If you love water and want to add a little fountain to your yard, here’s how to install a water feature. Complete with step-by-step photos and instructions!
I’m a water lover. My favorite place to be is near the water. Almost everywhere I’ve ever lived has been near water:
- I was born in Toronto, which is a city right next to a lake.
- I moved to Barrie as a kid, which is right next to the bay of a lake.
- I lived in cottage country as a teenager, which is also known as the land of lakes.
- Dean and I were married in Barrie.
- We moved to Toronto and back to Barrie again while I was in college.
- And we moved back and forth again with small children in tow.
See? Water, water and more water. Now we’re in the eastern suburbs of Toronto again with our family and I can see the lake every time we drive home from buying the groceries. I find the sight and sound of water to be extremely soothing and relaxing. I can’t sit still or do nothing (also called rest) very well at all. But sit me at the beach and I could stay there all day. I’d love to live near the beach. Or almost any body of water. But since that isn’t likely to happen any time soon – and we don’t have a pool just yet (the little one we bought this year ended in rather large puddle) – we decided to get a fountain!
It provides the cool, trickling sound of water and I can see it from my side patio.
How to Install a Water Feature in Your Yard
1. Use the ground skirt to mark where the fountain will go. Remove any sod from under skirt (shown above). We needed to do this step as our garden wasn’t the size we wanted it to be yet, so we used the skirt as a guide for expanding it.
2. Dig a hole for the basin to fit just below the level of the soil. Use the center hole in the skirt as a placement guide. Place basin level and backfill. Cover with Skirt.
3. Assemble the fountain if necessary. Ours had holes and slots to fit together. Look at the packaging photos for help.
4. Attach pump to fountain and insert pump into basin. Fill basin with water. Plug unit into outdoor plug and test flow. Adjust if necessary.
5. Once you have the flow volume you like, cover the skirt and area surrounding fountain with CLEAN gravel. (If necessary rinse gravel before placing at base of fountain to keep water from becoming murky.)
Now just sit and enjoy the sound of the water.
Are you a water lover? Where is your favorite place?