Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce stress, boost immunity, and improve happiness. In fact, there are so many reported benefits that doctors are now writing “nature prescriptions” to spend a minimum of 20 minutes outdoors, according to a recent Time Magazine article. Though doctors are prescribing time in parks, you can also buoy your well-being by simply spending the same amount of time in your own tropical paradise, which wouldn’t be complete without a traditional or natural swimming pool.
What Is a Natural Pool?
Natural swimming pools are chemical free. Aquatic plants such as cattails, water lilies, and duckweed remove bacteria and pollutants. Natural pools often feature two zones: one for regeneration and the other for swimming. In small, urban backyards, a hybrid system with a separate filtration system can be added.
Natural swimming pools were first introduced in the 1980’s in Austria and many more have been built in Europe since that time. These pools have rapidly gained popularity worldwide. Natural pools can be built in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to give the appearance of being a pond or, if space permits, a lake.
How Do Natural Pools Work?
Instead of relying on chlorine or salt to keep the pool water clear, clean and sanitary, natural pools rely on a self-contained ecosystem to purify the water. That means they’re 100 percent chemical free! A pump circulates water between a deep swimming area and a shallow filtration, or regeneration, zone filled with a variety of beautiful aquatic plants. Three types of plants are used: floating, emergent, and submerged. If you have a hybrid system, then the pump circulates water through a gravel filter, instead. The pump also helps prevent stagnant water.
How Much Space Do You Need?
As mentioned, natural swimming pools can be built in a seemingly infinite range of shapes and sizes to accommodate most any yard, regardless of how small or large. In urban backyards, they can be constructed to look like a small pond, with a hybrid system to keep them clean. The regeneration zone should be constructed where there is plenty of natural lights; plants need light to thrive.
How Do You Maintain a Natural Pool?
Daily maintenance is like that of a traditional pool. You’ll still need to skim fallen leaves and other debris off the surface. You’ll also need clean the skimmer, ensuring no debris, and occasionally trim plants. Old plants may need to be removed, with new plants added, depending on local weather conditions. Look for already established plants to avoid disturbing the biological equilibrium.
Designing Your Natural Swimming Pool
Summer’s heat is not far away, so now is the perfect time to get started on the construction of a backyard pool – whether a natural swimming pool or a traditional swimming pool. Platinum Pools and Spas is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier pool contractors. We are known for contracting with Valley residents and home builders to construct in-ground swimming pools and spas. Platinum specializes in custom designing and building the pool of your dreams! Our sales staff can provide you with information on pricing and financing when you contact us (480) 888-9200.