Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless waterfalls have always been seen as a great way for decoration. The most common area where one would decide to fit pondless waterfalls would be in their back garden. In recent years, the popularity of such waterfalls has increased as more people are focusing on making their homes looking much better. Previously people would only focus on the interior aspect of home decoration and would not give any thought to the exterior side of their homes. This concept has changed in recent years as such water falls are increasing in greater popularity. We are going to take a look at a few things associated with waterfalls of such type that you would have to keep in mind.

In your backyard, a great way to add a point of interest is the building of a pondless waterfall. For those who don’t know, a pondless waterfall is a water feature which can include both waterfalls and streams and can be turned on and off at the push of a button. This allows for the homeowner to conserve on both electricity and water when they are not there to enjoy their water feature.

Before setting out to build a pondless waterfall you need to be sure to take into consideration how waterfalls appear in nature and design your waterfall from step one around what you observe. I would advise against looking on the internet for examples of what pondless waterfalls should look like because of the way that most people build them resemble nothing like what you would find naturally.


Most pondless waterfalls are built with either a stream or a straight waterfall that falls into a bed of gravel. This adds a “man made” look to the waterfall which is both unattractive and unimpressive. (If you simply do a Google image search on “pondless waterfall” you’ll see what I’m referring to)

There is, however, a way to redeem this great concept and build a waterfall that looks natural. The key to achieving this is finishing the waterfall or stream with a small pool where the water can gather. The pool doesn’t need to be deep, (2″-3″ max) just enough to cover the gravel as to add a little bit of mystery to where the water is going.

Another way to make a pondless system look natural is to add native elements from your environment. This can be a log that grows moss to be placed where the water discharges into the feature or to simply plant native plants near the edge of the water feature to add a blending effect. Finally, be sure that you choose a few different rock sizes and shapes for your waterfall. This will greatly increase the visual interest and create a more dynamic waterscape.

Setting up the pondless waterfalls in your garden will make it fit with the other specimens of nature already there, your garden plants. There is some amount of labour involved in making it as you have to dig to get a depression, where you will put the water pump and fill it with gravel and rocks. The rest is made easy by using one of the numerous Purely Ponds kits. The problem with setting it outside will start to appear when you see critters coming for your waterfall.