If you do not use and maintain your in-ground swimming pool on a regular basis, then it is likely that it does not provide you with any challenges beyond the need to clean it. Think about letting the swimming pool return to its natural state as an alternative to continually cleaning and treating it with chemicals: Convert that into a pond, please. You might be able to make your pool into an appealing feature of your backyard by making some minor adjustments to its fundamental structure and incorporating filtration equipment, as well as plants and animals.
A Complete Pool Overhaul
It is not practical to let a swimming pool to just become green and then add fish and plants into it since the fish and plants would most likely perish as a result of the pool’s residual chemicals. Drain the pool, then use a natural material like vinegar to clean the inside, followed by rinsing it well with water to remove any residue. If your pool is lined with plastic or metal rather than concrete, the plastic or metal liner has to be replaced with a liner that is wildlife-friendly. Concrete liners are the most wildlife-friendly option. Choose between a liner made of concrete or a flexible synthetic material, both of which should be fitted by trained experts.
Install a Filtration System
According to The Permaculture Research Institute, a filtration system is necessary for every pond, but it is particularly important for ponds that include fish. It eliminates the trash that is created by fish as well as the decomposition of plants. Including a pump to circulate the pond’s water is a possibility. The addition of oxygen to the water by a pump is useful since both plant life and fish life are dependent on oxygen for their survival. Additionally, if the water from the pond will overflow into other sections of your yard during wet times, you should determine where the water will travel and plant vegetation that can thrive in damp environments in those areas of your yard.
Add Aquatic Plants
When a pond has plants in it, it is better able to support fish and other forms of wildlife. A pond may also look better when it has plants. Because your pond will have a lining, the simplest method to incorporate vegetation into it is to utilise plants that thrive in containers and to maintain those plants in the containers they were grown in while they are in the pond. When necessary, container plants may be readily replaced with those of other species or replanted in containers of a greater size.
Suitable plants for ponds include the common rush (Juncus effusus), which, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden, can survive in plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 of the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Sunny Pink hardy water lily (Nymphaea ‘Sunny Pink), which can survive in USDA zones 4 through 10 of the same organisation. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, you might instead go for a Chinese water chestnut, which is known scientifically as Eleocharis dulcis and is hardy in USDA zones 9 through 11.
Introduce Pond Wildlife
According to The Permaculture Research Institute, adding fish to your pond may be done after the filter for your pond has been properly constructed, your aquatic plants have flourished, and the colour of the water in your pond has taken on a bluish-green hue. The green colour of the water is caused by algae, and the presence of algae as well as thriving aquatic plants, together with the addition of a pump (which is optional), guarantees that the water in the pond has sufficient oxygen for fish to breathe.
Place rocks in the pond where the fish are kept so that birds and other forms of wildlife will congregate around them. The boulders will provide the animals a place to hide from the sun and take a break. Over the course of time, the pond will become home to a variety of more species, including salamanders, frogs, salamanders, and butterflies.