Garden Waterfalls

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Garden waterfalls make for an attractive addition to any backyard pond. As long as the water isn't falling from too much of a height, a harmful torrent won't occur. A gently sloping waterfall that keeps the water circulating gently will help purify and oxygenate a pond.

Building Garden Waterfalls

The first step in building garden waterfalls is to think about the plumbing. If you are planning on adding a waterfall to a pond right from the get go, it's important to plan out the placement of pipes. A pump will be needed to circulate water from the pond back up to the top of the waterfall through the pipes. If digging underground is not preferable, rocks and other landscape items can be used to cover pipes up.

The next step is in planning the waterfall structure. Again, so that it doesn't create a disruptive torrent, a waterfall should not be too high. This will not only create a more peaceful environment for the fish and plants, but will also look good and visually blend better with a flat yard.

Rock Solid

The last step is the rocks. Natural rocks work fine, but many companies today make pre-molded artificial rock formations that look as good as the real thing. These fiberglass rocks make waterfall construction much easier, and won't cause your waterfall to fall apart on you. Natural rocks, on the other hand, are better for control. You can shape your waterfall pretty much any way you want when you build it rock by rock. It all depends on works best for you.

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