The form of the waterfall and the pool into which it falls are two elements to consider when designing an outdoor waterfall. You’ll use a pump in your pond to keep water flowing from the pond to your waterfall’s peak, where it will plunge back into the pond.

Waterfalls may be found in a range of shapes and sizes, and they provide an ideal focal point. When choosing design options, the most significant consideration is how to make the waterfall tall enough.

If you don’t already have a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet near your pond and waterfall, install one before digging. To make sure that the excavation for an outdoor waterfall and pond does not interfere with any underground utility wires, contact the Dig Safe phone number.

Building Your Waterfall

Dig the Pond 

Remove debris from the area where your liner will be installed. Turn the pond liner upside-down, where you want it to be and draw a circle around it to make shoveling easier.

Using a carpenter’s level, make sure the depth and diameter of your waterfall pond’s hole are comparable to those for your preformed liner. Place the preformed liner in the hole for the waterfall pond. Check to see if it’s flat by laying a carpenter’s level on top of it (front to back, as well as left to right).

Build the Waterfall 

One of your two structures will be completed when the pond is finished. It’s time to shift your attention to a more fascinating structure: the waterfall design. And that means revisiting the pebbles you’ll be using.

The most significant rocks are the spillway rocks, which are those directly above the water’s entry point. They should be as smooth as possible, with sharp, square edges. Such edges allow water to flow more smoothly.

After laying your first course of rocks in the front, cover them with a sheet of black plastic that is 4 feet long and 3 feet wide. The plastic serves the same purpose: namely, to catch more water than the rocks alone could and funnel it into the pond.

Lay the Rocks and Work With the Tubing 

Thread the tubes through the rocks. When constructing rock walls, it’s typical to stagger the seams. Because these will be tiny rock walls, this is not a structural concern, of course. However, if only for the sake of appearance, try to staggered them.

Over the first row of rocks in the front, place a large flat rock across them all. Because this rock’s function is to provide an overhang, it’s an important element in your cascade design. It will serve as a shelf for you to set your initial spillway stone so that the spillway stone extends farther out into the pond.

Place one or more capstones over the end of the tubing and bend it downward toward the pond. The waterfall’s spout, in other words, will find refuge here. As you size up the end of the tubing that will become the spout on the surface of the second spillway rock, you may now better determine its location. Again, pull to lengthen or shorten your tube as needed.

Fill the Pond 

You’ve now completed the pond’s water preparation. Using the pump’s power cable, test the pump’s flow and look for any leaks. Before you know it, you’ll have to make a lot of modifications. The objective is to keep the waterfall as close on to the middle of the pond as possible, allowing you on both sides of your natural rock waterfall while minimizing splash loss.

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