How to Build a Waterfall Weir

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How to Build a Waterfall Weir
Learn how to build a waterfall weir. (Pond image by Adam from

A backyard pond is a refreshing and beautiful feature; the gentle sound of a waterfall can be more relaxing and contemplative than complete silence. If you want to add a waterfall weir to your pond, you may be surprised that the process is quite easy if you have basic handyman skills, and the peaceful sound of a waterfall is worth the effort.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Tarp
  • Pond kit -- covers, pump, filter, hose/tube
  • Various landscape decorative items

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  1. 1

    Build a slope near the pond. Make a small hill from soil and add different sizes of stones to the slope. The degree of the slop is not important but make sure that the centre of the slope creates a basin trail so the water has a channel to flow in.

  2. 2

    Cover the slope with black tarp and place rocks around the tarp to hold it down. Be sure to use enough rocks so the tarp won't blow away in the wind.

  3. 3

    Connect the water line from the top part of the waterfall to the pond. Use a strong hose or water tube for this task, plus some clear, waterproof silicone adhesive. Cover the tubing with dirt so it won't be seen.

  4. 4

    Place the submersible pump in the deepest part of the pond and then connect the power cord.

  5. 5

    Decorate the perimeter of the pond and waterfall channel with vegetation, rocks and other fixtures that fit the look and feel of your yard.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a quality pond kit with a strong water pump.
  • Be very careful when working with electricity and water at the same time.

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