First water feature

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by VO Landscape Design, May 2, 2010.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    My brother wants a waterfall/water feature on his hill. This will be my first. Books, magazines any kind soul point me in the right direction. I have a picture of the area. Maybe 1 waterfall in the middle but for the most part just a stream of water over the falls and spilling into a small pool/pond with a reciprocating pump. A subdued design. I have done dry creek beds before which may or may not help. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    VO

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  2. amscapes03

    amscapes03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks like a great location for a waterfall/pond install...........but will anyone enjoy it? Looks like (from the pic) a low traffic area on the side of the house.
     
  3. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    There is a hot tub behind the fence with a small stone patio.
    VO
     
  4. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Google 'Basic Garden Pond Construction'. The is no way to address all of the aspects of Pond, Waterfall and Stream construction in only one thread on this Forum. Plan on doing a lot of reading before you turn the first shovel. After you learn the basics, anyone on this Forum will be eager to help you refine your construction techniques. Good Luck! Learning this craft is a very interesting and rewarding journey.
     
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  6. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    Figuring out the liner needed. The stream/waterfall is 6'x31'x1.5', so I figure I will need a liner 10'x35' but there will be 3 waterfalls along the way with a 1' drop for each. How do you calculate the liner needed with waterfalls?
    Thanks
    VO
     
  8. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would recommend a larger liner for a couple of reasons-
    -you want to vary the width of the stream to create a variation in water flow.
    -you want to vary the depth of the stream similarly..deeper where it is wider.

    All waterfall height measurements must be added to the total needed length (3 waterfalls @ 1' height = 3' additional liner length).

    What size pump are you going to use? If I am reading your measurements correctly, you will need around a 7,500 gph for minimal stream flow. What is the Grade (slope) that you will be working with?
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2010
  9. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To add what Tadpole suggested I always add a little extra in liner to add a fold at the bottom of the waterfall to keep it from being to taught when you set your boulders. The same goes for your biofalls if you are using one and for your skimmer. I also add a big fold at the bottom of the skimmer in case you have to replace or reset a different skimmer. This way you have plenty of liner and you don't have to rebuild the whole pond with a new liner.
     
  10. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not sure on the grade, waiting to hear from my Bro. I figured about 8000 gph so I was close on that.
    Thanks
    VO
     

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