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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Landscape Design - Fountain Water Features

By 10:40 AM

Water Features in garden Design these days seem almost limitless in style and form andFountain continues to be a firm favourite. They come in all manner of shapes and sizes and play a role in both large and small gardens.
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The sound of running Water has a universal attraction. It can be used to add a sense of drama or create a sensual, soothing effect in the garden Design. The use of Fountains as Water Features has changed dramatically over the past decade. Where once they were large, permanent and impressive structures, today they are considered more a feature of Design and come in any size, shape or finish you can imagine.

Fountain Water Features can be free standing or hang on a wall, and they can be placed in the garden or on a patio - or anywhere you wish to create an outdoor room. Choosing the right Fountain for your garden means contemplating the overall style of your garden, and not giving into the temptation to impulse buy. Your new Fountain should enhance the surroundings, don't simply choose one that 'looks good' in the store or nursery.

To select the most appropriate Water feature for your garden you need to consider shape, colour, Water flow, and the end positioning. Will it be a feature during the evening hours as well as day and if so, does it require lighting?

Even though it is important to take final position into account for maximum effect, don't overlook important practical considerations such as:

Locate the Fountain out of the wind to minimise Water loss. Don't position it under trees to minimise issues with leaf litter. Avoid full-sun where possible to reduce Water loss through evaporation.

The pump is like the beating heart of any Water feature. When selecting a pump to move the Water consider how high or fast you want the Water to flow. Ask a specialist if you need assistance as they can advise you on 'flow rates' of various pumps to ensure you make the correct choice.

The pump will require a conventional power point to connect to. If you don't have one nearby, call an electrician and have one fitted. The last thing you want is unsightly and dangerous power extension leads running throughout your garden.

To keep the Water clear in the collecting pond of the Fountain (where the pumps sources Water), choose a pump with an inbuilt filter or install one in the suction line. If leaf litter is likely to be an issue, look for a pump with a skimmer box option.

Choosing a Fountain Water feature that is supplied as a complete package will simplify your purchase. The pump will suit the size and style of Fountain and the catchment or collection pond will be Designed to work well with the pump.

Whether you choose a fully equipped, self-contained Fountain or a custom Designed, DIY option there will always be maintenance tasks to perform. It is critical to keep the filter on the pump clean at all times. It is best to keep the Fountain running as often as possible and keep leaf litter and other debris out of the catchment area. Schedule time to clean the pump regularly. A poorly running pump can be the result of excess debris, sediment and algae in the pond. Sitting the pump slightly off the bottom of the catchment pond will help to reduce any clogging and reduce how often you need to clean.

Regardless of the effort required to upkeep your pond, it will provide many years of enjoyment and a focal point in your garden that will inspire and stimulate the senses. Have you undertaken a Fountain project? Was it successful? What tips do you have to share with your fellow gardeners? As always - happy gardening!

Fraser is a Freelance Journalist, Author and CEO of Pro-Content Australia - providing professional online & offline content writing services worldwide.