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Let Your Natural Swimming Pond Age and Develop

Before adding any fish or taking a long soak, you should let your new swimming pond age and develop a little bit. 

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Understanding and Meeting Local Requirements for Your Natural Swim Pond

In most rural areas, small backyard ponds designed for swimming are not controlled by any local authorities or permitting offices. 

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Plant Selection and Installation in Natural Swimming Pond

Careful plant selection makes the difference between a clean and thriving natural pond and a water feature that requires a lot of attention for the first few years. 

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Water Features that Work Best with Natural Swimming Ponds

Many homeowners want their backyard ponds to serve a double purpose of adding visual appeal and offering a comfortable place to swim. 

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Plant Your Filtration Area in a Natural Swimming Pond

After installing your liner and filling your pond, it’s time to add your filtration plants. 

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Controlling Algae Growth in a Natural Swimming Pond

Algae is one of the most discouraging parts of natural pond ownership. It’s a natural and inevitable part of a pond’s life cycle, but it’s also unpleasant to swim through and can seem impossible to eliminate. 

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Dealing with Wildlife Attracted to the Pond

A well-built natural pond will attract a wide variety of wildlife. 

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The 50/50 Rules of Designing a Natural Swimming Pond

Natural ponds that aren’t used for swimming can be planted as heavily or lightly as you like. However, swimming ponds need a specific amount of planted and clear areas. 

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Building Entrances and Exits to a Natural Swimming Pond

Walking in and out of the pond through a random part of the pond bank may work if you only plan to swim a few times over the course of the summer. 

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To Add Fish or Not to Natural Swimming Pond?

For some homeowners, the idea of adding koi or goldfish to their backyard pond is even more of a goal than swimming.

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Choose a Natural Swimming Pond Style

All natural ponds need banks that look natural and stabilize the soil below the surface to prevent erosion. 

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Reasons to Choose a Natural Swimming Pond Over a Traditional Pool

Since building a natural pond for any purpose is a large home improvement project, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right choice for you before you begin. 

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Making a Natural Pond for Swimming

There are as many reasons for building a natural pond and there are designs and options for customization. 

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Top 3 Bog Pond Plants for your Natural Pond

Here are our top picks for bog plants that can liven up your pond. 

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Top 3 Submerged Plants for a Natural Pond

Here are several great options to consider when choosing between submerged plants. 

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Top 3 Emergent Plants for a Natural Pond

In this article we discuss a few of the most popular species of emergent pond plants that our team recommends. 

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Top 3 Floating Plants for a Natural Pond

Floating plants help keep your natural pond cool, clean, and safe for fish. Here are the top species of floating pond plants we recommend.

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How to Keep Your Natural Pond Clean – No Filter Required

A natural pond can help beautify your garden or backyard. However, keeping it clean can seem like a challenge

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Different Water Sources for Your Natural Pond

While using water from a nearby stream might seem like a good idea at first, it is extremely difficult to get a permit for building any pond directly in a stream.

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How to Build a Natural Pond: Step by Step

Here’s a step by step guide to putting your pond together. From checking for hazards to breaking ground, to adding the finishing touches to your new water feature, these instructions are sure to prove helpful!  

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Designing a Natural Garden Pond or Backyard Pond

A natural pond proves these experts wrong by allowing you to have the pond of your dreams without excessive work. 

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What is a Natural Pond?

Liners aside, everything else about your pond can be controlled and managed by nature. Whether you have a garden pond, a backyard pond, or another natural water feature, the key to a thriving and long-lasting pond is a balanced ecosystem. 

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