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How to Plan for Your Backyard Waterfall

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

A backyard waterfall can be the perfect addition to your quiet haven. But there are several points to consider before you gather the required items and start digging!

The Basics of a Backyard Waterfall

Before you choose the perfect backyard waterfall, you need to do some planning. A waterfall or backyard pond can become an expensive endeavor if you don't plan ahead.

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  • Start by figuring out where all the utility lines are located on your property. This is valuable information for any backyard project, so call before you dig! Make sure the lines are marked well to avoid any accidents when digging. If you have sprinklers or an irrigation system, make sure you know where those lines are, too.
  • Next, choose the location. Look for an area of your backyard that is large enough to hold the size of pond or waterfall you want. Your backyard waterfall should be placed where the water or noise will be pleasing to you, but not annoying to the neighbors. Avoid potential algae problems by staying away from areas in direct sunlight all day.
  • Lay out your plans for the pond or waterfall. Create a scale representation of your backyard on graph paper. Using a tape measure and small flags to mark the area, decide on where your pond should go. Take the graph paper, complete with measurements, to the store when it's time to purchase the parts.
  • If your backyard waterfall and pond is large or intricate, consider hiring a contractor to handle the work for you. Then sit back and watch as your backyard is transformed with a cascading waterfall and quiet, welcoming pond.


About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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