Frequently Asked Questions About disappearing waterfalls
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How long does a disappearing waterfall installation usually take?
Depending on the design and the magnitude of the project,
installation could be done in as little as one day or span out
over a week or two! Most residential disappearing waterscape designs are
installed with little to no damage to existing mature landscapes in just one
or two days! When you contract with a professional contractor that
specialized in Waterscapes Design and Construction, you can count on a crew
of highly talented individuals to get in and out or your property,
delivering waterscapes that far exceeds your expectations!
What is the price difference for a disappearing waterscape
construction as apposed to regular pond construction?
Many people mistake the these types of waterscapes construction as being
less expensive than a pond. That is not the case. Believe it or not,
done correctly, this water feature costs close to the same as a similar
sized pond. However, over all these waterscapes are less expensive than
a pond. You won't need to purchase fish for your disappearing water feature, or
fish food, or chlorine neutralizers, or filter pads. The likely hood of you
paying for sometimes costly annual cleanings (Depending on Fish Loads) on a
disappearing waterscapes are little to none. Since you will have a waterfall
without the pond you won't be compelled to purchase rare and expensive water
lilies! So the perception that these waterscapes are, less expensive than
a pond is very true, but it is not the case on the cost of construction.
Can we still have aquatic plants in a disappearing 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. 99% of the aquatic plants that are readily
available can be aggressive so stick to the manageable species like; bacopa,
micro-sword, golden buttons, acorus, Japanese arrowhead, sagitarias, dwarf
papayrus, and other dwarf varieties. 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
Can I put any fish in my disappearing waterscape?
Yes and No! Yes you can but the fish in your disappearing waterscapes,
but they will likely not live very long, so we suggest the latter, NO! The
mystic about these disappearing waterscapes is that you have this wonderful
waterfall, sometimes even coupled with a meandering stream that magically
disappears into a bed of ornamental gravel. While there are many designs
that actually call for a small catch basin that
pools up six to ten inches of water for aquatic plants, it is not suggested
to put any type of fish in these sytle waterscapes. While there are always
exceptions to the rule, typically fish tend to wander down stream and when
your fish decide to wander down stream in these waterscapes, they will
be met with an unfortunate and uncomfortable demise. This is one of the
reasons The Pond Diggers are not fond of the Skim Bog Style of Pond
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
Can I put my waterfall on a timer or remote control?
Positively! Your disappearing water features can be put on a time that
turns your waterscapes on and off just like your pool or nightscape lighting.
Many people have this landscape water feature run early morning while preparations
for the day are underway depending on location of the waterfall.
For example, if your disappearing feature is located as a focal point to your
kitchen, it is nice to be greeted by the sound and look of your waterfall
when you are making coffee, reading the paper, making breakfast & lunch for
the day. If you wake up at 6am and leave for work at 8am, you could have
your waterfall actuate just before 6am and turn off just after 8am
and then turn back on just before you get home while saving electrical costs
all day long.
You can also get a little remote control for your disappearing waterscapes that
you can use from inside the house to turn you waterfall on and off! The
bonus to this feature, as opposed to the timer, is on a Saturday morning
when you ordinarily have a large breakfast, your waterfall won't suddenly
turn off just after 8am. Most timers won't know you planned on sticking
around longer in your kitchen on a Saturday morning. I'm sure you get the
Will my disappearing waterfall still attract wildlife without the
Without a doubt these disappearing waterscapes will still attract
wildlife. The sound of water is very attractive to your local fauna.
Within moments of turning on a disappearing waterscapes waterfall for the very first time we
have had dragonflies and birds show up to properties where the homeowners
had never experienced them before! The sound of your waterfall
will attract birds to your property that you would normally never see.
Believe it or not, Bird Watching is an extremely popular past time! We have
designed and built many a waterfalls for bird watching enthusiasts
with the primary goal to attract local and migratory birds to their very own
backyard. In these specialty disappearing waterscape designs for bird
enthusiast, we take great care to create the waterscape with the birds in
What kind of maintenance can I expect with this kind of waterscape?
The disappearing waterfall is quite possibly the easiest waterscape to
maintain. Algae can be maintained by the addition of and algae control
product or beneficial bacteria and enzymes on a monthly basis and with the
proper installation of an automatic water fill valve you should never have
to add water to your waterscape to compensate for evaporation. These
disappearing waterscapes can be turned off and a blower can be used to remove leaf
debris in a now dry creek bed each fall.
How much money does it cost to run a disappearing waterfall each
You could spend up to 15 bucks a month in algae control products
and in most ornamental pond applications up to 11' x 16' x 2' the cost to
run the waterfall pump 24 hours a day is approximately one dollar a day. So
with that being said, depending on how many hours a day you plan on
circulating your waterfall system will determine your cost. 24
hours a day at a buck a day plus the 15 bucks a month in algae control
products should set you back just under 50 bucks. Or save yourself 15 bucks
a month and run your disappearing waterscapes only 12 hours a day. One thing I do
want to be very clear on is, “What are your expectations of your
waterfall? Often times people request waterfalls that are BIG, LOUD, RAGING
and with lots of volume. You can count on paying more for electrical on
more elaborate applications.
What kind of water consumption should I expect from this waterscape?
The amount of water that you use due to evaporation in your
disappearing waterscape should be minimal. Typical sized custom disappearing
waterscapes usually holds less than 300 gallons of water. In the winter you
will experience little to no loss of water due to evaporation and in the
summer months you should expect to loose a reasonable amount of water. If
you have a properly installed automatic water fill valve and you still need
to add water to your disappearing waterscapes it is very likely that you have a
leak. Consult with your installer a.s.a.p. Things to
consider during the design of your disappearing waterfall is summer temperatures
and the height of your waterfall. If you have a disappearing waterfall in the
desert communities such as Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Victorville or
Hisperia, you will experience much great evaporation rates than disappearing
waterscapes in say, mountain communities such as Big Bear & Lake Arrowhead or
the beach communities like Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach. Also take into
consideration, the taller the waterfall is, the more splash you will
receive, creating greater evaporation rates and larger water bills.
Will a disappearing waterfall attract mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water so the answer is NO, so
you can breath easy. With a disappearing 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 debated that a disappearing waterfall my even decrease the amount of
mosquitoes on your property! I wonder if we should start marketing the
disappearing waterfall that way? Just kidding.............