When you discover the very best place and creative idea for your own personal
outdoor waterfall, all you need are the tools with which to make the elegant environment
of your imagination come to life. Your waterfall will be the waterfall of your
dreams because you can make it exactly to serve your personal needs.
The highest quality materials available for the design of a garden or outdoor
waterfall are much less costly than combining the cost of those materials with
manual labor. You can create your own garden waterfall without hiring a professional
by finding designs for outdoor waterfalls that are very simple and inexpensive
There are specific structures, ways to plan, and certain forethought needed
for the waterfall you build. Among the many waterfalls there are to choose from
will be options to build, design, and create one all on your own. Consider your
base, or, the pool into which the water from your waterfall will descend. You
must also, of course, consider the structure of the waterfall itself. Often,
creating a waterfall uses rock, which many people harvest from their own property
– if not there are many kinds of rock available for you to purchase.
There are, of course, other styles of waterfalls like waterfalls made of bamboo
or brick – waterfalls you may prefer when you imagine the project before
you begin to build.
Here are the supplies you will require if you want to build an inexpensive
and yet elegant waterfall for your home:
1. It is a great idea to use rocks, and, as a matter of fact, it may be the
very best and certainly one of the most inexpensive ways to go about making
your own waterfall.
2. You will need a submersible pump.
3. You will need tubing to run from the pump to the very top of the waterfall,
re-circulating the water as it pours constantly down
4. You will need a large, preferably plastic flower pot to house your tubing.
5. Purchase a rigid pond liner for your outdoor waterfall.
6. You will need a carpenter’s level.
7. Make sure you have an adequate shovel, of course, before you start to dig.
8. You will need sand and, of course, a good garden hose
All of the above things are available at virtually any hardware store –
so it is easy to get going. Be sure to consider the space and the base above
all else. The more secure, durable, and dependable your waterfall’s base
is the better your waterfall will turn out and the simpler it will be to maintain.
You will want to choose the very best design for your waterfall that will suit
your personal taste aesthetically and that will certainly best suit your needs
spaciously. No matter what amount of space you have, a cascade design will be
great idea for virtually any outdoor waterfall. You can make the waterfall cascade
down a slender area of your garden.
You can also use a waterfall that cascades from more than one source, purchase
more than one pump. Especially if you have a large space to fill and a wild
imagination for elaborate design, you may want more than one source of water
falling. Create a hole in the plastic flower pot or flower pots and thread your
tubing through the hole.
How long should the tubing be? Well, that will be determined by many things.
Unfortunately, you will really have to do some strict measuring before you choose
the length. The most important thing to remember is that too much is much better
than too little when you purchase tubing for your outdoor waterfall. Do not
try to get the perfect measurement and cut the tubing any sooner than you absolutely
need to. When you finally do complete the cutting, leave yourself extra tubing
– in other words: measure more than you need.
The first step is creating a pond – base or pond-like pool for the bottom
of the waterfall. You will create a spillway, with the rocks in a cascade design.
A spillway is often composed of long, slate-like stone – even using two
of these rocks will provide a multi tiered effect. With smooth edges on the
rocks the water will have more of a tendency to curve or duck almost under the
rock. When your rocks have sharp and square-like shape to them, the water will
drop more in the way you would expect it to, cascading rather than disappearing.
Lay the black plastic of your garden pond or base into the ground – making
sure it is properly secured. Then you should line the area with rocks. The rocks
that you use at the bottom of your pond or waterfall base are not as important
in shape, size or even in what they look like, than the rocks you will use in
the design of your waterfall. Most importantly, the rocks that will dictate
the course of your waterfall’s flow and descent are the ones that you
should be more concerned about.
One great idea is to cover the under most layer of rock with one long piece
of flat rock that will cover virtually the entire base. Then place your next
layer of rocks above this sheet. Once this is done, and you have your base built
and sturdy. You must be sure it is ready to go and that you have taken your
time on it before moving to the next step, of course.
At this time you should begin to build your rock wall. When you have your equipment
ready and decide to build a rock wall you should try to stagger the seams a
bit as you build it. This means that your rocks should not be made to lie directly
above one another, but rather especially asymmetrically. This actually has much
less to do with structure and more to do with aesthetics.
When you have finished building your rock wall and, again, have made certain
that the structure is absolutely secure and you are ready to move on, you will
move on to the spillway itself. Begin by trying to figure out the very best
position to place your spillway rocks on top of your shelf rock.
Essentially, you want to build four mini rock walls where you will be placing
your submersible pump. These should be designed to encase the plastic flower
pot, in essence, boxing it in. If you have multiple spouts or water sources
for a more elaborate design – you will, naturally, need a box shaped stone
wall for every submersible pump. You will have to pre-think the tubing, many
people create grooves or ditches in the rock wall in which the tubing can be
placed. And, of course, remember to have some extra length to work with once
you set in the tubing itself.
Place two longer stones across the top of your structure to span the walls
and form a sort of overhang. The very first spillway rocks should be placed
on the top of your shelf rock. It should reach out as far as possible for your
spillway. Ideally, the top spillway rock should reach out above the center of
the water at the base. Nonetheless, this is sometimes very difficult to accomplish,
but it is not impossible. In such a case, just have the largest piece of rock
jut out as far as it will over the water when you apply it into the shelf rock.
You should also remember to elevate your top spillway rock slightly in the back,
to create a sort of angle or chute down which the water can fall.
Once your spillway rocks have been set in place, arrange the tubing and pump
or pumps to create the waterfall and allow it to begin to cascade. First you
fill the base and test the pump. It is possible, and, as a matter of fact, probable
that you will need to make many adjustments to get the flow of water and pump
to waterfall in the perfect cascade. There will be a certain amount of bending
of the tubing involved, but it should extend from the pump base to the top of
the fall with as much ease as possible. Of course, at the same time you will
want the tubing to hide, some people paint and mount their tubing. Some people
hide their tubing in the rock wall, depending on how it will all look in the
end and how much difference it makes to you. Many people consider visible tubing
for their pump an eyesore compared to the rest of your elegant, unbelievable,
creatively designed, cascading waterfall.
This will be a time of trial and error, until you have the waterfall exactly
the way you want it. You will primarily be working with water pressure at this
point. The more height your last spillway rock has the more splash you can create
depending on water pressure. If you are going for no more than a calming flush
or gurgle you will want to increase the amount and span (or width) of the water
falling across the last spillway stone. The width of the stone (all of your
stones, in fact) is important as is the width of the stream of water that pours
The end is the most fun you will have in the entire experience of making this
lovely display. Now it is time to perfect your creation. So play around with
it until you are happy with the flow, the ambiance, the soothing environment
around you – and you will love what you have done.
In the end, it is time to relax and unwind. In the calming presence of an inexpensive
yet breathtaking landscape of refreshing coolness and humidity, soothing sounds,
and luxurious design all your own, you will be proud of yourself! Your outdoor
waterfall will be as beautiful, perhaps even better than you ever possibly imagined,
with a simple and inexpensive project you can do all on your own.
About the Author:
Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on
gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background
includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more
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