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May 2, 2012 12:23 PM Subscribe
I want to fill or cover a large water feature on my property so it's child-safe, does not require maintenance, and ideally, allows planters/planting. Advice? Online guides? Experience?
posted by bq to home & garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a large water feature with several large water reservoirs that spill over into each other with a waterfall. The water is recirculated with a motor. There are 4 containers ranging from 3 by 4 feet to 8 by 4 feet in size and they are 2 to 4 feet deep. They are made from concrete. The first and last have plumbing fixtures (PVC pipe) in them.
We need to make this area child-friendly so we can use our yard. That means covering or filling the fountains. We don't clean them and they look awful (although we do keep the water running and add mosquito tablets so it's not super bad).
I'd like to be able to use these spaces to grow plants - we don't have a lot of room for that. I propose just filling them up with dirt. But what about drainage? And how could we protect the pipes/plumbing fixtures from damage? My husband has proposed building some kind of lumber covers for them that we could put pots on. I'm concerned that water would accumulate underneath them and smell, also that the covers would have to be able to support heavy planters AND stray children.
Would very much appreciate any advice or experience.