One of the many pond construction projects you can undertake is building a pond waterfall. You can build your garden pond in the form of a fish pond, or you can build a natural looking water feature that you can see into when you look out your window or patio door. Some people enjoy the sound of running water, and they find this soothing to their mind and body. This may be why so many people choose a pond in their yard for the added sound effects. A waterfall can really be a spectacular landscaping element for your home. When built properly, your backyard pond or water garden can really become a beautiful feature.
Garden ponds with garden waterfalls are becoming all the rage, especially with the trend toward designing small water features as an accent piece to your landscaping. Water garden waterfalls add serenity and tranquility to your garden, and some of the most popular are garden waterfalls. Building a pond waterfall can be a rewarding and enjoyable project for the do-it-yourself landscaper or professional landscaper. It does require some work and planning, but the end result will be something that you can enjoy for years.
The first thing to consider about building a pond waterfall is where you are going to put it. Remember that you have plenty of room to work around the waterfall, as well as a number of natural landscaping behind it, if necessary. Depending on how large your backyard is, it might be best to build it in a completely open area, like a small hillside or a grassy hill. You will also want to make sure that there is enough room to move around the waterfall and clean up after the installation is complete. If you can’t do this with landscaping, then consider building a slide instead.
When you start to build a waterfall, you will need to determine where you are going to place the waterfall and where the water will drain into. For a stream waterfall, this usually means that you will build your waterfall on the stream itself. For ground water, a pond might work, but it may not be as much fun. If you are going to build a pond waterfall that drains into a stream, you will need to place the waterfall so that it flows downstream from where you place the stream water pond. This may require digging a channel of slightly higher elevation than the surrounding soil so that the water flows freely.
After you determine where to place your waterfall landscape items, you will need to choose the materials for the edging, pump, cascade and other components. Streamwater ponds are made from different materials, and you can build your pond or waterfall landscape around them using stone, concrete, wood or polymers. Wood and stone water features are often more attractive than plastic, but plastic water features tend to be easier to clean, since they do not retain debris like stone and wood do. Concrete water features take longer to set up because of the cement that is needed to set them up properly.
The next thing you will want to do is to build a deck or patio area around your backyard waterfall. Building a deck around a waterfall makes it easy to maintain your waterfalls. Using a patio, you can allow shade while still enjoying the waterfalls built in your landscape. If you cannot afford to buy a large patio or if you have limited space in your yard, building a small deck around one or two waterfalls works just as well as building a patio completely surrounded by yard space.
After you have constructed your pond waterfall and placed it in your garden, you need to add something to make the water flow naturally. Most garden pond waterfalls are simply constructed from large pieces of clear or colored plastic that fit above the water’s surface. These pieces are held securely in place using strong nylon lines. It is important to make sure that your pond waterfall fits completely into your garden. If it hangs too low or too high, it can cause your fish to swim through or get tangled with the liner, which could result in the death of your fish.
Building backyard waterfalls is very rewarding. They are works of art that capture the attention of everyone who sees them. While most people view ponds and waterfalls as plain and boring, there are those who enjoy creating them out of unique materials. With the proper instructions, anyone can construct their own unique waterfalls that are sure to please for years to come.