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Your backyard oasis idea can be centered in one location or added throughout the yard to enhance your private space. Adding the right plants for some greenery add beauty to any backyard and can brighten up your outdoor area. In this Post, we’ll show you how to make an easy water feature, step by step,

When You’re investing in your private dream patio, it’s easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home that you’ll never want to leave.

Add a low maintenance water feature such as a fountain, that is designed around a stone from which the water will flow out of into a gravel filled reservoir bleow, and circulate back up through the rock with the help of a pump.

You can either look for a rock, that comes pre-drilled, at local stone suppliers, or you can drill a hole through it yourself with a rotary hammer drill. Best of all, this water feature requires very little maintenance because it was designed to not require a collection pond. Locating it out of the sun reduces algae growth, keeping the water fresher.

If you’re looking for an eye-catching water feature for your patio, deck or front entry, this natural-looking water fountain below, will do the trick.

Instead of a collection pond, use a gravel filled reservoir that collects the overflow for recirculation, below right.

Overflow for Recirculation
Overflow for Recirculation

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This fountain was designed around a special stone, one with a one-inch hole drilled through it. Water from the pump gurgles up through the hole and overflows the stone.

To reduce maintenance, eliminate the collection pond. Instead, a gravel-filled reservoir below collects the overflow for recirculation.

Finding The Right Fountain Stone

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Water on Stone

Begin your search for fountain stone by looking for an online supplier of stones and brick in your area that custom drill stones or have a selection of predrilled stones.

Find Your Rock Preference

When choosing your fountaim stone, be sure to bring a few gallons of water with you to pour over the stone selections to see how it flows, the stone changes color when wet and it will give you a better idea of how it will look when assembled.

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Water Features You Can Assemble in 2-3 Days

DIY Projects

Water rills are shallow channels that provide a flow of water from area to another

DIY Projects are a Huge Savings!

How to Make an Easy Water Feature

Build a DIY Solar Water Feature:

Not only do you reduce the need for new products, but you are also repurposing old materials (in this case, old plant pots) and using solar power rather than an electricity source.

What you need:

  • One excess paver (a small size is fine)
  • Spirit level
  • Two plant pots (one small, one large)
  • One plastic bucket (small enough to fit into the largest pot)
  • Plastic lid (a large paint-tub lid is ideal)
  • Folded newspaper
  • River rocks, gravel or pebbles
  • Solar-powered fountain pump
  • Galvanised wires (optional)
  • Wire cutters (optional)

1- Set your ground level using an excess paving stone and check with a spirit level.

2- Now, set the largest pot you have on top of the stone and insert the plastic bucket into the base of the pot.

3- Cover the rim of your pot and the bucket with a plastic lid. If necessary, cut the lid slightly smaller than the rim’s diameter as you’ll need a slight gap between the top of your pot’s rim and the plastic lid (this is where decorative rocks will be going later).

4- Stack the smaller pot on top of the plastic lid, creating a tiered effect. Remember to cover over any drainage holes with folded newspaper.

5- Now, fill the rim around your large pot with rocks, gravel or pebbles so that your plastic lid is completely covered.

6- Finally, fill your smaller pot with water and drop your floating solar water pump into the water. To stop the pump from floating off-center, insert galvanised wires into the pump’s foam flotations. You may need to cut the wires to ensure the device stays in place.

DIY Water Fountan Feature!

You can also build your own mini pond

Backyard Mini Pond
BackYard Mini Pond

How to Build a DIY Mini Pond And Waterfall (Above)

Waterfall garden features can cost upwards of $1,000 when you buy them readymade, and that’s only for the basics types.

When you make a waterfall feature yourself, you cut the costs and give yourself a well deserved pat on the back for a job well done!

What You Need for your own mini Pond and Waterfall:

  • Shovel
  • Measuring tape
  • Rope/garden hose
  • Spirit level
  • Tamper
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Pond liner
  • Circular pavers
  • Water supply tube
  • Aquarium waterfall tank
  • Bucket of water
  • Stone chippings/aggregate
  • Water pump
  • Pump basket
  • Lava rock
  • Filtration bag

How to do it build an easy DIY mini pond & waterfall:

  1. Firstly, dig your pond hole around 300mm deep, laying out the shape with a rope or garden hose. Remember, this is the hole for the water. Surrounding stone will extend 600mm beyond the edge and the waterfall components will cover 900mm behind the pond.
  2. As you dig, toss the soil towards the back and sides of the pond. Carve 300mm-wide ledges (to prevent cave-ins) and ensure sides slope inwards. Similarly, carve the bottom of the hole so that it slopes slightly towards the edge of the pond furthest from the waterfall (aim for a fall of 1 in 1) to ensure drainage. Check with a spirit level to be sure.
  3. Level the rim of the hole and compact surrounding soil with a tamper.
  4. Now, lay landscaping fabric and rubber liner over the hole, ensuring approximately 300mm of excess over the rim of the pond.
  5. Push the fabric and liner into the hole and, when ready, fill the hole with water, working out the wrinkles as the pond fills.
  6. Now you can line your pond with your circular pavers, either directly on the liner or on top of pea gravel. Be sure to hang the pavers over the water’s edge by a few centimetres to hide the liner on the inside.

TOP TIP: To make things easier, ask that your circular pavers are split in advance, so that you receive just the outer circle. You won’t need to worry about jagged edges or cutting slabs in this case.

  1. As you build the stone edge, drape the excess liner against the stones and pile soil against it to hide the fabric outside of the pond.
  2. Once your stones are at their desired height, connect the supply tube to the waterfall tank and attach the liner to the tank. Set the tank over well-packed stones, with the outlet resting on the waterfall ledge.
  3. Set your waterfall ledge stone in place (again, this needs to be a large, flat slab), ensuring a large portion of it hangs over the edge.
  4. Gradually pour a bucket of water over the ledge stone to test that water flows away and into the pond. For extra tilt, consider adding stone chippings or aggregate.
  5. Build up stone around the waterfall ledge, hiding the tank with soil or stone. You will also want to cap the tank with a stone that’s large enough to cover it but small enough to move as you will need to access this for repairs.
  6. Connect the water pump to the supply tube, set in a pump basket and add lava rock, attaching to the farthest part from the waterfall. This helps to circulate water before being pumped back in.
  7. Place the filtration bag in the tank and start the pump – and watch that water flow!

There You Have it, Congratulations!!! You should follow step by step and give yourself a high five!

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