The flower beds are blooming, the birds are chirping and the squirrel is running up and down the big old tree. But it feels like something is still missing from this beautiful oasis. You probably need a garden fountain!
Creating a garden fountain is one of those simple do-it-yourself projects that can be done over the weekend. Many garden and hardware stores now carry garden fountain kits that are easy to install.
Types of Garden Fountains
A garden fountain can be as simple as you want or as ornate and complicated as possible. You can create a garden waterfall or use decorative copper fountains. Floor fountains are popular with kids during hot summer days. If you have the space, you can create a pond or pool fountain in a corner of your garden. You can even opt to create table fountains that can be strategically placed around the patio and garden area. The designs and types of garden fountains are endless.
Basic Materials for Garden Fountains
The most basic materials you will ever need for a garden fountain are:
- Water pump
- Plastic basin or water reservoir
- Electric cord
- Rubber tubing
- Silicone sealant
- Decorative water spout or nozzle
You can add extra elements to your fountain like bamboo water wheels, spitters, stones and more. Plus, if you don’t want to use a plastic basin as a reservoir, you can install a cement basin instead. The water height of the fountain itself will depend on the type of pump and nozzle you choose.
Creating a Garden Fountain
- Decide where to put the fountain and preparing the area. The location will depend on the space you have and the fountain design. Make sure that the location is near an electrical source to power the pump. Level the ground where the fountain will be placed and remove extra stones and plants.
- Install the plastic basin or reservoir into the ground. Dig a hole the size of the basin. Place an inch of sand as the base. Place the plastic basin in. If there are gaps between the basin and the soil, fill the gaps with sand.
- Place the pump into the basin. If necessary, drill a hole into the basin for the electric cord to run through. Seal the hole around the cord with the silicone sealant.
- Depending on the design, stack the items that comprise your fountain or install the ornament or statue that will act as the spout. Drill holes for the rubber tubing to pass through to get to the spout. Seal any holes or cracks around the tubing. If necessary, install a mesh over the basin to keep out debris from entering the reservoir. Also, if the items you are stacking are heavy, you should install a support system to make sure these don’t fall into the basin.
- Once the sealant is dry, fill the reservoir with water.
- Plug the electrical cord to the power outlet to turn on the pump. Adjust the different elements until you are satisfied with the way the water exits the spout.
Every garden can benefit from even the simplest of garden fountains. These decorative fixtures add a sense of tranquility in any garden. The sound of cascading water is always soothing to the ears and to the mind. Installing a garden fountain is easy with the help of do-it-yourself garden fountain kits. To create a perfect Zen like retreat, install a garden fountain in your home.