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What to Consider When Designing a Swim Pond

It can be difficult for people to decide whether they want a natural looking body of water in their backyard that allows for wildlife and plant life to thrive or a swimming pool that can be used for entertaining and relaxation. At Fontana Ponds & Water Features, we encourage people to get the best of both worlds by installing a natural swim pond. Swim ponds are a great way to create your own natural-feeling backyard oasis. If you are looking at installing one of these water features on your property, it is important to know what to consider when designing a swim pond.

Things to Consider When Installing a Natural Swimming Pond

There are many important things to think about when installing a swim pond on your property to ensure that you end up with a finished product that is as beautiful and functional as possible. Some of these considerations include:

Setting Up the Ecosystem

Natural swim ponds do not use chemicals to keep clean. Instead, they use a balanced ecosystem comprised of bacteria and microbes, plants, and wildlife, as well as a pump and filtration system to keep the environment alive. It is important to make sure that you pick the right plants to act as a natural filter and combine them with the other proper elements of an ecosystem suited to the region. When establishing the plants being used, they must be suited to the environment, the size of the pond, and the type of filtration and pumping system being used, so it is often best to consult a professional.

Surrounding Landscape

When designing your swim pond, make sure that you consider what you hope the surrounding landscape will look like. Think about if there will be a garden and plant life surrounding the pond or if it will be bare rock or patio space. Other landscape architecture, such as a gazebo, pergola, or fire ring, can make a difference in the boundaries of the pond and how it is constructed.

Other Water Features

Swim ponds can be used in conjunction with other water features, including fountains, streams, and waterfalls. This allows them to become beautiful, complex systems that create a true backyard oasis. When designing your natural swim pond, make sure that you consider whether you want any other water features tied into it in the future. It is much easier to set up a design that allows for other water features before the pond is built than it is to patch something in down the road.

If you are interested in learning more about water features and what to consider when designing a swim pond, or if you would like to learn about our range of pond services and products, please connect with us by filling out a contact form on our website and we will get back to you, or call us at 778-990-9773.


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