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Pond Waterfalls

How To Transform Your Life And Your Yard

The spell of pond waterfalls is so strong, people have been known to travel hundreds of miles just to see one.





















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The soothing splashes and quiet gurgles are guaranteed to enhance the mood of a garden, and that of the gardener, too, my friend.

Not particularly crafty? Don't have a lot of outdoor space?

No worries -- you don't need either to create small scale, big splash magic in your own yard!

This Guide gives you the 3000 foot overview. Then points you to a step-by-step guide that's full of videos, pictures, waterfall design ideas, and great pond and waterfall building information.

So use the them to create your own water sculpture, half art half technology, and infuse your yard with a serenity that's hard to match with any other garden feature.

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Garden Ponds What's your ideal waterfall?

Is it something simple with stacked stones at one end of a small pond?

Or is it huge and ambitious like this image?

This waterfall is way beyond anything I could do -- or afford for that matter, but it's just so magnificent, I thought I'd share while I had you here.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

The most common starting point for waterfalls is somewhere on a natural incline. This is true of garden pond kits, small garden ponds and larger installations. 

Ready-made waterfalls make installation really easy. And several preformed pond liners come complete with spillways attached.

Waterfalls can also be made from simulated rocks that look almost like the real thing especially with the right pond landscaping.

Why not team up a flexible pond liner with a preformed pond liner, and use a series of spill pans made from concrete for the falls.

Or play mix and match with any combination of these pond waterfalls materials.

And don't forget the submersible or external pump. You'll need at least one of these. They move the water from the pond bottom back to the top where gravity sends it on its way down again.

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Step 1: Do the Digging

 Use the garden hose to try out different pond shapes and pond falls placement.

Then commit to a shape and mark the pond and falls layout with bright spray paint.

Use a shovel to dig out the space for the basin.

You can even pile up the dirt where the waterfalls begins with the dirt you dig from the basin to make the incline steeper.

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Use rocks, concrete blocks, or sandbags to shape the slope and water channel in a step-like formation.

Then dig a hole in the slope for the waterfall box.

 

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Step 2: Install the Liner

Small Garden Ponds If you're using a performed pond liner, you can skip this step.

Line the excavation with padded underlayment.

Line the hole and the sloping waterfall channel with flexible EPDM liner.

It will be easier if you put the folded liner at the waterfall end and unfold it towards the pond end.

Allow the liner to follow the contours of the pond.

Here's a tip you'll thank me for later:

Don't trim the edges until after your pond is filled with water.

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Step 3: Place Large Rocks

How To Build a WaterfallFor me, getting the boulders into place is the toughest part of the pond waterfalls project.

You want to dig out crevasses for the large rocks so they settle snugly in the dirt.

Be careful not to damage or move the liner around too much as you put the rocks into place.

Complete the basic structure then put secondary stones, pebbles, and flagstones at the lip of the pond waterfall.

Light colored rocks show up well, so lay some around the edges and bottom of the pond as accents.

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Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches

Scatter gravel among the rocks.

 I like to fill a small bucket with rocks and just kind of slowly shake them from the bucket letting them stay where they fall.

Now, brush small pebbles into the spaces between rocks.

Randomly toss some cobbles into the pond to give it a natural look.

Use a garden hose to wash the dirt from all the rocks. Then pump the dirty water out of the pond and refill it. Landscape Ponds

After the pond is full, it's time to trim the liner. It's best to leave about a foot of excess at the edges and just fold the excess under.

The liner might settle even more after a few days, and you'll be glad you have the excess.

Now that you've got the big picture, bounce to this step-by-step pond waterfalls guide  for how-to videos, waterfall pictures, pond waterfalls ideas, and excellent ponding advice.   

Then, all you'll need is a little pond landscaping to bring the whole scene to life!


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