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Pondless Waterfalls

Pondless Waterfalls and disappearing streams are hands down the most popular water feature we install.

They provide a natural and soothing sounds, that simply a re-circulating waterfall/stream without the presence of a pond.  A waterfall without a pond, can add the sights and sounds of a natural waterfall without the safety concerns.

Pondless Waterfalls also take up less space and can be tucked into any corner of a landscape and are an ideal option for adding curb appeal.

Top Reasons to Consider a Disappearing Waterfall

Disappearing waterfalls provide a natural and soothing waterscape with much less maintenance than a pond. 

Here are the top reasons to consider a Pond-less:

  1. Safer than a Pond
  2. Fits into Small Spaces
  3. Less Expensive than a Pond
  4. Low-Maintenance
  5. Serenity and Relaxation


A Pondless Waterfall is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and sought-after landscape water feature. If your yard has limited space, consider adding a pondless waterfall to enjoy the soothing sounds of running water.

With a pondless waterfall, you won’t have to worry about pond maintenance or the hazards of having a pond. If you want all the beauty and ambiance of a pond without all the hassle, then pondless waterfalls are for you! On the other hand, if you love ponds and have extra space in your yard, you can always go the traditional route and install a pond.

No matter which one you choose, pondless waterfalls or ponds, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of water features in your own backyard! So, why not add some waterfall magic into your life today? You won't regret it!

Waterfalls are low maintenance, energy-efficient, and attract a variety of wildlife. Children love exploring nature in and around the waterfall. Whether you add a waterfall to your front or backyard, locate it near a window so the relaxing sounds can be enjoyed from inside your home, too!

No matter which water feature you choose, pondless waterfall or pond, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of cascading waters in your own backyard! So, why not start sprucing up your outdoor oasis today? You won't regret it! Who doesn't love a good pondless waterfall? Enjoy nature's splendor and bring tranquility to your outdoor space when you install a pondless waterfall or pond. The possibilities are endless! So don't wait any longer - get started on creating the perfect outdoor paradise today!

How does a Pondless Waterfall Work?

Imagine a waterfall without a pond..this is the basic principle of a pond-less or disappearing waterfall.  The pond is still actually there, it is just hidden beneath a layer of rocks.

The pond skimmer is replaced with a pond vault and water storage modules.  The water storage modules are then covered with cobble and pebble stone.  

We offer three types of disappearing waterfalls.  

  1. Front Door Falls (5-7' Stream)
  2. Backyard Falls (10-12' Stream)
  3. Fantasy Falls (20-25' w/ multiple streams and waterfalls)

Our pondless and disappearing waterfalls are all uniquely designed for your outdoor living space.  We have installed over a 1,000 water features in our 20 years of operation and no two features are alike.  Each feature becomes uniquely installed as the shape and size of the boulders ultimately determine the look of the waterfall.

How to Build a Disappearing Waterfall

If you would rather install your own a pondless water feature, we offer the very best materials for the job.  Construction is fairly straight forward and can be completed easily with the proper plan.  

Initially you need to decide on how big you want your feature.  The overall footprint of the water feature will determine what you need. 

Steps for Installing a Pondless

STEP 1: Location

Preferably, find a sloping area for your water feature.  Small streams and waterfalls can often be built in flat spaces, but ideally having a natural grade will allow for a nicely flowing waterfall and stream.


Pick a space that will be visible and enjoyed the most.  Some aim for curb appeal, others look for quaint backyard spaces.


*Always get a locate whenever you dig!


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STEP 2: Excavation

Remove the sod and layout the stream.  Remember to always remove more dirt than expected.  Meaning the boulders and rocks will take up a lot of space.


Rough excavation can typically be done with equipment, but the feature should be shaped up by hand with a shovel and a tamper.



Steps for Installing a Pondless Waterfall

STEP 3: Frame Boulders & Final Shaping

Framing and backdrop boulders should be placed before most of the excavation, especially if there is not access from the back of the water feature.


Backdrop boulders should be staggered placed for balancing out the stones in the water feature.


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STEP 4: Liner & Underlayment

Once the pump vault and the waterfall spillway have been checked and final grade tested, you can now place in the underlayment and liner.


A 45 mil EPDM pond liner is the best choice for smaller features.  It is flexible and extremely durable.  


When setting large boulder on top of the liner, make sure to use scraps for additional padding when necessary.


Place the pump vault and water storage modules.  Place cobble stone to fill in the basin reservoir.

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STEP 5: Build Falls and Trim Edges

Using large boulders to frame the waterfall drops is essential for installing a natural looking fall. Flexible PVC pipe should be installed once the large boulders are placed.


Blending edges is also very important to prevent rock lined edges.


This is also the time to connect the pump to the plumbing.


Add-on items such as LED lighting is installed during this step prior to placing all the gravel and pebble stone.



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STEP 6: Hide Liner & Blend Edges

No liner should be visible.  Tuck trimmed edges up against rocks and boulders.  Use low growing and creeping plants to soften the edges.


Use large boulders and small ones to stager grouped boulders to create a natural look.

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STEP 7: Plant in Surrounding Landscape

Plants and vegetation will ultimately create the natural look you are after.  


Placing taller plants in the back and low growing plants in the front will allow for the water feature to standout!

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Pondless Waterfall Diagram
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Pondless waterfall Frequently Asked Questions

How Does a Disappearing Pondless Waterfall Work?

A pondless waterfall is mechanically the same as a pond.  The main difference is that the pond is hidden from view as the waterfall disappears into gravel and water storage modules. If you are interested in the aesthetic value of running water and not the requirements of a pond, then a pondless waterfall is definitely for you!

What kind of maintenance can I expect with a disappearing pondless feature?

The pondless waterfall-concept is great for those that want a waterfall or the sound of running water without actually having a pond, fish and the maintenance that is associated with a traditional water garden. Other than the occasional routine maintenance, which can last no more than 5 minutes per week if constructed properly, pondless waterscapes are essentially maintenance free! With the incorporation of an autofill valve, allowing the pond to maintain a proper water level on its own, this type of water feature is ideal for those with a busy lifestyle.

Can you have aquatic plants in a pondless waterfall?

Absolutely, however water lilies are out of the question. Marginal aquatic plants do wonders at softening the edges of a streams and in waterfalls. If you want to keep your maintenance to a minimum, we suggest choosing only from the wide variety of shallow rooted aquatic plants that are easy to thin and remove.  Stay away from large varieties of iris, umbrella palms, and defiantly stay away from anything labeled GIANT, like Giant Papyrus for example! It can grow up to 12 feet tall!

Does my disappearing waterfall need to run 24 hours a day?

NO! One of the most compelling reasons the disappearing waterfall has become so popular in today’s landscape is because you can turn the waterfall off whenever you want. With an ecosystem pond it is mandatory that your run your waterfall filtration 24 hours a day in order to maintain life in your ecosystem. With these style waterscapes you can shut the system off and on as you desire. If you run the pump on your disappearing waterscapes only 12 hours a day, it will cost you half the price, in electricity, of a similar sided pond. Leaving town for a couple of weeks? NO PROBLEM, just turn you disappearing waterscapes off and when you get home turn it back on! Just another reason the disappearing waterfall has reached such stature in such a short span of time.

Will a disappearing Pondless waterfall attract mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water so the answer is NO, so you can breath easy. With a disappearing pondless waterscape you are dealing with a waterfall and usually a small stream with chaotic moving water that is less than appealing to the pesky mosquitoes. What your disappearing water feature will attract is dragonflies and birds, which both prey upon mosquitoes. So it could be argued that a disappearing pondless waterfall my even decrease the amount of mosquitoes on your property! 

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Gregg Sawyer is an artist! His work is high quality and delivers far more than he promises. We are so fortunate to have him in Cheyenne!

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Brenda Creel

We love our new water feature, it is absolutely beautiful. It takes a special skill to create such a natural looking waterfall in someone's backyard. Greg and his crew did an amazing job!

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Sandy Hammond

Gregg Sawyer and his crew are the hardest worker's. We have had 2 water features done over the past 11 yrs and just had one refurbished last week and I couldn't explain how happy we are. Greg has always done amazing work and goes up and beyond to make sure sure everyone's happy. Greg and the Sawyer crew. Thank you again for everything. I'm sure will see you again soon. Keep up the good work.

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5 Surprising Ways a Backyard Waterfall Can Transform Your Life

Imagine entering your backyard and being transported to a world of tranquility and beauty. As you breathe in the fresh air and listen to the soothing sounds of water cascading down a gentle waterfall, you can't help but feel a sense of peace wash over you. In this article, we will embark on a journey to explore the surprising ways in which a backyard pond and waterfall can completely transform your life. From creating a peaceful retreat to fostering connections with nature, these water features can bring you joy, inspiration, and a renewed appreciation for the world. So, let's dive in and discover the remarkable benefits that await you when you invite the enchanting presence of a backyard pond and waterfall into your life.

1. Creating a Peaceful Retreat
A peaceful retreat that is a calming sight and sound of a waterfall can reduce stress and anxiety levels. The gentle sound of water trickling over rocks or the sight of light rippling on the surface of a waterfall can instantly transport you to a calmer place. Water can trigger a sense of relaxation that can help reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Research has shown that regularly taking the time to sit by moving water and simply watch it can have a positive effect on blood pressure and mood.

2. Connecting with Nature
In addition to creating a peaceful retreat, a backyard waterfall provide the perfect opportunity to connect with nature. In today's fast-paced and increasingly digital world, we often find ourselves disconnected from the natural world. We spend our days indoors, hunched over screens, and rarely take the time to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors. However, incorporating a backyard pond and waterfall into your landscape can bring a slice of nature right to your doorstep.

3. Lowering Stress Levels
Being surrounded by the soothing sights and sounds of a backyard pond and waterfall can profoundly impact our stress levels. The gentle trickle of water and the rhythmic movement of fish gracefully swimming can create a calming effect that melts away the day's anxieties. It is a reminder to slow down, breathe deeply, and focus on the present moment.

4. Enhancing Mental Well-being
Creating a backyard oasis is not just about adding an aesthetically pleasing feature to our outdoor space; it is an investment in our mental health and well-being. The tranquil environment it provides becomes a sanctuary, a place where we can escape the stressors of everyday life and reconnect with ourselves.

5. Improving Air Quality
This heightened mental well-being sets the stage for the next section to explore how improving air quality in our outdoor space can further enhance our overall quality of life. By creating a peaceful and serene environment, a backyard waterfall become the perfect backdrop for embracing the benefits of cleaner air.  Running water can significantly improve the air quality in our immediate surroundings. As water flows in the basin and cascades down the waterfall, it naturally helps to purify the air. How does this work? The movement of water creates negative ions, molecules that carry an extra electron. These negatively charged ions attach themselves to airborne particles like dust, pollen, and smoke, effectively removing them from our air.

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Relaxation Redefined: The Therapeutic Benefits of Your Own Waterfall

Having your own backyard waterfall can be a delightful addition to your outdoor space, and it comes with some fun and interesting facts:

  1. Natural Relaxation: The sound of flowing water is known for its calming and stress-reducing effects. Your own backyard waterfall can serve as a natural relaxation tool, promoting a sense of tranquility.

  2. Wildlife Attraction: Water features like waterfalls can attract various forms of wildlife to your garden. You might see birds, butterflies, and even frogs or fish making your waterfall their home.

  3. Aesthetic Appeal: Waterfalls provide a visually striking focal point for your garden, enhancing its overall aesthetic. They can be customized to match your landscape's design and style.

  4. Environmental Benefits: Waterfalls can help improve the air quality in your garden by releasing negative ions, which can help purify the air and create a healthier outdoor environment.

  5. Customization: You can design your backyard waterfall to be as simple or elaborate as you like. You can choose the size, shape, and materials to match your preferences and available space.

  6. Water Recycling: Many backyard waterfalls are designed to recirculate water. This means you can enjoy the waterfall's beauty without significant water consumption, making it an eco-friendly addition to your garden.

  7. Educational Opportunity: If you have children, a backyard waterfall can serve as an educational tool. It can teach them about the water cycle, aquatic ecosystems, and the importance of conservation.

  8. Increased Property Value: A well-designed and maintained backyard waterfall can enhance the value of your property. It's an attractive feature for potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your home.

  9. Therapeutic Benefits: Some people find working on the maintenance and care of a backyard waterfall to be therapeutic. It's a hands-on hobby that allows you to connect with nature and your outdoor space.

  10. Creative Expression: Designing and maintaining a backyard waterfall can be a creative outlet. You can choose from various elements like rocks, plants, and lighting to create a unique and personal oasis.

  11. Year-Round Enjoyment: Many backyard waterfalls are designed to function throughout the year, including during the winter. In cold climates, a frozen waterfall can be a beautiful sight.

  12. Entertainment Value: A backyard waterfall can be a unique and fun entertainment feature. It can be an excellent backdrop for outdoor gatherings, parties, and even movie nights.

  13. Reduced Noise Pollution: The sound of a waterfall can help mask unwanted noise from neighbors or nearby streets, creating a more peaceful and serene environment.

  14. Health Benefits: Being near a waterfall can have potential health benefits. The negative ions in the air may improve mood, reduce stress, and even boost the immune system.

  15. Low Maintenance Options: There are low-maintenance waterfall designs available, such as pondless waterfalls, which require minimal care compared to traditional pond-based waterfalls.

Adding a waterfall to your backyard can bring many aesthetic, environmental, and recreational advantages, making it a worthwhile investment for those who enjoy spending time in their outdoor spaces.

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The Science of Serenity: How Backyard Waterfalls Can Relieve Stress

Stress has become an almost inescapable part of our modern lives. The hustle and bustle of daily routines, the constant connectivity through technology, and the never-ending to-do lists can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. We are always on the lookout for ways to de-stress and find moments of tranquility. If you have a backyard or outdoor space, you might not need to look far for your answer. Backyard waterfalls, with their soothing sounds and natural beauty, offer a scientifically backed source of serenity and stress relief.

Understanding Stress and Its Effects

Before delving into the science of serenity, it's essential to comprehend what stress is and its pervasive effects on our lives. Stress, often triggered by external pressures and internal worries, can manifest as physical tension, anxiety, and a range of health problems. Chronic stress, in particular, has been linked to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression. As we strive to strike a balance in our lives, we often overlook the simple and natural solutions around us.

The Healing Power of Nature

Nature has an incredible capacity to heal. It's a concept known as "ecotherapy," where the natural environment is used as a therapeutic tool to improve mental and emotional well-being. The idea is simple: nature has a calming and restorative effect on the mind and body. When you're in a natural environment, you tend to breathe more deeply, relax, and feel an overall sense of well-being. This is why a walk in the park or a hike in the mountains can make you feel better.

The Role of Water Features

Water features, especially those with flowing water like waterfalls, play a significant role in creating serene outdoor environments. The gentle, rhythmic sound of water has an uncanny ability to evoke a sense of calm. Whether you're watching the water cascade over rocks or simply listening to the sound, water features can transport you to a state of relaxation.

Waterfalls, in particular, offer a multi-sensory experience. The sight of water gracefully flowing over rocks and vegetation is visually soothing. The sound of the water, with its continuous but non-intrusive white noise, can help drown out other, more stressful sounds. These sensory elements come together to create an environment that encourages relaxation and mindfulness.

The Science Behind Waterfall-Induced Serenity

The calming effect of waterfalls isn't just anecdotal; there's actual scientific evidence backing it up. Studies have shown that exposure to natural water environments can reduce stress and anxiety levels. The gentle sound of flowing water promotes the release of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Additionally, the negative ions generated by moving water can improve air quality and promote a sense of well-being.

In a study published in the journal "Environmental Psychology," researchers found that natural water environments, including those with waterfalls, were linked to increased positive emotions and reduced stress levels. These findings indicate that the soothing sights and sounds of water can indeed have a profound impact on our mental state.

Creating Your Stress-Free Oasis

So, how can you harness the stress-relief benefits of a backyard waterfall? It's easier than you might think. Here are some steps to get you started:

1. Design and Placement: Carefully plan the design and placement of your backyard waterfall. Consider the size and style that complements your outdoor space and the best location to enjoy the sight and sound of the waterfall.

2. Materials and Landscaping: Select materials and landscaping elements that enhance the natural look of the waterfall. Incorporate rocks, stones, and vegetation to create a harmonious environment.

3. Maintenance: Proper maintenance is key to ensuring your waterfall remains a source of serenity. Regularly clean the water feature, check the pump, and care for any plants or fish that might inhabit the waterfall.

Real-Life Testimonials

Many individuals have experienced the stress-relief benefits of backyard waterfalls firsthand. For example, Jane, a busy professional, shared her story: "After a long and demanding day at work, I come home and unwind by the backyard waterfall. The sound of the water instantly relaxes me, and I can feel the stress melting away."

Additional Benefits of Backyard Waterfalls

Apart from stress relief, backyard waterfalls offer several other advantages. They can attract wildlife, such as birds and butterflies, creating a harmonious relationship with nature. Waterfalls also serve as an aesthetic focal point in your garden, increasing the overall value of your property.

In conclusion, the science of serenity is clear: backyard waterfalls have the power to relieve stress and promote well-being. They offer a natural, beautiful, and scientifically supported method for calming the mind and soothing the soul. So, if you're looking for a way to de-stress and improve your quality of life, consider creating your own stress-free oasis with a backyard waterfall. Your health and well-being will thank you.

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