With summer fast approaching, it's time to get going on those gardening and landscape projects.
If an outdoor fountain is on your to-do list this year, look no further. Here's how to make a simple water fountain for your backyard garden.
The equipment needed to make an outdoor fountain can be found at your local home and garden center and includes: A submersible pump, tubing that doubles as a fountainhead, pea gravel or river stones, a basin to hold the water, a bucket or reservoir to hold the pump, and sand for leveling the hole that you place the reservoir in.
Electricity is required to run the pump so you'll also need an exterior electrical outlet and an outdoor electrical cord long enough to reach from the fountain to the electrical outlet. Your local garden center should be able to help you determine which size pump is needed for your outdoor fountain project.
A large clay flower pot that's wider than it is tall such as those used for bonsai plants, a square or rectangular trough, or a faux millstone are all suitable to use for constructing an outdoor fountain. If your basin is large enough, you could even consider adding a few aquatic plants and making a container water garden out of it.
After figuring out where in the garden or yard you want the fountain to be located, dig a hole roughly the size of your reservoir bucket and an inch or so deeper. Level the bottom with sand and place the reservoir in the hole so that the top of the flowerpot is a couple of inches off the ground. Place the submersible pump in the bucket and makes sure the suction cups are firmly attached to the bottom. Connect the tubing to the pump threading it through the hole in the bottom of the basin. The tubing acts as the fountainhead. Fill the basin with pea gravel or plants if desired. Turn on the water and adjust the pump speed to regulate the flow of water--the smaller the fountain, the slower the flow.
Most outdoor electrical cords are bright orange so you'll want to bury it just below grade or hide it under groundcover plants and shrubs. Keep in mind that if you live in a climate where the ground freezes in winter you'll have to empty the reservoir and remove the pump until spring arrives.
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