Alright, now it is time to work on the most visual part of the pond feature. We have already talked about how to plan and how to build the basin, now let’s discuss the waterfall. The waterfall as I said is the most visual part of the feature. It is not the most important, but is what creates the sound, texture and feeling of the feature. When done right, it is also the major filtration of the pond and can ultimately keep your pond water crystal clear.
So where do you begin on the waterfall? Let’s begin with the height. By now you should have the dirt built up in a pile from the digging of the basin, or you would have had sloping ground because of how you planned out your pond. Go ahead a get a rough measurement of the height of the falls and decide how many tiers you want to try and install. Of course, you have to let your mind and creativity run wild and be ready to change it as you go. No matter how much you plan, it will not turn out exactly like you imagined. Most of the time it turns out much better than you were dreaming about at night.
It is always a good idea to install your waterfall box first. What is a waterfall box you ask? It is a open top box that is filled with water from the pump and slowly over flows and creates the slow water fall effect. Inside the box is multiple forms of filtration to help keep the water clean.
Once the waterfall box is set in place, then you can lay out your liner all the way down the waterfall. Once attached to the box, then you can start digging out the stair steps for the different layers of the pond. Under the liner, you want to dig the dirt to mirror the steps, and above the liner, you want to lay out the rocks that the water will flow on top of.
Once all of the digging and rock laying is in place and you are testing the water, use waterfall foam in a spray can to direct the water and to keep the water on top of the rocks and in the center of falls.