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How to Build a Waterfall for Your Pond

Learn how to add a waterfall to your backyard pond with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

A waterfall can add a tranquil feature to your backyard pond and your outdoor space. It’s also great for water aeration. The constant flow of the waterfall means the water falls through the air. This adds oxygen to the water, which helps with keeping away algae. Fish and other animals will also benefit from water that’s high in oxygen. Adding a waterfall to your pond is an easy project for even a beginner water gardener. Learn how to install one with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Build a Waterfall for Your Pond
A waterfall can add another dimension to your backyard. Learn how to build one with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

What You’ll Need

Pond pump – You’ll want to buy a larger pump than needed. You can throttle down the flow of the pump to the desired flow.

Shovel – You will need to dig out a path for the water to fall down as it reaches the pond.

Pond liner – Pond liner will be used to line the water’s path.

Tubing or water pipe – Tubing will be used to connect the pond pump to the water in the pond, cycling it up to create the waterfall.

How to Build the Waterfall

1. Dig a holding pool & path – A holding pool will help the water coming out of the pipe spill into the pond, instead of spraying everywhere. Once you have the holding pool, create a path for the waterfall. You’ll want it to be about two feet wide. Install the pond liner, with about six inches of overlap.

2. Make a water flow with rocks – This is where it gets fun. Use different size rocks to create a natural look. This will take some work to get them in a functional and aesthetically pleasing position. Once they’re in place, give the water a test run. If it flows between or under rocks (which you don’t want) use pond sealant to fill in gaps and cracks. The expanding foam fills any hidden spots while still blending in with the rocks and pond liner.

A water feature can bring a peaceful element to your backyard. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to build your own backyard pond, as well any other water features you might want to include in your garden. For more tips, visit our Water Gardens & Backyard Ponds blog.

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