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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Water Gardening -

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.

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