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Updated : 21/9/2014

Water Feature

Make your water feature
in eight simple steps

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Large pot with a hole at the bottom
  • Sump
  • Pump and electrical connection
  • Coarse river sand
  • Spirit level Bricks
  • Plastic tubing
  • Waterproof sealant

FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS:

STEP I

You have two options - you can position your sump above the ground, or you can sink it into the ground. If you want to sink it into the ground, dig a hole large enough for the size of sump you have chosen.

STEP 2

Cover the bottom of the hole with a layer of coarse river sand to make a stable and level base for the sump.

STEP 3

Place the sump in the hole, using a spirit level to ensure that it is level. If it's not level, adjust the sand bed. A level bed will ensure that the water flows evenly over the container. For the most aesthetic effect, allow the lip of the sump to be slightly higher than the ground. This will also ensure that water doesn't overflow from the ground into the sump when it rains.

 

STEP 4

Place bricks in the sump to raise the container a little. Remember to leave a gap for the plastic tubing that leads from the pump to the bottom of the pot.

STEP 5

Position the pot on the bricks. Once again, use a spirit level to ensure that it's level. If it's not level, try turning the container slightly in different directions. If this doesn't work, push small objects, such as pebbles, under the container to make it level.

STEP 6

If you are using a container specifically made for a water feature, attach the plastic tubing to the fitting at its base. If you have chosen a normal container, push the tube through the hole at the base of the pot and use sealant to effectively seal the gap. Allow the sealant to dry before using the water feature. Now attach your riser pipe to the plastic tubing inside the pot. Ensure that the riser pipe is long enough to allow the water to bubble over the top of the container. Rather leave it too long and adjust it once you have tested the water flow.

STEP 7

Connect the other side of the plastic tubing to the pump. Hide your pump by either filling the sump with pebbles or positioning it out of sight behind the container.

STEP 8

Fill the pot and the sump with water before switching on the pump.

TIP:

Use plants, such as groundcovers, grasses or annuals, or hard landscaping elements, such as pebbles or pavers to decorate around the edge of your water feature for a finishing touch.

Source: Garden and Home February 2009

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