Water fountains are a beautiful and serene addition to any home’s landscaping. They bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the outdoor space, creating a soothing ambiance that can help you relax and unwind. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, water fountains also offer a number of benefits for your home and your well-being. From improving air quality to reducing stress and anxiety, there are many reasons to consider adding a water fountain to your home’s outdoor design. Having a fountain in your yard can make your home feel like the relaxing oasis you deserve, so let’s discuss four unique ways to utilize water fountain garden ideas to highlight your landscaping.
4 Unique Ways to Utilize Water Fountain Garden Products
1. Table Fountains to Go Anywhere
Table fountains can be a great way to add a water feature to your landscaping without breaking the bank. They are small and pack a punch; you get all the sounds and feel of a waterfall without having to do any construction, planning, or heavy lifting. These fountains come in different designs and, contrary to their name, can be placed both on tables, the floor, or other surfaces. You can find a table fountain to fit any landscaping aesthetic and fit into almost any space, both tiny and large!
2. Wall Water Fountain Garden Tricks
Wall fountains are an interesting landscape addition because they can feel most similar to an actual waterfall. There are many ways you can incorporate wall water fountain garden tricks into your yard. Some can be incorporated off of the side of existing structures, such as the main structure of the property, trellises, or pergolas. Alternatively, you can build a freestanding wall for a large display, as long as water and electric hookups are available. To make the fountain stand out even more, we recommend adding some subtle landscaping lighting (which you can see in the image) to give it that glowing, ethereal vibe.
3. Floor Fountains for Centerpiece Accents
Floor fountains are freestanding and can be placed or built anywhere in your landscape. There is a wide variety of styles, some are dug into the ground and take a lot of construction, and others can be installed easily. These fountains come in many styles to match any landscape; however, they are more expensive than other types of fountains. We typically use floor fountains as a centerpiece accent with landscaping, pathing, or seating placed around it to enhance a circular flow to a landscaping design.
4. Pool or Pond Fountains to Reduce Stagnant Water
Fountains can be a great addition to any existing water feature in your current landscape. Adding a fountain to a pool or pond can be a simple but huge impact! One of the biggest bonuses is preventing stagnant water. No one wants insects and other creatures to take advantage of still water as a feeding or reproduction zone, so the water must circulate. Plus, fountains that drop into pools can use recycled pool water yet make your pool look decades newer.
Should a garden fountain run all the time?
Contrary to popular belief, it is harder for a water fountain garden pump to be turned off and on consistently. They are built to run 24/7. Therefore, the only times you should turn it off it when you are cleaning it, if you are going away for a few days with no one to watch over your property, or if you are about to experience freezing temperatures. When winter approaches, make sure you take the time before the days get below freezing to drain your fountain, take it apart as much as possible, and bring the pump inside for storage if possible.
Should a water fountain be in the sun or the shade?
We recommend keeping your water fountain garden feature in the shade as much as possible. Direct sunlight will increase water evaporation and increase the possibility of algae growth. Of course, it is likely that your fountain will end up in the sun during some parts of the day, but as long as it isn’t in the sunniest part of the lawn, you should be okay. If you do have particular sun-heavy landscaping, you may want to consider placing tall plants around the fountain to create shade.
How often should you change the water in a fountain?
The frequency of water changes in an outdoor fountain depends on a few factors, such as the size of the fountain, the climate and weather conditions, and the type of water that is used. As a general rule, it’s recommended to change the water in an outdoor fountain every 2 weeks to a month, especially during the warmer months when the fountain is more likely to accumulate debris and algae growth.
However, if you notice the water becoming cloudy, smelly, or discolored before your scheduled cleaning time, it’s a sign that the water needs to be changed sooner. Additionally, if there is heavy rain or wind that introduces a lot of debris or contaminants into the water, it may be necessary to change the water more frequently. It’s important to regularly clean the fountain and remove any debris or algae buildup to maintain the overall health and cleanliness of the water as well as ensure the fountain continues to function properly.
Design Scapes – Your Local Water Fountain Garden Experts
Would you like to add a water fountain garden feature to your landscaping design? We at Design Scapes are experts in water feature design and construction. For more information, please book an appointment with us today!