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                         Outdoor Fountains Add Charm And Style To Any Outdoor Setting
                                                By Elizabeth Jean



   Outdoor fountains fit into any style garden. A fountain packs a lot of charm into a small landscaping
space. Whether traditional or contemporary, it propels a stream of water through the air and creates a
cooling effect. It's ideal for up-close viewing, which is why fountains are usually located on a porch,
patio, or other sitting area.

A fountain can attach to a wall or stand alone. Some freestanding fountains are designed to rest in-or
next to-a pool or pond, while others are water features unto themselves, working well on a deck, patio,
lawn, or tucked into a flower bed. Tabletop fountains have recently become popular, taking just
minutes to set up.

You can choose from a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, and sizes. However, choose an
outdoor water fountain that is in keeping with the overall style of your garden and home. A classical
statuary fountain might look out of place in a simple country garden, for example. A wall fountain
fashioned of brick and stone or stone look-alike is best set against similarly sturdy masonry-not
wood-siding.

Most fountains are made of precast concrete. Reconstituted stone and fiberglass have also become
popular, simulating the look of stone with amazing realism. Whether concrete or stone look-alike,
fountains come in numerous colors and surface finishes. Finding just the right fountain for your garden
takes some research. Visit garden centers to scout their offerings. Ask if there are other fountains that
you can special order. Also check out mail-order catalogs. If you want a special, one-of-a-kind fountain,
visit art fairs or ask at art galleries for the names of local artists who might design a fountain for you.

HINT:

If you want fish, avoid outdoor water fountains made of lead. Lead is toxic to fish. A statuary fountain
adds not only splash and movement but also a decorative element that helps set the mood of the water
feature.

Freestanding outdoor water fountains

Appealing because of its ease of installation, a freestanding fountains also makes an ideal focal point

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for a patio, flower bed, or lawn. In this type of outdoor water fountain, a small submersible pump is
housed in the lower pedestal, in a hollow base beneath the bowl. Its design should allow easy access
to the pump so you can clean and maintain it, usually monthly. To see a distinctive collection of
outdoor fountains visit http://www.garden-fountains.com/Categories.bok?category=Garden+Fountains.


These ornamental fountains can be placed near a pond or pool or in the water feature itself. The
decorative statue has a supply pipe projecting from its base. The pipe is connected to the pump with
flexible tubing. Large statues must have firm footing. For an outdoor water fountain on the side of a
pond, make sure its resting place (including any edging) is firm and level. If you want to install the
fountain in the pond, you can mount it on a hollow in-pond pedestal created specifically for that
purpose or build your own with mortared bricks or stone. If the statue is small, black plastic storage
crates make an easy, hard-to-detect base as long as the base of the fountain is slightly under water.

Caring for your outdoor water fountain

Fountains in sunny spots tend to have problems with algae. If you are not raising fish or plants in your
outdoor water fountain, you can prevent algae by adding chlorine bleach to the fountain water. Add it at
the rate of 2 ounces of bleach to every 10 gallons of water, once a month. If that doesn't work, increase
the amount of bleach to 5 ounces. If you do have plants or fish, consider using an algaecide. Make
sure it's labeled for use in ponds with fish and plants; follow package directions exactly.

Weatherproofing your outdoor water fountain

Take good care of your outdoor water fountain year-round to greatly prolong its life. One of the best
things you can do for concrete fountains and statuary is to apply a concrete sealer to prevent moisture
from getting into the concrete and expanding and cracking it when the water freezes. It's also important
to drain the fountain before freezing weather arrives to prevent ice from forming on the pump. Ice can
crack pump housings and cause seals to fail. It also can crack basins. For more helpful tips on how to
maintain your water fountain visit http://www.garden-fountains.com/garden-fountains-use-and-care.php
.

If you can, drain the fountain by tipping over the basin. If you can't tip the basin, siphon or pump it out.
Prevent rain, ice, and snow from collecting again in the basin by covering the fountain or statuary with
a sheet of plastic. Tie the plastic down well to prevent it from flapping in the wind, which quickly
destroys the plastic.

Many pumps will dry out, shrinking the seals and preventing the fountain from working properly. Over
winter store your pump in a bucket of water in a basement or heated garage. It's also important that the
cord does not dry out; cracked cords can cause dangerous shorts.

Elizabeth Jean is an outdoor gardening writer and frequent contributor to http://Garden-Fountains.com,
a popular Internet destination for water fountains and garden statuary.




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                                              Versatility Of Outdoor Wall Fountains
                                                              By Elizabeth Jean



 When you hear the term "outdoor wall fountains," you may think of intricately carved marble statues in
antique European churches, missions along the California coast, or a variety of other similar locations -
but would you think about hand carved stone statues and outdoor water fountains gracing the
presence of flourishing, colorful gardens, along decks and walkways, or even indoors?

Most people do not realize how versatile wall fountains really are. There are indoor wall fountains that
easily fill corners, grace walkways, or hang perfectly from walls. Because indoor wall fountains come in
so many different shapes, sizes and materials, it is not difficult in the least to find indoor wall fountains
that suit your needs and the requirements of your home. There are also outdoor wall fountains that are
perfect for yards and gardens.

Outdoor wall fountains are ideal for decorating gazebos and decks, stone walls, fences, and a variety
of other flat surfaces that are drab or that otherwise could use some livening up. Outdoor wall fountains
are ideal in situations like these because the benefits they bring to the garden are twofold: First, wall
fountains add a touch of serenity, calmness and tranquility that only water is capable of creating. Water
is naturally quite calming, and adds a bit of soft simplicity and tranquility to a busy yard. Outdoor wall
fountains also add drama and stark beauty, especially when they stand out well in a garden or yard
that needs some decoration.

If you really want to explore the versatility of outdoor wall fountains, the best way to do so is to explore
all of the various ways that you can place a fountain. Each fountain has its own "best fits", where it
looks best, or best fits into a room. All fountains have some sort of over splash but it depends upon the
style or the design of the fountain, and there are two main types of fountains: pedestal fountains and
basin type fountains. Learn more about incorporating wall fountains with your landscape design at
http://www.gatewayconst.com/outdoor-design.html.

Pedestal type fountains make good wall fountains, but they need to be placed on a solid surface
against a wall, such as concrete, a fountain skirt or brick pavers of some kind. Most pedestal fountains
are actually hollow inside, and the reason that the fountain needs to be placed on a solid surface is
because rain and sprinkler systems can erode soil, jeopardizing the stability of the fountain in many
cases.

Outdoor basin wall fountains need to be placed on soft surfaces on the other hand, like sand or like
gravel for example. If these fountains are installed on hard surfaces, you need to apply sand to the
surface before you proceed. This allows the basin fountain to be leveled and to be completely
supported when it settles, and these things significantly reduce the risk of any possible stress fractures
from occurring, because the weight of the water in the fountain as well as other fountain components in
the basin can negatively impact the structure of the basin fountain if it is not on the right surface. Get
more information about wall fountains for your yard, garden or patio at
http://www.ckclandscapinginc.com.

Outdoor wall fountains can be configured either as basin style fountains, or as pedestal fountains. All
outdoor wall fountains require strong and solid wall support, such as stucco or brick with studs. In most
cases drywall and plywood are not strong enough, but there are exceptions to this rule, especially in


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the case of wall fountains that are built specifically for indoor purposes. Most wall fountains are built so
that the power cord can escape behind the wall and the fountain to be completely hidden at all times.

Outdoor wall fountains have their own uses and benefits depending upon what you need and how and
where you would like your outdoor wall fountains decorations in your garden or in your home.

Elizabeth Jean writes water fountain and related articles for http://Garden-Fountains.com, the #1
destination on the Internet for wall fountains, garden fountains, and distinctive water features.




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