Do you have a small space in your backyard garden and you don’t know what to do? Here’s a great garden landscaping idea for you, how about a pondless waterfall? The sounds of flowing water seem to automatically add another dimension of calm and tranquility to your garden, and you will be surprised at how little space is needed to add one. Imagine having a custom one-of-a-kind waterfall right in your own backyard garden!
Step 1: Gather Materials
In order to create a small waterfall water feature, you will to typically need at get at least 13 to 14 basketball sized rocks and 5 or 6 bags of stones and pebbles for or the waterfall and basin. When picking out rocks, always select a variety of shapes and sizes so that the water feature has a natural appearance. Finally, you will need to select a fairly large flat rock with a smooth surface which is called the spillway rock. The spillway rock is the surface on which the water spills over to create the waterfall.
Step 2: Select The Waterfall Location
The second most important decision to make is where to place your waterfall. We recommend selecting a place that is frequently used. This way your water feature and the tranquil sound of flowing water can be easily appreciated by you and your guests. Consider installing a waterfall close to patios, decks, a picture window or the front of your home. Think about trying to generate views from both inside and outside of the home.
Step 3: Dig The Catch Basin
Once you have selected the location for your waterfall you will now need to dig a deep hole for the catch basin. This basin will catch the water at the bottom and pump it back up to the top. Use the dirt from the hole to create a mound for your waterfall spillway rock. Remember, your spillway should be less than 3 feet from the edge of your catch basin. This will allow for 1-2 waterfall drops depending on your waterfall design.
Step 4: Lay Down The Waterfall Liner
A waterfall liner is essential in order to capture the flowing water and direct it into the catch basin below. You will build the waterfall directly on the liner so you should always add an and extra layer of padding below the large rocks which will create the waterfall. This padding will help protect the waterproof liner underneath.
Step 5: Build The Waterfall
Build your waterfall on top of the liner and extra padding and place two framing rocks on either side of the spillway stone. The framing rocks should be slightly larger than the spillway stone. Be creative in using rocks, logs or plants to hide the Aquascape spillway and use lots of small stones to fill in the gaps and medium and small rocks to surround the basin. Finally, cover the entire catch basin with river stone or pebbles.
Step 6: Add Lighting
Don’t forget to consider adding lights in the bottom of your catch basin which will illuminate your waterfall From Below. Lighting is an essential addition which will bring your waterfall to life in the evening. LED waterfall lighting is very economical and comes in a variety of colors which literally add a magical quality when viewing a waterfall at night.
The Benefit of a Pondless Waterfall
The primary benefit of a pondless waterfall is that you can easily fit this beautiful water feature into small spaces and enjoy the tranquil sounds of flowing water from practically any location in your garden landscape. A waterfall immediately becomes the focal point bringing the tranquil sight and sound of water into the garden landscape. Let us help you install a beautiful water feature in your garden today.