How to build a pondless waterfall

A pondless waterfall is a great way to bring the sights and sounds of running water to your yard. You get the benefits of an ecosystem pond without the maintenance. These amazing water features can be adapted for almost any space. Big or small, gentle or dramatic, you can create a pondless waterfall that’s perfect for you and your yard.

At Good Earth Water Gardens, we design and install pondless waterfalls for folks all over the Kansas City area. But we’re here to answer DIY questions, too. Building your own pondless waterfall is totally doable with the right tools.

Build your own pondless waterfall

For beginner DIYers, we’re big fans of the Aquascape Pondless Waterfall Kits. These kits come in different sizes and include the components you need for a beautiful pondless waterfall that will be built right. But before you select a kit, get acquainted with the mechanics of a pondless waterfall and how to best build one for yourself.

A pondless waterfall is basically a recirculating waterfall without a pond. It works by pumping water from a large, in-ground reservoir up and through the waterfall spillway. This allows the water to flow back down into the basin. These recirculating systems are easy to install and require very little maintenance.

This cross-cut of a pondless waterfall will give you a good idea of what goes where.

Courtesy of our friends at Aquascape

Building a pondless waterfall starts with determining a layout and ends with adding landscaping. We could write an exhaustive step-by-step guide of what happens in between – the rocks, the pond liner, the pump – or we could share this how-to video from our friends at Aquascape. We opted for the video. After all, seeing is believing. And who doesn’t love watching other folks move rocks around?

Pondless waterfall options

Pondless waterfalls can roam expansively across your yard. Or, they can tuck in right by your front entrance and greet visitors. They’re adaptable, too – you can always add a pond later.

If you have questions, we’re here to help. And if you’re interested in a pondless waterfall but don’t want to do the work yourself, we can help you out there, too. Call Good Earth Water Gardens at 913-749-8090 or connect online. We’ll help make your pondless waterfall a reality.