You can actually bring home some cool comfort with a very own waterfall at home. And it’s not all that difficult…Just get cracking right away…
Start off by researching ponds. Before you start to build know what you want to build. Get a good understanding of the different styles and design options. You decide on the design of your pond and the types of aquatic life you want in it.
First it is important to decide wherein your yard you would most benefit from a pond and/or waterfall. Walk through the home and yard, the places you spend the most time and try to visualise where you would get the most enjoyment for the water feature, both indoors and out. You will also want it in an area that has some shade and does not receive direct sunlight all day long.
A little sunlight is fine, however, too much sunlight will promote algae growth and can dry out aquatic plants. You want to choose a location that receives approximately 4-6 hours of sunlight a day. But be aware that trees may be difficult to dig around because of their roots, and the leaves that fall will clutter your pond, in turn creating more work for you!
Measure placement and distances
Before you pick up that shovel use a hose or rope to mark where you’ll be digging and the general shape of your pond. This is also a good time to educate yourself on the placement of water and electric lines in the yard.
Now it’s time to excavate your pond. It is good to make several tiers to your pond, so you have a sturdy siding. One steep wall is more likely to collapse than several shorter ones. This is also appealing to the eye, and beneficial to the plant and aquatic life who like different depths of water.
When you dig the soil from the ground, place it where you need to build up the landscape for your waterfall. Dig out your pond to the desired depth and width within the stakes and markings. It is important to make sure that the pond and waterfall you are building are level.
Install the liner
Line the dug out pond with sand, raked smooth and then lay a protective underlay before you place the liner on the floor of the pond. With the help of a few other people, spread out the unfolded liner in an open space, and carefully pick it up to carry it to the pond. Avoid dragging the liner on the ground; this could cause scratches or punctures. Lay the liner in the pond, fitting it into each corner appropriately.
Installing the equipment
After the pond lining is in you’ll want to install any water pumps, filters, skimmer for the water garden. The use of electricity in the pond will usually require the aid of a proper electrician. You won’t be able to run an extension cord out to the pond in order to run these features. It’s not practical or safe, so you’ll need the electrician to install an outdoor outlet with the safety switch.
Now lay some excess underlay on top of the liner and place small boulders to keep the liner in place and cover up the edge. By placing the underlay on the liner you are protecting the liner from friction and the potential from being punctured by the rocks.
Do not pull the liner tight so it lifts away from the ground because if it is not supported from underneath it will cause troubles when you fill the pond. Trim the liner back after all the rocks are in place. By adding rocks, boulders, and gravel to the entire bottom of the pond you will give plant and animal life great resting places. This also creates a more natural looking pond.