This process for a NSP can take as long as 2 years to establish. There are many different factors that will determine how long it will take. Plants are the main filter for a NSP along with beneficial bacteria and O2. Secondly depending on where you live or where this installed there needs to be some shade. Central Texas 40% shade coverage is good.
Yes you can. We build jump docks or add jump rock exactly for this reason. Our Natural swimming ponds are at least 5 1/2 feet deep and up to 8 feet deep depending on soil.
As big as you want. You are in total control of how big. Your budget will dictate how big it can be. For us the biggest we can go is a 50 x 100 liner. That’s one big pond, this doesn’t mean your pond will be 50x100, we have to build in this perimeter. We can also make smaller swim ponds so there is something for everyone.
We use pool nets and thats it. Our ponds are fish ponds and you choose to swim with nature. So all products we use are products used in ponds. We don’t use pool pumps or bead filters, we don’t use salt, chlorine and UV light filters. 100% mother nature, although it take time to establish this.
Depending on the size usually within a month to a month and a half. There is also prep, design and delivery which typically runs around 3 weeks to gather all the Stone, plants and pond products. There may be additional wait times depending on how many are being built before yours.
You can get a small one, we call them the inner tube pond. These start around $25,000.00 and they can go up to $500,000.00. I enjoy building these ponds and we don’t care how much you want to spend. We will give you the best we can give for the price you are willing to pay.
Visit our Natural Swimming Pond price page for more information.
We will normally dye the pond either lagoon blue or black. This prevents the sun and UV from penetrating the water giving the plants a chance to mature and take over the filtering. Dye is normally used for the first few years to provide shade.
Yes you can. This is one of the reasons these swimming ponds are so fun is the fish. How boring is swimming in a pool chasing hoops when you can be snorkeling in your own backyard lake. Pools for the most part are used in the summer and are not even looked at in the winter. NSP’s can be enjoyed all year long.
There are only 6 that I really like. Maintenance is required for this group. These plants grow fast and can get out of hand. The best part is they are really soft and they take no effort to maintain.
Red star oxygentor
Red Ludwigia reopens
Red stem parrot feather
Waterfalls are not required but are recommended. We don’t have to build over the top waterfalls but somehow, someway we have to add oxygen back into the pond. These waterfalls could be part of a stream or could be on the edge of the pond. We can even build grotto’s as jump rocks.
Comparing to a typical pool bead filter. Natural swimming ponds will have a filter about 12 to 20 times bigger than a pool filter. We call them wetland filters and how they work is water is filtered up through many layers of rock and beneficial bacteria. These are normally cleaned once every year or two. You will look for this filter but won’t find it because it looks like part of the pond. It will be the part of the pond where all the plants are.