Poolscape Design - The Essentials of Swimming Pool Landscape Planning

by Pool Builders on 05-05-2009 in Articles

A well thought-out swimming pool landscape plan can turn a fun, recreational area into one that forever increases the aesthetic and (quite possibly) monetary value of your home.   There are few things more decadent than having a private oasis in your backyard.  That said, it is surprising how frequently would-be owners of such luxury, inground pools often spare little thought for the details of poolscape design. There are manifold considerations when it comes to swimming pool landscape design,  considerations that include safety, convenience, privacy and, of course, beauty.

Unfortunately, there are only two ways in which these details are going to be attended to. Either you need to pay very close attention to the design and construction of the pool, ensuring that everything is done according to your taste and specifications, or else you'll need to know you're with a construction company you can trust - one recommended to you by family, friends and so on. The latter option is by far the better, as poorly managed companies can drag jobs out for ten times as long as they're worth, saddling you with unnecessary debt and hassle.

Possibly the best solution for a swimming pool landscape look that will be beautiful while also being immune to prying eyes is to surround it with greenery - plants tall and lush enough to form a screen around the perimeter. Of course, unless you plan to spend the other half of your free time dishing leaves out of the pool, you need to make your pick wisely. Large deciduous trees or even needle-bearing evergreens can be more trouble than they're worth, and fruit and flower trees, aside from being a source of obvious mess, attract flies, bees and wasps. Also, large trees with their correspondingly big root systems can cause damage to an inground swimming pool over the course of a few years.

Try instead for broadleaf evergreens like holly. One way to save space while still getting all the green you desire is to grow vines up trellises, or even to purchase an espalier tree. Espalier trees have their branches trained to grow out to either side, so they essentially form a flat barrier of branches.  

These are the best landscaping ideas for privacy, the alternative being a fence or wall, which will lack the gentle arboreal and natural feel of vegetation, but provide the safety and security you might prize over those traits if you have small children. Another serious consideration if that's the case is getting hold of a strong pool cover that will support the weight of your child should they happen to fall on it.

It's also a good idea to surround your pool with patio tiling, ensuring you of a safe, non-slip surface when you get out of the pool. Lazing outside is one of the most luxurious parts of having a pool, so think about the social space you're constructing and how many people you'd like to be able to entertain.

Lastly, think about style. You'd ideally like your swimming pool landscape design to echo the architectural features of your home. Often people renovate their houses without giving any thought to the outmoded style of the pool in the backyard. Look at a variety of custom designs, remembering always that your dream swimming pool will be the one that fits seamlessly into your dream home.

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