How To Make a Backyard Waterfall Without a Pond

Pondless waterfalls are no different than a regular waterfall and pond except they do not have an exposed surface area of water that you would normally see. Instead, the water pools into a storage basin below ground where you cannot see it.

The water still gets recirculated to the waterfall as a normal pond waterfall system. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond. The waterfall itself, with its cascading stream and gurgling sound of water over stones and gravel, is the most beautiful and favored part of any garden that features water as the focal point or theme.

But some people are concerned about debris floating on the water surface or safety of exposed water. Others may have space limitations. A pond and waterfall is a natural feature unlike a more formal manmade fountain. Both provide the sound of water, but a waterfall with the sound of water that mimics the real sound in nature, is favored for its realistic, nature-like appearance.

Benefits of Pondless Waterfalls

1) Safety

A pondless waterfall has nothing to fall into and therefore, even small children can be left without worry in a backyard with a pondless waterfall.

2) Maintenance

Taking care of your pondless waterfall is easier than a waterfall with a pond. Because you don’t have a body of water to capture leaves and debris, the pump’s filter will be clean less often. Because the underground reservoir is not exposed to the sun, it will not evaporate as much and reduce the amount of water needed to offset evaporative loss.

3) Cost

Cost can be an important consideration when thinking about the kind of waterfall you may want to have. In most cases, the cost of a pondless waterfall backyard pond will be lower than a pond, due to there being less labor, less rock, and other materials. Pump size is smaller because of less water to pump, thereby allowing for better efficiency and operating costs. Because you are not creating an aquatic ecosystem, you do not have to run the pump 24/7.

4) Space Saving Design

The small size of the pondless waterfall means you can create and enjoy a beautiful waterfall anywhere in your garden — even in a courtyard!. As long as there is nearby water and electricity, you’re good to go.

If this concept of having a waterfall without the drawbacks of an exposed pond appeal to you, contact a reputable contractor in your area or learn how to build one yourself.