• Fountain Water Pump
• Silicone Caulk
• Aluminum Mesh
• Landscape Fabric
• Decorative Stone
Creating the soothing sounds of water in your back yard has never been easier. A planter fountain is a great way to bring the relaxing sounds of flowing water into your garden or on your patio without building a permanent pond.
This project is easy and inexpensive; the only materials needed are a planter, a fountain water pump, silicone caulk, aluminum mesh, landscape fabric, and decorative stone. To begin, drill a hole for the water pump cord and install a watertight bushing around the hole. Run the pump power cord through the hole and seal around it with silicone caulk. Place the pump on a brick to prevent sediment build-up around it. Fill half of the planter with water and turn on the pump to adjust the flow valve. Test the valve until you find the spray pattern you like best.
After adjusting the pump, remove the water and attach angle brackets to the side of the planter to support the wire mesh. Then cut a hole in the center of the wire mesh and place it on the supports in the planter. Cover the mesh with landscape fabric. The landscape fabric helps keep stone and debris out of the planter. After the fabric is in place, pour water into the planter until it's about 3/4 full. Then cover the fabric with decorative stone. The combinations are endless. Have fun with it and if you get tired of the way it looks, changing the stone is simple. After the stone pattern is complete, plug the pump into a GFCI receptacle. Then sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of the portable planter fountain.