by April Reinhardt
(last updated July 19, 2021)
Have you always wanted to add a fountain to your garden space, but thought the task daunting? There are many garden water fountains from which to choose. Most common are wall-mounted or freestanding fountains made of cement, metal, wood, pottery, plastic, rock, or resin, n a variety of material. Visit your local home improvement store or garden center, do a little online research, or peruse gardening catalogues to see what types of fountains are available. Choose a fountain that is closest to what you have in mind for your garden, while taking into consideration your budget, and your building know-how. Some important things to decide when choosing a garden water fountain are:
Once you've decided on the kind of fountain you want, you need to maintain it. While simple fountains require little attention, and more elaborate models might involve higher maintenance, all fountains need basic care:
You can use distilled water in place of tap water to prevent algae, but doing so is feasible only for small fountains. When you clean the pump, you may need to remove the cover to remove debris from around the rotors. Do not use harsh cleaning solutions on your fountain unless the manufacturer recommends that you do. If you use a water treatment, make sure that it's environmentally friendly and not hazardous to wildlife or children. If you have a difficult time remembering to add water to your fountain, set up a rule; when you water your houseplants or outdoor plants, fill your fountain.
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