Whether you need to control erosion, manage water runoff, or turn a sloped yard into a usable space, retaining walls are a good solution for landscapes that require grading. Take advantage of a natural slope and make an everyday retaining wall work double duty by incorporating a water feature. Try one of these three ways to include a waterfall and a retaining wall in your client’s Harrisburg, PA, landscape.
One of the simplest ways to incorporate a water feature in a retaining wall is to add a wall waterfall. A smooth sheet of water flows from a spillway installed inside the wall into a basin. Water is then circulated from the basin back into the spillway. This results in a water feature that is easy to maintain and looks stunning. For even more impact, consider combining a wall waterfall with a pool or spa instead of a hidden basin.
A wall waterfall can easily be installed in an existing retaining wall or incorporated into the design for new landscape projects. The system uses very little energy, and because the water is constantly recycled, water use is also minimal. With the addition of an LED lighting system, a wall waterfall is also an attractive nighttime feature. Remote operation means you can set the light with a touch of a button.
The spillway mechanism is available in different sizes, so you can include this feature in both large or small projects. With the inclusion of a self-draining device, wall waterfalls are easy to maintain and winterization is simple. The basin works in-ground or above grade making the system extremely versatile. Use it on a patio or below grade in a rock garden.
For a more natural look, a water feature can also be incorporated alongside a retaining wall system. Use the natural slope to create a waterfall that flows over a terraced landscape. A pondless waterfall can also bridge the gap between a retaining wall and the yard, creating an attractive focal point.
The size and length of the waterfall can vary. Cascading waterfall kits are available in many different sizes and configurations. Spillways start as small as 10” and range up to 40” in width. Corner units are also available and will work in combination with other waterfall kits. For an especially large landscape, a stream is an excellent way to connect the waterfalls.
A pondless waterfall requires less space and maintenance than a full pond but still provides the benefits of soothing running water. Similar to a wall waterfall, pondless waterfalls use a pump to recirculate water that flows into a hidden reservoir. A timer on the pump will allow homeowners to save energy by only circulating water at certain times of the day.
Waterfall and Pond
For the most impact, incorporate a waterfall that flows into a pond or pool. A pool or pond looks beautiful, elevates the value of a home, and creates a social gathering place. The waterfall uses the same materials as a pondless waterfall, except water flows into the pool instead of an unseen basin. The pump for the waterfall can be tied into the existing pond or pool pump system. Adding lighting will create a water feature that is as attractive at night as it is during the day.