Natural Swimming Pools


Do you like swimming in your backyard but hate the green hair syndrome? The natural swimming pool is a hot new trend in backyard recreation. It takes the popularity of water gardens to new heights with chemical-free swimming. That's right, the natural balance of a lake and the convenience of a backyard pool. No maintenance, no testing, no chemicals and less electricity use are the benefits of this environmentally friendly backyard-swimming oasis.

Natural swimming pools are fairly common in Europe but just starting to take off in the United States as people are becoming more interested in a lifestyle of simplicity and natural beauty. These pools are fairly complicated to build and run 10-20% more than a traditional in ground custom pool. You can keep the size down and the landscaping around the pool at a minimum to cut down some of the cost. The goal is to achieve a balanced eco-system just like in a lake where rocks filter particulates, plants beat out algae and a natural bacteria additive keeps the water clear and safe. You can even add fish (in fact, it's recommended!) to complete the cycle.

Natural Swimming Pool Tips

Go to a professional to get a good pool design with "bog filters", lots of plants and some streams to aerate the water

Find a contractor who has not only water garden experience but specific natural swimming pool experience

Don't swim in smelly or cloudy water - hire an expert to help get your pool back in natural balance

Check with local authorities for code requirements

 

Other Information and Resources

www.lostedenponds.com    Local contractor installing ponds

Headberg Landscape Supplies / 651-423-5048
ask for Kevin Berry - Water Gardening Sales Manager

www.motherearthnews.com    Do it yourself natural swimming pools

www.thegreenguide.com   Info about safer chlorinated swimming


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