You’ve got the two-story, Victorian home with the white picket fence and acres and acres of flowing land, but you’re missing one thing – a pool. A pool looks great, gives you a place to relax, and can even raise your home value. But, pools are a lot of work to maintain. You have to make sure that they are cleaned regularly from falling debris and dirt, you have to keep the pH just right using special chemicals, and you have to spend a lot on filtration systems. But what if you could have the beauty and functionality of a pool without the maintenance and chemicals?
You can if you choose an environmentally friendly, natural pool.
What Is A Natural Pool?
A natural pool, or a water garden, is a pool that uses natural elements such as plants, dirt, and gravel to filter out all the impurities. There are two sections to a natural pool:
- The Main Pool
- The Filter Pool
The main pool is the deepest of the two pools. This is usually built using cement or a liner of some type. The filtered pool is not nearly as deep and is filled with water plants such as cattails and water lilies. A water pump moves water from the main pool to the filtration pool.
Natural Pools Are Great Water Features
If you are trying to add water features to your yard, a natural pool is a great place to start. A lot of landscapers will start with a natural pool (a.k.a. water garden) and then build out from there with other water features such as fountains, rock falls, etc. Due to the natural pool filtration system, the maintenance is almost zero.
But beyond looking pretty, there are also many environmental benefits to installing a natural pool.
Environmental Benefits Of Building A Natural Pool
- If you are environmentally conscious, you understand that any chemical may be harmful to the environment if it disrupts the natural pH of the ecosystem. In many cases, chemicals cause irreparable damage to the environment. But a natural pool does not have all these harmful chemicals as a traditional pool does. A natural pool not only helps to preserve the environment but creates additional habitat for desirable native species of plants and animals.
- While not directly attached to the environment, a natural pool will help to save money. By not having to constantly buy more chemicals, you’ll be able to save money that you can invest in your natural pool/water features. Plus, if you aren’t buying the nasty chemicals that harm the environment, you are doing your part to decrease demand for those products.
- As the seasons change, so does the weather. Leaves fall, algae forms, and bacteria rise – unless you have a natural pool. The low maintenance nature of a natural pool takes care of all this for you. So, you aren’t becoming a breeding ground for nasty algae and bacteria that could harm the environment or the animals around you.
For many, the idea of a natural pool isn’t even on their radar. All they know and understand is a traditional pool. But, equipped with the knowledge of a natural water pool, and the environmental benefits, what’s keeping you from making the plunge into a natural pool?
At Reflections Water Gardens, our experience and desire to complete the visions of our clients are what sets us apart. Whether you’re ready to dive headfirst into a natural pond installation or just want to dip a toe in, we are here for you. To find out more about our company and the services we offer, please visit us at reflectionswatergardens.com or give us a call at 815-769-5387.