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Swimming Pool Waterfall from the Ground Up

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Green Goblin, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. Green Goblin

    Green Goblin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I have built many waterfalls for ponds but not for pools. We are being asked to demo existing waterfall which looks like a pile of rocks and build a new one with a smoother fall. This will be easy as I know what type of rock to use and how to construct it. I guess where I am having the problem is how do I build up the overall stream and waterfall? Do I use the stone to build retaining walls then backfill with soil and tamp until I get the height I want then set the liner in? do I use concrete block underneath to stabilize? Essentially I am afraid of the stream settling out. How would you guys prep the area to build a fall that starts out at 3' high, approximately 8' behind the pool. They really want the stream/fall area naturalized with plantings but,I also don't want this thing to put debris into the pool. Help!!!!!!!!
  2. landscaperbob

    landscaperbob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    Built my first pool falls last year.....here is a pic(I hope-first post)......e-mail for details if interested

  3. landscaperbob

    landscaperbob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    Here is another pic

  4. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    I want that pool. Awesome waterfall.
  5. Green Goblin

    Green Goblin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Landscaper Bob,

    I couldn't get your email address. Mine is amburgeygardens@aol.com
    I really, really like yours. I am probably looking at only one like the center main fall. I plan on coming out of the top at a 30-45 degree angle for interest. Having it drop one fall in the middle. Then the final drop into the pool. I hadn't responded before today because I thought they didn't want to do it but they up and give me a call today wanting it done. So I need a little instruction in a hurry. I am familiar with building pond waterfalls. I already have the line from the pond installed just not sure on how to "correctly" go about building up berm and laying stone like you did.

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