A GURGLE FOR YOUR GARDEN
Fountains provide a means to enhance many different outdoor spaces.They will provide a unique spot of interest and activity in your garden. Properly designed and constructed, these fountains can operate year-round, depending on the materials you choose. Whether originally conceived as a courtyard accent or as part of a larger backyard habitat, the sight and sound of moving water will call all kinds of wildlife. The basic structure of a fountain is simple and can be adapted in size, shape and/or to incorporate a wide variety of materials -- So, be creative.
PIECES AND PARTS - THE BASICS
Basin - Can be made of plastic, fiberglass, concrete, or flexible rubber liner. Can be any size or shape, however keep in mind:
Depth - 16-24” is best
for wintering and creates a reservoir large enough to minimize “topping
& Grating Supports
- Create a false bottom for pebbles, minimizing building
materials and maximizing the capacity of the reservoir. Grates should
be non-corrosive with openings large enough to allow water to easily
pass through. To hold pebbles and gravel, use a small plastic or fiberglass
mesh on top of the grate to prevent them from falling through the
grate into the basin below. Cut a “trap door” in the grating to allow
easy access to the pump without dismantling the whole structure. This
opening can also be used for quick clean-outs wutg a wet/dry shop
vac. Use bricks, blocks, anything strong enough to support the fountain
piece. In our small Pooling Fountain diagram we've used a 3.5 gal.
plastic bucket. Holes drilled in the bucket allow for full water flow,
maximizing water capacity. Lighter fountain pieces can sit on the
grate; place heavier pieces directly on cinder blocks below, cutting
the grate out around the piece to fit; use several blocks for support.
POOLING FOUNTAINS AND WATERFALLS
Water splashes and dances onto shiny pebbles and into the water. The sound of falling water draws attention to it. Water makes the most sound as it falls through air into the water. Locate your fountain in your existing landscape or bring it close or onto the patio. Use natural stone, or bring drama into the picture using elements which compliment the garden design - the choice is yours!! Splash, dance, gurgle. . .
it and They will Come
DISAPPEARING FOUNTAINS AND WATERFALLS
Now you see it, now you don't ! The contrast of the wet and dry highlights the glistening of the water on smooth and rough surfaces in the sunshine. The water disappears into the hidden basin below. This type of fountain is easily incorporated into walkways and patios. Give it lots of space if you can - making it easy for children of all ages to stop and play with the water as it travels downward. Gurgle, glisten, glimmer . . .
No Pool, No Problem!
Disapperaing fountains require a bare minimum of maintenance. They tend to stay cleaner because there is no pool of water to catch debris. Keeping the reservoir topped up is just about the only chore. Since ther is no way to check the water level from above, an auto-fill device is particularly handy and is easy to hide below the grate.
Tall sculptural elements and/or groupings of colorful pots lend themselves very well to this style of construction. Especially stunning as a "Welcome" at front doors and entry ways, or as a guidepost midway through the garden. Every garden should have 1, or 2 or 3.
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