A disappearing waterfall is one of those perfect water features for someone who does not have a lot of back yard space, but still enjoys this hobby.
Building a disappearing waterfall is quite simple and if you have all of the components, can probably be completed in a weekend’s time. They can be made from things as simple as a large terracotta urn that has been set in place that water flows from to an actual outcropping of rocks that water flows from.
You will need at least the following to build a disappearing waterfall:
Something that the water flows from – This may be a terracotta urn, several buckets, small concrete boxes, old wine barrel halves and so on. You can even use stacked rock. Think outside of the box here. You can use almost anything that can hold water to create a unique look.
Fountain Basin – Welcome to the world of plastics. Because of plastics, some of the world’s neatest things have been created. These fountain basins can be purchased from pond stores and they are used to set your disappearing waterfall up on. The water will flow out of the items listed above and over top of gravel, for instance, and down into this fountain basin where it is circulated back up to the waterfall exit point.
Really, that is all there is to it. Once a disappearing waterfall is up and running, the maintenance is pretty minimal. Just make sure the filters are clean and that your refill mechanism is working properly.