5 Innovative Pondless Water Features for Small Yards

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Are you dreaming of adding a water feature to your small yard but concerned about the space it might take? Just Add Water specializes in creating stunning pondless water features that fit perfectly in smaller landscapes. Discover five innovative designs that can transform your yard into a serene oasis.

1. Disappearing Waterfall: A disappearing waterfall is an enchanting addition to any small yard. This feature creates the soothing sound of flowing water without requiring the space for a pond. Water cascades over natural rocks and disappears into a hidden reservoir, making it safe and space-efficient.

2. Spillway Bowls and Basins: Spillway bowls and basins offer a modern, sleek look. Water spills over the edges of artistically designed bowls and collects in an underground basin. This setup is not only visually striking but also easy to maintain, making it ideal for compact spaces.

3. Rain Curtain: A rain curtain is a unique feature where water falls like a sheet of rain from a discreetly placed structure. This can be installed against a wall or fence, creating a mesmerizing visual effect and tranquil sound, all within a minimal footprint.

4. Bubbling Rock or Urn: Bubbling rocks or urns are perfect for adding a natural touch to your small yard. Water bubbles up from a rock or decorative urn and gently flows back into a concealed basin. This feature is not only space-saving but also offers a focal point in your garden.

5. Streambeds: Even without a pond, you can have a meandering stream in your yard. Streambeds can be designed to wind through your garden, creating a dynamic and natural-looking water feature. They require minimal space and can be tailored to fit the contours of your yard.

Transforming your small yard with a pondless water feature is easier than you think. Just Add Water offers expert design and installation services to bring these innovative ideas to life. Whether you prefer the tranquility of a disappearing waterfall or the modern elegance of spillway bowls, we have the perfect solution for your space.

Ready to enhance your yard with a beautiful pondless water feature? Click here to obtain a quote from Just Add Water and start your journey towards a breathtaking backyard transformation today!

Who We Are

Just Add Water is a locally-owned company that serves the state of Iowa for over 17 years. Our team is very enthusiastic about upgrading the yards and properties for all of our fellow Iowans, and we have the experienced crew to do so!

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I’ve worked with Just Add Water for two water features. They have always been good listeners and eager to get the work up to my specs. The Just Add Water Team is very creative and loves what they do! They take on any challenge, find a solution and get it done!

If you are looking for a professional approach to beautify your yard, I highly recommend Chris, Will, and their team for the project!

John Olsen


The crew & office staff at Just Add Water make the perfect team to create a water feature that enhances your life. If you are just looking for advice, or if you need repairs to an existing water feature, or if you want something totally new for your landscape… Just Add Water is the place to go.

They removed our old pond and invented a beautiful fresh look with a pondless system of 3 waterfalls. We’re very pleased and truly impressed with their artistry and sincere demeanor. Give them a chance. You’ll be glad you did!

John Gray


We hired Just Add Water to create a waterfall feature in our backyard. What we didn’t expect was the overwhelming beauty that happened when they were finished! Chris came to our house on a Sunday, no less, to plan our design, and his crew worked on a Saturday after a long week to do our project.

Amazing, stunning, and much more than we ever dreamed! Professional, and over-the-top design, you won’t be disappointed!!

Joan Campbell