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What are the Different Types of Cascade Water Feature?

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When embarking on backyard improvement, adding a cascade water feature, with its soothing sights and sounds, is often a popular choice in both city and country locations. A cascade water feature can be designed to be integrated with almost any type of landscaping, such as a miniature staircase of flowing water that leads to a pond. In a smaller area, an assortment of terra-cotta bowls that pour water from one to the next in simple harmony may create a serene space. There are many varieties of outdoor water displays, from dark granite walls with water continuously spilling over them to marble statues of angels holding bowls of water that flow into each other. This kind of outdoor attraction may be used to accentuate a homeowner’s pond by adding a fountain or installing a waterfall that gently flows into a pond featuring colorful fish.

During the installation of a cascade water feature, several factors may come into play, including how much expense is involved and where the water feature will be located. In a country setting, a garden pond with a fountain featuring bells of cascading water may fit into the design of the pond. For a smaller area, a miniature feature using a series of stainless steel cups that water trickles into may be ideal. Adding some light to the water as it drops down may be more expensive, but it might enhance outdoor activities at night when entertaining guests.

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For a more natural setting, a cascade water feature that incorporates earthy materials may fit into the landscape design. Some materials used for this kind of cascade water feature could be rocks or pottery. If properly integrated into the surroundings, this kind of water feature may look as thought it has always been there, like a creek-style water display that has water trickling over rocks. For homeowners who are ecologically minded, there are also solar powered waterfalls that harness the energy from the sun.

In a city location, a cascade water feature may tend to be more ornate, depending on where it is installed. A large waterfall may be a work of art created out of mirrored glass, giving the illusion of a much larger waterfall and offering dramatic lighting at dusk. In a modern outdoor garden, a stainless steel wall with cascading water lit by halogen bulbs may be used to draw attention to a sitting area. Of course, in a city park, a large pool with several water fountains that spurt at intervals may serve as an attraction for ducks and other water fowl.

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