These eco-system swimming creations are environmentally-friendly and will protect you.
If you care about the Earth, or if you hate the way your skin smells and feels after swimming in a chlorinated pool, consider going au naturale.
What is a swimming pond?
Split 50/50 to accommodate vegetation and swimming, its been dubbed the swimming pond as the new and improved backyard pond.
The plant section of the pond is around a foot deep, while the swimming area typically ranges from six-and-a-half to eight feet deep. Timber usually separates the two zones.
How clean is it without chemicals?
Very. The regeneration portion isn’t just there for ambiance, it’s also the pond’s natural filter.
Plants like flag irises and water lilies keep phosphate levels in check while getting rid of nitrates so there’s no algae. Gravel also plays a role in filtering the pond.
To keep the water moving, go the scenic route with a waterfall or install a small pump — this will also help keep the pond clean.
Bonus: Your natural oasis will attract wildlife (think dragon flies, birds, tadpoles.), which will help control pesky insects. To avoid snakes, the surrounding grass is kept as short as peach fuzz.
Does a swimming pond cost more than a pool?
The upfront payment is more expensive because of the regeneration zone, but the cost per square foot is about the same.
Thinking ahead, the initial cost pays off. Unheated natural ponds evaporate less than normal pools, don’t have energy costs, and you save around $350-500 on chemicals and chlorine.
How much does a swimming pond cost?
The design you choose plays into the overall cost of installation!
Is it maintenance-heavy?
According to Aquascapes, a pond requires less maintenance than a pool. You don’t have to worry about chemicals, the pond essentially cleans itself, and you can keep it uncovered and full during the winter (ponds make great ice-skating rinks).
Tend to it as you would a garden — and make sure the surface is skimmed.
Is this really something people are doing?
While the trend is still developing in the U.S., Europe is all over natural swimming ponds and pools. The idea originated in Austria and Germany in the 1980s and has evolved from there. Last month, the UK unveiled its first man-made public swimming pond in London!
Long stream with multiple waterfalls flowing to a beautiful pond
AQUASCAPE RECREATION PONDS ON THE RISE
“I think we can all recall a time in our childhood when the fascination we had with the discovery of water and the life it supports was like exploring another world,” reminisces Patrick Handley of Aquascape Supplies. “Full of creatures and movement that sparked our imagination. We played for days on end in the local creek or dam, taking off in the morning and only coming back late for dinner, full of stories of our latest discoveries.”
Water is the conduit to our senses. A waterfall or creek will draw you in to a primordial place, and is scientifically proven to elevate mood and promote mental wellbeing. It is a natural human instinct to yearn to live near water, but many Australians are not able to live close to a river, creek, pond, or beach.
This is why creating a living pond or waterfall is a perfect way to include water in your outdoor space.
Aquascape Supplies Australia has seen a rise in the popularity of its recreation ponds across Australia over the last few years, with many homes now enjoying a piece of paradise in their outdoor space. Residents can swim and snorkel among the fish and plants in a private billabong during summer and are still able to enjoy the pond as part of the garden in the cooler months.
The non-structural recreation ponds are built into the ground by terracing the earth to create shape and depth prior to placing the geotextile underlay and Firestone EPDM rubber liner membrane. Once in place, the liner is then covered with rock and pebble to create a natural appearance. Each design is unique and can incorporate features such as beach areas, diving rocks, bench seats and decorative spill bowls, all dependent on the size of the area and budget.
An Aquascape Recreational Pond is designed as a natural ecosystem that works with nature to provide crystal clear water, utilising an Aquascape Wetland Filtration System. A wetland works just like a biological filter by creating an area in your pond, thick with naturally-filtering plants in addition to rocks and gravel, which provide a surface for bacterial colonisation – nature’s own filters. This means that a wetland, while naturally beautiful and pleasing to the eye, is a great filtration method that will help keep your water looking crystal clear.
The water is naturally clear and fresh, which promotes the body’s internal and external health and longevity, in direct contrast to the harsh chemicals of chlorine that are scientifically proven to damage the body over time.
There are many benefits of a recreation pond:
- Fresh water that is delightfully chlorine-free
- Year-round enjoyment
- Low maintenance, low running costs
- Supports local wildlife
- A private snorkelling aquarium
- Helps to cool and fireproof the home
- A perennial aquatic garden
Aquascape Supplies Australia has contractors located Australia-wide who have extensive education and training on Aquascape products and construction methods in order to construct these incredible works of art for clients.
Visit Aquascape Supplies Australia’s website for products and advice or enquire via the links below to find a contractor in your area who can help you create a stunning natural recreation pond in time for summer.
Send Enquiry To Aquascape Australia
Baby, it’s hot outside! If you’re one of the lucky souls who has their own water garden, you can easily take advantage of its cooling magic during the dog days of summer. You can swim in a large pond (don’t worry, the fish won’t bite). And with a smaller pond, you can dangle your feet into its refreshing waters. A pond cools the air around it so if you’re like me and hate being cooped up on a summer day … no matter how hot … be sure to sit by your pond where the air is cooler. A patch of shade and a gentle breeze will simply add to the refreshment you’ll enjoy.
Water gardens pull kids outside, away from the TV and video games. Mom and Dad get to spend relaxing time watching their children and catching up on the day’s events. This is so much better than reality TV!
Even the family dog enjoys getting in on a little snorkeling action in the backyard pond.
Sure, the kids could enjoy a pool … but they won’t be able to watch the koi swim underwater or search for tadpoles and watch them grow into frogs.
Of course … snorkeling isn’t just for kids. Even dads like to get in on the action. What better way to spend a hot summer day with your kids? It’s like a vacation … in your own backyard!
More snorkeling! Imagine all the great things he’s seeing at the bottom of this gravel-bottom stream. Mother Nature has lots of lessons just waiting to be learned.
If snorkeling’s not your thing, maybe a lazy summer afternoon floating on a raft will suit your fancy. This photo was supplied by The Deck and Patio Company located in Huntington Station, NY (they installed the pond, too!).
A waterfall without a pond (aka the Pondless Waterfall) creates a great spot for small children to get their feet wet.
This Pondless Waterfall features a pebble beach with rounded stones for tender feet. It might be hard to coax her into the house for nap time though.
Yes, this is a backyard pond. Beautiful plants and clean water transform you to another world … you’d never know you were actually in the suburbs of Chicago.
Checking out the waterlilies with dad … this is about as close to heaven on earth as you can get.
Imagine swimming in clear water, surrounded by all types of beautiful koi. It just doesn’t get any better than this for exploring nature, up close and personal.
A backyard water feature ensures that giggles of delight will replace complaints of summer heat and boredom. Water gardens are truly a unique way to unite the family and enjoy the splendor of our wonderful planet.
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