Installing a fountain or pond in your garden serves a number of benefits. Your landscape will be improved visually and physically, and, with the constant flow of fresh water, the entire atmosphere of the area will be changed. If you are considering installing a new water feature in your garden, consider the climate and weather conditions in your area. Outdoor fountains are designed to be durable and built to last, but even the most durable pieces will need regular maintenance. Whether you live in a wet and humid climate, a hot and dry climate, or a location that experiences brutal winter weather, the fountain you choose should be able to withstand the weather conditions.
Wet and Humid
If you live in a tropical kind of climate that experiences a great deal of humidity and precipitation, maintenance is very important. In these warm and wet climates, algae thrives. You must be proactive about keeping its growth under control. This will require regular cleaning. There are several chemical cleaners to help, and options that are safe to animals. A humid climate will also take a toll on your metal pieces. If you decide on something made of metal, more attention must be paid to maintaining the finish.
Hot and Dry
In both tropical climates and hot, dry climates, the options for different types of fountains and materials are vast because there is no worry of the water freezing. In the hot, dry climates, you will find that there isn’t much to worry about at all. But, that doesn’t make maintenance any less important. Your fountain still needs to be cleaned regularly. And, if your climate is particularly dry, you will want to keep an eye on your water levels. Evaporation may require you to refill your fountain from time to time. It isn’t something that happens often, but it you will want to pay attention to it.
Frigid and Frozen
The fountains that will require the most attention and maintenance are the ones that are installed in colder climates. If your home experiences winter weather and temperatures, your options are slightly more restricted. One of the most crucial steps you must make when those colder temperatures come around is removing all of the water from your fountain. When water freezes, it expands, and that can lead to irreparable damage. Depending on the severity of your winter weather, and the material of your fountain, the best option may be moving your fountain altogether. Consider choosing something that doesn’t weight much so you can place it in a garage or shed during the winter months.
No matter what climate you live in, if you want a water feature, there is probably one out there for you. You just have to consider the restrictions that Mother Nature has placed on you. Be aware of what maintenance techniques and tools you need, and be prepared to protect your fountain from harsh weather.