Fountains throughout the ages: how did they work?

Ancient civilizations had been constructing grandiose fountains before electricity was discovered and utilized. In that case, you may wonder, “how did these fountains work?”

The Romans

A memorable scene from Terry Gilliam’s ‘Life of Brian’ illustrates the impact the Romans had on science and human civilization. The film is set in Jesus’s time, and in this particular scene the Jewish liberation front gathers and considers ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ After an antagonizing back and forth between the stern rebel leader and one of his wide eyed followers, it becomes evident that the Romans invented some of the most powerful inventions, began social programs and created an overall thriving civilization. At least with hindsight that is.

One of the specific inventions this scene addresses is the aqueducts. The aqueducts relied on gravity alone to provide sufficient plumbing for the empire. Aqueducts worked by gathering water from sources at high altitudes which could then be funneled down in precise ways to provide for all the needed outlets. The Romans had the technology to really harness this water flow and use it where they needed it when they needed it.

How could fountains reach elevated heights? To make a fountain more than a well or man-made stream, it requires the spectacular water works that we imagine on a modern water feature. The gravity pressured aqueducts could produce high reaching water works, in the same way that a modern water tower works. The physics behind it is simple. The height at which the water is held compounds. For each foot of height the water is held at, the potential water pressure increases. That is how fountains in ancient Roman operated.

The Role of fountains in Rome

Rome needless to say was an expansive and thriving empire until the fall. Because of that, emperors would show their power and fortune by commissioning large scale public water fountains. Unlike today, average citizens would not have water fountains in their homes. However, everyone could come to the fountains to spectate and well as take the water. The water was publically owned and distributed from these gorgeous fountains.

Fountains, a long tradition

The story of fountains is quite impressive. Fountains have been with humans for a very long time, certainly longer than electricity and modern devices. In that sense, when you get a water feature for your home, garden, office or commercial area, you are participating in this art tradition. Just as civilizations showed their prosperity through grandiose water fountains, you too have the luxury to adorn your space with this art piece as a sign of abundance and vitality.

The Perfect Public Courtyard

A courtyard in a public plaza is like the watering hole of such a location. People gather and meet their like animals to socialize and enjoy the environment. The right courtyard setting is lively and energetic, giving the people a sense of rejuvenation and excitement. Are you in charge of developing the courtyard space for a shopping plaza, a school, or other municipal location? Designing the right public courtyard is an important undertaking. With focus on a few important details, you can be sure that the people love your space. Adding plants and greenery, proper seating, and a grand fountain as a centerpiece, will have your courtyard complete in no time.

Plants and Greenery

As previously stated, a proper courtyard is lively. A sense of fresh energy and life can be implemented into your space in a very simple way. With the addition of colorful flowers and thriving greenery, your courtyard will be filled with life and energy. Adding plant life to your courtyard space completely transforms the location from plain to lively. You can easily accomplish this with a collection of stone planters and urns. These will add a sense of class and elegance to your space while providing the perfect location for your plants.

Outdoor Seating

Your courtyard would not be able to be properly enjoyed with no seating. Be sure to provide plenty of space for your guests to relax and enjoy the scene. Conveniently placed benches are perfect for this type of space. It allows people to take a breather and take in the work that you put into their beautiful surroundings. If you have a larger space, especially one with food nearby, outdoor table sets would be the perfect addition. Your guests will be able to enjoy food, company, and conversation in the beauty of your newly designed courtyard.

Architectural Fountains

Complete your courtyard scene with a grand architectural fountain to bring together the entire scene. A stunning tiered fountain in the center of your courtyard will add a sense of class and elegance to your space. It also performs a very subtle, but extremely important, task: noise mitigation. The steady flowing sounds of the water splashing in the fountain creates a consistent sound that blends all of the surrounding sounds, so nothing stands out too much. This is great for making the people in the courtyard feel comfortable and giving their private conversations a bit of respect, all while enhancing the scene of your courtyard space.

Accent your business and municipal location with a gorgeous courtyard for your guests to enjoy. Create a peaceful and soothing space where they can go for light conversation and relaxation. With the addition of lively plant life, outdoor seating, and a grand architectural fountain, your public courtyard is sure to please.

Your Backyard Zen Garden

Spending time in a peaceful outdoor setting is a great way to connect to the Earth and find a true sense of peace. There is a certain level of serenity that the natural elements bring, and that serenity is the main goal of a zen garden. A zen garden is a simple and peaceful setting that is designed to keep your energies flowing with the universe. You can build your own zen setting, and find peace in your own backyard. The main thing to consider when creating a zen garden is the elements. You will want to be sure that all of the basic elements (air, fire, earth, and water) are represented.

Air

This is the easiest element to implement in your space. Being an outdoor space, the air flow should be abundant. This is more a matter of location than anything else. Be sure that the space that you choose for your garden is open with plenty of room for energy and air to flow. Mother Nature will have no problem taking over from there.

Fire

Fire is more of a tricky element to represent in your zen garden. The trick to representing fire is that you don’t have to have actual fire present to accomplish your goal. Many zen gardens symbolize the element of fire by using the color red. If you would prefer a more in-depth and realistic depiction of this element, you can install a fire pit or decorate the area with red candles.

Earth

When people think of a zen garden, it is usually the earth aspect that comes to mind. To represent the earth in your zen garden, it is common to use sand, or sometimes gravel. You will have to periodically rake the sand as minor maintenance. This also contributes to a popular aspect of the zen garden. Not only will raking keep your sand free of debris, but you can also use the rake as a meditation tool, creating patterns in the sand and centering your energies in your garden.

Water

One of the most peaceful elements of the zen garden is the water. It adds a refreshing and energetic touch to the space, while contributing to the soothing energy around. To represent water in your zen garden, be on the lookout for different outdoor water features. There are a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from. One of the best options is a pond, especially with a waterfall, to give your space movement and dynamics. There are also many modern stand alone fountains that come in simple designs that fit perfect into a zen setting.

You’ll be able to find serenity in your own setting in no time. Connecting to the elements brings you a sense of peace that is often overlooked and taken for granted. With representations of air, fire, earth, and water, your backyard will be a spiritual oasis.

Build a Beautiful Outdoor Room

When the spring and summer come around, nobody wants to spend their time cooped inside all day. When the sun is shining and the air is warm, it’s exhilarating to simply be outside breathing the fresh air. When dinner time comes around, many families find themselves eating the meal inside at the dining room table. But, in the summer time, it’s much more pleasing to enjoy your dinner outside. Create a space outside your home where you can enjoy the benefits of fresh air in a comfortable, secluded space. To build the perfect outdoor room, choose a material for a privacy barrier, install outdoor furniture, and accent the space with an outdoor water feature.

Privacy

To begin building your room, you must first choose the space and separate it from the rest of the yard. There are several ways you can go about creating this separation. One way to go is outdoor curtains. You can build or install a gazebo to fit around your space and drape beautiful curtains that will flow gently in the breeze and keep your space cozy and private. Another beautiful choice is a trellis with vining plants. Using a trellis instead of a fence is a great way to instill privacy with a touch of class and style.

Outdoor Furniture

The furniture you choose for your outdoor room is extremely important. It all depends on how you plan on using your space. If it is to be a place of socializing, search for a couple of outdoor couches and extra seating to accommodate all of your guests. If you plan on designing it primarily as an outdoor dining area, then a table set is your clear choice. There are many different styles and sizes of sets, allowing you have a small intimate dinner, or host an entire dinner party.

Outdoor Fountain

To accent and complement the look and feel of your beautiful outdoor scene, you can install a soothing outdoor fountain. It will mitigate undesired noise, and create a sense of serenity in your space. There are a wide range of fountains and water features to choose from. You can pick a classy and elegant tiered fountain to add a classic touch, or maybe a contemporary artistic piece. You can even install a sleek spillway to add a stylish and modern touch. There are so many options, you just have to find the one that fits your style.

Find ways to enjoy as much of the beautiful weather as you can. Building an outdoor extension to your home can help you do just that. An outdoor room is great for hosting, relaxing, dining, and more. With the perfect barriers, outdoor furniture, and fountain, your new space will be the best place in your home.

Bring Life and Energy to Your Front Yard

When it comes to developing the scene outdoors, much attention is normally paid to the backyard space. With it being the more private outdoor space, people seem to be more inclined to develop that space. It is where many of us host our outdoor get-togethers, cook-outs, and children’s birthday parties. With all of the attention being paid to your backyard, it’s easy to overlook the great ways you can bring more life and style to the front of your home. With a few certain details, you’ll be surprised at how nice your home looks. With a simple flower garden, planters or urns, and small birdbath, your home can be on the cover of magazines.

Flower Garden

Gardening is one of the best ways to cultivate life and bring a new sense of color and energy to any outdoor space. You don’t have to have a major green thumb to maintain a simple flower garden. Framing the front of your house or your front porch with flowers serves as a great accent. Visit your local hardware store to find some stones to create your frame. Acquire some planting soil, if need be, and begin your garden space. Pick out some of your favorite flowers, and arrange them around your home or porch. You can purchase seeds or flowers that have already been potted.

Planters and Urns

If you would prefer not to have an in-ground garden, or if you would just like to take your floral design to the next level, consider the use of planters and urns for your front yard. These are a great way of accenting your space with a piece of art and bit of life. They come in many styles, sizes, and shapes. The right set of planters are great for adorning an entrance of staircase. Fill them with your favorite plants, or just use them as their own decoration.

Fountains and Birdbaths

When it comes to installing a water feature in the front yard, some people question the decision. Many people don’t want the piece to overwhelm the scene of their homes. There are many small garden fountains and birdbaths that are perfect for front yards. The right small piece can even sit in your flower garden, making that space a center for life and energy. The colors, butterflies, and birds will transform your plain front yard into a stunning neighborhood oasis for all your neighbors and visitors to see.

Don’t allow your front yard to just be another plot of grass on the street. Allow it to accentuate the style, class, and natural beauty of your home. A few deliberate changes can make all the difference. A small lively flower garden, a set of classic, commanding planters, and a small fountain or birdbath can turn your home into the envy of the neighborhood. It’s the face of your home; make the most of it.

Host the Perfect Garden Party or Barbecue

When the skies are blue, the breezes are warm, and the sun is shining throughout the day, it is a great feeling to spend your time outdoors with your family and friends. Hosting a beautiful and fun garden party, picnic, or barbecue is a great way celebrating holidays, birthdays, and special events. Sometimes, it’s great to have a little get together just for the fun of it. No matter what your reason is for having your loved ones over, it’s important to take care that your event is enjoyable for you and your guests. If you want to ensure an enjoyable shindig, make it a potluck, and enhance your scene with greenery and lighting.

Make it a potluck!

When you’re having people over for food, one of the hardest things to accomplish is preparing enough food, or types of food that everyone will like. One of the best ways to circumvent this type of issue is by asking your guests to contribute to the feast. Offer a main course and a couple of other options, then allow your guests to bring items that they would like to share. This ensures that there will be enough food for everyone, and that all of your guests will be guaranteed to enjoy at least one dish (assuming they enjoy their own cooking!).

Decorate with Greenery

If you are having garden party, the plants you have growing in your outdoor space is the truly the life of the party. Be sure that your favorite flowers, vegetables, and greenery are properly displayed. Consider installing a few planters in your setting. That is a great way of adding an extra element of class and elegance to your space. There are many stone planters and urns available that can enhance your scene with there design alone. Combined with the right plants, these containers are guaranteed to enhance your scene for your next get-together.

Lighting

An easy thing for people to overlook is proper outdoor lighting, especially when hosting guests. But, there is a lot you can do with lighting to enhance the scene and experience for everyone. There are a wide range of LED landscape lighting options that allow you to illuminate walls, staircases, and walkways with the perfect accent of light. You can even install lights in a pool, pond, or fountain, for a stunning effect. They come in many colors, and some are even color changing, allowing you to create the perfect scene at your next garden party.

No matter the occasion, you’ll want your event to go over beautifully. While you can’t be in control of every little thing that may happen, you can at least set yourself up for success. Avoid awkward conflict over food by having a potluck-style event, enhance your garden party with perfectly-placed greenery, and accent your landscape with the LED lighting. Your guests will be amazed, and you’ll be proud of your home.

How to best remove algae from your fountain

Algae is the green plant formation that can appear in most bodies of natural or man made water sources. When the water is stagnant, algae has a ripe breeding ground to multiple and expand. Algae is both an unpleasant sight and a harmful organism to the functionality of your pump. By running the fountain often and cleaning it you will be able to prevent invasive vegetation. However, we have plenty of suggestions on what to do when algae does from on your stone or metal water feature.

 

Add algae inhibitors

There are many algae forming inhibitors that we recommend to use. A natural method is to add barley to the pool or bottom tier of your outdoor fountain. Wrap the barley straw in some netting place it all under the water in the deepest areas of the fountain. If the barley flows, weigh it down with a rock or brick. The barely will decompose which omits an enzyme prevents the formation of algae. This is safe for fish in the water as well.

There are also chemical algae inhibitors which you can purchase from us in our pond products collection. Applying once every three months is a standard to be followed. However, you can add these chemicals more often if algae does visibly form. These chemicals are usually not safe for fish. It is best to simply check the label regarding this issue.

Shade your water feature

Algae love stagnant water will much sunshine. Just like any other plant, they require sunlight to perform photosynthesis. In fact, almost half of the world’s photosynthesis processes come from algae

If you can move our fountain easily, then place it in a shady area. You could also plant other vegetation that will grow and cast a shade on the water feature. These plants might include lattice, bamboo peach trees.

Remove algae as you see it forming

Aside from preventative measures, we also have tips on the best way to clean your fountain of disgusting algae. Firstly, use a pond net to pick up all of the algae flowing in the basin and tiers of the fountain.

Once the rogue algae is fished out of the water, you will need to drain the feature. Scrub algae off the sides using a nylon brush and vinegar. You could also use bleach if it will not discolor your fountain.  This should remove all of the algae. We recommend you rinse the feature thoroughly before refilling it. Follow up with the preventative chemicals that we discussed above.

Bring Life to your Backyard

Think about the scene around your home. Do you look around your backyard to see nothing that inspires you? Is your property not much more than a simple plot of grass? Your space can, and should, be more than that. Your property should be a place where you can enjoy your time outdoors, set a beautiful scene, and cultivate life. There are a few main ways you can go about bringing a fresh new energy to your outdoor space. If you are looking for ways improve your yard, consider building a garden, installing an outdoor fountain, and enhancing your landscape and water with LED lighting.

Build a Garden

One of the best ways to bring that extra sense of life and energy to your yard is by building a garden outside your home. For many people, the healthiest thing to do, especially if you plan on growing vegetables, is to build a raised garden bed. A raised garden bed actually sits on top of the ground, filled with soil that you place in it yourself. This method relieves the burden of having to rely on the soil in your yard, and allows you to make the healthiest mix of soil for your plants. The process is pretty simple and inexpensive; there are several tutorials available online that can lead you in the right direction.

Install a Garden Fountain

Having the garden built in your yard will add new life and color to your space, but your landscape is not quite complete at this point. Take your garden space to the next level with the installation of a well-placed garden fountain. A beautiful stone fountain adds to your landscape in a number of ways. The visual alone will take your garden area to the next level. The steady flowing water sounds will help to mitigate unwanted noise and create an even more soothing and therapeutic environment.

Accent with LEDs

Once you have your new landscape design all planned out, it’s about time to start thinking about those finishing touches. One of the best ways you can accent the beauty and style of your landscape is to use LED lighting. You may be surprised at what a few small lights can do for a wall or a walkway. There is even waterproof lighting available for your fountains and ponds that will illuminate the water at night. There are a wide range of options, even color changing lights that you can set to fit any mood.

Don’t allow your backyard to just be another patch of green on the hill. Make it a point to truly make the most of your outdoor space. Tap into your artistic and creative side, and let your imagination flourish. Create a scene that is dynamic, colorful, and full of life. Add life and color with some of your favorite flowers, vegetables, and greenery, take it to the next level with a beautiful fountain, and accent it all with tastefully placed LED lights.

Enhance the Class and Elegance of your Outdoor Space

Your home is place that you should certainly take pride in; you’ve spent countless hours earning and developing it. And, your backyard and patio space is where you spend some of your most precious moments. Think of the many garden parties, cookouts, and outdoor celebrations that occur at your home. Be sure that when you are hosting your friends and family, your home reflects your style and class. With the addition of a beautiful stone statue, an outdoor fountain, and some LED light accents, your home will be the most beautiful place in the area.

Display Stone Artwork

One of the best ways you can elevate the level of class in your home is with the addition of artwork. When it comes to exterior design, people often overlook the effect of art, but there are a wide range of options for outdoor sculptures and statues. There are pieces that are designed to be placed in or next to a shallow body of water, and some that create an entire scene on their own. These masterpieces are carved in 360 degrees of stunning detail, and are certain to provide your scene with a fresh sense of style and culture.

Install a Beautiful Fountain

Another great way to accentuate the beauty of your environment is by installing a classic, elegant stone fountain. Picture a beautiful tiered work of art in your own backyard. See the beauty of the water spilling from the finial and cascading over the edges of the piece. It will transform the look of your space, while creating a welcoming and relaxing scene for you and your guests. Everyone will be dazzled by the stunning water show, and your home will take on a brand new look. This type of choice is guaranteed to please.

Install LED Accents

If you would like to take your statues and fountain to the next level, consider the installation of LED light accents. There are kits available that are designed specifically for tiered fountains, and plenty more options for your landscape. Accent your staircase, walls, and garden with the perfect touch of light. It is sure to add a modern and contemporary look to your space that is subtle and very easy on the eyes. There are even options available for color changing lights. With the right set up, you can design your space to fit any mood and occasion.

When the time comes for you to make some decorative changes around your home, be sure to make the right choices. Create a scene that is full of class and elegance, one that reflects the style of you and your family. With the addition of stone statues and sculptures, an elegant tiered fountain, and a few LED light accents, you are sure to transform your home into the ideal space. You and your guests are sure to be pleased.

Create the Ideal Patio Setting

When old man winter has blown his last frigid breath, there is no better feeling than emerging from hibernation to feel the warmth of the sun. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the warm breezes are calling us to experience it all. Do you have an ideal location in your home to relax and enjoy the beautiful days? Be sure to make the most of your patio space. It will become a location that you will cherish. With the right selection of patio furniture, an assortment of live plants, and a perfectly-placed water feature, you can be certain that your patio is perfect for you and your guests.

Patio Furniture

Finding the right furniture for your patio is a very important process. There are so many styles and options, it can be hard to find exactly what you need. Before going out to make a purchase, begin by predicting how you will be spending most of your outdoor time. Some furniture is better for hosting, some is better for dining, and some is best for relaxation. Next, consider your outdoor climate and which materials are best suited for your area. If rain is very common in your area, you may want to avoid outdoor furniture is cushions and other absorbent materials. Finally, find a set of furniture that fits in your allotted space, and create a scene that fits your setting.

Plants, Planters, and Urns

One major mistake that people encounter when designing their patio scene is allowing the space to remain plain and lifeless. Your outdoor space should reflect the beauty and energy that is found in nature. The installation of a few stone planters is a great way to achieve this effect. They are works of art themselves, and also allow you to display some of your favorite flowers and greenery. The presence of living plants will bring a fresh new energy to your patio space.

Outdoor Water Features

Another great way to maintain a refreshing energy is by installing the right water feature for your home. There are a wide range of options available to you. A classic tiered fountain is perfect for accentuating an elegant and refined style. A sleek spillway is more desirable for some people. It creates a contemporary look with a smooth sheet of water splashing gently into a basin below. Any of your water features can be enhanced with LED lighting to take your scene to the next level. Be sure to choose a piece that reflects the style and feel of you and your home.

You patio space should complement your home; it should be an extension of your interests and personality. Create the perfect scene that caters to exactly how you like to spend your time. With the appropriate patio furniture, the presence of a few lively plants, and the addition of a perfectly placed water feature, your patio space can become an ideal backyard oasis.

The Benefits of a Beautiful Lake Fountain

When the winter weather finally breaks, it’s always great to go out and enjoy the warm breezes and blue skies. And, there’s nothing like relaxing next to a calming body of water on a summer afternoon. Some of us are lucky enough to have a lake or pond in our own yards. If you are one of the lucky ones, you should consider the benefits that come along with installing a lake fountain in your private body of water. The right lake fountain will transform and enhance your scene, aerate your water, and mitigate unwanted surrounding noise.

Stunning Visuals

The most obvious benefit of installing a lake fountain is probably the aesthetic value. When people think of lake fountains, the image of towers of water and beautiful moving shapes begin to inundate the imagination. There are a wide variety of spray patterns and strengths available to create the perfect visual for any setting. There are even LED lighting kits available to bring the most of your nighttime scene. If you thought your fountain was impressive during the day, just wait until the streams of water reflect the light and create bright and colorful shapes in the night.

Water Aeration

One of the most useful benefits of having a fountain installed in your pond or lake is the occurrence of aeration. Aeration is the process of increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen in a body of water. Keeping your lake or pond aerated is extremely beneficial to the health of your water. This is especially true if you have fish in your water; they need to oxygen to survive. Aeration also prevents the development of organic matter that can build up in your water. Remember that your body of water is an ecosystem, and it requires a healthy balance to thrive.

Noise Mitigation

Another wonderful quality associated with lake fountains is the soothing sound created by the steady flow of water. There is a profound serenity that overcomes a person when they allow such sounds to soothe and relax them. The water splashes continuously on the lake’s surface, mitigating surrounding noises that may be distracting. This is especially beneficial if your lake or pond is near a street or other noisy area. Once you hear the sounds of your new lake fountain, you will see that your outdoor scene is finally complete.

Make the most of the lake or pond on your property. Allow a beautiful lake fountain to transform your scene. With the wide ranges of styles and designs, you are sure to find the right fountain to complement your space. You (and your fish) will be pleased with the increased health of your water, and the soothing sounds will enhance the entire atmosphere. As beneficial as lake fountains are, they’re almost necessary!

The Importance of Water Aeration

A beautiful pond or lake is always a beautiful feature to have present in your landscape. A fact of those bodies of water that people often forget is that they are living, breathing ecosystems of their own. If you have a pond or lake on your property, it is your responsibility to maintain the health of that ecosystem. The main thing you must do for your water is to maintain a healthy level of oxygen through a process called aeration. This process introduces necessary oxygen from the atmosphere into the water.

The Benefits of Aeration

In nature, the motion from the wind creates waves and introduces oxygen to the water at the surface, while the photosynthesis of the plants and algae underwater release oxygen from below. But, with the unpredictability of nature, it is easy for water to become stagnant or to be deprived of a healthy amount of sunlight. This leads to unwanted algae, dirty water, and unpleasant odors. Aerating your water is also necessary for keeping it fresh and healthy for your fish and other organisms.

Methods of Aeration

Aerating Fountains

One of the most popular choices for water aeration are floating decorative lake fountains. These devices allow you to keep your water fresh and to improve the look and feel of your landscape. They accomplish the process of aeration by pulling water from the surface of the water and shooting it up into the air in various patterns. The oxygen mixes with the water as it lands, agitating the surface.

Pond Aerators

For people who would like to put on less of a show, there are options that are not as commanding. One of these options is the floating pond aerator. This device uses the same method as decorative fountains for introducing oxygen into the water without shooting the water up to such great heights.

Diffusers

Decorative fountains and aerators are useful for many applications, but they aren’t quite capable enough once the water reaches certain depths. If a body of water is greater than 8 feet deep, diffused aeration is sure to be more beneficial. This method occurs by releasing compressed air into the bottom of the water and creating motion that affects more than just the top few feet of water.

No matter your method for aeration, it is a necessary process for maintaining the health of your pond or lake. If you have fish or other organisms in your water, this process can not be overlooked. Create a new scene with a floating decorative fountain, or maintain a peaceful scene with a pond aerator of diffuser.