When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
Adding a miniature pondless waterfall to your lawn has various benefits, such as attracting birds to your home, producing soothing water sounds and enhancing property value. However, most homeowners consider installing a pondless waterfall an expensive project, thanks to landscaping magazines and websites that feature intricately designed water fountains. While it is true that some designs are expensive, a pondless waterfall is affordable. Notably, you can easily install a low-cost pondless waterfall as a DIY project. However, it does not mean that you should settle for low-quality building materials. This article highlights the building materials you need to construct a low-cost pondless waterfall.
One of the essential materials you need for a water fountain is stone. While there are different types of stones to choose from, some are not ideal. For instance, some stones are porous and easily absorb water, making them the wrong choice. Limestone and sandstone are the most common porous stones, and their high porosity levels impede smooth water flow. One of the best natural stones you can use to build a pondless waterfall is soapstone. Besides being a dense, non-porous rock, soapstone is easy to carve; hence, you can choose how you want the water to flow. It also means that you might not need special tools to carve the stones to the desired shape and size for your pondless waterfall. Quartz is another non-porous stone that you can use to build a low-cost mini waterfall.
Since soil is exceptionally porous, retaining water within a pondless waterfall becomes difficult. In fact, water flowing down a waterfall will soak the ground, making it mushy and promoting weed growth. Therefore, you need a liner pad to retain water in a waterfall, but the numerous options available can make it challenging to establish which one will work for you. Notably, the best liner pads protect the surrounding lawn from becoming waterlogged. For instance, RPE or RPP liner pads are excellent for a pondless waterfall since they are durable and puncture-resistant.
When building a pondless waterfall, the last thing you want is water flowing from the top irregularly since it deprives you of the soothing effects of a waterfall. Fortunately, a spillway allows you to create a waterfall or stream. Its primary purpose is to provide a smooth, consistent, leak-free water flow by diffusing a water stream. However, select the durable type since a waterfall spillway must be surrounded by rock, gravel and soil.
Contact a local landscaping company to learn more about the building supplies needed for this project.