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Fountain2-300x199Often even the most beautiful yards seem to be missing something. Even with an abundance of plant life or great utilization of landscaping, yards could use something extra to spice them up. A great way to do this is by adding a water feature to your landscape design. Typically, fountains are added for the ambiance they provide to gardens. The soothing sound of water adds an appeal to your yard that cannot be replaced. Before you add a fountain to your garden, you should consider the benefits, materials, picking the right fountain, and maintenance of adding a water feature to your landscape design.
 

Benefits

Fountains are both soothing and aesthetically appealing. They are extremely relaxing and provide an interesting visual to create a remarkable aspect in your yard. Many believe that being around water provides you with positive energy, which everyone wants. Fountains can bring life to a garden, and they have a kind of meditative quality that is appealing to everyone. As far as bringing life into your landscape design, birds love water features and will likely be active in your yard once a water feature is added. Fountains also add class, which can take a yard from average to extraordinary. Overall, the benefits of adding a fountain are overwhelmingly positive.
 

Materials

Fountains can be made from almost anything. It is important to choose materials that reflect your style, or the style of your garden. A clashing fountain can take away from the atmosphere of your landscape design, so matching your tastes is always important. Many people prefer stone fountains because they are a classic look that has been around for centuries. Stone fountains are very classy, but there are many other materials to choose from. For example, there are resin fountains which are often used for fountains featuring figures. Slate is another material to choose from that is more natural or contemporary and creates a waterfall look. If you want a look that is both traditional and enduring, then you should look at cast stone, cement, slate, and wrought iron. For a more delicate and natural looking fountain, you should use more natural looking elements such as terra cotta, clay, or ceramic. There are some materials that won’t cheap, such as the manmade materials of resin and fiberglass, but they create a different sound when the water hits them versus the more traditional materials. As always, beauty is in the eye of the behold so it would be up to you to determine what type of material is the best fit, though you can always ask for a consultation.
 

Choosing the Right Fountain

As always, picking the right fountain will be up to your taste. It is important to match fountains to the style and theme of your garden and house. Also, location is extremely important in picking a fountain since some consume more water than others. For example, if you have a smaller yard, you shouldn’t get a larger fountain since it will overwhelm the small space. Size will determine whether you see and hear your fountain, or if you only see it or only hear it. Similarly, smaller fountains are better in shaded areas since they only have so much water whereas larger fountains can be in direct sunlight. Choosing the right fountain should be based on your landscape design.
 

Maintenance

Some fountains are harder to maintain than others. Make sure you never let water remain in your fountain during cold weather due to the danger of water expanding when it freezes. This expansion of water can severely damage your fountain and its pipes. If you have a fountain, you must constantly check for and remove any standing water during the winter and take the pump in so it doesn’t freeze. So long as you maintain the pump, there should be little chance of stagnant water. You should always make sure the pump is clean and clear, and that it is immersed in water so it doesn’t wear out. Checking the pump for debris like sand and dirt is also a good measure to take in the maintenance of your fountain. If you want to get rid of algae, which is likely to accumulate, you can simply scrub it with a brush.

Fountains can add so much to a garden, though it’s always difficult to pick which kind would go best in your backyard. They can be difficult to install as well, which is why it is important to sometimes seek professional help. If you are interested in adding a fountain to your landscape design, please contact us today.
  
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