For this project we built a fountain, planted a garden, and constructed a fence - simply a way to enhance a small backyard, but keep it safe from roaming pets! Make sure to check out our blog
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Step 1: Where?
Dig a hole for your fountain and pond area.
Step 2: Station your pump
The way most pond pumps work is that the water simply falls into them - they are made to push water through the tube and out the top, not pull water in. Gravity has to be on your side. We dug a hole in the center of our hole to bury the pump. You’ll notice the PVC pipe with holes in it’s siding – this is how we got the water to enter our pump. It is screwed onto the top of the pump and we drilled the holes to allow water to sift into it without taking debris with it. For this phase, we left the PVC in place.
Step 3: Lay the pond form
A shower curtain is an incredibly cheap alternative to the expensive pond shapes you can buy at hardware stores. We simply laid it out over the hole and pump. For this step we removed the PVC stem.
Step 4: Cut away the barrier
Once the shower curtain was laid out, we squeezed the PVC stem back into place with the curtain layer caught between then cut away the blocking barrier. This left a water tight seal around the edges of the pump to keep the pond from leaking into the ground around it.
Once you're done cutting away the curtain barrier, put your PVC pipe back together.
Step 5: Get rid of the excess
Cut away the excess shower curtain along the edge.
Step 6: Lay out the edging
If you're really ambitious you can collect pebbles and river rocks on your own - we however, bought a couple bags of $3 pond pebbles from the local hardware store.
Step 7: To build your frame ....
To construct the actual fountin you'll need a supply collection similar to these wood pieces.