OK, let’s get started with part 2 of building a garden waterfall. If you’ll remember, in part 1, we decided where to put the waterfall, dug our hole, and went and picked up our first load of fieldstone. So it was time to lay out our pond liner.
This is a good place to tell you that we received all of our supplies from Smartpond. And I really recommend that if you’re even considering a water feature, that you visit Smartpond’s website. You’ll find step-by-step guides and even a list of supplies that you’ll need for your water feature.
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For our pond, we used a 10′ by 15′ pond liner. This would allow me at least 12 inches of overhang. I secured the liner by placing large stones around the whole perimeter. Some of the stones were dirty. Guess I should have rinsed them off before I used them.
I actually had to dig an additional hole just for the skimmer. I was wondering if we really needed it, but after going to the trouble to install it, I’m glad I did.
And guess what? This is where the main pump goes. Ah, now I get it! The water drains through the skimmer, and the pump cycles the water back up to the top of the waterfall, minus the trash and leaves. Per Smartpond’s recommendations, we’re using a 3600 gallons per hour waterfall pump and 1 1/2 inch tubing. Now, that’s a lot of water flow!We added enough water to cover the pump inside the skimmer so we could test the water flow.
But wait! Stayed tuned for Building a Garden Waterfall-Part 3 when Jane will offer her perspective of what else needed to be done.
Disclaimer: We were provided supplies and a construction allowance from Smartpond, but all opinions are our own.
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