A natural pond pool or natural swimming pool is a combo of sand filters and plants. They are used to clean water without any harsh chemicals. In the 1980s, they were first introduced in Austria and Germany. Since then, they have been getting more and more popular around the world. These ponds can be designed in several ways. Regardless of the look that you want to achieve, know that the main function of all types of ponds is the same. However, natural ponds are a lot better for your skin and hair as they don’t require harsh chemicals.

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How does a natural pond pool work?

Natural swimming pools use gravel and plants to filter the water in the regeneration zone, which is like a water garden. The plants are chosen based on the suggestions given by a natural pool specialist or an experienced landscape architect. This ecosystem cleans the water of the pool.

Size and depth

Based on the water volume, the size and depth of the regeneration zone are decided. However, the depth of the planted zone is less than the swimming zone. Clean water moves from the planted zone to the other zone.

A water skimmer is installed to remove debris from the water surface. This system features a fine sieve as well that filters small debris before the circulation of water into the biological filter. Aside from this, UV light filters are also used to remove phosphorous, which helps maintain the balance in the pool.

How much space should your reserve?

Natural swimming pools are both small and large. Typically, pools found in urban years are small, while those found in rural areas are large. The size of the pool depends upon the available space.

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What kind of plants can you use?

Based on the location and climate, the types of plants vary. The regeneration zone depends upon the surface area of the roots of the plants and the gravel substrate for creating an environment for bacterial growth. These plants help clean the pool water and make the pool more beautiful.

You can use three types of aquatic plants:

  • Submerged: These plants are rooted in the substance and emit oxygen in the pool water.
  • Emergent: These plants cover the water margins. Common types are grasses, rushes, and sedges.
  • Floating: Floating plants include flowering species like water lily and lotus


Regardless of the type of swimming pool, you want to build, the construction cost will be the same. However, it’s important to consider that the size of a natural pond pool is twice the size of the conventional pond because of the addition of the regeneration zone.

Besides, the maintenance cost may vary based on the type of pond. A natural swimming pool is free of chemicals, which can save you a lot of money.

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Design Options

Naturalistic or architectural:

A naturalistic pool features a gravel or stone bottom and sloped sides. This type of pool offers an experience similar to a wilderness adventure since you can kind of walk into the water.

On the other hand, an architectural pool is made of concrete with stairs and horizontal slides. As far as the look is concerned, you can discuss this matter with your designer. This type of pond features clean lines and looks a lot like a natural pool.

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If you need help adding a  natural pond pool to your backyard, you can give a call to Premier Pools & Spas.

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