A fun, backyard fountain can be a great addition to your home: the running water will create soothing sounds and give you something pleasant to look at. Luckily, there are fountains available in every size and for every budget at your disposable. Backyard fountains range from do it yourself projects to made to order specialty fountains.
Before installing a fountain, the first thing you need to decide is where to place your fountain, how big you want it to be, and how you’re going to power it. The smaller a fountain is, the less noise it will make; you’ll want a bigger fountain if you’re hoping for to mask other, less pleasant sounds with the soothing sounds of splashing water.
Your fountain will need a pump to keep the water running and a filter to keep it clean. If your backyard gets enough sun, you should consider a solar powered pump: not only will it eliminate the electric cost of the fountain, but it will also enable you to put your fountain anywhere in your yard, regardless of access to a power source.
A simple backyard fountain can me made from a large terra cotta pot: with the pump inside the pot, the water can spill out over the rim and splash into a base. If you want a larger fountain, you can use a collection of different pots arranged so that the water flows from one to the other before finally pouring down into the base.
The water wheel fountain is another popular backyard style that can be purchased in a range of sizes. Reminiscent of old mills, a water wheel fountain will add old-fashioned charm to your backyard.
If you want your fountain to be the focus of your backyard, a tall fountain cascading from rocks or from a wall in your backyard will made a statement and turn your yard into a paradise. For a fountain of this scale, you’ll want to talk to a professional or someone with experience installing fountains.
If you want to attract wildlife, small fountains with a section of still water are great for drawing birds into your yard. The calm water will be peaceful to look at, and the birds will be fun for your whole family to watch!