What Is A Pondless Waterfall?

What Is A Pondless Waterfall - FAQsWhat is a pondless waterfall?  It is a stream or waterfall that is built without a pond.  It is a popular feature for homeowners that want to have a simpler water feature in their garden.

How does it work?

It is constructed by digging a hole and lining it with rocks and gravel.  The hole is deeper than one that is for a typical pond. That is because the water flows through an installed pump below the rocks.  It then moves through a filter into the waterfall and circulates back into an underground tank instead of a pond.  

The waterfall does not have to run continuously.  The owner can program the timer to turn automatically on and off at a designated time, or use a remote control to operate it from indoors.

What is the benefit to having a pondless waterfall?

It is a preferred feature for people that would like to enhance their backyard with a waterscape, but do not want a pond
.  Water features are part of a delicate ecosystem and require work in order to have its inhabitants survive.  In contrast, a waterfall only needs its tank refilled every few weeks.  Its small size also reduces safety risks, since it has no deep water for someone to fall in and drown.  

What plants will thrive in this environment?


For the convenience of the owner, it might be better to use aquatic plants with shallow roots that are removable.  These include bacopa, micro-sword, golden buttons, acorus, Japanese arrowhead, sagitarias, and dwarf papyrus.  

What is the cost advantage to a pondless waterfall?

Although the price of installing a pondless waterfall is about the same as installing a pond, this kind is less expensive to maintain in the long run.  Owners will not need to hire a cleaning service because it is easier for them to clean it themselves.  They will not need to buy fish to help with algae and other growths common to other water features.  

A pondless waterfall would be an ideal feature for a garden or yard as a focal point or for adding ambience to the area
. They are also an attractant for birds and dragonflies which add life to any outdoor space.

This article was published on Friday 14 March, 2014.


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