How To Build A Natural Swimming Pool In Your Yard

Creating a natural pool is a lot of work, but it can also be a fun and rewarding project. How big you want to make it is entirely up to you, and a great benefit of a natural pool is that it is free from harmful chemicals. 

A natural pool is also inexpensive to build and almost entirely maintenance-free. You also have the freedom to design it any way you like so you can really have fun during the planning process.

Have a Plan

There are several different ways to build a natural swimming pool, but you have to start with a plan. This way, you will end up with exactly what you want in the end and with minimum mistakes or setbacks along the way. 

Set a Budget

You should also set a budget to know what you can afford and keep track of all your expenditures along the way. Doing this will help you decide what materials you can splurge on and where you may need to cut back and keep you from overspending. 

You need to map out exactly what you want, where you plan to put it and decide how big your want to make it. 

Keep in mind that you need to allow extra space for your filtration system and may need to take into consideration things such as power lines, trees, and fences. If you have trees in your yard, you may want to locate your pool away from them to avoid having to deal with extra debris in your pool.

Get Ready to Dig

Once you have mapped out your pool, you will likely need to rent an excavator or hire someone to dig out your pool. Just be sure to take into consideration where existing plumbing, gas, or sewer lines may be located underneath the surface before you dig. You will need to dig the hole so that the sides slope to prevent them from caving in. 

Once you have dug the hole to your liking, you will need to line it with a type of synthetic or bentonite material to seal it, so you can add water without it escaping. 

Add Some Plants

Adding plants to your pool is not only aesthetically pleasing, but they will naturally filter the water. You should designate a shallow area of your pool for your plants.

Add Filtration

If you want your pool to stay nice and clean, you will need some sort of filtration system. You can create a fairly simple system using inexpensive PVC tubes. The tubes should be set up so that they move the pool water from the pump into the area where you have your naturally filtering plants. 

You will also need to aerate the water. For added filtration, you could also add a skimming system that connects to the pump to catch anything the filtration system misses. 

Frequently changing the water will also help keep your pool water clear and free of unwanted contaminants such as algae. A UV light can help to keep the water clear as well. You want your pool to be balanced, so you may need to experiment with a few different methods. 

Added Features

You may also want to add some extra features such as a waterfall or even a slide. Don’t forget the area around your pool-you can create a relaxing oasis by adding flowers and trees. Just be sure that the plants and plant life that you choose will do well in your area.

How To Get Your Dog To Like Swimming

You would think that most dogs are complete naturals when it comes to swimming and that they love the water. After all, the unique way in which dogs paddle around in water is where humans get their “doggy paddle” swimming stroke. Yet, the opposite is true; not all dogs like water, and not all dogs are comfortable swimming in water. For whatever reason, they just don’t want to do it. 

If you have a dog that is hesitant to get into the water, or it is hesitant to swim longer than a minute, you can get him or her to like water and like swimming. Like all things with dogs, it takes patience and training. Here is how you can go about getting your dog into the water more often.

Start Small and Gradually Increase

Dogs that are afraid of water may fight you just to be bathed. A bad experience when they were puppies is often the cause. Start small and gradually increase the amount of water and the size of the container in which the water sits. If you bathe your dog in the family tub, make it about an inch of water and then praise your dog and give a treat if he/she actually climbs in and stays in during the bathing process. Just make sure to keep their nails groomed in case they overreact to the situation and frantically try to get out!

If you bathe your dog outside, buy a kiddie wading pool (you know, one of those plastic round ones you can buy for a few bucks?). Put a little water in the bottom. Every three or four days, increase the amount of water another inch, and provide encouragement, praise, and maybe even treats when your dog gets in the pool. 

When your dog tolerates a full tub or full kiddie pool, graduate to something larger. The family pool is good. Get into the water before the dog does. Hold up a favorite toy or treat to encourage him/her. It may take several tries or it may only take one try; it depends on the dog. Eventually, you should be able to get your dog to go into streams, ponds, and small lakes and paddle around like it’s nothing.

The Use of Toys

Another approach is to use toys. Dogs will play fetch without blinking. If your dog will literally fetch anything you throw, this is a good way to get your dog to swim. 

Stand near the middle of the pool. Hold up a toy to get your dog’s attention. Get your dog excited about fetching it. If he/she doesn’t automatically jump in the pool to play with you, toss the toy within a foot or two of the edge of the pool near your dog. 

Your dog may momentarily forget that he/she doesn’t like water and immediately jump in to get the toy. Praise your dog and give him/her lots of pets, then take the toy back and continue to play fetch in the pool. Eventually, your dog will come to associate swimming and playing in the water with things he/she loves to do and enjoys because you are part of the game. 

Always Coax, Praise, Pet

Dogs always want to please their people. That’s half their charm. To get them to do anything, you always coax, praise, and pet. They understand these actions to mean that you love them, and then they are more apt to repeat the actions that got them the praise and the pets. Try to remember this with every approach you attempt to get your dog to love being in the water and love swimming with you.