Do It Yourself Landscaping Design: Incorporating Landscape Fountains

Incorporating landscape fountains into your surroundings is an effective way to create a soothing, quiet retreat.

By incorporating fountains into your landscape, you can create a peaceful retreat from life's never-ending, hectic routine. The calming sounds of moving water can spout, spray, bubble, or trickle from your fountain. With a variety of styles, sizes, and prices to choose from, nearly everyone with any type of landscape is guaranteed to find the ideal fountain that will accommodate their individual needs.

Most water fountains are available in kits and can be set up rather quickly. Other types of fountains may be handcrafted with that special, creative touch. Generally, you will need to install an electrical pump for circulation of water (usually included in most kits) unless your fountain comes from a natural source, such as a bubbling stream or spring. Fountain options can include those which are statuesque and more formal, decorative, or simple. The size of fountain you choose will depend mainly on the amount of space in your surrounding area. While the location of your fountain can be situated almost anywhere, most people prefer to place it near their patio or garden area. The ultimate site, however, should be level and remain clear of unbecoming debris. Choose an area of your landscape that will focus attention to the fountain from different viewpoints in which it can be enjoyed by all. Your fountain can also be accented by creative paths leading up to and around the fountain. Add in a variety of eye-catching plants as well, but keep in mind that any plants which are chosen should complement not only the surrounding area but the water fountain too.

Fountains that spout or spray can bring formality to the landscape. These can be placed to one side of a pond or water garden to bring about a filling effect. Selecting a water fountain that sprays presents a simple and uncluttered appearance. Decorative fountains offer a pleasant bewilderment to the chosen site. These can brighten up nearly any area with soothing echoes of running water. Trickling fountains typically work well in more naturalistic settings. These can trickle from water spouts, pipes, and even pieces of bamboo down into basins sitting below. A submerged fountain that bubbles just below the water surface in a small pond can add a sense of ambiguity to the area. Some of these types of fountains may simply shoot up from rocks underneath the water of a stream. Fountains that produce fan-shape spouts create dramatic features to outside garden areas. Locations that have darker backgrounds usually offer the greatest effect.

An effective choice for most patios is a self-contained fountain. A more quiet and serene atmosphere can be achieved simply by incorporating one of these types of fountains into your existing patio area. Try creating a handmade patio fountain by using a reservoir with a pump and a fountain jet. The fountain jet can easily come out from a hole that has been drilled into a boulder or other similar object. The boulder merely sits atop a wire grill or comparable surface that is covered with pebbles. With this type of fountain, water is recycled into the reservoir. You could also try adding a wall-mounted fountain to your patio if it is bordered by a wall. A decorative wall mask or metal spout makes an attractive feature near a bench. Integrating striking, lush plants around the fountain will help conceal any cables which might otherwise be seen.

There is little maintenance required for fountains. Occasionally, you should remove and clean the pump filter. You may also wish to add some bleach in small amounts to the water now and again to help maintain control of algae and other pollutants. Incorporating landscape fountains into your surroundings is an effective way to create a soothing, quiet retreat that can be relished for years to come.

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