Posted on: 21 April 2015
A water fountain can be a great addition to your outdoor space, as it can add visual appeal and a calming sound that many people enjoy. There are many choices for water fountains for a yard, with some being small birdbaths and others being a full landscape feature that may require the services of a professional to install. If you want to add your own water fountain in your yard, note a few simple tips for ensuring the job is done right.
1. Protecting an electrical cord
A solar-powered water fountain can be the simplest installation, as it means you don't need to worry about a power source for the fountain, but if you want to install one that requires electricity, you'll need to ensure you protect the cord. To do this, purchase a length of PVC pipe that will reach from the fountain to an available plug, either in your garage of the back of your home. Dig a slight trench in your yard this length, thread the power cord through the pipe, then bury it in the trench. This will keep it out of sight and also away from rodents and pests who may want to chew through the cord.
2. Provide a secure base
A water fountain is usually very heavy so that it doesn't tip easily, but you still need to provide a secure base for it. A good way to do this is to use a tamper, which is a tool like a shovel but with a flat head. To ensure you tamp down the right amount of ground, set down your fountain and press it into the ground. Then remove it and dig up the ground slightly so it becomes loose. If you notice tree roots, be sure these are cut or they may grow up around the fountain.
Next, tamp down the ground so it's compacted and flattened. If it doesn't get flat and compact, add some gravel or small rocks and tamp these with the dirt. This will keep the ground secure and less likely to shift under your fountain.
3. Don't pinch the hose
A common mistake homeowners make when installing their own water fountain is to pinch the fountain hose as they feed it through the fountain itself, and so they have a weak water flow. You can avoid this by using a safety pin tied to thread; drop the thread through the fountain and pin it to the hose, and then pull it through the fountain gently. This will keep it from being pinched and ensure you get a strong flow of water in your fountain.
For more information, contact a business such as Watergarden World.Share