Plan Your Pool Landscaping

When planning your pool landscaping design, keep in mind aspects of beauty, privacy, and convenience. The first thing you should consider is plant life.

Plants provide beauty and privacy around a swimming pool. They soften the harsh lines of swimming pool equipment and help swimming

It doesn't matter if you are looking for a more resort style appeal or something more intimate for your pool landscape designs.

pools to blend more naturally with the surrounding environment. If you grow plants that are tall enough, they can form beautiful privacy screens around the pool area. You need to smart when choosing your plants however. Strive for low-maintenance plants so that you won’t regret your choices later! For instance, you don’t want large deciduous trees around a swimming pool, as you’ll end up fishing all those leaves out of the water! Even needle-bearing evergreen trees can be messy. A good alternative is a broadleaf evergreen such as holly. Avoid fruit trees: not only are they messy, but the fruits attract bees. And as beautiful as flowers are, be aware that they, too, can be bee-magnets. Even worse, plants with invasive root systems can damage a swimming pool over the years.

Fencing around swimming pools is a must when pets and children are present, for the purpose of safety. While some people consider fences to be obtrusive and aesthetically awkward, the right fence design can also offer you good looks and privacy. If you don’t like the look of a fence, soften it by training vines to grow over it; the vines will enhance privacy to boot. Swimming pool lights can also offer safety in the pool area.

Lastly, patios and pool decks provide not only beauty, but safety for swimming pool areas. While they cost the most, patios and decks will make the biggest difference around the pool. There are dozens of options for size, design, and material of a poolside deck or patio. Outdoor furniture also affords convenience around your swimming pool, as do barbecue equipment and outdoor furnaces. Combine these elements to create the perfect pool area for swimming, relaxing, and entertaining.

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