Water features definitely have the wow factor. They can make even the most simple and boring yard or garden stand out. Backyard waterfalls are pretty wonderful and they’re also not that complicated to work with. In fact, you can build your own waterfall in your backyard and it wouldn’t even be that difficult or time-consuming. The first thing you need to do is decide on the shape, size and location of the waterfall. Take into consideration all the aspects of this part. For instance have a good look around the area and see if you can take advantage of a natural slope or if you can highlight a beautiful view.

Use materials and colors that blend well with your garden or yard landscaping
Take your waterfall to a whole new level and be creative when choosing your materials and supplies
Even a small water feature can have a big impact on a backyard’s landscape and image
Let the water flow naturally and avoid shapes with perfect geometries that look artificial
Use local stones to make the whole landscape look natural and to make it blend in
Sometimes the way to stand out is to be different and to break the rules
Turn your waterfall into a focal point for the yard and a statement piece for its location

After that, clear away any debris and use something flexible like a garden hose to outline the shape of the future waterfall. Adjust it to create the curves. Once you’re happy with the form, trace out the final shape with spray paint. Then place the fillers to see if they fit and start digging the pond. The max depth should be somewhere around 18” to 20”. You can use the excavated earth to fill in any low areas or to build up height in other places.

What a beautiful way to complement the greenery in this garden. The pond adds a zen touch
You can play with water to create a network of streams that run through the garden
This is an actual waterfall designed to complement this tiered garden landscape
Larger ponds can be quite impressive, especially this one that pretty much envelops the house

Once you’re done digging the pond, level the filters at the bottom and make sure there are no dead zones that get little or no water circulation. the placement of the fillers determines the water flow. Then install the underlayment and add the stones on top of that. Arrange the stones so they look natural and, if you want, create caves for little fish or sculptural arrangements that stand out.

Garden ponds and water features in general can be very relaxing and zen-like
Don’t hide your beautiful water features. Keep them close to the house so you can enjoy them
Take into consideration several different view options before choosing the location of a water feature
You can always add a waterfall to an existing pond or to a pool, to enhance its charm
Take a step back and look at the whole picture to best appreciate the scale
Fountains have the wow factor and you can make the most of that
Infinity edge pools are great at emphasizing the beauty of a view
Think of the waterfall as an accessory meant to complement an already beautiful landscape
The water feature doesn’t have to interfere with your lawn or garden. It can be integrated into the deck
Another idea is to frame a deck or a terrace with water to set some unusual boundaries
If you’re serious about having a pond, you can even build a bridge of pavers so you can enjoy it even more

Of course, there are also a bunch of other details that you must take into consideration when building a backyard waterfall. For instance, the waterfall shouldn’t overpower the yard so don’t make it too big or too extravagant. Also, place it close to the house so you can always enjoy it and use local stone to make it look more natural. And then there’s also the issue of customization which can pretty much change the whole plan.

Use small ponds or water features to make a tiered landscape more interesting
Emphasize the length or shape or a garden, deck or pathway with a water feature
Don’t forget to add plants, rocks and other things to give your pond or waterfall a natural look

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