DIY Garden Fountain


This bare corner in the pool area needed an overhaul! We dreamed of a hot tub in the corner that flowed over into the pool, but looking more closely at the dimensions and with a family of six, there was no possible way that would work without a significant investment. What to do, what to do?
Having made container fountains in the past, we thought that this was the perfect place to add a focal point and get the water feature that would add interest to this corner so we decided on our own DIY garden fountain. We installed a a basin (or reservoir), which in this case is a 100 gallon, plastic water trough from a local farm supply store.
8″ x 16″ cinder blocks placed under the expanded metal to provide support for the decorative container. Landscape fabric was placed throughout the rest of the funky planting nook.
C clamp with threaded connector to hook up to the PVC pipe going through the bottom of the container.
Basic submersible pump that anyone can get at the local big box store. Look for one that has an adjustable flow knob!
Oh, we could spend days going on about water features that aren’t level! Water flows over one area and not other areas and what is suppose to be decorative looks like a tsunami on one side and baby dribble on the other! Make sure that it is level, so that water flows in all directions.
Add decorative stone over the grating and larger boulders to add interest.
Hmmm, looking good, but how about some plants!
We finished off with Mexican Beach pebbles over the expanded metal grate, decomposed granite mulch and some ostrich ferns mixed with Southern Shield fern.
diy garden fountain
TIP: To keep the recirculating water clear and free of algae, we simply pour in occasionally some Hydrogen Peroxide! No need for expensive chemicals that aren’t plant and fish friendly!
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