What? A Pondless Waterfall

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Who has ever heard of a pondless waterfall? They are an alternative for the water garden lover. How many times have you hemmed and hawed about getting a pond? Perhaps you have thought, “I don’t want a pond because of standing water”, “I have a small child and think it is too dangerous”, or “I don’t want to take care of fish.” A pondless waterfall is a substitute for those who may be anxious about getting a pond.


Basically, it is just another way to create a waterfall and stream without the traditional holding pond. Instead, a deep hole is dug and water cubes are installed. The cubes provide a reservoir so that the pump has enough water to pump at all times. The hole is then packed with rocks and gravel and finally filled with water. The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by a pump that sits at the bottom of the hole, pumping it to the top to the water rock or waterfall where it is re-circulated into the reservoir. Since the water level never pools up above the level of the rocks and gravel, it gives the appearance of a pondless waterfall.

There are several reasons to consider a pondless waterfall instead of a complete pond. One is the beauty and natural peacefulness of a waterfall and all of the benefits that go with it, but not the pond. Another big plus to the pondless waterfall is safety. When young children are around people worry about having a pond in their backyard. With the pondless waterfall there is no standing water to worry about.

The pondless waterfall also fits in small places, so you do not have to worry about backyard space constraints. With this water feature you can have a nice, natural waterfall in the smallest space imaginable. Also, maintenance is not an excuse when it comes to the pondless waterfall. There is less maintenance than a pond. We usually install an autofill from the existing irrigation system Plus, if you want to go on vacation and turn the system off, that’s no problem because there is no ecological need to keep it running.

One of the best things about the pondless waterfall is that it is an alternative for those who aren’t sure if they want a full size pond. Having a pondless waterfall does not limit you to just that water feature. You can always add a pond at a later time. So when planning, make sure you leave enough room just in case the water bug bites!

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