by Trevor Smith
Natural pools offer year-round outdoor enjoyment with surprisingly little upkeep. After its third, and very tough, winter, I recently opened a large natural pool and its associated constructed wetland for one of my clients. Here is a glimpse at the process.
In the autumn we cut back all the plant material so that it doesn’t end up in the pool. Any material that ends up in the water will decompose and fuel algae blooms the next season. We then pull a net over the pool to catch the numerous leaves that fall on this wooded lot. We disconnect the pumps and allow the plumbing to drain. The smaller skimmer pumps are then stored in a frost free location.
About the Author
Trevor Smith MCH, LEED Green Associate, AOLCP is the owner of Land Escapes, a landscape design company specializing in native plant design, living walls, green roofs, rain harvesting, permeable pavements, and urban farming. Trevor is the current president of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and is a certified Green Living Technologies Living Roof and Wall Installer.