My Organic Swimming Pond

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    I like the concept but if you dont mind some personal opinions id like to add a few things. I think the edges of the pond in the shallow part of the water should look more natural and not so perfect. Some long flat rocks can change the shape of the perimeter allowing you to place the rocks in a way where it won't look like a filled in swimming pool. As for the edges where the decking is well theres nothing you can do about that.....Another idea is you have so much room that you can put a huge 10ft tall waterfall if you wanted or several waterfalls around the edges. You have so much room for potential its incredible! I would take down the fence surrounding the entire pond too. If you want a fence to surround the pond maybe something made out of wood. Something natural looking! Its a pond now. Make it look like a pond in a natural setting. You don't want it looking like a filled in swimming pool with a chain link fence surrounding it. I hope I didnt offend you. Im just giving you some ideas because the potential you have there is incredible.
     
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    No offence taken, jersey. I'm open to ideas. I just finished the main work to get the space to a point where we can now relax a bit and enjoy it, but by no means are we yet done in terms of 'landscaping' the area. The fence is 23 y/o from the old pool and fences are required in my municipality...a little silly given that my house is rural and there are many wild ponds nearby. Perhaps someday, I'll change the entire fence to something more complementary of the new environment, but since it's in good shape, our idea is to add flowering vines to the fencing. Also, I have a fair number of large granite field stones left over from my house fireplace build some years ago, so I plan to place a number of them in the regeneration/planting zones. Thanks!
     
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    A lot of work for sure, nice job. I also prefer the more natural look but as you stated it is a work in progress. Enjoy your hard work
     
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    My suggestion if you want to keep that fence is to plant trumpet vines every few feet on both sides of the fence. Spend some money and time because the closer you plant them the faster they will take over. Trumpet vines are super invasive and will take over that entire fence in no time. You wont even see the fence. It will require some work though because they grow so fast and can get out of control if you dont maintain them. They have beautiful trumpet looking flowers (hence the name) that really cover the vines. Its not like there are only a few flowers here and there. The flowers when in bloom cover the vines substantially. Once they begin to take over the fence you can trim them with a hedge trimmer. That commercial looking fence will turn into a trumpet vine hedge in no time. By the way, not sure if you have Craigslist or a website that people can sell used items and advertise services on by you but sometimes people advertise free stuff. I had a lady by me who didnt plan correctly and planted trumpet vine where she shouldnt have. She told me just to come and take as much as I wanted for free as it would help her get rid of it. Maybe you can find somene like that or even some wild vine somewhere that you can take. Like I said its super invasive but for what you have its perfect. I would make that fence into a trumpet vine hedge in 2-3 seasons...
     
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    Jersey, in fact, we obtained our pond plants via a lady we found on kijiji. She has been a ponder for 10+ years and as hers outgrow their planting tubs, she separates and sells. She has been very helpful to me since, and she knows someone who has vines that we can take advantage of when we're ready, though I don't yet know what variety(ies) they are. Once done, I think the fencing will be largely hidden and look great. I have two gates along the fencing (one leads to a sitting area by a natural stream and paths through our 1+ acres of woodland), both which I'll likely change to cedar once the vines have taken hold.
     
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    This is trumpet vine that took over a fence
     

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    I would love to see how the pond is going!
     
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    I think this is incredible, great idea and execution! Why did you put the plants into tubs though? That stands out to me even more so then the rigid shape. The shape just gives it a more formal look in my mind.
     
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    Hi. I will post pics in the spring after the snow melts.
     
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    Thanks! I used tubs for plants to control growth as I don't want it to get too wild, and want to add plants of various types and colors over time in a somewhat controlled design. I may consider direct planting in the future when I have established my preferred design. I may have to keep the lilies in tubs because they could perish due to winter ice in the shallow depth of the two regeneration zones. For winter, I cut back the lilies and have moved the tubs to the bottom of the shallow end of the swimming zone (3.5') for the winter. The pics I posted were taken mid-season last summer, the first year of the plants. When the lilies roots expand to more fill the tubs and are in full growth, the pads will pretty much cover the tubs so that the tubs will barely show. By end of last season the tubs were not too visible.
     
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    Looks Great bud. I am Jealous. I would love to build one. Someday when I move to a new house. If your anything like me, that thing will ALWAYS be a work in progress.
     
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