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Installation of a Water Feature

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope that everyone is staying warm with all the snow Santa Fe is getting!

This Transformation Tuesday, let's explore the installation of a water feature. Water features not only enhance the beauty and tranquility of your yard but also provide a delightful auditory experience! The first step is deciding where you want the water feature, but remember, there must be a nearby electrical source for the water pump. If not, a licensed electrician will be needed.

A water feature requires a basin or reservoir. You can achieve this by purchasing a pond shell (made of high-density plastic) or digging a hole and lining it with a pond liner. For a pond shell, dig an area matching its size, placing it slightly above ground level. Ensure the shell is level. If using a pond liner, start digging, considering a deeper hole for less frequent refills. Carefully place the pond liner, extending it 12-18" around the hole's perimeter at ground level. Once this step is done, it's time to create the base for the water feature.

Most water features are heavy and may need 3 or more people to carry (some may require a crane). To support this weight, a custom heavy-duty frame is necessary. The frame, made of pressure-treated timber, thick metal braces, and heavy-duty metal mesh, is installed over the pond liner or shell. Level it and make cuts in the mesh for the water pump's tube (usually in the middle) and an access point (toward a corner) for easy maintenance. Use a grinder with a metal cutting blade for the thick mesh. Afterward, place a thin mesh screen over the heavy-duty mesh to prevent debris from entering the pond. Now, attach the pump to the water feature and install it.

The water feature should be installed, leveled, and adjusted to achieve the desired flow. Shims are often used to ensure proper water flow. Once complete, cover the mesh with river rock or decorative stones to conceal it. Now, all that's left is to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new water feature! Keep an eye on the water level as occasional refilling may be needed due to evaporation.


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