How to Make a Solar Water Fountain

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How to Make a Solar Water Fountain
Solar water fountains can be elaborate or simple. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Create a tranquil spot in the garden with the addition of a bubbling solar water fountain. Depending on the size of budget and space, fountains can be unadorned or elaborate. Ranging from one container to tiered fountains of any size, create a relaxing atmosphere and draw wildlife to the garden or patio. A solar-powered fountain with self-contained solar panels allows for energy conservation and placement anywhere in the garden without the worry of plugs or electrical sockets. Solar-powered floating fountains can be found on the Internet and at most home and garden stores. Construct a simple, solar-powered fountain with minimal supplies in less than three hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Eco-blend half whiskey barrel
  • Half whiskey barrel plastic liner
  • Floating lily pad solar fountain
  • 2 small solar-powered floating lights
  • Shovel
  • Hand rake
  • Level
  • Sand
  • Pea gravel
  • Pond plants (optional)
  • Perennial plants (optional)

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  1. 1

    Choose a location for the fountain that receives at least five hours of direct sunlight a day. This will maximise fountain productivity. Ensure the area is free of overhanging branches or vegetation that may shade the fountain.

  2. 2

    Clean the ground of any debris, Clear away 8 inches of dirt 12 inches wider than the circumference of the barrel.

  3. 3

    Add a 2-inch layer of pea gravel and sand to cleared area. Moisten gravel mixture and press sand and gravel firmly together. Ensure the ground is level.

  4. 4

    Position whiskey barrel in the centre of gravel and twist slightly to set. Check again to determine the barrel is level.

  5. 5

    Drop the plastic liner inside of the barrel, and ensure a tight fit. Fill the barrel with water 3/4 full. Allow chlorine in the water to burn off in the sun for at least two hours before proceeding. Heavily chlorinated water can kill plants.

  6. 6

    Gently drop floating solar fountain into the barrel. It will take several hours of direct sunlight before the fountain will begin to pump. Place solar-powered lights into the water. Add aquatic plants such as water lilies, if desired.

  7. 7

    Establish a variety of perennial plants around the planter if you choose to maximise wildlife visitation.

Tips and warnings

  • Add solar garden lights around the barrel for added effect. Add fresh water to the fountain regularly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and replacement of batteries in solar-powered lights and fountain. Enjoy your solar-powered fountain all year in southern areas where the temperature does not fall below freezing. If used in northern regions, drain water and store components in a sheltered location for the winter.
  • Small children should not be left unattended near any water feature. If water sprays up outside the barrel, remove excess water until it stops.

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