If you want the look of a waterfall in your landscape, but you lack the hills or the ponds, consider building a faux rock waterfall. All you need to do is dig a small basin to serve as a drainage point. It is a task a beginning DIY enthusiast can complete without a professional landscaper. Here are some tips to build a faux rock waterfall in your yard
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- wheel barrow or wagon
- two plastic or rubber hoses
- pond liner
- waterfall pump
- spray paint
- assortment of artificial cascade and wall rocks
If this is your first time digging in your yard, schedule a property survey with your utility company to ensure you own't damage hidden cables or utility lines. Contact your local water company to find out if there are any water shortages in your area.
Dig the Basin
Choose an area for the basin. The area you choose for the pond should be free from debris and near an electrical source safe enough to run a power cord to it.
Set the pond liner in the area, and spray paint around the liner to mark for digging. Dig the basin as deep as the liner following the spray paint lines. Periodically place the liner in the basin to check for depth. Throw dirt in a wheel barrow or wagon.
Choose the location for the water pump, and dig a trench from the basin to the pump. Fill the trench with the soil you removed from digging the basin, and use a tamper to pack it. Spread a half-inch layer of sand on the bottom of the basin. Install the liner; shaping it to fit around the pump.
Set the pump on a concrete base, and attach the hose from the pond basin to the input valve on the pump. Dig a second trench from the waterfall to the pump. Attach the other hose to the output on the pump; running it through the trench, then fill the trench.
Set the Rocks
Start setting bigger, flat rock pieces around the hose to overlap the basin. Apply mortar or concrete to the rocks to secure them, and let the sealant dry. Try to keep the hose in the center.
Add two layers of smaller rocks on top of the large rocks. Make a lip on the top layer with the opening pointing to the basin to control direction of the water. Add sealant around the hose to guard against leaks.
Hide edges of the liner with rocks or plants. Disguise the pump with a big rock, or pump housing.
Fill the basin with water, and test the waterfall. A faux rock waterfall will enhance your landscape; If you don't trust your skill, or you need other ideas, contact a landscape architect.
For a landscape architect, contact a company such as Robert Schweitzer.