Key Steps On How To Prepare The Land For A Beautiful Water Fountain

Imagine gazing longingly across your pristine and luscious lawn to see a stunning water feature — especially one that you helped establish yourself. Water fountains can be an interesting and beautiful touch to any landscape. The soothing sounds of the bubbling water and the wow factor of your new backyard feature will delight both family members and garden party guests. Not only that, but water fountains are relatively easy for any homeowner to install and maintain. However, preparation is key and these simple steps will help you get the land ready for for your new outdoor fountain.

Pick the perfect location

You will want to spend some time thinking about the best location for your new backyard addition. The fountain can range in sizes so you will have to consider if your large fountain could end up obstructing a view, or if your small one could be a tripping hazard. It is important to also think about if the fountain will need to be connected to your main water source and therefore needs to be placed close to the house. Another reason to consider having it close to the house would be for those warm summer nights — falling asleep to the tranquil sounds of running water could be a very, very relaxing way to end the day.

Level out the ground

The area in which the fountain will be located should be as flat as possible. The functionality of the fountain will be compromised if placed on a slanted or uneven patch of grass. The bowl or base of the fountain must be flat, otherwise the water will not flow properly. At the very least, if you plan on adding a pedestal fountain and the desired area is not flat, you can use soil to help get it that way.

Think about support and stabilization

You will want to ensure that your new fountain will stand the test of time. It will be exposed to a variety of weather elements — heavy winds, snow, and rain — and it is important that it can withstand these conditions and remain erect. There are a few different ways in which your new fountain can be supported at its base. Each method differs in what materials are used, what benefits it offers, the aesthetic qualities, and estimated costs.

  • Concrete pads: concrete is generally one of the best ways to support a new fountain — but it is also a method that will involve the most effort and construction, meaning that it is a better project for someone who has worked with concrete before. The benefits of using concrete are that you will have a nearly permanent surface that should remain stable. When using concrete for the base, the concrete is prepared then poured into a cast with all electric lines and cords built into the concrete. Once finished, the concrete should require very little maintenance and not shift over time.
  • Sand and gravel base: using sand and gravel is probably the most common method, as its low cost and relatively easy preparation and construction make it a viable option for many homeowners. What could be completed as just a quick weekend project, the topsoil from the designated area is removed, a layer of sand is added (about two-three inches), then a top layer is poured over everything. One benefit with this method is that the gravel can help prevent rain from forming puddles by allowing it to flow off into the surrounding grass. Also, the gravel and its rough surface should prevent the fountain from sliding and shifting — making it a relatively simple and sturdy option.
  • Stone foundation: this method is generally chosen for its aesthetic qualities, with a stone base offering an elegant and fitting base that can be chosen to match the design of the fountain itself. To ensure that the stones will not shift and that the stone base will remain stable over time, it is recommended that a layer of sand and gravel is added before the stones are placed. While a stone fountain base can end up being the most costly option, the style and aesthetic benefits may outweigh the financial costs.

So, there you have it. By now you have probably already decided on or designed that perfect water fountain and by considering these steps, you can now begin preparing the land for your new garden addition. After finding a perfect spot and ensuring that the land is level, you can choose what type of base your new outdoor feature will rest upon. It is good to know that there are different foundations for homeowners with any type of experience, taste and budget — and that in just a few weekends you can revel in the peaceful sights and sounds of your new water fountain.

Mark Richmond

With over 20 years in the Australian garden maintenance industry, Mark is passionate about maximizing the appeal of your Australia home and garden through education on horticultural best practices reliable gardening services offered by Jims Mowing Geelong. As a leading professional in lawn care in Australia, he knows what it takes to develop luscious green lawns, and we have the right equipment and expertise to create one at your place.