Natural Swimming Pools
What are Natural Swimming Pools?
Natural swimming pools are a dream for homeowners who love tending gardens and landscaping in general because maintaining a natural swimming pool is like maintaining a garden. The garden typically occupies a section of the pool separate from the swimming area known as the regeneration zone, but it’s possible to design a pool in which these two zones are integrated. The regeneration zone is full of aquatic plants that compete with harmful microorganisms for nutrients, and in a balanced system, the plants outperform the pathogens and keep the water clean.
Naturalized Swimming Pool is defined as a pool that is supported naturally without the use or need for harmful chemicals. It is designed so that the organic matter in your swimming pool supports the plants in the bog filter creating lush beautiful plants that in turn clean and filter your water as you would find in a true natural situation.
Our natural swimming pools are designed with a defined swim zone with its outside perimeter offering varying depths of planting area creating a “natural bog filter”. You may liken this area of the naturalized swimming pool to a large hydroponic plant-growing system where the pool water is drawn through a soil-less medium (crushed stone) trapping nutrients (organic matter) in its bed feeding water plants that in turn use its root system to clean and filter the water while adding natural beauty and fragrance to your swimming experience.
Unlike conventional pools that use 1 oversized pump with some sort of mechanical sand or cartridge filter, our system offers the use of a very energy efficient (V.S.D.) variable speed drive pump. This allows us to run the filters (planted areas) as well as added brooks, streams, waterfalls and or fountains without the need for additional pumps. Aesthetically, our natural swimming pool system melds into the habitat that already exists. By using a rubber membrane, our system allows for total flexibility in the shape and design of your pool, enabling you to think and dream “outside of the box”.
Another great feature of a naturalized swimming pool is the ability to use it to irrigate your lawn and/or gardens without using any tap water. By running downspout water from your roof to the pool you can keep your pool topped off without adding any tap water from your household plumbing! This feature not only will save money, but also conserves water.
Overall, the goal of “Naturalized Swimming pools” is to install a very ecological healthy swimming habitat using natural native materials without compromise to your natural setting while offering clear, chemical-free water, beauty, relaxation, and exercise.