How to Make a Pondless Waterfall Cheaply

Falling water is such a soothing sound. Whether it's in gigantic form like Niagara Falls or a small yard waterfall made with a few simple materials, waterfalls have an aesthetic appeal. You don't need a large space or a large body of water to create a waterfall. Container waterfalls, pondless waterfalls and stream-based waterfalls are popular landscape combinations.

Step 1

Determine the location of your pondless waterfall. Place it close to a water supply (at least where a garden hose can reach). Plan your waterfall to sit within 12 feet of a regular 110-volt electrical outlet so you can plug in the pump. The least expensive option is to use a weather-protected space near an outlet. Otherwise, have an electrician design and install your power source.

Step 2

Dig a hole deep and wide enough to bury the reservoir bucket so it sits just below the level surface of the surrounding ground. For a wider waterfall, use a rubber tub/tote type of container. The reservoir size will determine how much water can flow through your waterfall. Set the reservoir container in the ground as level as possible. Fill the hole around the reservoir with dirt to secure its position.

Step 3

Fill the reservoir with water. Attach the hose to the pump, and stretch it out on the ground. Place the submersible pump in the reservoir water, holding onto the power cord and the hose.

Step 4

String the hose and cord through the holes in the wire mesh or plastic grate. This is your reservoir cover. Fix the grate on top of the reservoir, pressing it into the ground so it sits level with the surrounding ground or just below the surface. Cover the grate with decorative stones to hide the reservoir.

Step 5

Stack stones, pavers or bricks onto your waterfall climb. For a more secure position, build a dirt mound from the reservoir hole, and press the stones into it. Leave a few to jut out over the reservoir to create a good drop for the water. Let your creativity reign—create steps from the stones, a straight fall, areas that jut out and areas that sit flush with the dirt.

Step 6

Run the pump hose up into the midst of the stones, hidden within your waterfall wall. Position the hose so the water can push out horizontally or so the head of the hose angles down slightly. Adjust the hose to ensure that water will land in the reservoir.

Step 7

Turn on the pump to start the water flow. Adjust any rocks or the hose position to affect the water flow until you are pleased with it.