Water features can really make a garden. If you’re thinking of putting something like a fountain, simple pond, or waterfall in your garden then this week’s post is just for you.

Today, we’re looking at how to install a water feature in your garden.

Ponds
First off, you need to get digging. After marking everything out, always ensure that one side of your water feature has a gentle sloping side so that any wildlife can easily climb out, especially if you’re going to have an area of deep water.

You can buy specialist pond liners or you can make use of any watertight container. Things like old baths, or a long-forgotten plastic paddling pool can reduce the cost of building your pond, and make a good way to recycle items that would otherwise be difficult to rehome. If you go for a specialist pond, you can choose from a pre-formed hard shell, or a soft liner.

Before you fill your pond, first line the bottom of your pond with builder’s sand and washed pebbles. The sand and pebbles will provide anchor points for any plants, and will be the perfect insect habitat too. You can place larger rocks at this point too for interest and hiding places for fish and insects. Then go ahead and fill up your pond with rainwater as tap water has chemicals in it that will be harmful to pond life.

Standalone Water Features
There are also a range of stand-alone water features on the market. These could be a good option for you if you’re looking for something easier than a pond to maintain, have a small outdoor space, or are a family with young children.

This kind of water feature needs an electrical power supply, a transformer, and sometimes a light bulb (if you’ve opted for additional lighting too). More forward thinking models are solar powered which can also help to cut down installation time.

There are so many styles and sizes available and you can even opt for novelty styles if that kind of thing floats your boat.

Pretty much whatever water feature you could possibly imagine is out there waiting for you to buy. Little boys peeing, traditional Roman-style basins, Buddha’s, steel spheres, cascading ceramic features – you name it, you can almost certainly find it.

To install, you will need to dig an area for the feature’s reservoir. Place the reservoir securely, pop the feature itself on top and connect all the water pipes by securing with a little silicone.

Next you will need to connect everything else – hose, pump, power supply. As every feature will come with different instructions, always make sure you read the guidance for your
feature before embarking on a tricky installation project.

You must also work out which bits of your kit need to be protected from weather and water – this is very important in terms of safety!

Once you’re happy, cover all the workings of your feature with a covering of your choice – usually gravel of pebbles – and your work is done.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy.