When you are planning a backyard waterfall there are certain things to keep in mind and plan for. A waterfall can provide a soothing sound that guides you into gentle slumber each night. A backyard waterfall also can be a conversation piece. You need to keep these things in mind if you want the waterfall to be a massive success.
Drainage is a primary issue with backyard watefalls, but you have to keep in mind that drainage is an issue both on the inside and the outsiide of the waterlal. If your property has a slope to it, you should build a retaining wall. If there is no slope, have the waterfall drain into a pond; a goldfish pond adds just that much more style, but keep in mind that you have to clean a fish pond before it gets too travolting.
The best way to get your water into a waterfall is from a natural stream. If you don’t have that option, use a garden hose attached to the closet exterior faucet. The more complex your waterfall system, the more complex your water delivery system will have to be. If your waterfall is a nice little affair, the garden hose is all you’ll need.
You need to get a definite idea of what the shape of your waterfall pond will be as it will determine the complexity of the fall. A small pond will cause a large waterfall to look freakish. On the other hand, don’t allow a small waterfall to be overpowed by a large pond. Consider whether you want a symmetrical arrangement to your waterall pond or an irregular shape. Irregular shapes look more natural and this can be enhanced with landscaping options.
Shelving alowed the pond water to warm up faster which lends your backyard waterfall the occasion to become a swimming area or just a place to lap at with your toes. Keep in mind that shelving beneath the surface of the water can heat up to a degree that is not conducive to allowing fish to inhabit the pond.
The depth of the pond that your backyward waterfall need to fall into should be about 18 to 24 inches if you do have plans to stock it with fish. A two-foot depth means the temperature of the water won’t vary that substantially and it also minimizes the growth of harmful algae.