The Benefits of Having Garden Fountains


Remodeling and landscaping have become more popular projects than ever before, as people want to create a living space inside and out that is unique and complementary to their personalities-- but it is also a pricey endeavor.
As the economy continues to affect pocketbooks, people have had to be even more creative with their patio and backyard revamping by choosing key pieces to make their space more inviting. Often times even a simple garden fountain can change the mood.

Garden fountains and waterfalls are made from a variety of materials such as stone, fiber glass, wood, copper, porcelain, ceramic and concrete.

Water fountains were first used in the Middle East as hieroglyphics on ancient Egyptian tombs have shown researchers. These pictures showed the use of garden fountains in home courtyards. The Mesopotamians used many fountains to decorate their formal gardens.

Romans made use of many outdoor fountains as they were religious about their bathing rituals and enjoyed water features in the gardens mingled with public baths. Fountains have been a place for wishing and have helped people relax as the sound of running water calms the senses.

When landscaping or revamping a yard or patio, there are many options to use depending on the size of the space and the budget available. Flowers, paths, new grass, wood chips, pebbles, sculptures, decorative lanterns and outdoor fireplaces all create a more inviting atmosphere.

Patio water features can be placed anywhere around the home and come in a wide range of styles and prices. The sound of moving water is inviting for guests and provides a place to relax after a long day.

Besides the relaxation and beauty, having a garden fountain inside or outside has been found to improve health. The holistic living approach discusses the existence of positive and negative ions in the air.

Positive ions come from things such as T.V.s, computers and microwaves which pollute the air and cause us to become tired and more susceptible to health issues. But water fountains or garden waterfalls release negative ions into the air which naturally purifies and increases energy as well as can help relieve stress and depression.

To care for a garden fountain, you must protect it from the elements. During winter the pump should be brought inside to protect from freezing. All concrete, including cast stone is porous and cold weather can often crack these surfaces.

If a fountain is completely dry in freezing conditions, it will most likely be protected, but if there is any moisture, it is susceptible to cracking. Fiberglass fountains are easier to protect because they are light enough to bring inside.

If possible, place the fountain in an open area so that debris isn't constantly falling into it. To keep the fountain clean and working well, it is wise to spray it down (including the pump) with a hose every couple months. These simple steps are all you need to preserve your garden fountain for years.

Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer based out of San Diego, CA. She specializes in gardening, home improvement, and collecting patio water features. For an amazing garden fountain or a selection of garden waterfalls, please visit

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