Natural Swimming Pools, What are they?

Natural swimming pools or ponds are bodies of water large enough to swim in. All while being cleaned using natural methods. Some of these methods include filtering plants, guard animals, rocks that clean water, and an aerator like a pump or waterfall. These pools can provide a safe clean chlorine-free place to swim, as well as introduce friendly wildlife to your area.

How can I make natural swimming pools?

You can start building your natural pool the way you would a regular pond or even a pool. If you have a pool already and would like a natural one, you have the hole and sealed bottom part done. Starting from scratch, you will need to dig a hole to your desired size. Make sure to cut out a terraced ramp, 2 through 18 in, leading to your natural pool. This will be the filtration system. Use thick clay, pond liner, or watertight concrete to keep the water from seeping into any underground caverns. Once the clay, liner, or concrete is dried and set, we can pick out the plants.

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What plants do you need to clean natural swimming pools?

Make sure to use plants that suit your environment. The best choice is to get the plants from a supplier of native plants. Both aquatic plants, Sedges (Carex), and rushes (Scirpus) make perfect emerging vegetation for your pools plant-based filter. Lesser cattails (Typha angustifolia) and water irises are also good, but be sure to ask which varieties do not overwhelm other plants.

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How can I make natural swimming pools run through plant-based filters?

An aerator will help move water to the filter area, as well as introduce oxygen into the water. Aerators are often pool pumps sending water to an elevated point to run off into a water fall. Water hitting water causes the some of the H2O to break and introduce oxygen from the air into the pool. Oxygen is good for plants and any fish you may have that can help the natural swimming pool remain clean.

Do wildlife come and how to I deal with them?

Wildlife will come to your pond because it’s a source of freshwater. But there are ways to prevent it and keep your water clean and safe. Build your swimming pond in a greenhouse. Koi and minnows keep the water free of insects. Give your water treatments with pond cleansers.

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Now you know how to build natural swimming pools. If you want to build your own, leave a comment down below!

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