What is a Pondless Waterfall?
Why pondless waterfall construction?
For families it can be hard to find a water feature for the garden or backyard that is both attractive and safe for children – instead, they go for easy to care for plants like the yucca plant. Buying pond netting is all well and good but it spoils the look of something you have to look good – rather than fighting the point of it in the first place!
But such netting is essential if you do have a pond – because children love to get to the water, and if they manage to get there unsupervised it can be very dangerous. It becomes all too easy for them to fall in – and no one wants to think what happens then.
The Pondless Waterfall
This is why the pondless waterfall is such a useful feature. It is exactly as the name sounds – a waterfall that doesn’t have a pond to collect water, instead of using a hidden trough to catch the water and send it back to the top – a system usually set up with solar panels.
This makes it far safer – and it is also an attractive feature that can be something of a talking point amongst friends and family. With so many pondless water feature designs to choose from you should be able to find one that looks great in your own garden.
Pondless Waterfall Construction
The construction of a pondless waterfall very much depends on your design. In most cases, you will be working from a bought design or waterfall so it is important you look there before starting on construction.
In almost all cases the pondless waterfall construction starts with the well. This well or trough is usually buried below the ground so it is important that you dig out a space for it – without it, the water will be lost and you won’t have any more water falling down your waterfall!
Obviously, the size of the hole is dependent on your waterfall – so make sure you get the size matching exactly with the design… any and you are just destroying your garden for no reason!
Assuming that your pondless waterfall construction follows normal procedure you are then to look at the fitting of the waterfall into the foundation you have just dug.
If you are creating your own pondless water feature design this is where it gets interesting!
The first thing that needs doing is to fit the mechanism that will be causing the motion of the water, as well as the well for water collection. These vary so much from device to device that there Is no point for us talking about it here – refer to the instructions that came with it.
The same goes for connecting the fountain up to a water supply (if it is needed).
Once fitted we can get into the good stuff, constructing the design! Pondless waterfall construction is not just about the technical aspect – you also need to ensure that you can get it looking as good as possible.
Style and Design
The whole point of a pondless waterfall is its style and design. It is meant to look great in your back garden or wherever else you place it. If not, what’s the point of doing all that work!
This means that special attention needs to be paid to the waterfall design.
So how do you make a great-looking pondless waterfall? Well, that depends on your taste.
I know, I know – I REALLY hate fence-sitting answers as well. But the problem is that there really is no accounting for taste, what I find attractive may well be something you hate.
That said there are a few ‘checkpoints’ (if you will) on what goes into great pondless waterfall construction. Keep these in mind when you are considering what you like and you won’t go too far wrong (though I can’t promise you won’t drop a rock on your foot as I did when making mine!).
- Height. This is often dictated by the height of the waterfall mechanism that you purchased – so it is something you need to think about before you buy it. What height do you want it? Should it dominate the garden or be a side feature? Do you want a slow, gentle slopping feature or a large rushing waterfall? All types can look good so think about what you want.
- Width. Not everyone has a huge amount of room for such features… and the ‘footprint’ (width, circumference, call it what you will) is what determines how much space it takes up. From sprawling rovers to tiny towers – the size is completely your call.
- Materials. There are all sorts of materials you can use in your pondless waterfall construction. Large and small rocks are usually combined together for the best design effect… but there are other options. Treated wood (so it doesn’t rot), concrete slopes – even metal designs for a futuristic or scrap yard feel can be made to create some amazing looking waterfalls (and equally can be used to make rubbish ones so make sure you are thinking about the whole picture!).
Obviously other aspects to consider include the likes of what surrounds to give it (flowers etc), price, energy conservation, etc. But when it comes to the pondless waterfall design and construction this quick guide should have given you an idea of what to consider!