Building a Pond Waterfall

For most ponds, the waterfall is the main attraction.  The bubbling, centerpiece….the icing on the cake…the star of the show.  A good waterfall can make your pond, while a bad one can ruin it.  So, deciding to build your own waterfall (or even install a pre-made one) - is a major undertaking.  You must understand a little bit about good design, a little bit of physics, and be able to pull it all together mechanically.  So if you dare to “do it yourself” then keep reading!

Making Your Pond Waterfall Work

You have several options when it comes to building a pond waterfall.  You can buy a prefabricated fiberglass waterfall that requires little or no work on your part, a pond waterfall form that requires a moderate amount of work, or you can choose to design your own which requires the most amount of effort. 

No matter what kind of waterfall you decide to make, there are certain questions that you need to answer first.

R     Do I have the tools and materials necessary to complete the project?  You must have pumps, fittings, rocks, lining materials, cement, etc. to create your own waterfall.  If you choose to go with a prefabricated waterfall, read the instructions carefully to make sure that you have everything you need to get started.

R     Do I have the skill necessary to build a pond waterfall?  If you feel that you are capable of building your own, then do your homework and read as much as you can about the project.  If you still don’t feel comfortable, don’t fret.  There are tons of professionals that can do the job for you at a reasonable price.

R     How big do I want my waterfall?  Some of the best waterfalls end up looking bad because they are proportioned incorrectly. Too strong of a pump, and your neighbors will be complaining that they can’t sleep at night!

     R     What kind of filters do I have planned?  Many pond designs will integrate their
         waterfall into their mechanical and biological filtration system.  Planning ahead will save
         you both time and money over the life of your pond.

 Putting It All Together 

Once you have a blueprint of how you want your waterfall to look, you can get to work.  Whenever possible, build your pond waterfall before you introduce plants and fish into your pond.  That way, any debris or chemical residue can be properly flushed out before introduction.  Don’t forget to enlist the help of friends and family members in the actual construction process.  An extra set of hands can go a long way in making your project successful.  Last but not least- once you have your waterfall in place, take the time to admire your handiwork! 


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