Seeking Relaxation? | 4 Amazing Waterfall Designs For Your Yard

Do you crave a retreat far from the demands of your daily home life and work? Do you prefer to stay home rather than head out into the world in search of peace? If so, consider creating a waterfall filled retreat of your own right in the back or front yard. There are several types of waterfalls to consider for this fun project. Reflect on your idea of a calming retreat before choosing your favorite one from the list below.

Creek Bed

An extremely natural looking backyard waterfall is one that flows into a simulated creek bed. Create the waterfall and creek out of round and jagged rocks to make it look naturally carved by the Earth. Water flowing around the rocks will continue shaping your creek bed over the years.

Choose native plants found around rivers in your area to plant in and around the creek bed. For example, reeds, ivy and yarrow often thrive in moist environments featuring quick moving water. Make sure your recirculation pump produces enough pressure to push water through the system quickly to mimic natural flow rates.


You can have a waterfall flow into your pond to improve its natural beauty and directly benefit your fish. Koi need high oxygen levels to really thrive in an outdoor pond. One way to drastically increase oxygen saturation in pond water is by adding a waterfall.

Extended waterfalls with several levels add the most oxygen to the water on the way down to the pond. In addition, the water dropping into the pond at the end produces bubbles that aerate the water. Have your pond water tested regularly to make sure the oxygen level stays above seven parts per million.

Another benefit for your fish is the waterfall's pump filter mechanism. The filter in the waterfall pump removes contaminants, like dirt and feces, that negatively affect your fish. Make sure the filter stays clean enough to pull contaminants out of the water with each cycle.

Free Standing

You can make freestanding waterfalls out of nearly any material imaginable. Consider metal sculptures, rock walls and ceramic statues for this exciting project. The waterfall structure should speak volumes about your personal style and attitude.

A freestanding waterfall demands fewer cleanings and filter changes out of any of these water feature options. The waterfall structure and basin stay fairly clean just from the pump action alone. You might need to add water treatment products to the reservoir once a year to remove algae growth along the sides.


You can replicate the gorgeous Staircase Falls found in the Yosemite Valley in your own yard to drastically improve your landscape. Water running over the edges of the stairs creates an awesome babbling sound that instantly relaxes anyone sitting nearby. In addition, each stair edge cascades the water down in a unique way that mesmerizes onlookers.  

Create the staircase waterfall out of granite, marble or natural rock to further increase the beauty of this structure. Allow the water to flow into a narrow channel that snakes its way across the yard to the recirculation pump.

Keeping It Running

No matter which waterfall configuration you choose, you'll need to keep it running by scheduling regular maintenance visits. The best way to protect your water feature is by having the pump filters checked, cleaned and replaced on a regular basis.

The size and shape of your water feature determines how often it will need cleaning work and filter changes. Small, stand-alone waterfalls only need attention once a year, while fish-filled, pond based falls may need quarterly cleanings. Pay attention to the amount of algae and scum on the rocks to figure out the best maintenance schedule.

If you are unsure about the number of visits needed each year, talk to your repair technician or landscaping designer like for a brief rundown. Technicians look at oxygen level numbers, debris accumulation and dirt levels to figure it out.