How to add a waterfall to a Pond

Last Updated on February 3, 2021 by Anne Thynne

Everybody wants their backyard to stand out and as close to nature. Adding a waterfall can enhance beauty even more. It is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space.

You can easily add a waterfall to a pond. First, you have to choose the place for the waterfall, place the flat rocks in steps, install a pump, connect the tubing with the pump and spillway, then finally decorate the pond liner and the pond’s background.

If you want to know how to add a waterfall to a pond by yourself, then I have something to offer. Let’s not talk further and see how to add a waterfall to a pond.

The procedure of adding a waterfall to a pond

Waterfalls can be of different sizes and shapes. Some procedures are complicated and may cost a fortune. You need to concentrate on two things while making a waterfall- the pool and the water flowing structure.

The latter may seem a bit difficult to do but believe me; it only sounds complicated. If these two things are taken care of, setting up a waterfall can be easily done.

The most exciting thing about DIYs is you can easily alter the design, placement, or structure to your likings.

How to add a waterfall to a Pond

Waterfall installation can be a little bit costly but don’t be torpid yet. I am here to make it simpler and cost convenient for you. So, let us proceed straight to the directives of adding a waterfall to a backyard pond.

  1. Positioning of waterfall

Having a waterfall means having an eye-catcher in the house. But placing it can be a complicated decision to make.

When you are placing a waterfall in your backyard pond, it is crucial to decide where you want it. If you do not have a pond, make one or dig up a basin deep enough for the waterfall. You should place it where people can enjoy beauty easily.

The waterfall should not be away from the electrical source for the pump. For this reason, building the waterfall close to the main house can be a wise option. But if you find the sound of the waterfall distracting, you can make it at a distance.

Also, you need to do the placing carefully because the sprinkle from a waterfall will add to its surroundings’ humidity.

If you place it directly under the Sun, it can cause the spray to evaporate more quickly, which is not an advantage for the water level.

I’d suggest placing the waterfall somewhere across the pond, where you plan to sit in the afternoon and have some tea and cookies, or where you can see through the window. Plus, place it within the pond or the basin; that way, the water level will not go down.

  1. Setting up the pump

Now that the place selection for the waterfall is done, it is time to set the pump. You’ll need a strong submersible pump to move enough water for the right distance.

If you plan to build a tall one, it’ll take a higher-powered pump for the water to go up. The water will not “fall” if the pump does not lift water from the pond.

You need to place the pump at a distance from the waterfall for better circulation and ventilation of water. Take a hose and connect it to the pump, then place the pump in the water.

  1. Making the spillway

After setting up the pump, it’s time for the spillway.  It is not going to be a waterfall if there is no height or dimension to it. This is the step where the waterfall gets its look.

In this step, you need to select the height where you want the spillway to be. You can get your desired height by using flat rocks, cement, or concrete blocks.

Lay the pond liner where the waterfall will go, then place them in tiers to get a natural waterfall look. Make sure the pond liner drapes down the waterfall liner at the last step.

After laying down the pond liner, the next thing to do is the tubing of the pump. You’ll have to make sure there is enough space for the hose, and the spillway frame rocks are set securely.

Take the other end of the hose, place it in the spillway, and hide it well with flat rocks. Use rocks of different sizes to hide the pond liner and take the pump’s cord underneath the pond liner.

  1. Decorating the waterfall

You’ve hidden the connections under the rocks and pebbles. Now, the final step is to decorate the waterfall. As it is a DIY project, you can furnish your waterfall however you want. This is the part where you can be as creative as you want.

You can place water lilies or hydrangea to enhance its beauty and put some colorful fishes in the tank to make it more interesting. If I have to describe this step in one word, I’d say, go wild with furnishing the waterfall.

Benefits of adding a waterfall to a pond

A waterfall is not just a beauty enhancer; it has benefits as well. To begin with, a waterfall keeps the pond water moving. This continuous movement increases the pond’s oxygen, which positively affects the pond water.

Also, a waterfall on a pond increases the circulation and agitation of the water, which is really beneficial for the underwater ecosystem.

The circulation of water also escalates the quality of life of fish and plants living in the pond. It also increases the self-filtering ability of the pond.

It’s your turn!

Great!  Now, you know how to add a waterfall to a pond. So, gather the necessary equipment and start building a stylish waterfall to make your pond appear gorgeous.

Moreover, having a waterfall is excellent for underwater ecology. It is also beneficial to the state of mind. Looking at something stunning and soothing in your backyard, and listening to the sound of flowing water can be a great booster for your mental peace and strength.

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