what to know before building a backyard waterfall

A small waterfall in a garden with rocks and statues.

Like any new proposition, building a pondless waterfall brings many new questions to mind. 
It can be difficult to know what questions to ask when trying to decide if a pondless waterfall is the right choice for your backyard. In this article, we will not be devoting any discussion to concrete water features. Concrete features bring with them a host of their own problems, and are avoided for those reasons. 
How does a water feature work? Understanding how a disappearing waterfall works requires starting at the bottom of the waterfalls. Underground, a basin is constructed that holds the water for the entire feature. This basin is usually hidden with a layer of River gravel. In this basin, a pump vault is built which will house the pump that powers the water feature. Other accessories including an auto fill float, and water treatment options, may also be installed in the pump vault. 
  From the vault water is pumped up to the top of the stream. A spillway at the top disperses the water into the first waterfall and stream. Here, boulders create the stream banks and waterfalls, guiding the water back to the basin, where it is recirculated. 
   Should i leave it run all the time? When properly constructed, a pondless waterfall can run through all four seasons. Over winter months, ice build up will cause water loss, so it is important to monitor water levels if the pondless is left running. If a pondless is not running through the winter months, it is necessary to winterize it. 
How much does it cost to build a backyard waterfall? The price of a pondless waterfall will reflect its size. Also, different contractors may have different pricing. When comparing prices, It is important to ensure that prices are for comparable water features. Measurements and numbers may be ineffective at communicating what size of waterfall a price reflects. If possible, always ask to see in person some of similar pondless waterfalls constructed by the contractor you are working with. Pondless waterfalls often range in price from $3,000 to $15,000, and larger backyard waterfalls can cost more. To see some pricing and pictures of the water features offered by Tussey Landscaping, click HERE. 

   Do pumps use a lot of electricity? Today, many of the pumps designed for pondless waterfalls are designed for minimal electricity usage. Many standard sized pondless waterfalls cost only a few dollars a month to run. Low Voltage LED lights that can be incorporated into your waterfalls cost even less to run; they require only very small amounts of electricity to run. 
  Do pondless waterfalls need a filter? Most pondless waterfalls operate without any filter. The gravel on top of the basin filters out any large debris (sticks, leaves, and trash) before it reaches the pump. 
   A pondless waterfall is a low-maintenance way to bring the all the delightful sights and sounds of water to your backyard. These beautiful waterfalls are not expensive to maintain, and can be enjoyed all year long. 
If you are interested in having Tussey Landscaping create a water masterpiece for you, contact us today.