Placing a water feature in your garden area can help turn your backyard into a calming oasis. Making a backyard fountain is a common do-it-yourself project and using pebbles gives the water feature the appearance of a small stream bed. Fountain kits can be purchased at your local hardware store and you can find pebbles and stones at your local garden centre. When choosing the location for your fountain, select a site that is close to a power source.
Chose a location to construct the pebble fountain and dig a hole that is slightly wider than the tub that will be used to create the fountain reservoir. Place the tub into the hole and backfill the gap between the tub and the sides of the hole with soil. Place two bricks at the bottom in the tub to act as a platform for the water pump, then place the pump kit into the tub. Follow the fountain kit manufacturer's instructions to install the fountain spout to the pump.
Fill the reservoir with water and place the power cord for the water pump near the power source that will be used.
Create a water catchment area by laying plastic sheeting in a 2-foot diameter around the fountain spout. Lay the plastic sheeting so that it drapes into the reservoir. Weigh down the edges of the plastic with rocks to keep it in place as you work.
Place a piece of heavy galvanised mesh over the top of the fountain, resting the mesh on the rim of the fountain reservoir. Place a piece of finer mesh on top of the heavier mesh, then cover the catchment area and the area around the fountain spout with pebbles. Finish the fountain by plugging the pump in and arranging larger stones so that the fountain spout is hidden.
Things you need
- Plastic tub
- Outdoor fountain kit
- Plastic liner
- Heavy gauge mesh screening
- Fine mesh screening