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The perfect fountain

By: Garden Gate staff
Thinking about adding a fountain? Check out these need-to-know tips before you start!

The perfect fountain

Fountains big and small have a similar setup. Here are some tips to help make your project easier.

  • When it comes to the basin, bigger is better to cut down on water loss from splashing and avoid having to add water frequently.
  • A 1- to 2-in. layer of sand in the bottom of the basin hole makes it easy to get everything level. That keeps the container stable and prevents water from overflowing on one side.
  • Make sure the basin has a grate on top to keep debris out of the pump and that the grate has an opening so you have easy access to the pump.
  • Pumps vary in how far they can pump water so look for one that has a “head” or “lift” rating that is higher than the height of your container.

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