All you need is a shovel and a bag of decorative rocks and a suitable place to dig a hole, where you can access an electrical outlet. You should also make sure you aren't digging anywhere there might be utility, phone, or cable lines. You will also find a wheel barrow handy to haul away the excess dirt.
You basically dig a hole two inches deeper than the bucket, because you're going to drop the bucket right into the ground, so the water recirculates from the bucket over the rocks constantly. Then just follow the directions, add water and arrange the decorative stones over it. The directions have photos and very clear instructions - it is so easy anyone can do this.
We nestled our fountain right into our garden so it looks really natural. We found a rusty iron bird feeder dish at a local garden store and set it near the fountain and we get tons of small finches, wrens and butterflies around it. (We've had that little frog hotel out there for awhile...and yes, we find frogs hiding out all the time!) And of course, Lucie thinks it's her own personal doggie drinking fountain! LOL