Do you long to live closer to nature? With a striking new approach to pool design it’s possible – even for city dwellers. A swimming pond provides a natural ecosystem for frogs and fish, along with a healthy and safe place for your family to swim. As an added bonus, a swimming pond (also known as a natural swimming pool) generates a special kind of aquatic tranquility. Curious? Here’s everything you need to know.
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It’s Two Pools in One
A natural swimming pool typically has two distinct areas that work together in harmony.
The Biofilter (Planted) Area
Plants in this region feed hydroponically into the water. The nutrients from the plants are removed by the system, by means of fine filtration. The natural bacteria in the filtration system take care of undesirable and harmful micro-organisms like algae in the water.
The Swimming Area
Clean water then passes through a filter and back into the swimming part of the pool, clarified and clean. The water quality and clarity is generally higher in this part of the pool and it’s easy to keep clean. Water is always moving, this means that mosquitoes can’t and don’t nest in there (they prefer still water).
Kids can enjoy a natural swim in exactly the same way as a chlorinated pool. Image Source
Making Friends With Frogs and Fish
Swimming ponds offer an amazing habitat for frogs and fish. Special attention should be paid to the type and number of fish you put into the pool. Remember that they will reproduce and thrive in there by eating everything else in sight. Frogs will be at home in the planted areas. Also, visiting birds will drink and cavort in the pool. In the spring and summer, a net may be required to stop ducks and other migrating birds from nesting in the pool area. This is necessary as they will spoil the water by defecating into the pool.
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Three Reasons to Consider a Swimming Pond
1. It May Look Dirty, But It’s Actually Clean
It’s possible to get that wild and untamed pond appearance with lush foliage surrounding the pool, without the actual pond scum that’s harmful to human swimmers. Even when a pool like this looks dirty, the debris acts as a part of the ecosystem that keeps it in balance.
2. You Don’t Need Any Chemicals
Just as the natural ecology is important for a mountain stream or river, so too a well-designed swimming pond features a thriving ecosystem that will keep the pool clean. So long as there’s a pool heat pump running and the system is well integrated and well-designed by experts, then the system will be self-sustaining and won’t require any chemicals or additives.
3. Cheaper to Maintain and Run
A natural pool won’t require chemicals for the maintenance of the pool. Also the energy consumption is less than a traditional chemical pool, along with the added bonus of a pretty water garden.
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The Benefits of a Natural Pool
Here are some insights into natural pools and why they are a good idea.
Avoiding the Dreaded Green Swamp Monster
The concept of a natural pool with a water-proof membrane may sound simple, but it’s actually incredibly complicated to get 100% right. Systems that fail biologically, will do so because of poor design that leads to blockages. In order to avoid the creature from the black lagoon taking over your backyard, it’s best to call in the big guns who know what they are doing.
Swimming ponds and natural swimming pools are still subjected to the same laws and regulations as conventional pools. These laws vary between countries. However generally there’s a requirement for backyard ponds to be installed by a licensed natural pool builder. In most areas, there’s a pool fencing requirement and state pool safety standards. A good idea is to check with local building codes and state laws before building a swimming pond. Also it’s a wise idea to view the operating systems of proposed builders, along with a portfolio of their previous work before committing to the building phase.
Retrofitting Your Conventional Pool
It is possible to retrofit a conventional chlorinated pool in your backyard. Although you will need to keep in mind that the area surrounding your pool needs to be big enough to accommodate the biofilter/plant zone. This planted area needs to be the same size as the existing pool to work effectively. Also the plumbing will need to be completely altered to handle the two new zones.
Are you dreaming of installing a natural swimming pool in your back garden? Or have you already done so and want to share some knowledge? Feel free to let me know below.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, I’d love to have one of these in my backyard!