Landscape Design forum: Large fountain clean up

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(Zone 4b)
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tjrider03
Jul 10, 2020 10:26 AM CST
My wife and I moved into a new house last year and it came with a very large overgrown fountain.

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I was told the electrical for the pumps was not working, there were tons of bare spots where the rubber liner was showing, and very large boulders randomly placed on the hillside where i wanted to put my garden. I figured out the circuit breaker for the pump was weak and replaced it. Since then the pumps will run all weekend without fail. (4" 3/4hp electric pump) This spring I decided to clean up around the fountain, removing most of the overgrown plants and adding new ones from other places around the house where they were also overgrown. I moved the large rocks into place with my Jeep winch and a plastic shovel.
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After that I dug out the bottom rock garden and filled in all the bare spots. 20 5 gallon buckets worth of rock, it was a long day lol. I used some paving stones to put a border around the sump where the pumps sit to help keep the rocks and debris out of the pump area

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Once the hard work was done it was time to let the plants fill in and work on lighting. I started with standard side walk lights and then added solar spot lights to help add that little extra.

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So far the fountain is filling nicely and I'm able to keep it clean with a weed whip and push mower.

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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jul 11, 2020 3:15 PM CST
Well done.
My other half has two small, taken in in winter, fountains and it is now two years since she had me put them out.
They were nice but a pain in the buttocks for up-keep; they went dry quickly, even the one in the shade and I had no intention of putting in a water line though there is now another outdoor faucet that could have been used in some maner.
(Zone 4b)
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tjrider03
Jul 12, 2020 9:17 AM CST
RpR said:Well done.
My other half has two small, taken in in winter, fountains and it is now two years since she had me put them out.
They were nice but a pain in the buttocks for up-keep; they went dry quickly, even the one in the shade and I had no intention of putting in a water line though there is now another outdoor faucet that could have been used in some maner.


I only run mine on the weekend. I have to fill it each morning. There is a hose run out there so ots not to bad. Still burns a lot of electricity though

scilover
Jul 27, 2020 4:09 AM CST
tjrider03 said:My wife and I moved into a new house last year and it came with a very large overgrown fountain.

Thumb of 2020-07-10/tjrider03/735209

I was told the electrical for the pumps was not working, there were tons of bare spots where the rubber liner was showing, and very large boulders randomly placed on the hillside where i wanted to put my garden. I figured out the circuit breaker for the pump was weak and replaced it. Since then the pumps will run all weekend without fail. (4" 3/4hp electric pump) This spring I decided to clean up around the fountain, removing most of the overgrown plants and adding new ones from other places around the house where they were also overgrown. I moved the large rocks into place with my Jeep winch and a plastic shovel.
Thumb of 2020-07-10/tjrider03/765f80

After that I dug out the bottom rock garden and filled in all the bare spots. 20 5 gallon buckets worth of rock, it was a long day lol. I used some paving stones to put a border around the sump where the pumps sit to help keep the rocks and debris out of the pump area

Thumb of 2020-07-10/tjrider03/775a02

Once the hard work was done it was time to let the plants fill in and work on lighting. I started with standard side walk lights and then added solar spot lights to help add that little extra.

Thumb of 2020-07-10/tjrider03/680fad

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So far the fountain is filling nicely and I'm able to keep it clean with a weed whip and push mower.

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this is so beautiful. you sure do how to make use of the old fountain. som e people just let it be.

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