Swimming pond construction
Your dream is to have a place to swim in your plot, but the pool doesn’t fit well with the concept of a natural garden? This is not a problem, because this is exactly what the swimming pond was invented for.
Building swimming ponds is a responsible business, but the result will not disappoint you.
First you need to determine the place, and the bigger it is, the better, because if there is enough space, you can take a place under the zone for swimming and regeneration. The regeneration zone is the area around the pond where plants will grow and with the help of which the swimming pond water will be cleaned.
If there is not enough space for the required regeneration zone, then in this case it will be necessary to use additional equipment for water purification or take out the regeneration zone, but at some distance from the navigation zone. An autonomous regeneration pond corresponds to the general landscape design and has an area of two to three times less than a swimming pond. This artificial reservoir is decorated under a natural one, but it has a drain from the swimming pond, through which water flows from there, passing through the purification system here, and then again entering the swimming area with the help of pumps.
The swimming pond is constructed in the following way: a foundation pit is dug up, up to 2 m deep in the bathing area and up to 1.5 m in the regeneration zone. The area intended for swimming is usually rectangular, much less often – round or irregular in shape. This zone should have submarine boundaries that do not reach the surface of the water (most often these are either narrow walls of reinforced concrete, or bags of sand or gravel of some durable material). These boundaries are needed to ensure that silt, land, and aquatic plants from the regeneration zone do not fall into the bathing zone.
The bottom of the pit is leveled, and then covered with a layer of sand, which is covered with a sacking for reservoirs or a layer of geotextile to protect the waterproofing film. Then the future swimming pond is covered with a waterproofing film – for sealing.
At the edge of the pond, you can build a wooden platform on which you can sunbathe. Steps leading to the water are built. In addition, you can install an umbrella that protects from the sun, or awning.
Here is your swimming pond and ready. But cares will not end on this – you will need to regularly collect fallen leaves, cut off dry stems and leaves, clean the filter grids. And once a season, capital cleaning of the pond from the accumulated debris and silt is obligatory.
It is also worth paying attention to what plants to plant this artificial reservoir. What is important is not so much their decorativeness, as the effectiveness of biofilters. The best in this regard are tubular plants (for example, reed), which intensively purify water, absorbing nutrients from it and thereby preventing the appearance of blue-green algae in it and its flowering. But such plants are suitable only for large ponds, and for smaller ones, smaller ones are more suitable – for example, sedge or marsh iris. For landing in the coastal zone suitable plants taken from nearby water bodies and have undergone certain training. Also decorate the artificial pond those garden plants that are well tolerated in constant moisture.
Having finished equipping your swimming pond, you will find that it was not for nothing that you tried so hard – now you have not only an analogue of a pool where you can soak in the water, but also an aesthetically beautiful decorative pond playing a considerable role in the landscape of your site.