How to Install a Pondless Waterfall

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Building a waterfall in your back yard or garden without the benefit of a pond is easier than you may think. With a few materials and these simple instructions, you'll be enjoying the soothing sounds of water trickling over your pondless waterfall in no time. You can install your waterfall anywhere on your property, but you do need access to a power source.

Step 1

Find a large planter and the other building materials at your local home improvement store. Your local landscape supply store will have slate and the waterfall pump. The pump comes with a small section of plastic tubing, but you will need to purchase additional tubing to reach from the pump to the top of your waterfall. You can also order a pump online.

Step 2

Lay a row of slate for the base of your waterfall. Place Liquid Nails or other waterproof adhesive on the slate, and stack another row of slate on top of the adhesive, pressing down firmly. For the next row of stacked slate, indent the outside edges of the row so that you can begin to taper upward. Create your waterfall to the desired height by stacking the slate upwards, indenting each successive row.

Step 3

Dig a hole large enough for your planter in the front of your waterfall. The planter is the reservoir for your waterfall. Place the planter in the hole. Attach the pump to the brick with the rubber band. This will prevent the pump from moving around in the planter. Attach the plastic tubing to the pump.

Step 4

Cut the wire mesh to fit over the top of the planter. This will protect the pump from debris. Cut a small opening in the wire mesh and feed the plastic tubing from the pump through the mesh. Attach the mesh to the back edge of the planter with duct tape so that it is secure, but so you can still lift the front of the mesh and get to the pump when needed.

Step 5

Feed the plastic tubing unobtrusively to the top of the slate waterfall. Wedge it among the slate so that the water will flow out of the tubing over the top piece of slate. Secure it with duct tape.

Step 6

Fill the planter reservoir with water before turning on the pump. Enjoy your pondless waterfall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when working with slate.

Things You'll Need

  • Oval or rectangular planter
  • Slate
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Shovel
  • Pump
  • Plastic tubing
  • 1 Brick
  • Rubber band
  • Wire mesh
  • Wire cutters
  • Duct tape

Who Can Help

  • Waterfall Pumps
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About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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