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NATURAL PONDS: what does natural mean?
The phrase "natural pond" has become quite the marketing buzz word in the pond construction business lately by a very wide range of pond construction contractors and pond supply marketers. In common language use, words can often take on meaning simply from the pervasiveness of their use. This is the reason we want to take a position in the definition of natural ponds. We prefer the etymological definition over the oft abused use of the phrase by marketers.
We ask the readers of this page: what does natural mean to you in the realm of ponds and waterfeatures?
Does natural mean a biological filter?
Does it mean a UV sterilizer/filter?
Does it mean a pond or waterfeature sealed in plastic or rubber?
Do natural ponds need additives like bacteria?
Do natural ponds need added bacteria to replace bacteria killed by the UV sterilizer?
Should a natural pond use an ionizer to emit copper ions to poison algae with copper?
Do natural ponds need chemicals like copper sulfate to eliminate algae?
Should a natural pond look very real and not simply a pile of rocks and barkdust mulch?
Should natural ponds need to have water changes or annual cleaning?
Should a natural pond clean itself or should the owner have to keep it clean?
Should natural ponds use invasive plants like parrots feather?
Finally, should natural ponds survive a few years or should they outlive your house and you?
There are many variations of natural ponds. Some may appear to be a natural pond straight from the forest, while others might elicit the emotions of a pool in a surging river or an oasis in a tropical jungle. The best will be the visual origin the beholder enjoys the most. All natural style of man made ponds should look as authentic as possible. They should be compared to images in a scenic calendar instead of neighboring residential landscape ponds or grass-to-the-edge golf course ponds.
As Biologists who have spent our careers studying and experimenting with the behavior of natural ponds, streams and lakes. We hold ourselves and our waters to the highest standards of natural pond aesthetics and function. The better designed and more naturally functioning the pond, the lower the effort and expense will be incurred to maintain it.
We lead busy lives like most people so we have very little interest in maintaining a pond. This is why we have worked hard to develop very efficient and natural pond designs. Knowledge and design are so much more convenient and powerful than continually having to maintain a pond. Natural clear ponds in the wild do not have a maintenance crew, so neither should ours. When someone claims their ponds are natural, ask them why they have to clean them out each year or even every few years. Also ask them how their plastic pond liners help remove excess nutrients. The answers may never come. To see the natural waters we build, visit the photos tab on our Google+ and Facebook pages found here.
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After letting the imagination run freely, consider the lifestyle around one of our natural swimming ponds a few steps from the back door. Yes, they do include broad sandy beaches as well as the authentic natural environment surrounding all our water features. Our swim ponds are an excellent example of what is now called ecopsychology, which is the study of how very natural settings emotionally and spiritually soothe us. This effect is much stronger around natural swimming "pools" than it might be from swimming in rectangular pools. As we admonish all pond builders... "no straight lines!".
We think waterfalls should look very natural as well.
Natural waterfeatures are much more soothing when there is no evidence of human involvement.
We suggest a cautious attitude towards most pond contractors who make the claim their ponds are natural unless they can prove they have no need for the filters, additives and equipment. The proof is in the performance!
Read more on natural pond subjects like natural Pond Plants and Origins of natural ponds and lakes. The Natural Pond Planning and Design , Natural Pond Myths and Pond Liners pages. And take a minute to read our farm ponds, natural swimming ponds with beaches , and trout ponds pages.
We look forward to discussing the possibilities of bringing your water to life!
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Natural ponds and lakes and Natural fish do not need to be fed or eat fish pellets, Natural pond design by Biologists exhibit very natural pond aesthetics and colorful fish. Natural also means the pond cleans itself. The you want a pond habitat that looks real or contrived?
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Biologists design Natural Landscape ponds and lakes that are more natural looking and functioning than habitats that landscape architects are building. Spring Creeks Natural landscape water features are inspired by nature, not suburban parks. Natural landscaping means natural materials and not synthetics, plastic or rubber liners. Aquatic landscaping for natural aesthetics is what we specialize in Ponds and Lakes and Ponds. How natural is your garden fish pond? Do you want that plastic liner in your Garden Pools: Natural Garden Ponds by Biologists So where should you start to naturalize your landscaping? Maybe you should begin out in a meadow, or the forest. Do the water features in your neighborhood look like they belong in the woods? This little book is a good first read Earth Ponds & Earth Ponds Sourcebook recommendation Then you will be ready to talk to an actual Aquatic Biologist to bring nature to your home yard, lawn and landscape. This is especially important for natural swimming pond construction where the square box is still being used. Why even build a so called natural swimming pond if it looks so much like the usual un natural pool? Dare to demand more from your waterfeature or pool builder.
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