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Water-Features: Is a pond necessary?
Topic: Gardening Hints & Tips Author: Paul Cameron

Water-features and water falls are almost certainly the most gorgeous and impressive possessions of nature. People travel from far and wide to experience the magnificence of the world’s great water falls. But even smaller water-features can be relaxing and give one a feeling of tranquillity and peace. The sights and sounds of running water are arguably the most serene elements in nature.

Most people would love to be able to benefit from the soothing sounds of a water-feature while relaxing in the comfort of their own homes, but don’t currently have the space or budget to install a full-sized pond. A big concern for others is the safety of their kids wandering into the water. For these people, the pondless water-feature is definitely the way to go.

This is how it works: Water flows down the stream and water-feature and then falls into a layer of pebbles or stones. Below this is a concealed hole lined with a waterproof inside layer such as a black PVC bag. An even better option is to use a large bucket. The waterproof bag or bucket is then filled with layers of permeable matter. This can be more stones or pebbles. The water then falls through these layers and collects at the bottom, where a pump sends the water back up to the top of the water-feature. It is important to make the catchment hole deep enough so that when the pump is turned off, the water does not overflow into the garden.

Not only is the pondless water-feature a great garden addition, but it can be done for a fraction of the cost of a traditional pond feature and it also makes for a great conversation starter.


Pondless water-features are also far easier to maintain than the traditional pond because, quite simply, there is less that can go wrong. There is no pond and therefore fish are not an option. You don’t need to keep the water looking good in the pond. The only real maintenance is to occasionally clean the filter, and add water every so often to make up for the little bit that is lost through evaporation. When using a traditional pond it is important to run the pump all the time to provide aeration for the fish, but in the case of a pondless water-feature, the pump can be switched on and off when ever you feel like it.


So the rest is up to you. If you ask me, it’s quite simple: Get started and sit back and relax with your feet up, to the soothing sound of your new pondless feature.