Garden streams, waterfalls or fountains are soothing and refreshing
Bubbling stream or fountain in the garden is soothing, the air is pleasantly humidified, and your senses are refreshed. Streams are suitable for slopes, cascades and fountains are great for flat terrains.
A stream driven by a pond pump in a closed cycle might seem quite natural, if you have at least slightly slopy garden. Sitting close to such water feature and reading a book becomes a real pleasure. One inconvenience of such waterworks is energy consumption.
However some of the modern pumps operate on solar power, so you do not have to worry about it. Best solar powered garden pond pumps are also quite cheap, their downside is that they still lack power needed to drive larger streams.
Plan your garden stream
- It’s necessary to plan the layout of the stream carefully:
- The depth of the stream should be about 25 cm, width should be at least half-meter
- Meanders flowing freely along larger rocks or bushes look natural and charming
- It’s possible to delay the water flow at several locations in the form of small quiet pools
- If you have a strongly sloping terrain, you can create some very impressive cascades and waterfalls, preferably made of natural stone
- Sparkling rapids can be created with larger boulders
- Walkways and bridges must be maintained at the appropriate places if the stream is too long
- The bottom of the stream has to be isolated by a liner
- The banks should be slightly higher to prevent water from flooding your lawn
- Cover the edges of the liner with pebbles
- Sand, pebbles and possibly soil for plants should cover the bottom of the liner
Which pond pump should you choose?
- Solar-powered pumps may sometimes cost more, but you will have no problems with wiring, and above all energy consumption
- For garden streams, the pump should have a flow rate of at least 800 GPH should be resistant to dirt
- Traditional electrical pumps are more powerful than the solar ones and they can operate during the night
- The pump should be placed in the ending pool or pond
- Fountains are very refreshing and children love them during summer – the glitter caused by sunlight reflecting in the droplets is magical
- The fountain will bring a pond to life, but you can let it bubble out in any part of the garden
- A basin should be placed under the fountain pump to bring the water back into circulation
- The basin can be filled with stones, pebbles, plants and ornamental grasses
- To prevent water wastage, the height of the fountain should not exceed half the length of the basin underneath it
- Again, you can opt for a solar powered fountain pump to save some money