Welcome to LANDSMITH"S blog! Harnessing my passion for our environment and well designed, useful outdoor space, I am fortunate to live in Charleston, SC and design fine gardens for clients around the Lowcountry. This blog not only highlights the gardens I create for clients but also focuses on stewardship of our natural surroundings. Please enjoy the posts, feel free to comment and check back often...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A "new" idea for swimming pools

First built in Austria in the early 1990's, natural pools have been popular in Europe but not in the US.
In a natural pool all clarifying and cleaning of the water is achieved purely with the motion of the water through biological filters and plants rooted hydroponically in the system.
Managed properly, natural swimming pools have crystal clear water and require no chemicals to maintain, as they are self-cleaning mini-ecosystems. The bottom line: any dual-purpose solution like the natural swimming pool that works as both a beautiful pond and a healthy place for swimming gets my vote. It's simply a great way to conserve water for our future and have fun at the same time - plus it can be a real eye catcher in your garden and improve the value of your property.

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