A perfect solution for landscapes with limited space
What is a Pondless Waterfall?
Standing water can also be scary for people with young children. We all know how fast children move, and the thought of having a pond so close to their play areas discourages some from considering a water garden.
Other people feel that taking care of fish would be too much of a responsibility and that they won’t be able to take proper care of it, or mosquitoes might become an issue. Others say they don’t have the room for a whole pond.
The pondless waterfall is for all the people that have these concerns, but are still in love with waterfalls.
Benefits of a Pondless Waterfall
- Great alternative for a front yard pond.
- Fits in small spaces where a pond might be crowded.
- Perfect for public settings (building entrances, children’s gardens, zoos, etc.) where liabilities of a pond are a concern.
- Virtually maintenance free! Simply refill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss due to
- Energy efficient. No ecological need to run continuously.
- Set a timer – ideal for vacations and night/day settings.
- No ecosystem to worry about (fish, etc.)
The design capabilities are endless. Here are a few things to ask yourself.
What kind of pondless water feature should I get?
Do you want just a waterfall, or a waterfall with a stream? Maybe a bubbling rock or stone columns. Before making a decision, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the myriad of options available to you. Browsing our picture gallery will help you get started. You can also look on the internet, or browse through landscaping magazines to give you some ideas.
Where should I put my new feature?
The best thing about a pondless water feature is you no longer have to have them in the back yard. If you spend more time sitting on the front porch, a nice feature would look great there. Consider keeping your water feature next to your main viewing areas. Many customers want to put the waterfall in the very back of the yard. But in order to enjoy it, they have to walk to the back. The only exception to this is if you were to put a patio out there next to it, or you had a small back yard.
Do I have the space for what I want?
Sometimes the old saying “what the customer wants is what they get” isn’t always true. You have to fit the water feature to the size of the area (you can’t put a 6′ high waterfall into a 4’x4′ area, for example). You don’t always need something big to get the effect and sound you’re looking for. You would be surprised what a small water feature can do if it’s done correctly.
What basin size should I have?
This is a good question to ask your contractor if you choose to have someone else build it. There is a formula to figure out how much water you will need to run your waterfall. The last thing you want is to fill it up every day because there’s not enough water in the basin, or you go to turn it on and just as the water starts the pump starts sucking air.
Should I add lighting?
You think a water feature looks good during the day; just add some lighting under water and around the landscape. It will bring a whole new feeling to peace and relaxation. There are many options to choose from like LED, low voltage lighting, fiber optic and color changing lights.
Will you work within my budget?
This can be a touchy subject because customers don’t always like to say what they can spend. This is totally understandable. It is much easier to design around a budget from the beginning. For example, let say a quote comes to $4500, but a client only had $2000. We would have to redesign to fit that particular budget. When we meet with a customer, we design and quote the water feature at the same time. Now, if another company claims to give you the same $4500 water feature for $2000, just beware and investigate the quality of the products being used. Remember the saying, “cheaper is not always better.”