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DIY Waterfall Pond

DIY Waterfall Pond

Design and build your own backyard oasis!

Before building, choose the location of where you want to build your DIY waterfall pond. There are practical and aesthetic points to consider. For instance, it is best to avoid locations directly under trees because falling leaves can create debris that clogs the pump and upsets the pond’s biological balance. Pond visibility from many areas, including a nearby window or living area, is another factor to weigh when choosing the pond site

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    1. Use a water hose or spray paint to map out the shape and size of the pond and begin digging the pond. Ensure the top edges of the pond are level on all sides across with a level. Also, dig a hole that is approximately 10 in. round and 6 in. deep that will discretely house the pump. This hole should be located under the waterfall so it is not visible.

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    2. Remove any rock or debris from the base and walls of the pond. Cover the bottom of the pond with sand.

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    3. The elevation of a waterfall is created so that the course of the water will cascade downward and continuously from one tier to the next. Determine the location and height of the top tier. Build up this elevation with any flat bricks or blocks. With excess dirt or sand, fill-in all voids and create a smooth surface along the back and sides.

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    4.Tip: A beautiful flow is created with flat rock. Choose one piece of flat stone for each tier and a larger piece to cover the top and cap off the waterfall. Dry fit a flat stone on the first course to ensure it is level from left to right, with a downward slope, to channel water into the pond. Continue by installing a flat stone that cantilevers over the front edge into the pond. Remove both pieces of flat stone and set aside.

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    5. Unfold the pond liner and cover the pond and waterfall sections. Remember to place the smooth side of the liner down.  The textured side of the pond provides additional surface area of the growth of beneficial bacterial. The liner should extend at least 10 inches over the edge. Tuck the liner in all areas.

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    6. While continuing to smooth the liner, add various large decorative rocks around the perimeter and around the base of the pond. This will anchor the liner while you continue to work.

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    7. Continue covering the walls with smooth rock. For the waterfall, replace the flat stone to each tier. Ensure each is level with a downward slope.

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    8. Connect the hose to the waterfall pump and place the pump in the pumpshield® that is provided. After, place the pump in the designated hole. Run the cord and tubing over the wall near the edge of the waterfall.

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    9. Position the aerator in the middle of the pond. The aerator cord should follow the same path as the cord and tubing from the pump. Position the lighting in the same manner.

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    10. Fill the floor of the pond with rock of varying sizes fitting them around the aerator and lights. The lights should be on top of the rocks while their cords are camouflaged underneath.

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    11. Trim the excess liner and cover with rock. Run all of the cords along the edge of the pond to the GFCI and camouflage with rock.

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    12. Position the tubing for the waterfall over the flat stone. Cut the tubing to the desired length. The tubing can be trimmed before the pump is turned on and the proper flow of water is determined.

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    13. To finish the look of your DIY waterfall pond, place a few rocks of similar size on the flat stone on either side of the tubing to disguise it. Place the largest stone on top to cover the top of the spillway.

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    14. Fill the pond with water. Plug in the pump, aerator, and lights.

  • 15. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your DIY waterfall pond!

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