A fun and simple water feature project for your family.

A wonderful, and wonderfully easy, project for adding a water feature to your home is creating a self-contained waterfall They’re popular for use indoors and out. Styles and vessels range from the traditional half barrel to modern sculptures. Both manufacturers and individual artisans offer complete kits with pumps, fountains, and sculptures—you merely fill them with water and plants, and plug them in. If you are purchasing a kit and plan to locate it outdoors, be sure that its pump and wiring is rated for outdoor use. As with larger water fountains, the water container must be made watertight. Choose a vessel that is structurally sound, clean, and lined with a waterproof coating or a brush-applied Waterproofing sealant before you fill it with water and plants. To do it yourself, apply latex sealant with a paintbrush; it’s available from most paint suppliers, home  improvement centers, and hardware stores.

Once filled, a self-contained water fountain is quite heavy. Keep this  weight in mind, as well as climate and sun factors, as you locate your  garden. Its placement may be limited to areas structurally able to  take the load. Use extra caution when placing the wall fountain on decks and balconies, choosing only those sturdy enough to carry the weight. If in doubt, consult an engineer. The pumps, fountains, and lights are the same as those used in larger wall fountains, although often smaller in size, output, or capacity. Check equipment packaging to determine its electrical requirement. Locate the container near a 110-volt GFCI-protected outlet, even if the wall fountain requires only a low-voltage D.C. current to operate. Such current is often found on a porch, deck, or patio, or is easily added using a plug-in transformer. If unsure, consult with a licensed electrician before you connect your water feature.

Adding motion, such as a bubbling fountain, gives your self-contained water garden n extra dimension to enjoy. Remember that too much turbulence can affect plant growth; <a href=”http://www.waterfeaturesupply.com”>work with your Water Feature Supply or nursery staff to select plants suited to life near a fountain.</a> Aquatic plants as a rule require less daily care than do most in-soil container plants, and their care needs generally are simple. Always maintain an adequate water level and good water quality to ensure that your plants have a healthy growing environment.

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