How to Build an Outdoor Pond Waterfall

If you have a pond in your garden, then you already know what a sight it is all year round. Whether the water is rippling under the summer sun or an icy frost is sparkling in the winter, a pond is a stunning feature for any garden. So, how can you make it even more of a focal point with added beauty? The answer is simple. Not only are outdoor pond waterfalls a pleasing aesthetic, but they are also effective in keeping your pond water oxygenated. Plus, the soothing sounds of running water is a thing of beauty that will make you want to sit out and admire your pond more than you already do.

If you’re considering adding a waterfall to your pond, then you have come to the right place. At Pond Planet, we have put together the all-you-could-need guide full of tips on how to install an outdoor pond waterfall, as well as thrown in the answers to all of the questions that you might have.

How to Create an Outdoor Pond Waterfall

An outdoor pond waterfall can either be very simple or as complicated as you would like, the option is totally up to you to create a truly unique and mesmerizing waterfall. Whatever style of waterfall you choose, the basic mechanics remain the same. To put it simply, water is pumped from your pond up to a smaller pool and then it flows back into the pond in a cascading waterfall style.

Of course, the easiest and most effective way to create your outdoor pond waterfall is to utilise preformed waterfall features. At Pond Planet, we are proud to offer a wide range of preformed waterfalls, from the basic mechanic pieces to fully moulded rock shapes that will blend seamlessly with your existing pond structure. If you’re looking to install a waterfall quite quickly and with minimum fuss, then we believe that a preformed waterfall is the best option for you as it is a much more convenient option.

Our Tips for Installing Preformed Pond Waterfalls

1. Once you have chosen the perfect preformed waterfall to suit your needs and style, then you will need to work out how the pieces are going to fit together. From this, we can decide how to shape their resting places accordingly. Just remember to plan to have the final lip of your waterfall overhang the pond by at least five or ten centimetres – this ensures you get a good splash and helps prevent any water loss.

2. When the earthworks and rest spots for your pond waterfall are ready, then the actual installation follows a similar process as when initially installing your pond. You should ensure that everything is level and that the preformed pond waterfalls are properly supported. Some people choose to cement preformed waterfalls in place to ensure that they don’t shift out of place.

3. Finally, if you connect your flexible hose and the pump is switched on, and you do not get the desired result that you were expecting, then fear not. All is not lost! By simply trying out different arrangements of stones in your waterfall pools, then you can manipulate the way that the water flows. This is especially effective if you focus on rearranging the stones near the lip of your waterfall. All it takes is a little bit of experimenting to find what works best for you and your pond.

Outdoor Pond Waterfall FAQ’s

Now that you have the basic rundown of what you should be aware of when fitting your preformed pond waterfalls, you might find yourself with a few extra questions. Here we have gathered some of the most commonly asked questions people have when it comes to fitting your pond waterfall to help you on your way to getting started.

How High Should a Pond Waterfall Be?

One of the biggest issues people have when fitting their pond waterfall is getting the correct height. Our biggest tip would be not to overdo it.

For a simple guide, we recommend that if your ground is flat then you should create a waterfall that is no more than two to three feet tall. However, if your garden is on a natural slope then you may get away with a larger waterfall and still have it look good. Remember that your pond and waterfall should look as natural as possible and you should try where you can to blend them into the surrounding landscape. For this reason, having a 6-foot tall waterfall, for example, in a flat garden would not look natural in the least.

Can I Have a Waterfall in a Wildlife Pond?

It is relatively safe to use a waterfall feature in a wildlife pond, as previously mentioned they do help to oxygenate the water. However, you should always keep in mind the differences between a wildlife pond and an ornamental pond and make sure you keep sight of which one you have.

If you’re more interested in the physical appearance of your pond and creating an aesthetically pleasing setup, then you needn’t worry about limitations on waterfalls. But if you do have a wildlife pond and are hoping to attract even more wildlife to your pond, then it is better to keep any water features simple and unobtrusive of any creatures who may visit your waters.

My Pond Waterfall Doesn’t Look How I Imagined?

If you have found that the ‘Niagara Falls type’ of waterfall that you had envisioned has not been brought to life, then there may be a couple of reasons for this that you can investigate. Firstly, consider if your pond pump is too small for the larger spectacle you’re trying to create? Make sure that you choose the right pump size for your pond waterfall to achieve the right balance.

If you’re sure you have the right pump for your waterfall but the effect is still not what you’re expecting, then make sure to check for any filter blockages. This all comes down to regular and proper pond maintenance to ensure everything is running smoothly and is as it should be.Find out more about maintaining your pond in our full guide available today, and explore our wide range of pond waterfalls available at Pond Planet.

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