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Pool Landscaping Ideas – Create a Backyard Oasis

Pool Landscaping Ideas – Create a Backyard Oasis

Pools are fun for the whole family, relaxing and even therapeutic additions to your backyard paradise.

The landscaping you choose can turn even the most basic pool and patio into an absolute oasis. Often, it's not until the pool landscaping is completed that your swimming pool develops that "wow" factor that people dream of.

In addition to that “wow” look goal, pool landscaping projects have some common practical goals:

    Plant for low maintenance
    Provide privacy
    Mesh well with your yard’s theme
    Protect the pool from debris that might blow into the pool

Whether you're planning to revamp an existing landscape, start from scratch, do-it-yourself or hire a professional, these pool landscape design tips and ideas can help jump start your project planning.

Pool Landscaping Tips:

How to use Potted Plants

Potted plants can be a simple and inexpensive part of your landscaping project.  Since they are portable you have the freedom to experiment with placement. Potted plants are often clustered together to give the look of a landscape bed.  

Privacy is a concern for many pool owners

The visual and audible screening properties of natural plants and trees make landscaping one of the most powerful ways to achieve privacy in a swimming pool area.

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How to use Planters

Planters are different than potted plants, in that planters are a permanent feature of your pool landscaping area.  They are typically used in flat open area in the pool patio, or as an elevated feature adjacent to benches or walls.  Using simple planters in your pool patio area can transform little used sections to create that “wow” factor!  Planters can also reduce the cost of your project if used appropriately.

Check Out Pool Planters Ideas on Houzz

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The Role of Lighting

Properly done outdoor lighting can really make your pool area standout.

Evening entertaining by the pool is so fun! Use pool lighting to showcase your pool. Place lighting in trees and walkways to make these areas appear larger and more inviting. Your guests will be impressed!

Smart Tip: Many times new pool owners want to add lighting features but do not have the budget to add immediately.  In these cases, consider having an electrician run extra electrical conduit to your pool for future installations, this will save you money down the road.

Which Plants to Use and Avoid:

Good plants to use

    Evergreen trees and ground cover
    Shrubs
    Ivy (for ground cover)
    Long blooming flowers
    Ornamental grasses like fountain grass

To cut down on maintenance responsibilities, avoid greenery that needs mulch or loses foliage that could blow into the pool. To get the most use out of your backyard paradise, incorporate shading solutions. Work with your existing landscape/trees to achieve shade opportunities. While you may not want to directly shade the pool, nearby shaded areas provide guests with a place to relax and socialize out of the sun.

Smart Tips: Don’t plant yourself into a corner! Consider all the work involved with weeding, pruning, raking, fertilizing and watering. Select plants and trees that will match your acceptable level of maintenance. Also plan on the growth!  A blue spruce looks great when you load into the trunk of your car, but 10 years later, it’s 30ft tall, and now you have tons of needles dropping into your pool, and all shade – no sun. 

Saltwater Pool Owners: Make sure to choose plants that are tolerant of high salt level.

Bad landscaping to use

    Fruit bearing trees
    Plants that attracts bees and other insects like mint or bee balm
    Plants with thorns, barbs, or other prickly parts like roses or hollies.

Smart Tip:  Avoid trees that shed leaves or needles, bark or seeds, which make it difficult to keep the pool clean. Added organic load also consumes sanitizers and elevates phosphate levels and can quickly lead to green pools or algae

Visualize Pool Landscaping Ideas on Houzz

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Should I use boulders?

When considering the use of boulders – think about how they fit into the overall theme of your pool landscaping design. Think twice about using a single boulder around a pool that does not fit your design theme.

Areas of river stone and other landscaping rocks can add a low-maintenance separation between planting beds.

Smart Tip: Boulders are best utilized when they are used in groups and with an abundance of pool landscaping. 

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