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Discussion in 'Water Features' started by turner_landscaping, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. turner_landscaping

    turner_landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Just completed this large pondless waterfall for a client who tried to do the job himself but got way over his head. He collected most of the glacier stone through out his farm and some of the rocks were 4+ tons each!:weightlifter: Even the large flat stone was solid granite. We had two pieces that were nearly 6' long and 4' wide that were 8-10" thick. The installed a large 1100 gallon tank which was intended for the pit. The finish falls was 30' long and 7' wide at the widest point. It drops about 10' down the hill in to the basin.We will be landscaping it in about 3 weeks or so.





  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,187

    It will look better with some plantings. The stone placement looks good. I would have set that top stone down lower and sealed the bottom (the one water is running under, rather than over) so that would be included in the falls. You also seem to running only about 1/4-1/3 of the total water volume needed for a falls that size. The rocks are more prominant than the water. It looks like a stream that is drying up from decreased runoff rather than a spring creek that is full. A stream that size should be running a minimum of 400-500 gpm for the right effect. Carry makes some great volume pumps for this application. Its been a few years since I installed one, but a 1/3 - 1/2 horse with a #3 impeller would probably do the trick for what you have there.
  3. turner_landscaping

    turner_landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    I agree with you on the pumps but the homeowner had all the materials already from a year ago and was dead set on using them.. 2 savio 5000 pumps. There is more water running than u think. I would personally would liked a little more. I personally don't always like running water over every stone in a waterfall but to each is own. In nature water doesn't run over every stone it runs under, side wise, and over.. So why build a waterfall that has water running over every stone the whole idea is to make it look natural not man made. But again that's a personal choice in building these features.
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  4. YardGal

    YardGal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Very cool!
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very nice. I wish we had a market for features like that down here
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  6. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree completely. Natural stream morphology can have infinite variations. I have never understood the 'cookie cutter' approach to stream construction.

    And, of course, this is excellent work. Would be disappointed with anything less.

    Ain't that the truth. Our fellow Southerners generally don't like parting with their money.
  7. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Very nice Turner Landscaping. Maybe upsell on a larger pump down the road....
  8. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,533

    very cool seeing a water feature of that size. Nice work
  9. cut level

    cut level LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Looks good
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  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wish I could collect stones like that from my property. I'm not even sure there is a "natural" rock in South Carolina. Good job.
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