February 3, 2010
Selecting a Site for Backyard Waterfall
Backyard waterfall project is now within your budget, skill level, and materials and tools available, today to create waterfall easier than ever. You can create a waterfall anywhere in a large landscape, in a small backyard, or on a porch or balcony. However, for you to get the most exciting, and for waterfall to be successful, you must build it on the right site.
Before you decide on the ideal site, you should keep in mind several points: your site conditions, your intended use of the waterfall, climate in your region, and the location utility lines.
Finding the ideal site requires balancing all of these elements:
Choose your site. Consider the slope and grade of your backyard.
The lowest site may look like good place for a basin, but it’s actually the worst. Rainwater flows into a low basin, muddying the water, knocking plants and fish. Weak drainage can also cause runoff to well up under the basin liner, creating undesirable lenses and bubbles that are lifting to surface. Placing the waterfall above lowest site prevents these problems.
It beneficiary if your site slopes.
It’s a perfect place for waterfall and stream that runs from an upper basin to a lower one.
Take into a plan the type of soil you have.
It can have a lot to do with whether your installation would be difficult or easy. If the soil very hard and rocky, save yourself, install waterfall with above the ground basin with a preformed or flexible liner supported by rocks, concrete, wood, or frame.
Sandy soil comes with problems too.
It is difficult to work with when you are installing in ground a flexible liner, because the sand can fall in along the sides. Preformed liners resolve these problems. To use a flexible liner, you’ll need to use blocks under the liner to shore up the sides and support the edging.
Clay soil, sometimes difficult to dig, but can be perfect for flexible liner. Clay soil hold its form, flexible liner will conform any outlines you dig.
Sun, shade, wind
Take into consideration the sun and shade in your backyard for your plants. Wind can affect plants life too. Forceful winds will dry up water and break the stems of some plants and harm those that grow in quite water. If you decide to build the waterfall in the wind side, erect a wind wall or shrubs as natural wall.
Choose site for easy access to all sides of the waterfall. Existing backyard features such as fences, sheds, sitting places and other structures should have easy access to waterfall when you perform maintenance. If there’s a fence in the vicinity, put your waterfall several feet away from it.
Call local utility companies before you excavate and ask them to locate lines that run through your property. Most utilities will mark the locations without charge. Even if a utility line is deeper than your basin, don’t build the waterfall over an existing line.