Backyard waterfalls are less appealing when they lay stagnant and still. While some choose fountains and sprayers to agitate the water surface and provide aesthetic appeal, others opt for a more natural waterfall affect. Contracting professionals to augment your waterfall can be expensive. To save money, you can build your own waterfall for your backyard.
To build a waterfall, you need something to build the height of it with. This can be a mound of dirt, a pile of rocks, or an existing ground slope. You will also need a length of flexible tubing that fits with your pond pump strong enough to use for waterfalls. A tube attachment with a ninety-degree turn is helpful. A preformed plastic waterfall mold is optional.
Building the Waterfall
The first step to build the waterfall is to attach the flexible tube to the pump you will use.Next, build up the ground level on one side of the waterfall. This can be done by piling dirt, stacking up large rocks, or any manner which suits your personal taste. While building up the waterfall base, remember to run the flexible tube up through the pile.
At the top of the waterfall pile, you must make the tube point at a ninety-degree angle to the ground so the water flows out and then falls down into a pond or wherever you would like to make the water flow into. This can be done easily with a plastic, preformed waterfall mold. If you do not use one of these, then position a flat rock that the water can flow over. Faux rock panels work well as a design option to give the waterfall a more natural look. Be sure that the falling water will not erode the waterfall hill. Simple materials and clever placement make for the backyard oasis of your dreams.
Before undertaking the execution of a garden plan, you should
analyze your resources with an eye on the amount of work you can do yourself with the help of your family. In some cases you will find that you can afford to spend more money in order to save time and energy. In general, one or more of the following services may seem worth their cost to you. None of them is necessary; a careful review will enable you to do them for yourself.
1. You can hire a landscape architect (or designer) or, sometimes, a landscape nurseryman to plan and develop your property. This is the most expensive way of cultivating a beautiful garden.
2. You can pay for a landscape plan drawn by a professional landscape designer and also for his advice, but do the actual work yourself. The advantage here is that you have professional guidance in making the overall plan. However, in addition to the expenditure of money you lose the chance to create your own design.
3. You can make the plan yourself, do most of the work, and only hire outside assistance for the backbreaking chores that you feel are beyond your physical capacity. Labor costs stay within reasonable limits and do not deprive you of the better plants, or perhaps some lawn furniture, that the added expense of a landscape designer would have made impossible.
4. You can do the entire job yourself. This is the best way to get the most for your money, and is by no means impossible for anyone who is patient and capable of some hard work. Add some flare to your garden project by incorporating themes or styles to compliment the array of flowers and assortments. A good idea might be to add a waterfall or a well, or even an outdoor entertainment area for guests to enjoy. A great product to dress up a waterfall would be faux rocks or faux stones. They are very lightweight and easy to install by anyone that is quite handy. As your garden matures it will provide you with tangible proof of a good job well done, one that will immeasurably contribute to your family’s happiness and your personal satisfaction.