The Bubbling Boulder Unveiling

The LORD is speaking to Moses in this verse.
Exodus 17:6a
“… Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
Click here to read more of this chapter.

Two years ago, I was at a mulch and stone company perusing their onsite inventory of character boulders, in the hopes of finding the perfect one to transform into a bubbling boulder. I was deciding between two boulders, and ended up choosing what I now believe to be the best one.

Before I go any farther, let me explain what a character boulder and bubbling boulder are.

  • A character boulder is just like it sounds: a very unique and unusual looking boulder (with a lot of “character”), sold at a premium.
  • A bubbling boulder is a boulder (super big rock) with one or more holes core-drilled through it. Through the use of hoses, water, a water pump, and electrical power, water thrushes through the core(s), erupting over the boulder, creating the look of a natural water spring.

They’re absolutely gorgeous landscaping features. And because they’re natural boulders, no two are alike. There are, however, companies that manufacture plastic-like boulders. Many of those will look identical because they’re made from the same mold.

Our bubbling boulder project took a long time to finish, and there are still a few minor loose ends (e.g., the eletrical post will eventually be concealed in a wooden box, with a bird feeder on top). However, if I were to wait until the last 5% of this project was finished, then this post would probably be delayed until next summer. :)

In the months to come, I’ll present a bubbling boulder step-by-step tutorial series. I’ll explain the following:

  1. The cost of this project, and how you can do one more economically;
  2. Things to consider when shopping for a character boulder;
  3. Things to consider when choosing the site (where the boulder will be placed);
  4. How to prep the site (where the boulder will be placed);
  5. Tips for a smooth boulder placement;
  6. How to do the plumbing and electrical hook-ups;
  7. How to finish the project; and
  8. How to maintain the bubbling boulder.

As with the on-going compost worm series, these posts will be scattered here and there. I like to do it that way for a couple reasons. The main reason is I don’t want to have a series of back-to-back posts, week after week, of a topic some don’t find as exciting as others do (like me). :)

If installing a bubbling boulder is something you’ve wanted to do for years, but have felt too intimidated to tackle; or, if you’ve just recently thought of doing something like this in your yard … stay tuned.

Our property has hills and deep ravines. A lot of people call this type of land “hollow.” They’ll say something like, “We live out in the hollow,” (or in the “hollar”).

This was shared on the following blog hops or link-ups:
Encourage One Another link-up
Home and Garden Thursday
Homestead Barn Hop
Simple Lives Thursday

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