How to Create a No-Dig Water Feature for Your Backyard or Porch

How to Create a No-Dig Water Feature for Your Backyard or Porch
The sound of moving water is soothing and helps us to de-stress after a long day. That is one of the reasons water features have become so popular for outdoor décor. Combine the soothing factor with the fact that water features look nice and it's easy to see why they are so appealing. The only thing that hinders some people from installing a water feature in their backyard is they don't want (or are unable) to dig up the ground space for it. There is a way to have the soothing sound of water without having to reach for a shovel when you use this idea for creating a no-dig water feature, complete with aquatic plants, that can be installed not only in the backyard, but will also work on a porch or patio.

Select a Container
Any water-tight container can be transformed into a water feature. Select a container that fits in with your outdoor décor and is at least 12 inches deep.

Get Pumping
The next item you need is a pump. Purchase an inexpensive fountain kit and a submersible pump to get the water pumping in your soon-to-be water feature. The kit and pump can be found at any garden center and some big box retail stores.

Set Up
The chosen container will need to be set up near an outdoor electric outlet so the pump can be plugged in. The location also needs to receive at least four hours of direct sunlight each day to help keep the water clear and the aquatic plants alive. Most water plants do better when they are sheltered from the afternoon sun, so a location that receives morning sun only is perfect.

Aquatic Plants
If you choose to place aquatic plants in your new water feature, choose easy-care water lettuce or rush (Juncus). Leave the aquatic plants in pots, cover the top of the soil with decorative pebbles and place the pots in the water so the rims are just below the water's surface. Use bricks or stones under the pots to achieve the proper water level.

Check Daily
The hotter the temperature, the quicker the water will evaporate from the water feature, so check it daily and add water as needed. Not only will the aquatic plants be apt to die if the water level gets too low, but if the pump is exposed to air while it's running it can be damaged.