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Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

By March 28, 2013April 6th, 2021Guest Articles

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.