Birding in your backyard

Tucson is such a good home to birds that we support the most comprehensive urban bird count in the world. Tucson’s bird diversity comes about because of our unique range of elevations, mild seasons, Sky Island mountains that link the Rockies to Mexico’s Sierra Madre, influences from Sonoran, Mojave, and Chihuahuan deserts, migratory flyways, and tropical areas south of the border.

At Zona Fountains we strive to bring environmentally safe products that you can count on not to disturb your most important focal point, your fountain. This season we’ve brought in one-of-a-kind products not available from most other Tucson retailers. Please browse our updated Garden Decor section where you can find many of our new bird feeders.

(Courtesy Larry Sellman & Tucson Audubon Society)

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Protecting your fountain

Here at Zona Fountains, we believe in preserving your fountain. With our years of experience, we have found that the best way to keep your fountain looking new is to purchase a fountain cover to preserve your unique water feature.

Some customers wonder why we recommend fountain covers since they are typically reserved for harsher winter climates. We have found that here in Arizona it is just as important to protect your fountain from the harsh summer sun, as well as during monsoon season. Both times of the year temperatures are known to swing from day to night, which can cause an unwanted algal bloom. During monsoon season, large amounts of rain water can overfill and even knock over your fountain. Many of these yearly events warrant the use of fountain covers here in Arizona as well!

Many of our customers who are only seasonal residents of Arizona find fountain covers essential to protecting their purchase during the months they are not here to care for it. (Remember, if you are leaving town to always drain your fountain). Some customers have also found using the covers aids in resisting pesky mosquitos from laying eggs and multiplying in the stagnant water.

At Zona Fountains we carry Henri Fountain Covers made from durable, reinforced polyethylene, which is weather resistant and u.v. stabilized. Henri’s covers have nylon drawstrings integrated into the fabric to ensure a snug fit over your fountains. Stop by today and see how you can benefit from purchasing a fountain cover by speaking with one of our experienced staff members. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information regarding the Henri Studio Fountain Covers, please visit their website: http://www.henristudio.com/us/products/fc22-fountain-cover#

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Monsoon season means mosquitos!

Tucsonians accustomed to monsoon season know that all the added water and moisture provides a breeding ground for mosquitos. Owners of fountains or water features have the added problem of having excess water available for these pesky insects. Fortunately, the fountain experts at Zona Fountains have got you, and your water features covered! We recently started carrying Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits by Summit Chemical. Both of their mosquito repelling products are safe for plants and animals and proven to keep those pesky insects at bay! The active ingredient in the product works to kill the larvae before they are able to develop into full grown mosquitos. Please stop by the store today and pick up one of these awesome products in time for your next summer barbecue!

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Bringing the essence of our lot to our webpage

We have been brainstorming ways that we could bring the dimension of our store to the face of our blog. In doing so, we decided that we should include video footage of some of our fountains in full swing. Please take a look below at our very first video featured fountains. We hope you are pleased with the two we chose to showcase, and do continue to look back from time to time to see other fountains that we have available!

The Alonzo by Fiore Stone
Shown in Sedona

The Mission by Rinse Water Statuary
Shown in Bronce

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Algaecide: Keeping your personal oasis clean, clear, and charming.

Let’s say you’ve made a new aquatic addition to your home or garden. When you bought your fountain from Zona Fountains it probably looked something like this:

Crisp, clean, and clear water flowing evenly to compose a soothing ambiance. Rather than your own oasis, after a while, your bubbling gem may look a little more similar to this:

Consequently, it looks like an uninvited guest has decided to set up shop inside your fountain. Depending on environmental conditions, untreated algae can grow back every few weeks even after cleaning your fountain.  An algal bloom will cause a fountain to look unsightly and may even interfere with the functioning of the fountain itself. Luckily, a few drops of algaecide from your friendly staff at Zona Fountains will clear your fountain water of the green menace and prevent any future blooms down the line. Our algaecide is also non-staining, so you won’t need to worry about ruining the delightful hue and glow of your fountain. Think of algaecide as a regular vitamin regimen to keep your fountain happy and healthy.

A few more tips and tricks

Finally in addition to algaecide there a few other things you can do to minimize algae in your fountain:

  • Place your fountain in the shade, as direct sunlight enables more rapid algae growth. Also, consider placing a cover such as an umbrella or awning in the area near your fountain to help provide shade if no natural shade is available.
  • For smaller fountains consider using distilled water rather than tap. Tap water and even filtered water still have natural impurities present in them which can encourage algae growth.

Most of all don’t forget your local experts at Zona Fountains don’t just sell fountains, we stand by our products and will help keep your fountain running well. Stop by or give us a call today to see how we can help keep your personal oasis running for life.

 

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Zona Fountains is here to pump you up!

Let’s say you recently purchased a lovely new fountain for your home or garden. First things first, congratulations on your excellent taste! Now all you need is a pump for your new fountain to move the water up, down, and all around. Proper water movement helps to compose that lovely tranquil ambiance we seek in a fountain. Otherwise, you’ll have yourself a new birdbath instead of a new fountain. The fountain pump is like the engine under the hood of a classic car, it doesn’t see the light of day too often, but it’s the piece that brings the whole show together when all is said and done. Lucky for you Zona Fountains is the one stop shop for fountain pump expertise.

It's what we do at Zona Fountains.

It’s what we do at Zona Fountains.

 

There are two kinds of pumps we keep on hand at Zona Fountains; submersible pumps, and inline pumps.

Submersible pumps, as the name implies, are pumps that you plug in and toss into the fountain. Up front, they tend to be cheaper than inline pumps, but they can be more of a hassle to maintain as time goes on. Inline pumps, on the other hand, are not as “plug-and-play” as submersibles. You’ll need to layout and install all the necessary piping. Once everything is in place, however, any maintenance down the line is much less of a headache. Inlines also tend to be a bit quieter than submersibles. Give us a call or stop by and let our expert staff help you build your own oasis today!

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A day of love, a day of life, a day of togetherness

Love is the air, and Cupid is on the hunt.

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While we all can’t make it to see the Trevi Fountain in Italy. We have some great fountain choices to pick from, so you can bring home your own little slice of Rome. Let us help you create the perfect staycation. With a fountain, it can help create a romantic feeling in your yard. Here are three great examples of romantic fountains.

The Fluted Fountain. With a Greek feel this fountain has great sound. It can turn any yard into a little Mediterranean paradise.

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We have the Rose Fountain with Doves. These love birds are the perfect way to symbolize your relationship with your significant other. What better way to show harmony in your yard than with these love birds.

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Finally, we have our International Fountain. This a traditional style fountain great for any occasion. This will give your yard a great classic look.

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We also have a great Valentine’s Day Special. A gift set with some of our fantastic metal art.
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Our Roses are red

Our Fountains are new

And we hope to see you come in real soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cold Weather

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BRRRRR It’s Cold Outside!

While a frozen fountain is beautiful to look at it will cause more harm than you realize. For that, we and the manufacturers both recommend draining the fountain when temperatures drop below freezing. When the water freezes, it will expand and may result in cracking your fountain. Water may also be restricted from the pump causing it to burn out. If you expect rain or snow during the freeze we also recommend that you cover the fountain. That will eliminate any possible cracks from occurring, or having to replace the pump.

 

If you still wish to keep it running  here are a few tips:

-Run the fountain all night. Running water freezes at a lower temperature. If it only drops below freezing for a brief period of time this may suffice.

-Place a light, or more than one light, under the fountain for the night. The heat generated by the light may be sufficient.

-Place a heater near the fountain for the night.

The choice is yours, the best course of action is to drain the fountain. This will help prolong the life of the fountain.  Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to purchase a fountain cover.

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the new Zona Fountains website

Thank you for choosing Zona Fountains in Tucson and welcome to our new website! Please explore our selection of fountains and the various vendors we work with, such as Fiore Stone.

Check back soon for news, information and promotions.

 

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2515 E. Fort Lowell Road|
Tucson, Arizona  85716|
(520) 325-3888

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