I'd like to add a water feature to our yard. What type would be good for a beginner?
Before going out and digging a hole in your yard, why not start with something small, like a fountain in a pot. I made one with a 1/2 whiskey barrel that turned out pretty cute. You can find all the parts you need, including the whiskey barrel at a large home improvement center. If the whiskey barrel idea doesn't appeal to you, use a ceramic pot. Just make sure it's glazed so it will hold water (without a hole in the bottom would be good, too).
You can use a small pump and put it into any thing that will hold a little water and make a water feature very easily. A large pot will do. Put the pump in the bottom. Put the pot into a half bowl of some kind or tub if it has a hole. Fill the pot with rocks, attractive rocks for the top. Fill with water and turn on the pump. You will have to have the pump turned on full. Read the box for the pump that you purchase to make sure the pump is strong enough to pump enough water to achieve the height of the pot. Add more water so that the water will also be in the bowl. You do not want your pump to run dry. Decorate around your pot. Enjoy.
A small pond is nice to get you started.Home Depot lowes or any garden center or Aquatic center has pond inserts or pond kits/and pump/filter so it is quick and simple to set up.You can then add either a few pond plants or maybe some koi fish or both. I put a pond in 2005-with a waterfall- I started with a few plants ,now I have fish also. I love to sit outside and watch the fish and listen to the waterfall. My original plan was for a small 4x6 but-my husband decided to use a machine for the digging and it ended up being about 18x25 I have a rubber liner-I love it.Whatever you decide I'm sure you will enjoy. Have a great day.
For a beginner, I would recommend a small ceramic ornamental water fountain that can be attached to a garden hose.
A good solar water feature would be nice so you don't have to bring electricity anywhere. Here is a large selection of water features made for outdoor use:
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