this is my first post on this site so I will say hi to all.
I am planning a pond with a waterfall. The site where it will sit is flat.
I want to build the waterfall with stone and maybe slate.
I am looking at raising the ground level for the waterfall.
I have looked at several options to achieve this. One is to use old tyres filles with dirt. I have seen quite a few tyre walls on the web
and on the face of it looks like a good way to recycle tyres and make a sturdy foundation for the stone.
I was thinking of having two layers of tyres and the third would be staggered to make a shelf for the stone to sit on. I may go for a max height of 3 to 4 foot.
I was thinking of making a teardrop shape of tyres going to the back and fill in the centre void with dirt and rubble bearing in mind room for piping and bio filter.
This is all pretty much off the top of my head and any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I personally haven't tried using tyres (tires) for building but I am all for recycling wherever possible.
My ponds have lots of old carpeting as a base under the rubber liners.
One of the main things I learned from experimenting with small ponds is to slope the sides as much as possible, like a saucer rather than a deep bowl.
This helps keep liners from slipping, and also makes it easier to hide the edges under a layer of dirt/vegetation at the edges. (Instead of the unnatural looking ring
of stones all the way around like in cheesy drop-in "water features ".
(not to mention gently sloping sides makes the pond much safer for animals or children that may fall in)
I have built a small pond and i can say, it is hard work! the reward is wonderful especially if you have fish like me but you will experience more misquitos unless your waterfall runs all the time. I had a small pump to filter the water for my kois but the fish eats the masquito larva so that fixed my problems =)