Buying or Building Your Own Water Fountain

 


Article by: Mike Guista

Things to Consider

A great deal about fountains has changed over the last decade. Now there are really high class ones made of copper, , Introduction to Botany bronze, concrete, , An Autumn Garden for Halloween and stone, , Rock Gardens - A Different Kind of Garden and some fairly nice ones made of resin and fiberglass. There are several things to consider, though. As a pump , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction wholesaler, I speak with fountain owners all the time and also look at lots of samples of fountains at trade shows and in magazines. Before purchasing a fountain, there are quite a few questions to ask. What looks good in a store might not look good at your home , Metal Sheds or business. Or it might look good for the first month or year but then you'll get tired of it. Fountains are usually around for a long time; in fact, concrete , Gallica Roses and stone , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features ones last centuries and are hard to remove once they're installed. Here are things to consider.

Bronze Fountains

These are at the high end of fountains, and can retail for ten to twenty thousand dollars. They are plain classy. But will one of these fit in where you want to put it? Do you have the right yard , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 11) What Is pH? or business or location , Ponds for such a classic kind of display? Also, do you like the aging process (the verdigris patina) that bronze undergoes. Can you afford one of these? If you answered yes to these questions, a bronze fountain might be right for you. It will last your lifetime, your kids' lifetimes, their kids' lifetimes, etc. And they are durable enough to be moved from house , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open to house. , Metal Sheds

Copper , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? Fountains

Like bronze fountains, these too tend to be classy, especially the name brand ones like Water , Spring Planting Tips Wonders, which mix copper , Choosing A Landscaping Firm with glass , An Autumn Garden for Halloween and slate. These make especially nice wall , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn fountains. We have been selling Water , Lawn Edging Wonders fountains for several years at Fountain Mountain. There are certain things to think about, though. Are you locating the fountain in a room , Water Gardens with good acoustics? Some rooms , How to Use Garden Ornaments make the pump , Ponds noise really echo, especially small rooms , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter with walls , Water Gardens that are close together. Do you know someone or can you hire an electrician to hide the cord in the wall? These fountains are a bit too expensive to buy if you're going to let the cord run outside , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter the wall , Lawn Edging for everyone to see. Finally, it is a good idea to go listen to them run at a store before purchasing. Some of them make little water , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open noise and some make a lot. To increase water , Moss on Lawns sound you might have to turn up the pump , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply to the point of there being slight splash. But if you are careful and go to a store with Water , Everybody Feng Shui Tonight - in the Garden Wonders or other copper , Rosemary: The Herb of Remembrance and Friendship fountains on display before purchasing, and are happy with what you see and hear, these are great fountains.

Concrete , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features Fountains

These still provide the most bang for the buck, primarily because concrete , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? is so inexpensive. In fact, a huge part of the cost of concrete , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features fountains is in transporting them to stores for sale and in the labor , Moss on Lawns of painting , Ponds them. The concrete , The Basics of Plant Growth; (Part 3) Root Formation in Cuttings itself is the least expensive part of the fountains' manufacture. There are some differences in how they are made, though. Some companies, like Brandelli's, use a "light" mix: their fountains are not nearly as heavy as those produced by, say, Avila's. Also, some companies like Brandelli's, use a stain over concrete, , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction whereas others, like Avila's or Lomelli's, use paints , Durable Wooden Swing - Decorate Your Outdoors with One (usually more than one at a time) or stains. Also, most concrete , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 11) What Is pH? companies (though not all) reinforce their fountains with steel. This makes them strong but also means the concrete , Water Gardens must be sealed. If not painted (as most fountains from Mexico are not), then they do need to have a clear sealant put on them. Otherwise the water , Growing and Caring for Your Bamboo will seep through to the steel, which will rust. Eventually, the fountain is likely to crack. One final word of advice , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? on concrete, , Growing and Caring for Your Bamboo beware of "cute." Cute fountains (mama dogs with baby dogs, boys peeing) sometimes don't look so cute over time. Ask yourself , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor if you'll still think the fountain is cute years later. Remember, concrete , Ceiling Patio Heaters fountains can last hundreds of years. And they are difficult to move so pick something that will stay put. The traditional Italian 3-tier fountain is always a safe , An Autumn Garden for Halloween bet.

Resin and Fiberglass Fountains

The quality of these has gotten a lot better, and they have the clear advantage of being more easily handled than concrete , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction ones. Some do look like concrete , Improve Garden Soil with Cover Crops and stone, , Growing Raspberries & Blackberries though they tend to look much more realistic at first glance than they do after a week has passed. Then it is pretty clear that they are faux. These are also a lot easier on employees who work in tores, as they don't have to worry as much about their backs. We would sell these at our store but just don't like their looks as well as the real thing.

Stone , Rock Gardens - A Different Kind of Garden Fountains

These look incredibly good or mediocre. The handcrafted stone , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor fountains out of Mexico and many of the large ones out of China are beautiful. , How to Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco But there are also mass-produced stone , Benefit from the Expertise of a Landscaping Contractor fountains, which use crushed stone , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly mixed with resin. These just don't look like real stone , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction to us even though they are.

Making Your Own Water , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? Fountain

There are lots of ways to make your own fountains. The easiest way, perhaps, is to place , Everybody Feng Shui Tonight - in the Garden a pump , Hibiscus Care in a small tub or on some liner. Then place , Quick Lawn Care Tips For Achieving the Perfect Lawn a wire or plastic , Hydroponics in Your Garden grate on top of the tub or the liner, and layer pebbles, rocks, etc. over the wire or plastic , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly grate. Your pump , Urban Water Lilies and plumbing , Garden Design: Plant a Woodland Gardens with Minimal Effort and Expense will be hidden! No one will no where your water , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction is coming from. You can then connect black PVC piping to the pump , Spring Flower Gardening (black sprinkler pipe is incredibly inexpensive yet professional looking) and let the water , Control Weeds Effectively In Your Garden rise up seemingly out of rocks in your yard. , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction You won't have to worry much about pets as the water , Ceiling Patio Heaters source is covered with stones. , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction Likewise, you won't have to worry about kids drowning. You can also build a little waterfall , Spring Flower Gardening over such a pit if you want, just throwing in boulders to hide your electric , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter and tubing, etc. Some people use bamboo , Pond Construction for spouts. You can also drill holes through slate (we've found it's really easy if you soak the slate for a day first). Slate is so porous, however, you ought to seal it once you're done drilling. You can also find rocks in nature , Improve Garden Soil with Cover Crops that already have holes in them.

How Big of a Pump , Life's a Beach--A Shore Theme in your Outdoor Space do I need?

Basically, if you buy a fountain at a store you should have instructions on the best size pump , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features for that particular piece of garden , Hibiscus Care art. If you are making your own fountain, here is a rule of thumb: for every inch of width you need to pump , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard 100 gallons per hour. But note that a100 gallon per hour pump , External vs. Submersible s. Which One Should You Use? is not pumping the same volume at one foot head (elevation above the pump), two feet head, three feet, and so forth. If you are making your own fountain, it is likely you will have to guess which size to buy, and you might be wrong the first time you build one. Most pumps , Quick Lawn Care Tips For Achieving the Perfect Lawn are adjustable but often can be adjusted down only a bit. However, magnetic-driven pumps, , Ceiling Patio Heaters the most common kind, are inexpensive and durable. You can find them online , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open at many wholesale pumps , The Basics of Plant Growth; (Part 3) Root Formation in Cuttings outlets.
Mike Guista is president of Fountain Mountain, Inc. and has published two books (Houghton Mifflin and Fountain Mountain Press). For more information , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features about Water , Spring Planting Tips Wonders or buying wholesale pumps , Growing and Caring for Your Bamboo don't hesitate to contact us.

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