Plants Used in Natural Swimming Pools

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Proper maintenance of a swimming pool is essential to keep it clean and clear. Most pool owners use various chemicals to maintain their pool water. For others, however, the chemicals’ smell is irritating and their skin cannot withstand some of them.

Fortunately, there is now a pool that does not require chemicals to keep your water clean and clear. Natural swimming pools use plants in a water garden installed next to your pool to keep your water clean.

There are various plant options recommends for a natural pool, all with different uses. Here are the categories of plants used in natural pools.

Floating Plants

These plants protect and shade the useful microorganisms in your swimming pool from harmful UV rays.  Pondweed, common duckweed and water lilies are all suitable varieties for floaters and can be used liberally. These floating plants drift freely on your pool’s surface and will keep it well-covered at all times.

Emergent Plants

These plants work as natural filters for your pool. As water flows through the plants, their roots act as natural filters which remove excess nutrients and other contaminants from it. Emergent plants should be around your pool’s perimeter for efficiency. Some of the typical plant varieties used for biological filtration includes common waterweed, hornwort, rushes, and grasses.

Underwater Plants

These are for oxygenation of your swimming pool. They absorb phosphates and nitrates hence balancing the natural equilibrium of your pool and slow down algae growth. Arrowhead, eelgrass, and water sprite are all excellent options for underwater pool plants.

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If you worry about visual appeal, you could ensure that the plants will not obstruct your swimming in any way. You could also customize your natural pool’s design in various ways, and hence not need to worry that the design will be drab.