I've been very interested in building a natural pool since I saw some of the first permies videos showing some of the examples. However, I live in Arkansas and we of course have alot of potentially dangerous water loving snakes and other things that like water habitats. Have you had any experience with this issue and what kind of mentality do you have about balancing natural ecosystems with the danger of some species in your swimming area? And are there any methods to take to dissuade snakes from setting up camp in/around my natural pool?
A Natural Swimming Pool can be constructed with two separate pools, one for the plants and animals, and one for swimming. Their only interconnection would be via pipework. The swimming area could look similar to a conventional pool. So the issue is really, if is safe to swim in a conventional chlorinated outdoor pool swimming in your area then a Natural Swimming Pool should be just as safe.
ive also heard that jumping spiders eat and chase away brown recluse
so perhaps there are other snakes in the area that will not only eat or scare away the dangerous ones but also fill its niche in the ecosystem, the idea being that if a safe snake eats everything that a dangerous snake may eat than there is no more food left for the dangerous snake and it will go elsewhere...
the most costly item for a self built Natural Swimming Pool is the pool liner. You need to measure it up and get a quote. (here in the UK it's around £5 per square meter so I'm guessing around $1 per square foot).
I can't really advise on the snake issue. A conventional chlorinated outdoor pool will carry a similar risk so talk to a local pool installer to see how they deal with snakes. Better still get advice from a local ecologist. It maybe the case that any pool, Natural Swimming Pool or conventional pool, may not be appropriate to your area.
David Pagan Butler wrote:I can't really advise on the snake issue. A conventional chlorinated outdoor pool will carry a similar risk so talk to a local pool installer to see how they deal with snakes. Better still get advice from a local ecologist. It maybe the case that any pool, Natural Swimming Pool or conventional pool, may not be appropriate to your area.
I think the difference between a conventional pool looks, from the examples i've seen, to be that there is a plant ecosystem in the pool that provides habitat for snakes, and also makes it more difficult to see one should it be there. In our climate we see very little issue with snakes in conventional pools (unless they get trapped there) simply because there is nothing for them there, aside from perhaps a sunny open area to sunbathe. Also, its very easy to see them in the pool or surrounding area typically because conventional pools don't typically have any place to hide around them.
Not trying to knock natural pools, in fact I am curious about other peoples experience with these issues so that I can make sure that the pool I build is safe for my niece to use. I don't think many people would be comfortable with their kids running and jumping into a pool that might have an aggressive or territorial snake that is setting up home and not easily detectable though. Anyways, I am determined to build one, so I will perhaps resurrect this thread next year and report my findings / potential solutions for snakes.