We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time.
While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also need to consider how the area is going to affect the water flow. Try to pick a spot that’s stable and doesn’t have more than a few inches of incline either side. You’ll also need to make sure there is a water outlet within a reasonable distance to power the pump.
You may need to dig a sizeable hole, especially if you’re planning something on a larger scale, so a strong back is in order for this part. The hole will be covered by a rubber liner and, for larger water features, will store several water basins creating a large reservoir volume. This means you shouldn’t have to add water more than once every week or two. The basin containing the pump should be fitted closer to the surface for ease of maintenance, and the connected water line will flow through the drilled rock. As the equipment needed will vary depending on your design, look into specialist retailers to make sure you get the appropriate parts.
This is where your elbow grease and determination will meet its match. You’ll need to buy or rent a hammer drill (also called a rotary hammer) to make the hole. With a masonry bit long enough to drill through your choice of stone, all you’ll need to do is take note of where you want the water to flow and let the drill do the hard work for you.
How your rock fountain will look will be down to your own creativity. The real beauty here lies in how personal you can make it. Do you have any ideas for a water feature in your garden? Let us know in the comments below.