How to Install a Water Feature

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Installing a water feature gives your yard a new level of tranquility. It adds the sound of splashing or trickling water and often creates a new focal point for the yard. Adding companion plants around the water feature creates the opportunity for a larger cohesive feature, plus plants you may not have incorporated otherwise.
 
Water features vary greatly in style and function too. Three main categories are waterfalls, ponds and fountains. Waterfalls and fountains generally utilize a hidden reservoir in which the water seems to spring from the ground or feature. Ponds are open reservoirs and can also incorporate fountains or waterfalls within them. Whichever style you choose, these DIY tips from Troy-Bilt® experts will help you install a water feature in your yard.

 

Instructions

Step 1:
Select your water feature. The one you choose should be based on your style, variety of water feature you want and the amount of space you have. Also consider how much space you need around the water feature if you intend to add complementary plants.
 
Step 2:
Mark off and dig out the area for the reservoir. This should be slightly larger than the reservoir itself if you're using a pre-made unit. Once the hole is big enough, ensure the bottom is level from end to end. If it isn't level here, it will affect the angle of the entire water feature.
 
Step 3:
If you are creating a pond, install the underlayment and the liner, then use medium and large stones to hold it in place.
 
If you are using a pre-made basin, place it in the hole and put several heavy rocks or cinder blocks in the bottom, checking to ensure the basin is still level. Then fill in with soil around the edges of the basin, keeping it about an inch below the top of the basin.
 
Step 4:
Fill the reservoir with water. If you are creating a pond, fill the water up to your desired level. Then move on to step 6.
 
If you are adding a fountain or waterfall, add enough water to cover the top of the pump by several inches.
 
Step 5:
For a water fountain, add the grate over the reservoir. For both waterfalls and fountains, install the pump and hook up any hoses. For fountains, add the urn or other water element and attach the pump. Turn on the pump to check that everything works properly. You can also experiment with different flow settings on the pump at this point to create various splashing sounds.
 
Step 6:
Add decorative rocks around the pond or, if creating a waterfall or fountain, cover the grate with rocks that are large enough not to fall through the holes. Arrange these rocks in an organic pattern that goes beyond the edges of the basin to make it look more natural.
 
Step 7:
Add complementary plants around the water feature. These should be plants that enjoy water, as they may get more moisture than other areas of your yard. Ferns are a great option to plant around your water feature. If you're installing a pond, consider floating plants, such as water lilies.

 



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