If you want to have a waterfall in your backyard, there are a few different ways to get this done. Having a waterfall in your own backyard will make a very nice looking addition to your property, as it will increase its visual appeal significantly. It can either be located at the center of your garden, or on the edge, serving as a nice backdrop.
One of the easiest ways to get a waterfall in your garden is to let a landscape designer build one for you. However, the issue is that having a waterfall professionally built may not always be the cheapest option, as you will have to pay not only for materials, but also for the labor.
The “do it yourself” way is a lot less expensive, but will require much more work to complete the project. The first thing you want to do is to select the location of your waterfall, preferably in a place where it can be viewed correctly from all angles. It is much easier to put a waterfall on a slope in your yard, but if the ground is level, this doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You can either erect a berm on the ground or simply use rocks to build the main waterfall. But if you do this, you must be very careful in ensuring that it will stay structurally sound. Using a strong, water proof silicone adhesive is required to keep the rocks in place, as they will need to bear all the weight and flow of the water.
Another important factor in the structure is where you live. Waterfalls built in the heat of Phoenix or the frozen landscape of Buffalo will need different materials. For example, adhesives could probably just melt in the triple digits of a hot summer across the country. Also for home owners in cool climates, you need to make sure all water is out of the fountain before temperatures get to cold. Frozen water expands and could do damage to the pipes, plus water around your rocks can freeze, expand, and crack your adhesive or concrete quite easily. Do some research on what materials work best for your climate.
Before building, you will need to create a diagram of your waterfall, in order to determine the size and measurements of your waterfall. You will also want to determine whether you want a “straight” waterfall or a cascading one which is constructed similarly to a stair case, although the latter is more complicated to build some people find it to be the perfect accent to their landscape.
In addition to the construction materials for the waterfall itself, it is necessary to figure out the plumbing. An artificial waterfall, like the one you’re building in your yard, will need a water pump system to operate. The pump will collect water from your lower basin or pond and then recirculate it to the top of the waterfall so that it can flow downstream again.