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Northern Virginia Landscape Gardening with Outdoor Fountains

hardscape-300x190Water features are the latest trend in Northern Virginia high-end landscape architecture. The variety of styles and sizes of fountains that can be incorporated in your Northern Virginia landscaping design are endless. A lot of people would take on this endeavor on their own. If you lack creative ability, however, it may be a wise choice to hire a Northern Virginia landscape designer or remodeling contractor that offers landscaping services, if you have the budget to assist you by designing your landscape garden for you. Most landscape designers offer to not only design your garden but, install it as well. Another decision to be made will be your choice of pump, as there is a wide variety of pumps available including electric or solar powered. There are numerous delightful benefits to having a decorative fountain in your garden.

When designing the layout of your Northern Virginia landscape garden, outdoor fountains make a delightful centre piece that can offer beauty and tranquility. When designing your garden, the fountain will set the tone for the whole project. Although the style of the fountain you choose is mostly a matter of personal taste and preference, bear in mind it will set the tone for the whole garden, size should definitely be commensurate with the size and flow of your garden. If you choose a fountain that is too big for your garden it will dominate the area and eclipse your entire garden.

The most crucial part of any fountain is the pump. There is a multitude of pumps to choose from. Firstly, and most important of all is pump performance. What pump performance comes down to is water flow, and what is required of a pump is basically 100 gallons of water per hour, for every inch of stream width that the fountain produces. Most pumps available today come with an adjustable flow rate. So, this makes the size of the stream that is produced by outdoor fountains customizable. At the same time, this makes the amount of splash that is produced controllable. You now also have the option of “going green” if you so desire.

What this obviously means is that you now also have the option to have a solar powered pump as opposed to an electric one, which over time, will save you a considerable amount of money. A solar pump collects solar energy in its solar panels and converts it to electric energy, at the same time storing energy for night time use. Pretty much all solar powered pumps do offer a back-up power source for those sun deprived weeks. Another thing to include in the installation of the fountain is a timer. The timers function will be to automatically turn the fountains pump on and off at preset times that you chose. This is another fully adjustable feature.

Once completed, most people find that their Northern Virginia outdoor fountains and landscape gardens to be a peaceful, quiet haven. A tranquil spot in which to meditate, think or just simply sit and enjoy natures beauty. What could be more soothing after a rough day, than a beautiful garden with an abundance of flowers, fragrances and the soothing sounds of a flowing waterfall or a babbling brook?

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