Garden fountains can add a focal point to your landscaping design. The soft sounds of flowing water can attract birds and create a peaceful atmosphere. Prefabricated garden fountains can can also be an expensive purchase. You can design and create a homemade garden fountain that will display your creative talents and meet your own needs. This project is simple and easy.
To build your homemade garden fountain you will need a few necessary materials including: a shovel, a basin, mesh screen, a drill, stones and plastic tubing. Visit your local hardware or home improvement store for these materials if you do not already have them.
Choosing a Garden Fountain Pump
When choosing the pump for your fountain, you will need to consider the power source. If yyou choose a pump that is powered by electricity, your fountain will need to be located near to an outdoor electrical outlet. If possible, look for a solar powered pump. This will enable you to place the fountain anywhere in your yard without having to connect it to an electrical outlet. However, many of the solar powered pumps are unable to collect sunlight and will not operate on an overcast day. You will need to choose a location that will receive direct sunlight.
Fountain Pump Features
There are two important pump features to keep in mind: the maximum amount of water the pump can move every hour, referred to as the gph, and the maximum height the pump will force the water. The gph will vary depending the pump. The rate can range from 35 to over 600 gallons per hour depending on the power source. A lower rate will create a gurgling effect and a higher rate will create a steady stream or splash of water. A smaller pump could raise water about 2 feet. If your vessel or system is higher than 2 feet, you will need a larger pump.
Digging the Location
Use your shovel to a dig out the soil at the location you have chosen. You will need a hole that is about 1 foot larger than the your fountain basin. Fill the hole with an inch of gravel to prevent any problems with drainage. Position your fountain basin into the hole you have created. The basin rim should be level with the ground surface.
Water Fountain Vessels
There are a number of materials that can be used for a water fountain basin including: a small plastic swimming pool, a 5 gallon bucket and a half barrel. Fountains can also be created using: urns, clay pots and vintage metal containers. Cascading fountains can be created to enable water to flow through bird houses and down strands of crystal beads.
Covering the Fountain Water
The pump will need to be placed inside the basin. Use mesh screen to cover the basin. This screen will prevent any debris from getting into the water. Use your scissors to cut a square flap in the screen at the location of the pump. This will enable you to do any necessary maintenance work on the pump. Hide the screen and the pump with large stones.
Garden Fountain Accessories
Visit your local nursery and speak to professional about your garden fountain project. Choose water plants whose natural habitat is water. Water lilies and Papyrus will work well in your garden fountain basin. Gazing balls in a various colors can also be placed in the fountain basin or near a water fountain.