Rushes, sedges and water lilies not only provide a beautiful border around your natural swimming pool, but they keep the water clear and clean.
PHOTO: COURTESY BIOTOP
Home to frogs, water striders and dragonflies, natural pools are a treasure trove of niches kids love to explore.
A cross-section of a natural pool, showing the plant zone and swimming area. After compacting a thin layer of soil, a liner and gravel were applied to the pool's bottom. A floating dock equipped with a ladder provides easy access into and out of the pool.
With its neat stonework edge and graceful waterfall, this pool creates a spectacular summertime oasis in Castle Rock, Colorado.
COURTESY CHERYL OPPERMAN
You can use Rasta blocks made of cement and recycled polystyrene to build a conventional pool with vertical sides. Establish your plant beds around the outside perimeter to naturally filter and clean your pool.
COURTESY KENTON KNOWLES