Fantastic Pool Landscaping

by Pool Builders on 01-30-2008 in Articles

There are many things to consider when getting into pool landscaping, but the main one to think carefully about is choice of plants. Whether the pool landscaping is for above the ground or in the ground will have a big impact on the sorts of plants that should be chosen. The plants used for pool landscaping are also being exposed to lots of chemicals, so they need to be hardy enough to take it.

Swimming pools that are in the ground don't do well with shrubs and trees. The expense of a swimming pool means that extra care should be taken to make sure that it lasts for a long time. Pool landscaping with shrubs and trees often causes problems when the roots start to grow into the foundations, often leading to expensive repair work.

Fences are also popular for pool landscaping, often a required extra for in the ground types. A fence can be purely for safety, but can also be put in place to get a little more privacy or perhaps add a bit of character to the rest of the pool landscaping. Inside installations should be paired with non-deciduous plants that don't lose their leaves every year. The leaves tend to fall in and clog up the filtration system. Leaves are pretty much unavoidable, but make sure not to plant any big leaf dropping trees nearby. Evergreen shrubs will also drop some needles, that will get blown in during stormy weather.

Low-blooming plants are better for pool landscaping. Annual plants will wither and die if they get exposed to any pool water. Fences can be partly or fully covered by creeping plants, which can help to transform an otherwise average looking fence into something quite spectacular and give a little more privacy. They can however become overgrown very quickly and require regular attention to keep them in place.

Protection for Pool Landscaping

Lots of flowers around a swimming pool might sound tempting to spruce up the general look, but bear in mind that every flower added is a little more work. Keeping low-maintenance plants that don't grow too tall will help to keep the amount of extra work required to keep the swimming pool area looking decent, to a minimum. This allows more enjoyment time, rather than maintenance time.

Dense areas of flowers are not always necessary and sometimes the most effective thing is to just add a few in the places where they will have the most effect. Use them in a few particular places to give a little color. Shrubs can be used to add a little height to the fence.

As a final note on pool landscaping, avoid flowers that will attract flying pests. The swimming pool area is likely to have people around, and kids and adults swimming. Skipping plants that attract bugs like bees will help to keep the swimming pool area safe. Bee attracting plants are not appropriate for pool landscaping.

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