DIY – Creating an Outdoor Waterfall

Rock Falls Fountain Garden-FountainsA water feature can be an exciting aspect for any garden setting! Sometimes this can be  in the form of a pool or a fountain, but why not consider creating your very own backyard waterfall? These are perfect if you already have a garden pond present, but are easy to create even if there is no pond. This exciting feature is sure to add a delightful element to your garden setting and will be something all your own that you can show off to your outdoor visitors.

When it comes to a backyard waterfall, it is fairly easy to create one. You need to focus on two particular aspects: the pool and the cascade. This may seem a little daunting, but in reality this can be done relatively easily as well as inexpensively. Follow these rules and you will have a wonderful feature for your garden setting that will be a source pleasure for years to come.

The supplies that you need for this project include rocks, a submersible pump, tubing, a large plastic flower pot, rigid pond liner, a level, shovel, sand, and a garden hose. When landscapers create waterfalls for homes they employ a lot of work and a lot of expense but you can become your very own landscaper with this project.  There is no need, in the average home to create a huge waterfall, as this would look out of place.  It is better to create a natural appearing waterfall, so it fits into the setting, both in design and proportion. By creating your own waterfall, instead of purchasing one, you can easily form the dimensions necessary for your outdoor space.  This is ideal for people who have spaces that are uniquely shaped.

It may be a good idea to search around the web or maybe even Pinterest for some ideas of waterfalls others have created.  This can give you the inspiration for the size and shape of your own waterfall. Purchase the tubing, pump, and liner at a typical hardware store. Try to find 25-30 rocks, these may even be available on your property, or can be purchased for little cost, you also may want to consider slate as an option as well. The rocks can be a mixture of sizes and shapes, but be sure to include 2-3 flat rocks. It may be a good idea to collect some smaller rocks to place around the waterfall liner as well helping to hide it and further add to the decoration. Before you begin to dig the pool it is a good idea to have an electrician install a GFCI outlet near the pond and waterfall for the submersible pump. This may also help determine the location of the waterfall.

You can then dig out the area for the pond; the sand should be used in the bottom of the hole to create manageability as well as a surface to keep the waterfall level.  An un-level waterfall will not flow evenly across the tiers. The liner can be put into the hole next. Use the level to make sure the liner is level. This is very important because a level pond will keep the water in the pond as well as keep the pump working properly. Once the pond is complete you can add the waterfall feature. The idea is to create a cascade with the rocks, including the central spillway features. The spillway rocks need to be flat with squared edges to allow the water to flow smoothly. When choosing the rocks for the spillway the cascade design should be to channel the falling water in the precise direction in which you want it to go. Finding some rocks that are slightly cupped, having a depression in the middle creates a natural channel that is perfect for the creation of the spillways in your cascade design.

The next step is the flower pot; this is actually going to be used to house all the tubing for your waterfall. The idea is to have some sort of housing to hold the tubing in place, while you lay up the rocks all around it. This housing won’t show when you’re finished: it will lie hidden at the center of your rock work, do try and find an old flower pot you have lying around the house, or maybe even visit some of the garden centers clearance areas.

Once all the rock layering has been complete, and you are happy with the design, send some water through to see if the water flow is acceptable. If you are happy with everything, you can then fill the pond, and turn on the pump, and enjoy your stunning backyard waterfall! You may be thinking.. wow this is still a little too involved for me, is there an easier method?  Well there is, visit us for our wide selection of waterfalls, order and it will be sent directly to you home. From there, you can hire a landscape to put the waterfall together and place it exactly where you want it!

By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team