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Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

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Nature is beautiful. Everything that projects this wonderful serenity of nature is also great. Waterfalls and green growth around are spectacular. Now it is possible for us to build a backyard waterfall and stream in our home. It complements other features and also provides a good place to sit and to forget the whole day’s stress. The water rippling sound as it hits the rocks and water clarity gives us the feeling that we are in the woods having adventure. Now in this article you will read how to build a back yard waterfall stream.

Materials needed-
There are few tools and materials required to complete the project. The tools include a wheelbarrow, spade, level, rubber mallet and utility knife. The required materials include, waterfall pump, horse kit, connections, gravel, clamps and ball valve, cement, PVC primer, EPDM pond liner, saw bits, waterfall foam sealant, sewage basin, lid, field and decorative boulders and an underlayment fabric.

Step by step instructions:

Step 1: A project overview-
The end result of this program is to have a stream that flows into a gravel bed, it stays clean with little maintenance. Gravel will filter the water, which is then collected by the pump at the end of the stream. The pump takes the water to the top again. The stream is gentle sloping with multiple falls as it goes down. There is also a liner and catch basin. The area around the fall needs landscaping to create a serene environment.

Step 2: Location-
As the owner, it is good to study and visualize the best location for the waterfall. It could be behind trees or at the deck. There are a few areas points that you should consider when selecting the location of the waterfall. To start with, it is good to study the soil, if it is hard to dig; a pond above the ground on the stones is advisable. However, if the soil is easy to dig, a shallow pond can be dung below the ground level. A gentle slope is needed to facilitate the flow of water. The waterfall needs a height of 4 to 6 meter to create a bubbling sound. The higher the fall, the higher the sound it produces. Above all these, the location will also depend on your preference.

Step 3: Get stones-
Various stones with different shapes will be the key to add beauty to the stream. Seek around and ask for the prices. Select a colorful, flat and oddly shaped stones both in small and big sizes. Do the same for gravel but avoid limestone as it encourages algae to grow.

Step 4: Mapping and digging-
Put the stones and boulders around the site. Mark the location of the waterfall and the stream. Likewise, mark the location of upper and lower basins. Use chalk or paint to mark the areas. Dig a hole to place the lower basin. Put stones alongside it. You can use dirt and gravels to keep the stones in place. Dig a hole 2 ft wider than the basin and of 6 ft in depth to place the basin. Prepare the upper pool as the lower one together with the stream tracks.

Step 5: Place the basins-
Starting with the lower basin, drill two holes and attach the adapter to the basin. Cement it firmly. Lay the rubber liner and fabric to the holes. Put the pump and attach the hose. Put the lid and stone layers. Remove sharp objects underneath the basin.

Step 6: Lay liner stones and water-
Lay the fabric from lower to upper basin with slacks at the bottom of each waterfall. Lay decorative stones around the pool. Make sure to put a spillway and small stone around it. Make a staircase and put gravel to invite people and birds. Spay the entire stream area with water. Put water until it rises past the layers of stone in the lower basin. Pump up the water and see it falling. Sit back and enjoy the waterfall.

Author Bio- This article is written by Tressy Jones. She writes about Home Improvement. She works for W A Air Conditioning. They provide best air conditioning services.

Six Tips For Natural Looking Water Features

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By Ben Bowen

All water features have similar “bones”. How you flesh them out makes the difference.

Koi Fall LandscapingIn the last two decades the landscape water feature has become a common element in residential designs. As a result, more and more landscapers and homeowners are trying their hand at designing and installing them. In the past, just knowing how to build a water feature set you apart as a landscape contractor. Not anymore. Does that mean the opportunity is gone?

Not at all. Many of the ponds and fountains built in the last decade are low quality. They are built by landscapers following a “water-feature-by-numbers” approach learned at a one day class taught by a supplier. These features have running water, perfect cascades, and no leaks- all good things. But what do they look like? Do they resemble nature at all?

Herein lies the way to differentiate yourself: design and craft naturally beautiful water features. With a portfolio full of stunning falls and cascades you will sell more water features, and be able to get more for them. It takes practice and dedication to master this, but these tips will get you started in the right direction.

  1. Control your ambitions. Your client wants falls. Big falls, as many as possible. You don’t have a lot of room to work with, but you go for it. You build a retaining wall, pile up the soil, and get rolling. Now you have a mound of soil as big as your truck and no way to hide it. You may not even be able to camouflage the retaining! Avoid this trap. Take the stream only as high as you reasonably can. You need space to work with if you are going to convince people that the stream is cascading down a natural slope.

  2. Natural stone falls. Streams and rivers, in nature, are unruly. They do not have perfect sheets of water spilling over flat rocks. Neither should your water features. Use rough, natural stone for your waterfalls and cascades.

  3. Hide the bones. Skimmers, pumps, filters- all are part of a quality project. Take the time and care to hide all of these. It should be difficult for the average person to look at your pond and locate the pump. Use rocks, plants, and terrain to keep all of these invisible.

  4. Go big. Wait, didn’t I say to control your ambitions? Not when it comes to the size of rock you use. Use the biggest boulders you possibly can. This may mean using a tractor or crane to set the largest in place. Once the water and plants are in place they will not look nearly so large. Whatever you do, don’t build the whole thing out of basketball-sized rocks.

  5. Bring the green. Your design should include an abundance of places for plants. Obviously you will be able to plant around the feature. Allow for plantings in the water feature too. Create planting pockets in the stream, at the base of larger rocks, and in the pond. This will allow you to soften all the stone you have to use and you won’t just be setting plants in pots under the water.

  6. Be a copycat. Become a water feature critic, an expert. Look at every pond, waterfall, and fountain you can. Observe how other landscapers build great features. Look to mother nature as well. Be inspired by the real thing and do your best to emulate it.

Use these 6 tips as a starting point. Plan on taking enough time to do your next water feature project right. You will soon have your own list of tools, materials, methods, and principle that you can deploy to create naturally stunning water features.

Building a Disappearing Waterfall

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Disappearing Waterfall

Disappearing Waterfall

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.

These fountain basins can also be filtered in order to keep the water as clean as possible.  The filters can be removed and washed on occasion with relative ease.  The top of the basin is grated so that you can pour large gravel over the top which will hide any evidence of the waterfall mechanics.
Pump – You will need a small pump.  Avoid just running out and purchasing any old pump.  You will need to make sure that the head pressure will be enough to at least operate your disappearing waterfall.
Refill Mechanism – One of the downfalls of a disappearing waterfall is that the splashing can cause the water to evaporate more quickly than standing water.  As such, you will have to fill the fountain basin often unless you install an automatic refilling mechanism of some sort.

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.