locations. The professionals looked to use both data sets to figure out if demographics were connected to drinking water fountain access.

The neighboring demographics of each and every water fountain location was made note of, while also identifying whether race or income rates made a huge difference in the state of repair of each fountain. The cleanliness of numerous fountains was found inadequate, even if most were operating.

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Tidy

Proper care and regular maintenance are important to the longevity of water fountains. It is easy for foreign objects to find their way into open-air fountains, so keeping it clean is essential. On top of that, algae can be a problem, because sun hitting the water allows it to form quickly. In order to avoid this, there are some simple ingredients that can be added into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. Another option is to stir 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. The initial step is to get rid of all of the water. Then use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the interior of the reservoir. If there is delicate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to completely rinse the inner surface of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

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 several hours first will make it much easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to eliminate any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is consistently full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally. Allowing the water to drop below the pump’s intake level, can cause serious damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!


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