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Backyard Waterfall Designs to Inspire You

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

In creating a backyard waterfall, you can have endless hours of enjoyment after only a few hours of dedicated work. The most time-consuming part of the project may be choosing which designs and features you want.

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Backyard Waterfall Designs

What backyard waterfall design is right for your yard? There are a few things to consider, from the space you have available to the look and feel you hope to achieve. Here are a few popular options for a peaceful, bubbling brook just outside your back door:

  • Natural Waterfalls. With the use of large rocks forming a two-tier spillway, you can create a backyard waterfall that looks as though it was always there. The key is to avoid symmetry and place the rocks as they would appear in nature.
  • Pool Waterfalls. As part of your backyard pool, these waterfalls add visual interest and a nice break in the monotony of a pool's typical design. The waterfall splashes in to your pool, so remember that a taller waterfall creates more noise and motion in the pool.
  • Waterfall Ponds. Keeping colorful koi in a waterfall pond is a popular option for backyard design. If you don't want the responsibility of caring for koi, you may opt for a pond with water-hardy plants instead.
  • Waterfall Wall. A waterfall wall flows out of a brick or stone wall into a base of pebbles. The sound is beautiful, and there is no pond maintenance required.

Backyard Waterfalls: A Change of Pace

Want to relax at the end of your hectic day? A backyard waterfall may provide the serenity you need. Take your time and have fun choosing a waterfall that fits your backyard, budget, and lifestyle.



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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