What could be more soothing than the tranquil sound of water trickling over stones in a mountain stream? Well, why not create this effect in your own garden or patio. Using a decorative container, pebbles and a submersible pump, you can create a water feature where water is the focal point:
- Choose a decorative container big enough to house a submersible pump with rocks or pebbles covering the top.
- To keep the container water tight, line with a rubber or PVC pond liner. The pond liner will be secured in place by carefully positioning the pebbles in the container.
- Put an inverted plastic bowl at the bottom of the container to house the pump. The bottom of the bowl needs to come up to about 10cm (4 inches) from the top of the container. The bowl needs to have holes drilled into it for the water to move about freely.
- Drill a hole through the rock/stone, which will form the focal point of the fountain.
- Push the pump outlet through the hole in the rock/stone. Sandstone or limestone are the easiest to drill through. Make sure the stone you use is hardened and weathered – a freshly dug stone may give off gritty particles, which will gather in your container and block the pump.
- Decorate the surrounding area with pebbles.
- Once installed, keep checking the water level, particularly in warmer, dry weather and top-up as required.
- Add algicide to the water to ensure that the water remains crystal clear.
Now, you can sit back and enjoy the tranquil sound of your own water feature.