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The Source of Modern Day Wall Fountains

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of hundreds of age-old texts from their original Greek into Latin. It was imperative for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. Reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The ancient Roman custom of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by the Pope to build a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Your Patio: An Ideal Place for a Fountain

A good way to enhance the look of your outdoor living area is to add a wall fountain or an exterior garden fountain to your landscaping or garden layout. Any number of current designers and fountain craftsmen have found inspiration in the fountains and water features of the past. You can also strengthen the connection to the past by adding one of these to your home's interior design. The benefit of having a garden fountain extends beyond its beauty as it also appeals to birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere.Patio: Ideal Place Fountain 2479072229404673.jpg Flying, annoying insects, for instance, are scared away by the birds congregating around the fountain or birdbath.

Wall fountains are a good option if your yard is small because they do not require much space as compared to a spouting or cascading fountain. You can choose to set up a stand-alone fountain with a flat back and an attached basin propped against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted type which is self-contained and suspended from a wall. Adding a fountain to an existing wall requires that you add a fountain mask as well as a basin at the base to gather the water. Since the plumbing and masonry work is extensive to complete this type of job, you should hire a specialist to do it rather than try to do it alone.Keep Outdoor Fountain Clean 057862912369871468.jpg

Keep Your Outdoor Fountain Clean

In order to ensure that water fountains last a while, it is vital to perform regular maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun mixes with still water, algae can appear. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. Some people opt for putting bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts recommend that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scouring every three-four months. To start with you must remove the water. Then use gentle and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there are any tiny grooves, use a toothbrush to get each and every spot. Make sure all the soap is totally cleaned off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and washing the inside carefully. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it much easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

One final tip for keeping your fountain in top working shape is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

An Introduction to Garden Herbs

A lot of gardeners see that they are pulled to knowing more about herbs as they are painless to grow and enjoyable to use in cooking. You will receive immediate gratification when you grow herbal plants in the garden as they can be included in cooking sauces, soups, marinades and a range of other recipes. Maintaining your herb garden all year is straight forward to do as you can cultivate the herbal plants in pots and move them in when the climate starts to turn cold. You can integrate a lot of things in your garden, including perennial herbs particularly because they don't need replanting at the end of the year and don't die easily. Think about the varieties of flavors you prefer cooking with (and eating)when picking out herbs for your garden. Give consideration to the dishes you prefer when choosing which herbs to plant in your garden. For instance, if you cook a lot of Italian food you may want to cultivate basil and oregano. If you like Latin food, choose cilantro. It is relevant to determine where your herbs will be planted in order to decide which herbs will thrive. It will be easiest to plant straight into the ground if your climate is on the milder side, with seasons that are not intense. It is both an attractive way to landscape your yard and an effortless alternative because you do not need to construct or buy planters.Introduction Garden Herbs 14774576666905.jpg If you don't want to your plants to perish or become dormant after being subjected to overwhelming weather conditions, you can always rely on planters. They are practical and versatile and you can relocate inside at any time.