Building a waterfall..

Building a waterfall.

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1. Your primary concern in constructing a natural looking rock and plant lined waterfall will be to waterproof it. Most watercourses involve a flow of water between an upper basic or header pool and a lower larger reservoir. It’s possible to add a waterfall or watercourse to an existing pond.

2. Start by preparing an inclined site for the size and shape of the planned waterfall by terracing it. The site should be gently sloping and wide enough to accommodate the waterfall as well as the surrounding rocks and plants. Carefully line the edge the watercourse to prevent water loss.

 

 

 

3. Multiple cascade waterfalls is a series of waterfalls in a stream should have a reservoir or basin of water to supply each cascade, starting with the smallest basin at the top and ending with the larger pool. Picture the watercourse as a staircase, its shape dictated by the site.

4. A gently inclining watercourse will have long steps, the basins, with short risers, steep waterfalls will have shorter steps with tall risers. Vary the length and height of the steps to make the watercourse more natural looking.

5. Cover the entire excavation with 2 inches of sand. Position a flexible pond liner over the excavation. This liner could be part of the main pool liner or a separate liner that overlaps it. If  you use a separate piece, overlap it at least 12 inches over the main pond liner and use special adhesive tape made for liners.

6. Begin placing the rocks for the primary or lowest waterfall. Select and place each rock before, you use mortar or black urethane foam to seal the rock work and prevent water from going under or around the rocks. Than choose a large, flat rock for the spillway. Place this rock so it projects 2 to 3 inches beyond the rock work below it. Arrange rocks around the edge of the falls and pools to conceal the liner and direct the water flow, the rocks flanking the falls should be higher than the spillway to help keep water in the channel.

 

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7. After finishing the liner and rock work install the piping beginning at the bottom reservoir and working up along the watercourse to the top falls. Allow at least two days for setting and curing before turning on the water to test the falls. Adjust the rock work to alter the water way flow over the falls as necessary. Place small rocks in strategic spots to alter the flow patterns as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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