Installing a Surface for your Outdoor Fountain

When it comes to installing an outdoor garden fountain it is important to support the fountain. The base of the fountain is what allows it to remain level over time, even through bad weather. There are many different kinds of bases you can add for properly supporting your water feature.

A concrete pad is a popular choice for the fountain support. These bases are solid and very strong. They will help your outdoor fountain to remain in place and not shift over time. Be sure as you are constructing the pad that the concrete is properly mixed and poured evenly so that it is totally level. Be sure to consider the lines for the cabled and any other lines that will travel from the fountain, and add them to the pad before the concrete cures. This is a good idea because they will hide the cords once the water feature is placed on the pad. Therefore, it is best to know the measurements and dimensions of the fountain before you plan for the pad. This way it will work for the fountain as well as the overall appearance of the landscape.

A very pretty option for support is a stone base. You can choose stone that matches the color and material of the fountain, allowing it to add to the overall effect of the design. However, it is a good idea to apply a level of sand or gravel below the stones to keep them from sinking into the earth, and causing the fountain to shift. Garden Fountains can be heavy on their own, and when water is added are even heavier, so the support needs to account for the actual weight of the fountain with water. You can also use a simple sand and gravel base. This involves stripping away a level of topsoil and applying a few inches of sand as the base for the fountain. Once the sand is applied a layer of gravel will go over top. The gravel need to be added to keep the fountain from slipping, as well as keeping water from damaging the sand below.  As the weight of the fountain pushes down, especially when you have a multiple tiered fountain, the gravel sinks into the sand creating a strong and sturdy base for the water feature. These are best used together than alone.

The support for the fountain is an important consideration, and should be done well before the fountain is ready to be installed. Any of the methods will work fine; therefore it is best to choice one that will work with your overall design and budget. Some are more time consuming than others, so be sure you are capable of finishing the project correctly, otherwise it can cause the fountain to work improperly or sink or tilt. Some bases are a lot more costly as well, so you need to make sure you are aware of your budget and can complete the project.

The base is the support for the fountain; it keeps it from sinking into the ground, tilting, and possibly being damaged.  A strong, sturdy, and level base is a necessity of any outdoor garden fountain installation. The support of the fountain should be the first aspect considered when you are considering bring a stunning water feature into your landscape.
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team