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Building a waterfall in the garden: a few steps to a decorative water feature

Natural spectacle right on your doorstep: a waterfall in the garden is a beautiful eye-catcher and a place to relax. Here you can find out how you can build a garden waterfall yourself in just a few steps.

  1. What do you need for a waterfall in the garden?
  2. Build a garden waterfall yourself
  3. Fountain as a garden waterfall
  4. Water feature in the garden

In the great outdoors, waterfalls magically attract people. No wonder that some people dream of their own waterfall in the garden. Said and done! Similar to a stream, you can easily build a water feature yourself. The big advantage: You neither need a lot of space nor a plot of land with a slope.

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What do you need for a waterfall in the garden?

Every waterfall needs a catch basin as a starting point for your waterfall. This can be a pond that may already adorn your garden. Alternatively, a barrel or large bowl made of natural stone is suitable. You can of course also build a waterfall bowl yourself.

If you do not want to use an existing pond, first consider a suitable place for the water basin. A location in partial shade is ideal. Protected from direct sunlight, most plant species thrive reliably and dragonflies and butterflies also feel good.

In addition, you will definitely need a pump. When buying a pond pump, pay attention to the delivery head and delivery rate (pumped water volume) so that you don't end up with a small trickle or a flash flood waterfall:

  • Funding height: It is always measured from the water level, at a 90-degree angle to the water source, regardless of whether you install the pump in a water depth of 20 or 50 centimeters. So you have to take the gradient of your waterfall into account.
  • Delivery rate: To do this, you have to determine the width of your waterfall. The rule of thumb is "width x 2 equal liters per minute".

There is also decoration, for example plants for the bank or the watercourse. Natural and decorative stones, clay pots and a source stone also look great.

Build a garden waterfall yourself

If you already have a pond in your garden, you can ideally use it directly as a catch basin for your waterfall. In this case, all you have to do is add a hill and turn it into a waterfall. We show how to do it.

Pond waterfall: material

To build a pond waterfall with a hill in the garden, you need the following materials:

Pond waterfall: instructions

And this is how your pond waterfall is created step by step:

  1. Create hill: First pile up a hill. Model a hollow at the highest point and form a ditch from here down to the pond. You can let it drop steeply or build in small steps - there are no limits to your imagination. The main thing is that there is a downward gradient and not too steep curves. The end should be marked with a step from which the water splashes into the pond.
  2. Seal the watercourse: Fill the trench with a four-centimeter-thick layer of sand and cover it with pond fleece. Then lay the pond liner and fix it with stones. Make sure that the foil protrudes a little at the edges.
  3. Install the pump: Place the pump in the pond and route the hose along the trench or around the hill to the starting point.
  4. Decorate the waterfall: Decorate the hill with plants and stones. Mortar is suitable for fastening. You can also use water plants and flat stones in the trench.
  5. Make water run: Fill the hollow at the starting point of your waterfall with water and turn on the pump, done.

Fountain as a garden waterfall

A fountain is less time-consuming to assemble and significantly more space-saving than a waterfall in the garden. You avoid building a hill and instead use a well set, for example made of stainless steel. The material has the advantage that it does not rust and is particularly durable. You have to expect slightly higher costs for this. You can use a pond or another suitable collecting basin as a waterfall bowl.

Ready-made fountain sets are available in various shapes and sizes. For example:

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Water feature in the garden

Alternatively, you can fulfill your dream of your own waterfall with a water feature. You can choose from a variety of decorative elements such as bubble or spring stones, gargoyles and fountains.

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Of course, you can easily build such a water feature yourself. All you need for this is a zinc tub, a spout and a water pump. Plants, stones and light elements round off the romantic natural spectacle in mini format. There is plenty of inspiration, for example:

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If you have a lot of space in the garden, can you create your own swimming pond? All information about swimming ponds at a glance: