what do you get when you cross a swimming pool with a pond? A natural oasis in your own backyard! That’s the experience of homeowners who choose to convert their unused backyard pools into natural aquatic ecosystems. And there are other advantages, too. For a start, it’s far cheaper than the option of having the pool removed. And, as a bonus, natural pools are very low maintenance compared to the upkeep involved in maintaining conventional swimming pools. They have very low power consumption and require no expensive chemicals – it’s a case of letting nature do the maintenance for you. And making the switch all starts with turning off the pump – literally!
ABOUT THE GARDEN
The conversion of this pool in Sydney began in 2016. The need for constant leaf cleaning, and the fact that it wasn’t getting used a lot, were the main catalysts, and the cost of removing it was too expensive. Today, it integrates
A pond is a living ecosystem that is constantly evolving
1 The pool now blends into the garden, with dense plantings of flowers and foliage plants blurring the edges.
2 The yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) grows in shallow water or saturated soil. You can even grow one in a pot.