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How to Choose a Fountain for Your Family Garden

The sound of running water is not only relaxing but extremely refreshing. The play of light on the surface of a pond, the flash of colour and sparkle as sunlight catches a splash of spray from a fountain, all add an inimitable quality which can lift a garden from being merely pleasant to being spectacular.

The Moors in Spain understood these qualities. In the Alhamhra garden in Granada, there are numerous pools, fountains and rills and the air is tilled with the musical sound of water. Even if you donˇŻt have such grand plans, you can still use water to great effect.

Fountains

If you want the sound of water but do not want to bother with plants then a freestanding fountain may be the answer. These should not be sited alone on a lawn or terrace, but set amidst a sea of ferns or other foliage where they will look extremely striking. The wide range of designs, from traditional Victorian and Edwardian to contemporary stone and terracotta fountains, means that it is easy to find the right one to suit you and the style of your garden.

garden fountain How to Choose a Fountain for Your Family Garden

Wall fountains are attractive features, which look as good in modern urban gardens as in formal period settings. Mounted on a wall or brick plinth, they mostly consist of an all-in-one unit made up of a decorative mask which spouts water into a bowl. The water is pumped back up to the fountain via a plastic tube by a small unit hidden within the mask.

It is also possible to buy the elements separately and fit them together as you wish. This allows you to alter the distance between the water spout and bowl, which will affect the sound – the further away the bowl is from the spout the louder the sound of the water.

You can choose from a wide range of styles including fish, gargoyle or animal head masks in terracotta, stone, lead or even fibreglass, with the water spout coming out of the mask’s mouth. Any sort of proportionately sized container can be used to capture the water. Shallow stone shells, half barrels and pithoi all work well, and for extra safety, fill the container to the top with pebbles. Even 5cm/2in of water depth can be lethal to a small child.

The safest water features of all are bubble fountains. These consist of a container completely filled with large pebbles. Beneath the pebbles is a hidden pump and a reservoir of water, into which a plastic tube is placed. This is fed through the pebbles for water to bubble out. The tiny jet of water should be just strong enough to keep the pebbles glistening wet – a cooling treat for hot, little, bare feet. But do bear in mind that mischievous children may want to pick out all the pebbles and chuck them around the garden.

How to Build a Fountain

If you want to add a water feature in your garden but the cost of buying one is high for you, then know that it is possible to build one. It will cost you about half the amount you will spend on a new one from the store, and you will even be able to customize it to suit your preferences. Here are a few steps that can help you build a fountain.

What you will need

  • Preformed tub.
  • Pump.
  • Tubing.
  • Builders sand.
  • Hose clamp.
  • Flat rocks.
  • Chlorine.
  • Black spray paint.
  • 2 cinder blocks.
  • Terra cotta pot.
  • Garden soil.

Fountain How to Build a Fountain

Procedure

  1. Choose suitable location for the fountain near the source of power because the pump will need electricity.
  2. Dig a 2 inch deep hole that is a little wider than the tub you are going to use.
  3. Put the tub inside the hole and leave about four inches sticking out from the ground.
  4. Put some water in the tub so that it is held in place as you fill in the space around it.
  5. Use some of the sand to fill the space around the tub to make sure it is level and firm. The hose will come in handy to get water to make sure the sand is firmly packed.
  6. Paint the cinder blocks in black so that they are not easy to see when in the water. Make sure the insides and sides are covered as well. They should be nearly invisible in the tub. It will take about twenty minutes for the cinder blocks to dry.
  7. Place the blocks inside the water one on top of the other.
  8. Join the tubing with the pump and fasten them using the hose clamp.
  9. Turn the pot upside down and put in the pump near the blocks.
  10. Put the tubing inside the hole that is at the bottom of the pot.
  11. Place the pump on the upper part of the terra-cotta pot and plug it in. At this point, the pot will start to fill with water therefore you should have the hose ready to add more water to the tub.
  12. Use soil and the flat rocks to fill up the parts of the tub that remained exposed.
  13. If you are not yet ready to plant, you can mulch soil around the pot until you are. Use flat rocks to cover the top of the pot.

Some tips

  • If you want your fountain to have a softer look, you can plant something around the tub to make it more appealing.
  • To make sure there are no accidents use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This will ensure that the electricity supply will be cut off if there is any contact with water.
  • Make sure you adjust the flow of the water after you turn the pump on. This will ensure that the water flows into the tub and not on the grass.

You can see how easy it is to make your own fountain by following these steps.

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