Ponds are already a great addition to any yard, but you can make even more of an impression with a backyard waterfall. These structures not only look beautiful, but they also give you the great sound of running water adding a peaceful element to your home or garden.

The Essential Components

When working with an outdoor waterfall, you’ll likely be dealing with two structures: the pond and the fall itself. You can also set up pondless waterfalls that cycle in on themselves. Be sure to account for the space and construction of a pond if you’re starting the project from scratch.

In the simplest form of a waterfall, you’ll need these materials:

  • Pond liner
  • Tubing
  • Sand
  • Submersible pump
  • Rocks/waterfall structure

If you’re working on a DIY structure, rocks are a readily available and inexpensive resource for building your desired waterfall.

How It All Comes Together

If you are building a DIY waterfall and pond all in one, you must first dig out the space for the pond. After this step, use a pond liner as your base so water stays in the pond and doesn’t sink back into the ground. The sand helps make the liner sit evenly, which can be a challenge depending on the terrain your pond and waterfall will be in.

The submersible pump is what lets your waterfall function. Unlike natural waterfalls, which often occur in streams or rivers, your waterfall doesn’t have a consistently moving source of water to keep it flowing. The submersible pump will suck in water and send it through the tubing all the way to the top of your structure, making it possible for the water to fall as it should. This has the added benefit of keeping your pond from becoming stagnant, which prevents growth of algae and mosquito breeding.

The tubing will run from wherever you set the pump to the top of your waterfall structure. To keep it from being visible, you can use the pond liner as a sort of cover.

What your waterfall structure looks like will depend on what sort of design you choose. You can order custom structures or build one yourself. If you’re using rocks, you need to have large, flat ones to serve as a spillway. These are the ones that form the platform that the water runs over before tipping over the edge. You can then use other rocks to complete the surrounding structure and even hide your pond liner from view.


If you have a pond attached to your waterfall, then you’ll have a little bit more cleaning on your hands. You don’t need to thoroughly clean your pond more than twice a year, but you must be careful not to contaminate the water with chemicals if you have fish.

Take good care of your pump; it’s what brings your waterfall to life. Having an appropriate filter can keep pond life from clogging up the system and stopping your waterfall.

When you’re ready to start your backyard waterfall adventure, contact Bold Landscaping to set up an appointment and learn your best options today!





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