How to Put in a Small Water Fountain Feature


After a hot and stressful day at work there are few things as cool and relaxing as sitting in your own little oasis, listening to the sound of water trickling in your personal waterfall or fountain. Building a small water feature in your yard should take no more than a day. Even landscaping beginners can make a successful water retreat with very little experience.

Step 1

Decide on the design for your garden before beginning any physical work. Will the water flow from a pitcher or pump, or will it trickle down a cascade of rocks or other objects? Once you have the basic design worked out, purchase your supplies.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough to hold the fountain base. This base can be a child's pool, a half-barrel or any other waterproof container that you have found. The size of your base will determine the size of your water pump, as this is related to the amount of water pumped per hour.

Step 3

Level off the bottom of the hole and insert the fountain base. Make sure that the base is securely fixed into the hole, packing the dirt against the outside to ensure that it won't move.

Step 4

Set the pump into the base, making sure that it is level and secure. Arrange over or around the pump the features that will stick up in the air above the surface of the water, such as a pile of rocks or ceramic pots. Thread the pump tube up through or behind these features so that the water will be pumped up and onto the top of the features.

Step 5

Surround the base with plants, large rocks or other elements that will be attractive and will hide the edges of the base. Plants can be trailing into the base if they are the type that will not suffer from a lot of water exposure. Rocks can be cemented or simply firmly placed, depending on how large your fountain is and how much water will be falling on the rocks.

Step 6

Fill the base with water. Plug in the fountain to a secure power supply. Allow the pump to run for half an hour, then observe where and how the water falls. If the scene is not to your liking, try rearranging the rocks or adding additional plants until the fountain area looks the way you want.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use electrical tape or other waterproof elements to cover all exposed electrical wires. If you have small children in the family, make sure that the water feature isn't where these children can fall in.

Things You'll Need

  • Submersible water pump
  • Shovel
  • Base container for water
  • Item from which water will emerge
  • Rocks and stones
  • Plants
  • Electrical tape


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Who Can Help

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