Make a Garden Water Fountain
(ARA) - Garden water fountains. You've weeded the flower beds, planted the vegetable garden
and dusted off your patio furniture. Now comes the fun part: adding
some decorative elements to your garden. And what better way to
pull your design together than with an elegant fountain.
Fountains not only add a beautiful visual accent to an outdoor space,
they also create a soothing sound that blocks out noise from the
street or the neighbors. With a fountain as its centerpiece, your
garden will become a wonderful secluded retreat from the hectic
But sometimes it's hard to find exactly the right fountain. "Most
people have a particular kind of garden; it could be formal or casual,
contemporary or old-fashioned," says Larrisa Gleason of the Beckett
Corporation, a water gardening products manufacturer. "If you haven't
found a fountain to suite your style and have some garden materials
you want to put to use, get creative and make your own," she suggests.
Here is an easy project for homeowners who want to create their
own elegant, three-tiered fountain using some lightweight planters
that are designed to look just like terra cotta. All you'll need
is a Beckett fountain pump, three planters, a drill, some tubing
and small finishing rocks.
Three-tier Planter Fountain
This custom-made fountain recirculates water in a steady stream
pumped up through multiple layers of pottery. The water cascades
down the sides reentering the large pot on the bottom through holes
that are drilled into the second tier.
1. Drill one larger hole on the side of the medium planter that
will face the "back." This hole should be large enough for the end
of the pump cord to go through. Drill a hole at the bottom center
of the smallest and medium size planters to fit the tubing that
will be threaded through the hole. The tubing should fit snugly.
Check diameter size before drilling. Add four small bit-sized holes
for drainage in the "lip" of the planter at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.
These holes will be hidden with decorative rocks.
2. With the large planter right side up, place the pump in the bottom.
Thread the electrical cord through the large hole in the medium
planter. Cut the tubing long enough to fit on the pump and extend
approximately 3 inches above the top of the small planter. Place
the tubing on the pump.
3. With the medium planter turned upside down, thread the tubing
through the bottom center hole. Repeat for the smallest planter.
4. Press the top two planters down to fit snugly on top of the large
planter base. Trim any excess tubing beyond one inch at the top
of the smallest planter. Place decorative rocks on the top of the
small planter base to camouflage the tubing and around the rim between
the medium and large planters. Plug in and viola, a fountain fiesta!
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