Pool Landscaping Ideas Can Make A Big Difference

by Pool Builders on 07-30-2012 in Articles

There are probably thousands of ideas for landscaping pools and here are a few more. I am invited to discuss simple landscaping ideas with people who are interested in sparking up the appearance of their existing pool or who are looking for some ideas before they start to consult with pool architects. Many pool landscaping ideas don't have much to do with the pool itself, but rather the surrounding area; the setting.

Gazebos

One such landscaping structure are pool side gazebos where you can entertain friends and visitors while they are not swimming. They can also change clothes and relax under the shade of many styles of closed gazebos. For entertaining around a pool, gazebos are a must. They are easy to access and eliminates the need to be constantly in and out of the house with wet feet.

Plants & Flowers

Plants around a pool serve a couple of different purposes. One major purpose is to make the pool blend into the surrounding area naturally. Quite another purpose is to obstruct the view of "peeping toms" and to provide you with some privacy.

When choosing landscape plants, it is best to select those that require low maintenance so that you don't have to fish the leaves or petals that are blown into the water. One good option is to use a broad leaf evergreen such as a holly. I suggest going to your local greenhouse and talking with one of their experts.

Here's a list of tropical looking plants that I have had success with:

- Aspidistra

- Aucuba

- Banana tree

- Elephant ears

- Cyprus

- Palms

Instead of planting flowers in the grass, you are better suited to put them in containers. The advantage of doing so is that you can move these indoors when it is too cold especially during the winter and then bring them back the following spring. Also, whoever cuts the grass will thank you!

You should avoid planting fruit trees by the pool because they dirty the surrounding area, attract bees and their roots will damage the tiles of your swimming pool. Quite possible the very worst types of greenery around a pool are evergreens like oaks and pine because they don't only drop leaves but also acorns, leaves and needles. Another type of plant to avoid is one with thorns. People romping about poolside will not appreciate having to dodge the prickly leaves and branches. Not to mention the wear and tear on skin and clothes.

Fences

A pool fence is a must. Whether regulated by your municipality or not, it's a safety measure that cannot be overlooked. Having a fence installed around your pool is necessary if you have young kids or even pets. It controls access to the pool, therefore, preventing swimming pool accidents. An added bonus is the privacy afforded by a pool fence. Usually, these types are about six feet high with overlapping patterns. You can choose latticed fences that still keep you from being exposed but allows air and light to pass through.

There are many different kinds from wrought iron, wood, PVC and chain link. Chain link is the most affordable but also the least impressive. This can be easily remedied by adding privacy panels or a crawling plant like ivy.

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