What is a backyard recreation pond?

More homeowners are forgoing the traditional swimming pool for a private pond that serves as their own natural backyard oasis. Recreation ponds, sometimes referred to as natural swimming ponds, provide a clean-yet-chemical-free way to enjoy the water in a stunning natural setting.

The idea of creating a natural, self-cleaning ecosystem began in Europe years ago and has been gaining popularity here in the US as a more natural, more beautiful way to enjoy the water in your own backyard. Even just sitting beside the peaceful setting of large rocks that provide cascading waterfalls, trickling down into pools of water filtered by plants and sometimes fish, can be a relaxing way to start or end your day.

How do recreation ponds work?

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Unlike a traditional swimming pool, you won’t need expensive chemicals to clean the water. Instead, naturally filtering plants keep algae away. If you chose to include beautiful koi fish, these bottom-feeders will help clean the ecosystem, too. Streams and waterfalls provide more than just an attractive water feature; they serve a purpose to keep water moving, allowing it to stay fresh. And because recreation ponds are so natural, they attract birds and other wildlife that keep away pests and insects.

Why are backyard ponds better than swimming pools?

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Recreation ponds depend on nature to stay clean and clear. That means no more dangerous chemicals that damage your skin, hair, and environment. Because of this, maintenance is easy and quick. Unlike swimming pools, you can enjoy the beauty of a pond year round, if you’d like, and have LED lighting installed for gorgeous sights during those warmer nights.

How much does a recreation pond cost?

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Cost depends on the size and layout of your ideal design. Are you looking for a small pond to enjoy beside your patio, or a large pond spread out across your property like your own private lake? We’ll work with you to custom design the best type of pond for your needs and your property. While backyard ponds typically cost more than a traditional swimming pool up front, the pond proves itself to be a better investment over time due to less energy use, money saved on chemicals, and the memories you’ll make beside your beautiful recreation pond.

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