The sound of flowing water is known to have a soothing and calming effect, especially if you are feeling stressed or anxious from a long day at the office. This is among the many reasons why adding small waterfalls to home gardens is popular among homeowners around the world.
Both decorative and therapeutic, adding a small waterfall to your garden, indoor or outdoor, is a worthy investment. However, if you are tight on the budget and would like to make your very own waterfall, you can do just that by following these steps:
- Make a plan and pick a location. Before working on your waterfall project, it is first important to sit down and make a plan for your project. Your plan should include the design of your waterfall, the materials you will need, the size of the waterfall you will make, and the location where your waterfall will be situated at – inside your house or outdoors in your garden. Location is a key factor in the planning of your waterfall project as it determines how big or small the waterfall should be and it also plays a role in the successful outcome of your project.
- Buy only the best materials. Once you have organized your plan, you can now move on to purchasing the materials that you will need. In buying the materials for your project, you must consider two factors: cost and quality. Remember that not all expensive materials are of high quality, and not all cheap materials are of poor quality. To know where to get the best deals for the materials that you need, it is a great idea to ask friends or neighbors who have waterfalls in their gardens for suggestions. They can also give you ideas on how to improvise for some materials to help you save money without sacrificing the quality of your project.
- Get ready to dig. Once you have all your materials ready, you can now begin your waterfall project. Measure the size of the waterfall and the pond you plan to make against the space where you want to place it. Mark the dimensions on the ground so you can dig the accurate size. Have a meter stick ready to help you determine the depth of the hole you need to dig then start digging. Landscapers suggest that you should dig a pond that is one and half times bigger than the actual waterfall you want to make. Once you have dug your pond, line it with rocks, gravel or pebbles.
- Get the water flowing. Once you have set your pond, it is not time to install your waterfall pump. Installation instructions are included with the box of the pump. Follow the instructions closely to avoid any problems when getting the device to pump water for your waterfall. Make sure that all electrical wirings needed to run the pump are installed safely to avoid any accidents.
Once everything is in place, tweak your design according to how you want the water to flow. You may also add small water plants and other accessories to beautify your waterfall. Highlight your waterfall project by adding small spotlights that will showcase it during the evening.
Enjoy your brand new waterfall!