Spring is soon and there’s nothing more pleasant in spring and summer than sunbathing and swimming. If you don’t have a pool but are considering such an option and if you prefer staying closer to nature, skip a usual pool and think of having a swimming pond or a natural pool. A swimming pond is a water feature that will bring your garden to life with birds, insects and various water creatures and you may use it for swimming. Natural swimming pools and ponds look super harmonious and totally blend the landscape, which is achieved using greenery and water plants plus plants. Is it worth it or not? And how to design one? Let’s see.
Swimming in a natural pond does not leave you with itchy red eyes, dry skin or wanting a shower, which is common after swimming in chlorinated water, so chlorine haters, this is your option. A natural swimming pond looks very cool in your landscape becoming an additional decor feature and it looks absolutely natural integrating into the landscape. A natural pond has excellent water quality, it creates a habitat for wildlife and flora and features reduced maintenance costs thanks to that.
A usual natural pool creates some space for swimming (50-70% of the surface) and some for filtration. There are lots of different configurations and looks, and minimum pool size recommendations range from 30 to 50 square meters, but there are also much smaller pools that function quite well. Water is pumped to shallow areas with abundant plant life and aggregate that act as natural filters, keeping water pure and clear.
The larger (and deeper) a pool is, the less likely it is to develop an algae problem. A deeper pool will mean a cooler water temperature, which means a slower start to your swimming season, but perhaps a more refreshing dip in the full heat of the summer. Somewhere between one and two meters will protect living organisms during winter. The sun promotes algae growth and photosynthesis, so really, the less exposure to sun the better. Having a natural swimming pond in your yard can actually work to reduce the population of stinging insects, by attracting dragonflies and other natural predators of fully developed mosquitoes.
Plants, some insects, amphibians and other aquatic life are part of the ecosystem of a natural swimming pond. You end up sharing your swim with all the life (stationary and mobile) who keep your pool clean and clear. Keep in mind – these little creatures will have no interest in you and are likely quicker swimmers than you, so relax and enjoy. Ge tinspired to make one in your backyard!