Does size matter? When you are deciding on the size of your pool, you may not have room for a large Olympic pool that can handle the entire neighborhood, but planning out some creative landscaping around your smaller pool can create a beautiful focal area that gives the appearance of a larger pool area while still maintaining the look you dreamed of when you envisioned your backyard pool.
Are you looking at me? Are you? Another thing some people leave until the last minute or after the pool is already up and running is privacy landscaping. Many users find that after the pool has been finished and they are enjoying it, they feel that they need some privacy in their yard that they didn’t realize before. Landscaping around swimming pools can include designs as simple as larger shrubs in a line outside your pool fence area or a large stepped up bed that creates a “wall” of privacy for users enjoying their time in the pool without the feeling of being enclosed.
Many people want the best bang for their buck when it comes to pool landscaping and for as much as you spend on a new swimming pool, you want to cut somewhere right? Wrong! Landscaping doesn’t have to be over the top expensive and you don’t need to import plants from the jungles of Costa Rica to get that feeling of being in a tropical surrounding. There are low cost, common plants that you can have installed that give you the same feel to your backyard as you would get if you were deserted on a Caribbean Island, except you have water…and margaritas. Surrounding your pool with some of these plants and a few accent palm trees can give you the same image you see in your mind when you picture your dream pool. Speaking of palm trees, there are quite a few different species of palm trees that you can purchase that are better for different climates. Typically, if you don’t see many long cold spells, any palm tree would be fine depending on your preference of aesthetics and budget. If you are in an area that experiences a few days that drop below certain freezing temperatures, you will need to see which species are hearty enough to be able to handle the cold weather changes. Trust me, knowing this before you pick your palms will save you from having to play the game of “Is my palm tree going to make it or not” after you have a record breaking 3 days of 17 degree weather in mid-March one year and you are out of state on business.
Having a good pool designer/installer will keep this bear off your back because they will know what the best solutions are for whatever specific issues you may run into when designing your backyard oasis. Whether you have a tight fit but want it to look expansive, or you want a private serene spa in the middle of suburbia, swimming pool landscaping can achieve almost any look or feel that you can imagine.