Get the best out of garden fountains with a little TLC

The garden fountain is the centre piece of your garden so should always be kept looking at its best. It’s what everybody’s attention will be drawn to when they first set eyes on your garden so make sure it’s as beautiful as the day you bought it. This will require a bit of TLC every now and again which will be well worth it when you have a stunning fountain to show off! An outdoor fountain is subjected to all kinds of dirt, weather and wear and tear but still stands proudly all year long. Garden fountains will be kept looking the focal point of your garden with some quick and easy steps.

Water fountains really please the senses with that magical sight and sound of trickling water transporting you to tranquillity. This pleasure, however, can soon be distorted if you fail to clean out the pump sufficiently. Leaves, branches, grime, general debris all congregate in the pump and will eventually clog up, meaning the flow of water will soon be no more. What you should do is ensure you pull out the whole pump and give it a thorough clean. Wipe down with a cloth and open up and give it a brush with a toothbrush so all hard to reach places are cleaned. With this simple measure, water fountains can flow freely and proudly all year long.

When the day is drawing to a close, switch off your garden fountain and have a little inspection. Removing a build-up of leaves in the fountain can go a long way to preventing clogging further down the line. The pump is the most fundamental part of the fountain so make sure you treat it as well as possible and the results will be visible.

Keeping the water in your fountain clean is also a key aspect to maintaining the beauty of the centrepiece of your garden. By leaving stagnant water in your fountain, algae and all kinds of grime will build up which will instantly distract from the attractive look of stone fountains. Ideally, water should be emptied and replaced on a daily basis for a fresh, pristine look. However, we realise this is not always realistic so there are also products on the market that can be added to the water to keep it fresher longer and keep algae at bay for longer.

If you are thinking of investing in one of our garden fountains, have a look around our site and be sure to create a maintenance routine in order to get the most out of your fountain.

Discover the Fountain for Your Garden Design

We have a great range of fountains here at Geoff’s Garden Ornaments. From classic designs to contemporary; from to unique to wonderful, we’ll have something for you. Garden fountains are the perfect way to bring some visual interest to your outdoor space, whether it be a grand statement, or something small and understated. Whatever look you go for, garden fountains can really enhance the look of your garden or transform it. Discover the fountain that is perfect for your outdoor space with Geoff’s Garden Ornaments.

Maybe you have a particular style in mind which you want to extend into your garden. Animal fountains may be the perfect choice if you are an animal lover (our highly detailed lion wall fountains make an amazing statement). This makes our garden fountains extra special and precious as they are a symbol of your passions and things that are important to you. Not to mention how fantastic these stone fountains look in your garden!

You may choose your garden fountain motivated solely by the flow of water. If you long for a relaxing garden which is the perfect space to get some “me time,” then you may prefer a fountain that trickles water rather than spouts it. One of our ornate models would be the perfect choice here, with their elegant water flow, our tiered garden water fountains will transport you to a world of relaxation.

If you prefer a more abstract design that brings an edgy and arty look to your outdoor space, then one of our wall fountains may fit in perfectly. This unique design fits in like a piece of art for your property and help define your outdoor space with its stylish lines. These fountains will help transform the simplest, plainest outdoor space into a place of beauty and inspiration.

Or maybe you just want a simple addition to your garden that adds a touch of style and sophistication – our ball fountains will work wonderfully in this situation. These contemporary and subtle fountains are a great way to redesign your garden without going over the top. Sometimes small touches are all you need. With one of our ball fountains, your outdoor space can be a serene paradise.

To take a look at all these options and many more, please see our full ranges on our website today.

Water Fountains For Your Pets

Many people in Britain own a pet, with 25% of households having a dog and 19% housing a cat (2013 PFMA data). And owning animals can be a big factor to consider when you are making choices about your garden. If you have a house cat or rabbit, you may want to incorporate a garden run so that they can have protection when outside. If you have larger dogs, outside space may be utilised in housing them and, as such, the garden may feature both lawn and patio areas.

If you have cats or dogs, incorporating a source of water in your garden will be very popular.  A water fountain is a great way to do this – not only does it retain the aesthetic nature of your garden, it also offers a fresh water source. As a dog owner you will probably have noticed that they love drinking from streams and often shun stagnant puddles while you are taking a walk. The same is true in the garden; a water fountain will offer your pooch the opportunity to drink from a moving water source which must be a preferable option for them over a bowl of lukewarm water!

Cats can also benefit from the addition of a garden fountain. While cats traditionally hate getting wet, many enjoy playing with water in controlled environments, by dipping their paws into catch imaginary prey. Or in winter as fountains can often attract small birds, making them a great source of entertainment as your cat watches from the inside window ledge.

Here at Geoff’s Garden Ornaments, we have a fantastic array of water fountains that are suitable for gardens of any size. If you are interested in sourcing a fountain with your pet in mind, then you will need to think about the size of both your pet and the size of your garden. Ideally, a shallow base would be a plus in order to minimise the risk of spillages and the animal fully entering the unit. If you are looking to entice birds to you garden for your (or your cats’) viewing pleasure, then opting for a water fountain with a raised bowl is a must, offering greater visibility and therefore security from predators (including your beloved kitty).

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Incorporating Water Fountains into Your City Garden

Whatever the dimensions of your outside space, and however small a courtyard or front garden is, if you take a little time to plan carefully you can turn your small space into a haven of peace, a place to escape the noise and bustle of city traffic.

Many people would love to have a water feature in their gardens but worry that they do not have the space. However, there are stone fountains in all sizes and you can find a wide range of water fountains which are suited to the smaller garden.

For a small space, a free-standing water garden feature is often the most suitable if you do not have enough room for a pond. Free-standing fountains can be fitted very easily and are supplied with pumps, ten metres of cable, hoses and fitting instructions. The pump is sited in the centre of the fountain, hidden within its central stem. Water is pumped up through the fountain before cascading down to the lower bowl, where it gathers before being pumped back up again. Running costs are low as a result because these water fountains actually use very little water — they constantly recirculate the little they do use. You can easily have a solar-powered pump fitted too if you would prefer, thus saving on electricity costs.

You can find water fountains in a variety of styles, from the ornate to the more traditional and also modern contemporary designs. It’s a good idea to choose stone fountains rather than those made with cheaper resin as these deteriorate rapidly. The best water fountains are made from quality stone, such as Portland, limestone and sandstone.

When space is at a premium another option that you might like to consider is a wall fountain which nestles up against the wall of your house on a patio, terrace or decking area.

Whatever style you choose, you can be sure that adding a water feature to your city garden will add bring the soothing sounds of running water, which is something you will wonder how you ever did without before.

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Selling your house? Water Fountains May Attract Buyers

There is little doubt that landscaping your outdoor space and adding a water garden feature can increase your home’s saleability. Whilst water fountains may not actually add to the market value of your home, they can certainly increase the likelihood of it being sold. New home seekers are often swayed by a feature in a house they are viewing. It might be a particularly good view from a window or an original fire place. Certainly, attractive water fountains in well-kept gardens are very desirable features for those searching for a new home. If your house is likely to appeal to a family or an older couple, then an attractive garden may well become a major selling point for you.

Giving your garden a make-over need not be expensive. The key is to plan ahead and begin work some months before you wish to put your house on the market. If your lawn is full of weeds and dead patches, then it will be worth adding a very good feed and weed product and sprinkling some more grass seeds over the thinning areas of lawn. Planting a few shrubs which will be flowering around the time you wish to sell is also a great idea, as is strategically placing a few tubs with flowering shrubs or bulbs where they can be seen from the house. Water fountains should also be placed where they can be easily spotted, perhaps within a circle of ornamental gravel.

If you simply wish to dress your garden for prospective viewers, there is little point buying one of the larger, more expensive water fountains, but it is always best to choose one made of stone rather than the cheaper resin. The stone variety will quickly mellow and look as though they have been in your garden for many years, whereas resin fountains can look more garish and out of place. Smaller stone fountains are inexpensive and are not particularly difficult to install, unlike the larger varieties with which you are likely to need professional help. Many of the smaller fountains can be fitted into your garden quite easily without costing you a fortune.

Why not explore Geoff’s Garden Ornaments further to find the perfect garden feature that may help you find the perfect buyer for your home?

Garden Water Fountains of All Shapes and Sizes

Are you looking for a stunning garden feature which will pull your garden together? Have you considered installing a large fountain made of limestone? If you have a large expanse of grass that you worry looks a little boring and dull, then it could be that a fountain is exactly what you are looking for to add interest, movement, light and life.

Many people admire garden water fountains but do not realise that they are very easy to install. If you do your research thoroughly you will find that there are three basic types available.

Free-Standing Self-Contained Garden Water Fountains

These free-standing fountains are easy to assemble and do not require a pool to stand in. They are usually supplied with pumps, hoses and cable. The pump generally sits within the stem of the fountain and pumps water up to the top of the fountain. The water then cascades down to the bowl at the fountain’s base. These are ideal if you have a small garden without space for a pool or if you want to provide interest in a quiet and often over-looked corner of your garden.

Free-Standing Fountains with Pools

These lovely fountains are more ornate than the self-contained variety but they are often just as easy to assemble yourself, with no need for special tools or skills. They sit within a pool on top of your lawn or patio. The smaller ones do not need foundations. The pools are generally made from stone and are ideal if you want a striking garden water feature which will draw the eye and attract attention. With many of them you can even sit on the low walls of the pond if you wish to watch the water as it falls over your fountain.

In-Ground Pool Fountains

With these garden water fountains the pool is sunk into your lawn. Assembly is often quite straight forward but will involve digging a hole large enough for the pool you have chosen. These are ideal if you want a fountain that is a little more understated because the pool will be flush with your lawn.

If you wish to design the shape of the pond for your fountain then this is possible too. That way you can make sure your fountain is the perfect shape for your garden.

Embrace Your Garden Fountain This Winter

Many of you may think that a garden fountain is a seasonal feature that loses it’s appeal during the winter time. The days of the summer garden parties with the elegant feature trickling away peacefully in the background are long gone. As we tend to spend less time in our gardens, as the weather takes a wintry turn, you may think the less need there is to have a large garden fountain trickling away all winter. Well, here at Geoff’s Garden Ornaments we want to change your minds! We think that winter is just another opportunity to derive months of pleasure out of your beautiful garden fountains.

If you have children, you can encourage the benefits of this beautiful season through your very own garden fountains. For instance, think of the wonderful wildlife that winter attracts. Invite them along to your water fountains with bird feed and nuts and admire daily visits from winter birds and squirrels all winter. You can encourage your little ones to take an active interest in wildlife and let them place the food out and take pictures of the the birds . Winter sees the appearance of the nation’s favourite bird; the Robin, which is a very friendly bird that will often happily take bird feed from your child’s hands.

Why not get the kids to decorate the fountain this christmas? They could wrap it lovingly in waterproof outdoor Christmas lights to illuminate the whole garden. By adding water proof christmas lights, your stone fountains can be kept decorative and admirable all winter long. This beautiful feature will no longer be forgotten about during the winter months. Instead, it will be lit up and will stand out all winter long as the centerpiece of your outdoor space. You could get your little ones to join in with the festive fun and add some of their own little decorations around the stone fountains. How about help them paint decorative stones with colourful father Christmas faces or snowmen faces and place them on the stone fountains surroundings for a festive look.

You could carry on the festive magic all through December with your fountain. You could even put a star on the top of the fountain and tell the children that it’s so father Christmas can find the house on Christmas eve. Encourage their excitement and let them leave mince pies and carrots for father christmas and his reindeers on the magical fountain.

Stone Fountains: Your Garden’s Crowning Glory

We are rapidly approaching the shortest day of the year, when there is very little in the way of sunlight to enjoy in the garden. It is cold, often wet and all that luxuriant growth of the summer months has died back to reveal bare flower beds and stark leafless trees.

Stone fountains are fabulous in the summer, but it is in the winter when they really come into their own, providing movement and sound and attracting wild life in what would otherwise be a dull environment. For birds, garden water fountains can be a life saver, providing water when there may be little around. What’s more, you will enjoy the gentle sound the running water makes and enjoy taking the time to watch it cascade over your fountain during any quiet moments you may have during the day.

With only a little online research you will find that there is a very wide range of stone fountains available. If you have are lucky enough to have a large garden, you may like to consider one of the many feature garden water fountains with large pool surrounds. These stunning pieces will be the crowning glory in a winter garden. The pool will attract all kinds of wild life, and if you keep it ice-free during the winter it will provide a valuable life line for song birds. Add a few bird feeders to the area near your garden feature and you can be sure of always having plenty to watch throughout the winter season as well as during the summer.

If you would love a water feature but do not have the space for one of the impressively ornate larger designs, there are many smaller water fountains available which will bring life and movement to even the smallest of gardens. These free-standing and self-contained stone fountains are easily assembled and will come with full installation instructions. Some even have solar-powered pumps, which will save you money and help the environment.

If you are considering adding a fountain to your garden, you have come to the right place. You will find all you need to know on our website about the different types of stone fountains we stock, how they are fitted, the different finishes in which they are available and how much they cost.

Stone Fountains – A Centrepiece for Your Garden

Water fountains are an excellent choice if you are seeking a striking centrepiece for your garden. They come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional three-tiered fountains and classical figurine statues to ultra-modern geometric designs and spheres. The more traditional designs can look splendid in a classically designed garden with gravel paths, grass lawns and wide herbaceous borders. The more modern designs work well in outdoor spaces which might have decking and paving and more sculptural plants. It is even possible to find Buddha garden water fountains which can look very striking in Zen gardens, complete with perfectly raked gravel and bamboo.

If you are fortunate enough to have a large garden, you might consider dividing it into distinct zones or ‘rooms’ and giving each a different theme You could perhaps have vegetables in one, white plants in another or perhaps roses with a water fountain as a central garden feature and a separate play area for children and grandchildren. In this way you can add interest to your garden and avoid the cliché of a wide expanse of lawn with straight, thin borders around its edges.

Not only will your fountain be a focal point, but it will also draw wildlife into your garden. Expect to see dragonflies during the summer and garden birds all year round. A water fountain also succeeds in bringing the beautiful and relaxing sound of running water into your outside space. No wonder most garden designers choose to include stone fountains into their landscaping.

Stone fountains can be found in different colours and types of stone. The best are made from genuine stone rather than the cheaper and less hard-wearing resin. Those made from beautiful limestone and Portland stone are not inexpensive, but they will make a striking centrepiece which will age beautifully, taking on a mellow patina as the years pass. Stone fountains can usually be found in various finishes, such as natural, antique or even bronze. Sizes vary considerably too, from small fountains that you can easily install yourself to large imposing affairs which will need a builder to ensure that they are fitted successfully. It is important to choose the right size. Your fountain should complement your outdoor space rather than dominate it.

Stone fountains are a wonderful way to bring interest to your garden, adding a sense of calm and serenity with the wonderfully restful sound of running water.

If you have any questions about fountains, please contact us.

Finding Stone Fountains for Even the Smallest Space

If you are someone who has always loved the gentle sound of running water and has always wanted to have your very own water garden feature, you will love some of the smaller designs you can find today.

Stone fountains need not be grand, ornate affairs. If you do not want one to dominate your lawn, it is more than possible to source a small fountain which will fit neatly into a previously unloved corner of the garden or sit against a wall on your patio.

If you are concerned about the cost of fitting one and the amount of work that will be involved, you may again be pleasantly surprised to learn that some small stone fountains sit above the ground and do not require foundations. They sit on a plate and are easily connected to your electricity supply with hidden cables. You may even choose a stand-alone fountain that runs from a solar-powered pump.

If, on the other hand, you require a large and imposing fountain, you can employ someone to level the ground and to use a small digger to dig the foundations. If you have a little experience in DIY, however, you should be able to do it yourself easily.

There are many different styles of fountain to choose from. You will find classical statues and the traditional three-tiered variety. You can buy anything from small versions that do not require a pond base to much larger fountains which sit in ponds of your own design, and everything in between.

If you favour a more contemporary design, ball stone fountains are very modern. These are a popular favourite as people love to watch the water bubble up through the fountain’s central orb and glisten over it on to the base below.

You may also like Buddha fountains, which will look great in a small garden with a Zen-like feel. Just add bamboo and an area of raked gravel.

Tiny spaces may benefit from a wall fountain or a small ball fountain design. If you do not even have a garden, you could still place one of these on a patio or small area of decking. A large front door step may even be space enough to house one. How wonderful to hear the sound of running water as you return home from work!

If you need any advice about choosing the right water fountains, then please contact us. We are happy to help.