A Garden Fountain - Relaxation and Delight
Fountains are fabulous! The soothing sound of water splashing into a pond at the
end of a hot day is what keeps many busy people’s nerves from fraying.
You can have a huge pool with a statue in the middle from whence shoots a steady
stream of water at the flick of a switch. Or you could have a tiny, cute little
pond with a 30 cm high spray tinkling merrily. You might even like to have
something like a bamboo pipe dripping water into a stone water pot or jug.
The sound of slashing water in the pond on a warm summers night, now
that's what I call a stress reliever.
Terrain, space, environment and your budget will dictate your choice. If you
have tons of space and cash to spare, you might want to go the whole hog and put
in a huge pool complete with fish and a statue in the center. At the other end
of the spectrum you could buy one of those pre-formed pools with a water pump
and get your own rocks from the river to decorate it. Both ideas are great.
If you live on a steep block of land, it may be easy for you to make a waterfall
type of fountain, using the natural lay of the land. Unless you have some kind
of experience, you might be well advised to get the services of a professional
to put it in for you.
Whatever type of terrain you have, you will need to make sure your fountain is
level to work properly; otherwise you could end up losing most of your water. To
level your pond or fountain, you may need to dig out a section and add sand - if
using a preformed pool. Make use of a carpenter’s level to make sure it is truly
The Pump - Solar Powered?
You’ll need a submersible pump if you are going to create your own small
fountain. You may be able to get a small plastic statue that is suitable and
drill a hole through it to make the fountain. You’ll need extra plastic piping
the same diameter as the discharge adaptor on your pump. Drill a hole in the
statue or make one with a knife and then feed the tubing through it, joining the
bottom end to the pump.
Adjust the statue so that when the fountain falls from it, it hits about the
center of your pool. If it goes to the side, water will splash out and you’ll
need to keep on replacing it. There are many lovely ideas for creating your own
fountain at nurseries or Home Depot stores and similar places.