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Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

Keep your skin and the environment healthy with a pool that cleans itself, naturally Full Story
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Awesome article! I have always had a love for natural pools
April 29, 2014 at 8:24am     
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Regarding snakes: We had a chlorinated swimming pool in Houston. Each time we wanted to swim we had to check the pool and all 3 (or was it 4?) skimmer baskets for water moccasins, which we frequently found. You don't need a natural pool to have snakes.
April 30, 2014 at 12:12am     
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I came across natural pools when researching ponds a few years ago. As soon as I saturated reading into it, I knew this was for me. It took me a little over 2 years to complete but I managed to build the pool myself. I have heavy clay soil so I decided against a liner. The clay holds the water just as well. I lined the bottom and regeneration zones with river rock to keep the soil down and the water clear. I used cedar to build retaining walls as well as large boulders. I have a waterfall that sucks its water from the regeneration zones as well as 2 skimmers which collect all the top debris and oxygenate the bottom water of the pond via the out-flow. I have learned quite a bit over the last few years about natural pools. I will tell you that they are not for everybody. You will get frogs, birds, the occasional snake, and some nocturnal critters may stop by. This is heaven for me as I am a big outdoor enthusiast. I even added a few largemouth bass and a few panfish. My water stays CRYSTAL CLEAR all year round and is very healthy for my skin and hair. Snorkeling around the clear water is very enjoyable and the fish will come right up to my mask. I add some beneficial bacteria once a year to help keep the water clean and clear. (Microbe Lift PL) The bacteria is designed for this type of application and out competes the algae for the all the nutrients in the water. (algae feeds off the nutrients/phosphates) I probably took 10+ years off my life building this because I didn't know what I was doing except for the hours and hours of research. It was all worth it and more. I have added a few pictures. Again, natural pools are not for everyone but they can be a joy for those who don't mind the wildlife.
April 30, 2014 at 6:33am     
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Here's a picture of my pool pond project . We get plenty of wild life (frogs, dragon flies, cardinals, woodpeckers, and even a Great Blue Herron once during the drought). No snakes in the last 5 years...and I live in TX! I designed and built this when I first moved to Austin TX in 2009 and I believe it was the first of its kind here at the time (other than the natural spring fed Barton Springs Pool off course). If I'm wrong let me know. I would love to meet other Pond Pool owners in Austin. Sorry for the picture quality. I had to take a picture of a picture. I built this with the help of a giant back hoe, a local handy man who served as my GC and two energetic day laborers. It took us about at month (with a break in the middle).
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