In over my head, building a huge waterfall. Need pointers.


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Quick update and a question:

the update: I am planning on hitting the waterfall hard this coming Thursday - Sunday. I have help each day so hopefully can get most of the large rock in place. I'll update as I go.

I have another question for the group: What is your strategy for using stumps/wood in your features. I know it helps it feel more natural.

I pulled a stump out of my hillside a few weeks ago and have cleaned it up, cut off all the stray roots and have a pretty clean stump.

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So now I want to figure out how to use it to help hold the hillside up / make the waterfalls feel more natural.

Just need some insight into the strategy.
Liking and understand why your thinking of using that heavy tree stump and saving a buck. but it is wood and to hold back a hill side will mean you'll be back in 10 to 15 years when it rots out or from termites in that case as little as 5 years possibly. My big stump I noticed just this weekend is getting hammered.

What I would do is cut off a good chunk of the bottom and set boulders around it . And liner and fabric under it.

I love seeing falls or streams running over or through a log . And from all the responses on my pond so do a great many people. Hobbit falls is what we call ours.

How's the progress going you got to share some photos? This site is like porn to us we realy love seeing others sweat building there ponds. We don't do this for nothing . Oh wait we do .
 
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from that post it sounds like you have the right idea dont forget little pools on the hill they can help in a major way stoping /colecting water in motion that way only what is actualy falling will be in need of containment at the bottom pond
Oh yes. I have some. I'll post pictures this weekend.
 
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Liking and understand why your thinking of using that heavy tree stump and saving a buck. but it is wood and to hold back a hill side will mean you'll be back in 10 to 15 years when it rots out or from termites in that case as little as 5 years possibly. My big stump I noticed just this weekend is getting hammered.

What I would do is cut off a good chunk of the bottom and set boulders around it . And liner and fabric under it.

I love seeing falls or streams running over or through a log . And from all the responses on my pond so do a great many people. Hobbit falls is what we call ours.

How's the progress going you got to share some photos? This site is like porn to us we realy love seeing others sweat building there ponds. We don't do this for nothing . Oh wait we do .
Thats a good idea, over and through... I'll have to think through how to get that done.
 
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Thanks all for the kind words. It’s been your advice and insight that has helped me develop the plan.

I will get another video together today that shows where I am at now. We have added a little more.

Next up: I need more rock. We are going a few feet higher and I need more rocks in order to not only achieve the height but also to build wider wing walls and hill support. So this week I will head out to the rock yard and get a delivery scheduled.
 
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Keep in mind that splash you want to collect all your water it's amazing how much and how fast you can lose. but simple things like plants can help in that regard
 
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Keep in mind that splash you want to collect all your water it's amazing how much and how fast you can lose. but simple things like plants can helpminnthat regard
That makes sense. I am trying to focus falls inward so that splash is directed to the middle as much as possible. I have more work to do.
 
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Before you complete your edging run the falls see if anything is getting outside the liner you can always create a pool off to the side that's doing nothing but makes the mind think. That's what makes a stunning design when it engages the viewer. Or just extra liner overlaping and directing the water back
 
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Before you complete your edging run the falls see if anything is getting outside the liner you can always create a pool off to the side that's doing nothing but makes the mind think. That's what makes a stunning design when it engages the viewer. Or just extra liner overlaping and directing the water back
That makes sense. I wasn't figuring on doing the edge work until I could start it up. Fingers crossed I can start it up before the end of July.
 
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No rush my good man though it may seem like it's endless the two months or even 4 months is a step in the bucket compared to 20 or 30 years of enjoyment
 
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No rush my good man though it may seem like it's endless the two months or even 4 months is a step in the bucket compared to 20 or 30 years of enjoyment
Unfortunately, it's been 4 years of backyard destruction to get to this point. Thankfully things are moving faster. Trying to have patience.

It'll be far from finished the first time I start it up. But I hear you.
 
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UNDERSTOOD , For the first time in 5 years grass is growing with no prospect of more work .

The wife and I are on vacation as we speak. Sitting at the pond watching the fish, birds, dragon flies, and turtle. On a 70 degree day light breeze puffy clouds LIFE IS GOOD. With no desire no plans at all to leave and go anywhere. Today even somewhere like glacia national park holds no appeal.
 
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UNDERSTOOD , For the first time in 5 years grass is growing with no prospect of more work .

The wife and I are on vacation as we speak. Sitting at the pond watching the fish, birds, dragon flies, and turtle. On a 70 degree day light breeze puffy clouds LIFE IS GOOD. With no desire no plans at all to leave and go anywhere. Today even somewhere like glacia national park holds no appeal.
That is what I am dreaming of. Can't wait.
 
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