How to Build a Natural Pool

by Pool Builders on 04-05-2011 in Articles

Although swimming pools are popular as well as common in the United States, we rarely see the uniquely designed natural pools that are popular in most countries of Europe. These natural swimming pools are a wonderful addition to your garden as it blends and complements well with your green and close-to-nature ambiance.

You would probably think that building a natural pool is complicated and should only be done by expert pool builders; however this can easily be accomplished if you have the right knowledge on how it's done. Aside from its simplicity in design, these types of pools are also inexpensive and much more affordable to make as compared to the conventional swimming pools which use too many materials that are too expensive for most individuals to afford. Imagine how much you can save from using water plants instead of purchasing a pool pump and a filtration system that uses a lot of electricity.

Deciding on where is the perfect location for your pool is essential if you want to have a presentable natural pool. Some dig theirs in their garden to make it look more natural although these will mean additional maintenance in case you have trees and shrubs surrounding your garden. However, these won't be a problem as you can always use your skimmer net to regularly take out fallen leaves or use a net beneath your trees.

Use your shovel to dig your natural pool to your desired size. Most builders start with a small swimming pool although building a larger one is more ideal as you'll have better working space. Sandy soil is much easier to dig as compared to clay soil which sticks on your shovel and gives additional weight to it. Make sure that you dig your pool in a sloping design as you wouldn't want the soil in your pool to cave in. This is the price you pay for not using any steel reinforcement which grabs hold of your pool's walls and holds them in their vertical position.

Make sure that your pool is designed to hold a place for your water plants to prevent them from scattering in your natural pool. You won't like the idea of avoiding floating plants while you are swimming. You can do this by making a barrier that blocks the water plants from going to your swimming area yet the water can freely access the water plants as well as your swimming place.

Seal the soil in order to hold the water in your pool by using sealing products such as bentonite clay which is the most commonly used due to the fact that it is cheaper than the other products. Make sure that you did compact the soil if you want to avoid any soil erosion. Using a layer of gravel is a must in order to maintain beneficial bacteria in your pool.

Fill your natural pool with clean water up to your desired water level. Make sure that you maintain a constant level and add water to your pool when needed.

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