This bare corner in the pool area needed an overhaul! We dreamed of a hot tub in the corner that flowed over into the pool, but looking more closely at the dimensions and with a family of six, there was no possible way that would work without a significant investment. What to do, what to do? Most hot tubs/spas incorporated into pools are simply water features when not being used to, you know, hot tub. So, we looked at a more economical solution while getting the same effect. Why these miniature planting nooks were incorporated into a pool design was a little confusing, but we often find that we are always making the best of other’s design choices. Having made container fountains in the past, we thought that this was the perfect place to add a focal point and get the water feature that would add interest to this corner so we decided on our own DIY garden fountain.
We removed everything that was existing and started to look at where we would place the water feature. The system is very simple and it consists of:
- a basin (or reservoir), which in this case is a 100 gallon, plastic water trough from a local farm supply store.
- a container or pot that is used as the water feature.
- a pump that recirculates the water.
It really doesn’t get any easier that that!
Marking the location of the basin! We just turned the basin upside down and marked around it and started digging. By measuring the depth of the basin we determined how far to dig the hole.
In the ground, nice and level!
Expanded metal grating with corrosion resistant spray paint. The expanded metal will go on top of the basin and will allow the water to sift through the decorative stone. Don’t forget to cut out for pump access and the PVC pipe.
8″ x 16″ cinder blocks placed under the expanded metal to provide support for the decorative container. Landscape fabric was placed throughout the rest of the funky planting nook.
C clamp with threaded connector to hook up to the PVC pipe going through the bottom of the container.
Ah ha, the PVC pipe going through the bottom of the container! Use clear silicone around the pipe to seal.
Tip: Feed the connection through the expanded metal before setting the container! This will allow you to glue the connection without having to reach under the grating. It sounds logical, but we have been there, done that!
Basic submersible pump that anyone can get at the local big box store. Look for one that has an adjustable flow knob!
Oh, we could spend days going on about water features that aren’t level! Water flows over one area and not other areas and what is suppose to be decorative looks like a tsunami on one side and baby dribble on the other! Make sure that it is level, so that water flows in all directions.
Add decorative stone over the grating and larger boulders to add interest.
Hmmm, looking good, but how about some plants!
We finished off with Mexican Beach pebbles over the expanded metal grate, decomposed granite mulch and some ostrich ferns mixed with Southern Shield fern.
TIP: To keep the recirculating water clear and free of algae, we simply pour in occasionally some Hydrogen Peroxide! No need for expensive chemicals that aren’t plant and fish friendly!
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