How To Build a Pondless Waterfall For The Garden

How to Build Your Very Own Pondless Waterfall

Waterfalls are, undoubtedly, everyone’s favorite water feature in a garden. You can add waterfalls to your ponds and pools, but that’s not the only option. Stand-alone waterfall, known as pondless waterfall, can be an excellent water feature all on its own. It brings the sound and sight of flowing water into your property, without the maintenance needed with a pond. Pondless waterfalls require lower maintenance than any other type of water feature.

Whether you are a backyard warrior looking to tackle your own renovation project or a landscaping contractor specializing in aquascapes, this article is for you.

Complete System: Working, Space & Maintenance

In simple words, a pondless waterfall is a stream or waterfall that falls into and disappears in a bed of river rock. The water is collected in a small basin hidden behind the rocks and transported back to the top through a hose. It is fitted with a pump which sits on the bottom away from the view. As the water level never pools, it appears that there is no pond, when in fact the pond is simply not visible. You can set the speed of the waterfall as per your desire. Pondless waterfalls are a perfect solution if you have restricted space in the yard or you have safety concerns with a pond such as infants.

Pondless waterfalls can be accommodated into a small area, so even if you have a small backyard, limited space or you just want a small, compact water feature to enjoy, pondless waterfall is your solution. It is very easy to take care and maintain a pondless waterfall. All you need to do is to fill up the reservoir every few weeks to make up for the water loss due to evaporation, and you are done.

Steps to Building a Pondless Waterfall

Step # 1

Finding a suitable location is the first and foremost step in the construction of the waterfall. Ideally, pick an elevated area as the natural drop means you won’t have to create an artificial slope (work with what you have). If there is no slope, you can do some digging to create the slope so gravity will take care of the flow of water. You want to pick an area with little debris and falling leaves. Maintaining aquascape style pondless waterfalls e.g. matrix box, pump, and skimmer can be difficult to clean and properly maintain. It is sad to see many of these types of waterfalls inoperational within a few months to a year because they are difficult to clean (matrix box and pump hidden underneath the rocks). You could opt for a more vertical waterfall made using artificial rock e.g. fiberglass, conrete, shotcrete, or other material that can be easier to maintain.

Step # 2

Plan and mark a rough outline, keeping in mind that after adding layers of fabric and liner, you will lose a lot of definition from your path. It is wise to make the wall of your water flow overly exaggerated. Ensure that the pit you build is large enough to hold the volume of water needed. If you don’t estimate enough water, your pondless waterfall may run out of water too soon. This is especially true in hot weather conditions where water will evaporate quickly. A dried out water basin can cut years off from your pumps life as pumps should last many years under proper working conditions. You need to be cautious to avoid potential overflowing in an event of power loss. Even more important is to install a float valve that will automatically shut off power from the pump when water levels get too low.

Step # 3

Once you have dug out the path, you need to lay down a layer of landscape fabric. Make sure to spread out your landscape rubber so that it goes well into the groves and smooth out wrinkles on your waterfall drop. Finally, you should cover the entire thing in a sheet of landscape fabric to help protect your expensive pond rubber. Pond line exposed to the sun can eventually start to crack. The top later of fabric liner covers the pump, vault and drain pipe to allow the water to flow in, but keep the dirt out.

Step # 4

Landscape rocks may be expensive both in upfront cost, transport, and installation. But with a bit of searching you can find rocks for free, such as an area where mountain has been blasted, construction site, etc. This is good news for the DIYer or even a professional who can then route those savings to purchase more quality products for other areas e.g. better quality pumps, lighting, filters, and accessories.

Step # 5

You can use premix cement or landscape foam around the edges of your waterfall. As the gaps and crevasses are filled, water flows on top of your ledges rather than flowing underneath it. This is an important step as it can make a huge difference in the overall flow. Don’t spray too much as the foam expands. You can cut excess later with a knife. Properly filling in gaps will help to ensure that the water is going where you want it to go.

Step # 6

Something you should definitely add is landscape lighting to give your waterfall a spa glow during the evenings when the sun is going down. You can also add plants – real, fake or a mix to add more color and give the feature a more natural look. Pretty soon your pondless waterfall will become a miniature oasis that will have its own ecosystem. (And yes, if you have a pondless waterfall with natural rock instead of artificial rock the maintenance requirements will be very high).

Once you have done all the hard work, it is time to enjoy the waterfall. You can invite your friends for an intimate party at the waterfall or you can simply unwind after a hard day of work.

 

We recommend Pinterest or Houzz to find more inspiration for your pondless waterfall designs.

Landscape Ponds, Water Features, And Supplies

Water features, Pond Pumps, And Accessories

In the architecture of landscape as well as garden design, water features are items that range from; ponds fountains, pools, streams, cascades and waterfalls, and streams. Prior to the 18th century most water features were typically powered by gravity. With pond planning and construction comes a good number of accessories that can enhance the aesthetics as well as functionality of the pond. An affordable and well reviewed pond pump is made by Jebao. Jebao manufactures pumps in China for waterfalls, ponds, and fountains. They range from simple to more complex construction. These are powerful, and can cost a fraction of what other leading name brands will cost. Cost is typically an issue for the average homeowner who doesn’t want to spend thousands of dollars every few years to replace a brand name pump. It is a misconception that water features can increase property value.

In some cases, a large pond may scare some potential home buyers away as they do not want to deal with the costs to maintain the pond.

Don't let this happen to your pool or pond! There are many things that could go wrong with a pump including damage from freezing in the winter, poor filtration, pump drying out due to low water levels and so on. The lower cost pump will do the same job without the same risk in cost. We recommend spending the difference in cost savings on a higher quality pond contractor to properly construct and service the pond.

Pond liners

preformed pond liner Pond liners come in a variety of forms. You can find premade fiberglass/plastic pond liners from most landscape garden supply stores. These are easy to install. Simply dig a hole, put the pond liner in making sure it is level, and backfill it in. Of course there are more steps involved but you get the idea. Another form is an impermeable geomembrane (EPDM) that is used for retention of water in the lining of garden ponds; it even includes the lining of lakes and artificial streams in gardens and parks. These pond liners require protection from sharp objects such as stones, tree roots, or anything else that could penetrate the liner causing a leak. If you have a leak in a larger pond, god bless your soul in trying to find it. For added protection a pond contractor may install several layers of sand, concrete or even fiber-matting among other materials. Pond liners are always manufactured in rolls and you can buy them in custom sizes. There are a few places in Surrey, BC that we know of that sells pond liner at exceptional prices (at least good enough to not bother with the hassle of buying from Amazon). While pond liner strips may be seamed or even welded together during construction, it is better to use one uniform piece.  Additional flexible types of pond liners like PVC and EPDM are able to have their panels pre-fabricated in the factory to fit the design and shape of the pond.

Jebao Pumps for water gardens, ponds, fountains, and waterfalls

waterfall pump water feature pumps waterfall pump Pond Pumps WaterfallNow carries many different pumps including Jebao pumps or any other brand of pumps our customers wish to use. We work with our customers to source the parts needed if they are items we do not currently have in stock ourselves. A lot of it boils down to costs and budgets to provide a working solution at the best available prices. This is together with services of installation of the same product. Our skilled personnel offer water features services at an affordable price which is often 20-50% less than the competitors pricing. It doesn’t matter what is needed at your pond, through amazon.com pond supplies and products associated with pond liner is an easy thing to acquirer. We also offer complete lines of the following; pond vacuums, pond filters, pond lines, garden pond-heaters among other products which will ensure that your pond keeps working well all year long

Click HERE for reviews on Jebao Submersible Pumps

 

Jebao JGP series pond pumps are available both as submersible and non-submersible pumps (inline). They are a quiet workhorse providing overload-protection devices. These are specifically designed for use in garden ponds, fountains, terraced fountains and indoor fountains. The large pre-filters are easy to disassemble without requiring any tools. Simply engage the pressure tabs to remove, clean the filters, and snap back into place. Keep in mind that the built-in foam filter is NOT a substitute for a legitimate biofilter. WaterfallNow carries pond filters that will help to reduce algae and introduce good bacteria into the pond to maintain a sustainable ecosystem. This means your fish are happy and free from diseases! There are also additional uv filters that wll reduce algae and eliminate harmful pathogens. Overall the benefits are reduced frequency of pump cleaning, optimum water flow, and a clean pond. We recommend Jebao pumps for small to large ponds, waterfalls, or water features. The built-in wear-resistant ceramic bearings allow for continuous and trouble-free use. Jebao has been able to exhibit the best kind of pumps needed for ponds. One of the larger parts costs involved in pond construction is the pump. It is vital to buy the right kind of pond pump for an optimal flow rate. Want to add vertical elements such as a waterfall to the pond? We strongly suggest you give Jebao pumps a try and compare its performance with other brands. Note: Waterfalls are a great addition to ponds as they will add oxygen to the water which reduces the growth of algae and keeps fish happy. Don’t want a pond but want a water feature?  Why not add a pondless waterfall? You can enjoy the soothing sounds of a natural waterfall that is simple to maintain. Submersible and External Pond Pumps

  1. Submersible pumps are ‘submerged’ in the water of the pond itself.
  2. External pumps sit outside the pond. Pipes will connect the pump and the pond together.
  3. There are also other new models which can be used both externally and submerged.

Submersible pump pros or advantages

  • Simple to setup – Just connect the hoses/wiring and drop the pump in the water in the desired location.
  • Very quiet, cheap with a very high water turn rate. Available in almost all needed GPH gallon per hour. Add a valve as needed.
  • Suitable for all pond sizes.

Submersible Pumps cons or disadvantages

  • Clogs easily as do most pumps when a filter is not installed and must be cleaned regularly from debris.
  • Maintaining the pump is a somewhat tough task to do. Cheaper case construction but this does not affect performance.

External Pumps pros or advantages

  • These pumps are outside the pond, this means dry hands installation as well as maintenance.
  • Better for use in larger ponds.
  • Energy efficient

External Pumps cons or disadvantages

  • Relatively expensive to purchase, but has a lower power usage which makes up for the investment costs soon after buying.
  • Relatively harder to install there’s also the, fittings, piping and the pump also needs protection from direct rain.
  • The pump has to be hidden from the “landscape” and in the meantime it should be kept accessible for maintenance purposes.

Most people normally prefer submersible Jebao pond pumps as they are easy to install, reliable and fit well in smaller ponds.

Pond filters

Pond filters are essential for maintaining a clean, and healthy pond. One can choose from our wide range of selection of filters that are for sure of great qualities which suit the issues of ponds and water garden without depending on whether one has a small ornamental pond or an idyllic ram bling waterfall. WaterfallNow has biofilters and uv clarifiers available for customers pond projects.

Pond contractors Surrey, BC

Need installation of a new pond or require pond cleaning? Facing problems with green and smelly pond water or has the filter stopped working? We do have and offer all the contractor services that you may need for the efficiency of your pond.

Pond lighting

WaterfallNow offers a large range of pond lighting in both low energy LED and halogen. The range includes pond lights that are submersible fully. These are suitable for garden installation. These can be LED ring lights for bubbler nozzles, waterjet laminar LED lighting, and dozens more.

How To Winterize A Pond: Pondless Waterfall, Water Feature, Or Fountain

How To Winterize A Pond: Pondless Waterfall, Water Feature, Or Fountain

winter fountain

Whether you have a pondless waterfall, koi pond, or outdoor fountain, there are a few important steps to take to winterize any water features that you may have in your backyard.

One step to take is to ensure that the pond area is free from debris such as fallen leaves, branches, or dead plants. The presence of these is often the largest contributor to maintenance requirements. Proper placement of a water feature away from potential debris can lead to a maintenance-free waterfall. In other cases, more notably in the fall months, such organic materials will deteriorate in the pond. This lowers the quality of water which can in turn decrease the lifespan of the pond pump. It is recommended to cover the pond water supply using a net or trimming nearby branches.

Much like a pool, it is essential to keep the pond free basin free of decomposed organic sludge. If draining of the pond followed by a sweep is not possible, it is recommended to use a pond vacuum. One should not over clean because the fish, frogs, tadpoles, and other organisms will often use the organic sludge at the bottom of the pond to nest in.

Another concern if you have fish is that the levels of ammonia, hydrogen sulfite, and nitrates will be increased as a result of the debris. Hydrogen sulfide in particular is poisonous to fish. Also, because fish require oxygen to survive, it is recommended that an open hole is maintained to allow oxygen in and to let carbon dioxide out. If you find that the water has frozen over, it is recommended to open the hole using boiling water as banging on the ice can irritate the fish.

Proper pump care for a pondless waterfall is necessary in harsh climates that are well below freezing temperatures during the winter months. It is recommended that you disconnect the pump, drain, and store in a dry place. It is also recommended that the waterfall be drained and covered to protect the internal hose/plumbing systems. If you have fish, it is recommended to try and leave some form of aeration system on for the pond to provide a fresh supply of oxygen to the pond. If the weather is too cold then a regular aquarium air pump will do in a pinch (even if the water is freezing). Floating pond heaters are available in stores and serve the purpose of keeping the pond surface from freezing over.

frozen fish pond

Pond owners will find that the deeper and larger the pond, the less maintenance is required in the long-run as a natural ecosystem builds up over-time. Smaller ponds that are shallow tend to require more careful attention. this is especially true in the winter as they can freeze over killing the fish inside. Fish often stay near the deepest areas of a pond during the winter months.

WaterfallNow’s waterfalls on the other hand can run year-round as Vancouver’s temperature is not as harsh. Because water rarely freezes in the Lower Mainland, BC, we are able to operate almost all of our waterfalls in any season without any issues. The fiberglass kevlar backed membrane can withstand even harsh freezing temperatures without fear of cracking that could cause significant damage to the structure or worse – leaks.

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