With a few modern ideas for garden waterfalls, you can transform your boring and uninspired garden pond into a living oasis! With a little preparation, adding a small waterfall to your garden can be a fun and cheap project that will provide you and your family relaxation for years to come. The modern garden waterfall is a serene and beautiful addition to your yard, and a treat to all of your senses. The bubbling sound of the running stream is a great soundtrack to contemplative meditation, and the sight of the gently falling water is relaxing and invigorating. The type of waterfall that you add is completely up to you, with a variety of layout choices and waterfall types. Take a look at the following ideas for inspiration.
For a waterfall that makes a splash, consider the steep terrace waterfall. Best for gardens that contain significant gradations, this configuration quickly gets your water stream from one level to another, the water abruptly cascading over the edge of a steep, terraced wall. Whether you want a trickling stream to quietly run over the wall itself, or you think that a strong current flowing out and away from the surface of the wall would be best, place your pump and adjust the pressure on it as necessary. Popular choices for wall material include aesthetically dissimilar river stones, slate or even decorative concrete. If you have the room and the inclines, you could add several levels of terraces for multiple waterfalls.
If you do not have the gradations for the steep terrace waterfall but still want the tranquil addition of falling water, don't worry. Even the flattest gardens can be manipulated to contain a waterfall of sorts. For the flat ground waterfall to work, however, you will need to have a lot of extra dirt to create a small hill. Building up this hill should not be too much of a problem, just make sure that one side is slightly higher than the other side, where your pool basin should be. Once this has been completed, dig out an appropriately sized channel to direct flow. This is your "watercourse," and you will want to line it with secured waterproof material. After the material is placed, cover it with decorative stones of varying sizes, place the pump on the higher end, and enjoy your new trickling waterfall stream.
You may be wondering if you can have the peaceful presence of a waterfall in your garden, even if you do not have a pond. The answer is yes. Many home improvement stores carry self-contained waterfall systems that act like miniature fountains. This is ideal if you have limited space or you simply want to avoid the hassle of pond maintenance. If you would like to build a pondless waterfall yourself, simply dig out an area for a large planter, to act as a basin, and fill it with decorative rocks, sand and enough water. With the pump placed in the basin, you will feed the tube towards the top of your makeshift waterfall, camouflaging it with extra stones.