Installing Outdoor Water Fountains by Yourself

Many people want an outdoor water fountain but they never have the money to hire professional gardeners and landscapers to complete the work.  There are several solutions that are available to the enterprising new gardener and they will work with almost any size fountain.  Even if you have never worked on an outdoor project before, installing your own fountain is an easy and rewarding task.

The first step is deciding what size fountain and water feature you want in your yard.  The main consideration is to make sure that you can reach every area of the fountain, for cleaning and maintenance.  This means that there must be enough room left to walk completely around the fountain and not have to wade into the water for cleaning.  While wading into the water may be fun on a hot day, the last thing you want to do is to have to get wet just to do a little yard work.

After you have the location and size of the fountain, the next step is digging the hole for the retaining water.  This is where the water will go when the fountain is running and where the pump will draw the water from to create the fountain.  A good rule of thumb is to have the retention pond hold at least one gallon of water per square foot.  This means that the pond must be at least twelve inches deep.  This ensures that you have enough water to operate the fountain and that you will not be refilling the pond every day.

After you have dug the hole, then you have to line the pond with some material to stop weeds and grass from growing into the pond.  You also have to have the liner material to stop the water from just flowing into the ground.  A good substance is to get a high grade landscaping plastic, which can be found at most hardware stores.  This liner must also have a thickness that will prevent seedlings from puncturing the plastic.  Ask the sales team at the hardware store for the best type of plastic to use.

The final step is to actually install the pond.  It is fairly simple, just dig the hole, line with plastic and anchor the edges with large rocks.  This will stop the plastic from falling into the hole when the water is added.  Then you just need a pump to move the water.  You can use a pump that sprays water directly to the surface and provides the sound of running water.