By using carefully placed rocks and plants you can build a natural pool without a pump and without using any plumbing. The technique involves planting “tea plants” (Hydrangea macrophylla) in the deep parts of a pool. You will then be able to have as many as six different plants growing inside the deep area of the pool. The plants will use the sun’s energy to produce the nutrients the pool needs to survive, and at the same time, they will filter the water so the pool can stay completely insect-free.
The menu for these “tea plants” is fairly simple; they grow best in 16 and 18 hours. A good day and night of watering, and feeding, will keep these plants just right. Plant them in mass or loosen them up in complimentary colors. The possibilities are endless.
Some of the more popular plants used in a swimming pool are:
There are many things that can be used to improve your pool and we will cover: chlorine, softeners, UV filtering.
Condition your swimming pool at least six months prior to adding a chlorine pool. You must do this every two weeks in order to keep your swimming pool safe. You may also condition your pool at six months point but no later than six months before adding a chlorine pool.
Do not put pool chemicals on the floor of your swimming pool. Many have heard stories of children slipping through the straw in the dark when pushing a cart through the household. Use caution. Use a floor drain and/or pH monitor.
You may find these chemicals handy at your local swimming pool supply store.
31240 Miniature Rubber Mulch – 1.5″ x 4.75″ dense woven material helps control weeds and curb weeds such as thistles
IOifiers – Helps to suppress weed growth before they start.
Aqueous Insecticide – kills annoying insects before they learn the lesson.
Zone 80 Natural Insecticide – kills harmful insects before they learn the lesson.
Zone Rate – kills harmful insects before they learn the lesson.
Microbial Inoculant – kills some bacteria and fungus in the soil that can contribute to chlorotic and mossy mildew.
Wood Chips, Barks and Compost – joins two or more neighbors to prevent disease.
blood meal, bat guano and bone meal – each has been through intensive testing for more than 20 years and related to microbial contamination.
coconut coir – comes from the waste from coconuts (a fungal crop).
Chicken Manure – tons of it!, is a high source of nitrogen.
Horticultural Whiteflies – found on golf courses. Likes quality plants. Insects are introduced by laying green manure.
icides (ozmo, rotenone, etc.)
Soil also has microorganisms ( moulds, bacteria, etc.)
You have microorganisms in your soil that help you in your everyday life.
As I said, things you don’t want in your swimming pool.
Rotting organic material attracts mosquitoes. Rotting fruit and vegetable stems are a magnet for mice.
Old bedding material can introduce damping off.
Meat and fish bones; dairy products; grains; bread products; peanut butter and other fats are often overcrowded in pools.
Add some natural bacteria to the water, that way the chlorine will not be so effective.