Should I have a water feature in my pond?
Stand alone Waterfall
Again a very simple and effective water feature, this is a standalone feature is something that for some reason is much bigger in the United States, but there is no reason it cant work anywhere. These again add a relaxing noise and focal point along with much more water movement. It is a feature that is almost as straight forward as the fountain, needing only a small reservoir pool lined by a Flexiliner, a pump, and a waterfall which can be made using a preformed cascade.
Once again your imagination is the only limit...
Stand alone Fountain
The Stand Alone Fountain is probably the easiest and simplest form of garden water feature, yet done well can be one of the most effective, creating a nice calming sound along with an attractive focal point. The form that they can take can vary hugely; the basic principle is to have a small container or water reservoir, and a small water pump to pump the water to the top of the fountain. The reservoir can be part of the feature, or hidden completely.
What size pump do I need to run my waterfall?
The most important part of building a waterfall or stream is the flow rate. Therefore it is important to get the correct pump for the effect you want.
- 3,500 lph at 0 metres Head Height
- 3,000 lph at 1 metre Head Height
- 2,000 lph at 2 metres Head Height
- 0 lph at 3 metres Head Height (MAX Head Height)
As you can see this flow change is based on a curve and not a straight line, but as a general rule with the size of waterfalls we will work with, you should work on the idea of a pump loosing 1,000 lph for every 1m rise.
- 30cm Wide and 1m High
- 20cm Wide and 2m High
- It could not do a 3m High waterfall
A couple of notes to add;