You just fulfilled your dream of putting a swimming pool in your backyard, and you can already envision the amazing pool parties and neighborhood get-togethers that will fill your summer weekends for years to come. Only one thing stands between you and your first big party: the challenge of landscaping your swimming pool area.
Staring at the blank canvas of yard around your pool can make swimming pool landscaping seem like a daunting task, but if you follow these easy tips, your poolside will be beautiful.
Swimming Pool Landscaping Begins With The Right Fence And Decking
Fencing a swimming pool is a major safety precaution that every pool owner needs to follow. As a matter of fact, many cities require fences as a part of getting a swimming pool permit. Since your fence will be a major focal point around your pool take the time to choose one that will look attractive next to your house and provide a great backdrop for swimming pool landscaping. Do not make the mistake of placing your fence too close to your pool, or you will not have room to place plants around your pool.
Depending on the type of pool you have, the way that you surround your pool will vary. Above ground pools often have wrap around wooden decks and in ground pools are often wrapped in cement sidewalks or flagstones. Choose decking which compliments the shape of the pool, type of fence surrounding it, and the type of swimming pool landscaping you want to pursue.
Swimming Pool Landscaping And Plant Choice
When you are landscaping your swimming pool area, sometimes the plants you do not choose are as important as the plants you do choose. Many people like the idea of shade around the pool, but planting trees around the pool means you will be cleaning leaves out of the pool on a regular basis. If you want shade choose evergreen shrubs, such as junipers and you will have a cleaner pool.
It is very tempting to plant highly fragrant or flowering shrubs next to your pool. As beautiful as a flowering bush can be, it can also be a haven for bees. If you don’t want to deal with bee stings at pool parties, skip the types of shrubs that attract these insects.
A great way to bring foliage near your pool, with the ability to keep things portable, is to plant shrubs and annuals in containers and spread them out around your swimming pool.
If you happen to have HVAC unit located close to your pool, you may want to landscape around it to cover it from splashes coming off of pool for better safety and a few other reasons you will find below.
When landscaping around HVAC, make sure you have 24 inches clearance around it and there are a few reasons for this which are outlined below:
1. Decreased efficiency of your HVAC unit which affects its longevity
2. Increased power consumption will increase your utility bills
3. Easier access for technician’s convenience to perform necessary repairs avoiding higher repair bill