After the recent spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see the recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done during August.
This guide will talk you through how to install a small pebble fountain water feature in your garden. It will bring the beautiful atmosphere of moving water and looks great at the same time.
Pebble pool fountains are basically a miniature pond enclosed with a lid that has pebbles on top of the lid to create a nice feature in the garden. They are ideal if you have children as they allow you to have a water feature without the danger of drowning.
It's also rare that you'll get green water or blanketweed as the water is mostly not exposed to sunlight, especially when it's off, which means low maintenance.
Before you begin I have compiled a list of things you're going to need to get you set up, some you may already have and others you'll need to choose from a range of products available.
The first thing to do is decide where you want the feature, bear in mind you'll need the electrical supply to be within range or you will need to extend the cable. Extending the cable is a simple task if you purchase a cable connector.
If you plan to use a solar pump that is also fine, you just need to swap the pump I have suggested for an suitable alternative solar pump. The pump I have suggested, the Cascade 450 comes with 10 metres (33 feet) of electrical cable so there's quite a bit.
Turn your sump upside down and mark the outside with some of your building sand, this gives you an idea of where to dig and how big your hole needs to be. Begin digging from the middle of your hole, this will mean the sides stay in better condition and they'll be stronger too.
Dig slightly deeper than the sump and add a layer of building sand, this will give the base of the sump extra protection so it lasts longer. Once you're happy with it, place the sump into the hole and start back filling the sides to make it secure.
You can now add your pump into your empty sump, neatly run the cable to your power source. You can wire it in, just don't turn it on yet or the pump could burn out. If you're going to have a feature stone or monolith then put the pipe onto the pump and secure with a jubilee clip.
If you're not having a feature stone then add the fountain head instead of the pipe, put the lid of the pebble pool in place and fill it with water. If you're going to have a feature stone, such as a drilled rock or monolith, put this in place now and feed the tube through it.
Now is a good time to test the pump before you put all the pebbles on top. Adjust the fountain head so it sprays level and with the tube, if you want it to spray higher out of the rock or monolith bring the tube closer to the top. If you want the water to bubble out of the top of the rock then move the pipe lower.
If everything looks good, the pump is working fine and you're happy with the set up then you can now begin adding your pebbles. Give them a rinse before they go onto the feature to prevent the dust from discolouring the water, as this can take a couple of weeks to disperse and could also damage the pump.
Once the pebbles are in place it should look good and something similar to the featured image above, unless of course you have a feature stone but that should also look great.
I have found the best way to edge the pebble fountains is to let the lawn grow up against the sump and pebbles or you could place edging stones around it.
You can view our full range of Pebble Fountains here.
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