Are you yearning to have a fountain in your very own garden? One would definitely love the sound of bubbling water – it helps to calm you down and creates the effects of nature in your garden. Fountains may sound exquisite and custom made ones really comes with hefty price tags. You can actually build it yourself even if you do not know how to build a fountain.
How to build a fountain?
A fountain can be made as simple as by recycling pots and install a water pump in it. You will need tubes, a submersible pump, rocks and terra cotta pots. These materials can be easily obtained from garden supply stores. Build the fountain on the spot that you would like to place it so that you do not have to move it later. Make sure that the power cord is long enough to reach the nearest electrical outlet. Before buying the materials, you will need to choose the size of the pot first so that you know what kind of submersible pump to buy.
First, brush on a layer of waterproof sealer to the inner part of the pot and let it set for a while. You would want to get pots with drainage hole so that no drilling is required. Pull the plug through the hole and place the pump inside the pot. Leave a space of a few inches because later on you will need to pour pea gravel into the pot for the pump to sit on, and then tape the cord outside of the pot to secure its position. After that, place the pot on the pot feet where you would like to have your fountain situated.
Fill in the gap of the drainage hole with silicon sealer so that the water will not leak out from the bottom. Leave it for a day or two before using it to allow it to dry completely, and then pour in 3 – 4 inches of pea gravel to level up the pump. Before installing the bubbling fountain nozzle onto the pump, make sure that the pot is deep enough. The nozzle should be a few inches away from the lip of the pot.
Lastly, you may fill the pot with water, turn on the water pump and you are done! These decorative fountains can be used together by placing a smaller pot in a large tub to create multiple fountains. Placing water plants into larger pots is also a good idea in decorating these fountains.