Saturday, 28 July 2018

Landscaping Near a Pool

Deciding to put a swimming pool in your own backyard is one decision that most people never regret. Swimming is considered one of the healthiest and most effective forms of exercise. Not only that, it is therapeutic for those who suffer from arthritis or are suffering from some physical injury. There are so many different ways you can take your pool area to the next level and one of the easiest ways is through some planned poolside landscaping. However, landscaping is more than just putting in a few plants and rolling out some turf. It’s about creating the best possible outdoor environment to benefit your space. Your backyard pool landscaping should reflect your entertainment style and yet be personalized. Keep in mind the following points before you set out to design a plan for the landscaping –
·       Choose your plants wisely. You need to have a few trees that provide shade. Pool landscaping should include some shade either nearby on the pool's pad or at one end of the water; trees should have less-aggressive root systems and should shed less.
·        Plant a bed of colourful flowers near the pool to provide colour and visual relief. If your landscaping includes a lot of natural rocks, it is recommended that you fill in the spaces with plants to soften the look.
·       Use evergreen hedges if you want a formal look around your pool. These provide a formal appearance when planted in a row or around structures like swimming pools
·       Design lawns and flower beds so they slope away from the pool. If necessary, install a low, watertight edging or wall on the pool side of the lawn or planting area. This will help keep debris from entering the pool.
·       Since the pool is just so horizontal, add height by constructing planter boxes higher than the surface of the pool.
·       Avoid planting flowers that attract bees near the pool area.
·       Choose low-water-use plants that will not require heavy irrigation around the pool. Too much water can damage your pool decking.
·       If you choose to plant cacti, plant them far enough away from the path to prevent accidental injury to people or damage to beach balls.
·       If you have empty space around your pool, grass is always a great way to fill in the area. It adds a rich, green texture to the outdoor space, helping to break up your concrete patio surroundings.
·       Pool landscaping also should include structures such as pergolas and trellises. Place containers planted with climbing vines at the base of a pergola. The vines will soften the hardscape and lead the eye upward.
·       Use outdoor furniture that compliments the landscape style of your pool.
·       Good outdoor lighting is both functional and aesthetic; it offers the right kind of light when and where you need it for entertaining or just relaxing. At the same time, proper lighting adds to the beauty of the pool area by highlighting architectural features and background plantings.
·       For safety issues, especially if you have small children, Construct a fence with a lockable gate. In case privacy is your main concern, you may increase the height of the fence and use one with slats close together.
·        The shower cubicles and changing room should not be too far from the pool and should be cleverly concealed either with a screen or high hedges.
·       You will need a storage unit to store all the chemicals, loungers, tubes, toys etc.  Landscaping can play an important role in “hiding” this storage area.
 Focus on finding different ways to highlight certain aspects of your backyard space while downplaying others, and you’re sure to end up with a visually appealing, functional poolside retreat.

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