Most people associate the soothing sounds of waterfalls and streams with relaxation and calm. There is nothing more peaceful than gazing out to a beautiful landscape with the sounds of nature surrounding you. You can easily bring that feeling of serenity into your own home or office by incorporating a water garden into your landscape design.
The easiest way to build a pond and waterfall is to purchase a complete water garden kit. The kits are available in a variety of sizes and specifications, include a waterfall, and come with instructions and all of the equipment you need to create an exciting water feature indoors or out. You can install them yourself or hire a professional landscape company.
There are 3 types of water garden kits to choose from:
Watergardens with Waterfalls
Water gardens are typically small and relatively shallow, around 18-24 inches deep, and have a gravel base. Watergarden with waterfall kits usually come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.
Small water garden kits are great starter ponds and typically 100 square feet (approx. 1000 gallons) and 18-24 inches deep. They can be built quickly and used as a lead in to a larger pond later if desired. If you want fish in your small garden pond, note that it will not sustain large fish or large quantities of fish. Kit price range: $750-$1000.
Medium water garden kits are typically 180 square feet (approx. 2,500 gal) and 24-30 inches deep. They support larger goldfish populations and a few small koi. The greater surface area provides more room for plants and creativity, making the design more flexible. You can have a medium pond professionally installed in 2-3 days for less than $5,500, making it the most popular size pond kits . Kit price range: $1,200- $1,600.
Large water garden kits can typically be up to 550 square feet (approx. 7,500 gal) and 3-6 feet in depth. The greater water volume promotes a healthier pond ecosystem, and the depth offers more protection to fish from predators.
Large water gardens require more of an investment of time and dollars for installation. They can be professionally installed in 2 or more days for between $3,500 to $10,000+, depending on how large and intricate you want your pond design. Kit price range: $1,500- $3000.
Pondless Waterfalls (A waterfall without a pond)
have re-circulating water that cascades over natural rock formations and disappears into a hidden water reservoir, similar to a water fountain. You can set the pump on a timer so it only runs at certain times of the day. They are perfect for homeowners who want the sights and sounds of a waterfall without the maintenance of a pond.
These cascading waterfalls can vary in size depending on the amount of space you have available. You can purchase pond-less waterfall kits with all of the equipment you need for easy installation.
Retaining Wall Waterfalls
A beautiful yet simple way to add the aesthetics of water to your surroundings is to build a retaining wall waterfall. The water flows out from the stone in a nice, smooth sheet and into a basin below. These wall waterfalls can be easily added to any block wall structure and are a great alternative to fountains. They can be used to adorn a garden, pool, outdoor living area, or even a home or business foyer!