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How To Create Your Own Garden Fountains

By Nita McKinney

Most people think garden fountains have to be elegant concrete statues with water spilling out of them. Such a picture might get you thinking that it is very expensive and difficult to install a fountain in your backyard. This is not really true. You can make your own fountain from cheap and available materials. Most of the items that you require can be found at home.

The idea behind a fountain is spilling of water on the sides of a container so that it can be collected in a basin found below and recycled using a pump. To build your own fountain you need to buy a water pump and a rubber plug. You also need a shovel, a plastic basin, a vessel to hold water, a drill, garden rocks, cutting shears as well as metal screening.

You should start by choosing a container to use on the fountain. Decide on a suitable vessel that will form a good base and hold the water. It is advisable to use an urn that is decorated. You need a drainage hole. If the container does not have one you should drill one at the bottom. The hole should be about 2 inches in diameter so that it can accommodate a water tube.

The next step is to dig a hole where you want to place the fountain. Ensure that the hole is wide and deep enough to accommodate the plastic basin. Make sure that the basin you use is wider than the fountain so that it can hold the water that will spill over from the sides. The basin should be placed inside the hole such that the top is at the same level with the soil line.

On top of the basin there should be a metal screening. The screening should be wider and it should have a hole at the center. Use cutting shears to cut out a hole that is wide enough to fit a water tube and the power cord as well.

At the floor of the plastic basin is where the water pump should be put. The hole through the metal screening is where the power cord from the pump should pass. Ensure that the screening is well positioned on the plastic basin. You should ensure that you seal any space that can leak water from the base of the fountain.

The fountain plug should be able to create a perfect seal. After sealing the hole place the base on the screening. Connect the power to an electrical socket to get the device working. It is good to hide the power cord behind rocks and plants. Alternatively, you can bury it a few inches below the ground.

The underground basin and the receptacle should be filled with water. Colored stones and garden rocks can be used to hide the metal screening. If you set up the fountain properly water will pour out onto the sides and fall on the rocks and then seep through into the basin below. The pump located in the plastic basin is responsible for recycling the water. Garden fountains will improve the appearance of your backyard significantly.

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