Backyard pools provide a way to cool off and enjoy a
taste of luxury without having to travel. Backyard
pools provided even more convenience and a welcome
respite in 2020, as many public pools were closed in response
to social distancing restrictions put in place during the pandemic.
After installing pools, many homeowners realize that touching
up the landscaping around the pool can provide the fi nishing
touch to their backyard retreats. Not all landscaping
is the same, and homeowners should choose plants that look
beautiful, are tolerant to pool splash-out and won’t outgrow the
area. The home and garden resource The Spruce notes that a
plant that is attractive at two feet tall can grow rapidly and drop
leaves or other debris into the pool.
When selecting options for pool landscaping, there are some
considerations to keep in mind:
• Choose plants that will provide privacy.
• Know which kind of climate a plant needs prior to purchasing
it. Tropical plants may be fi tting poolside, but will they endure
when the season is over?
• Design according to the theme of the home, as plants should
complement the existing style. Modern foliage may not blend
well with a home styled after a traditional English cottage.
• Decide whether you can accept spreading or trailing plants
that can cascade over retaining walls and other infrastructure.
• Look at trees that won’t drop too many leaves, fl owers or fruit
into the water.
• Think about having layers of plants to soften the landscape,
which can make a small pool seem bigger and more luxurious,
indicates the landscaping company Earth Development, Inc.
• Don’t overlook the possibility of a lawn abutting pavers or
concrete surrounding a pool, as it can soften the edges and
keep spaces open and inviting.
• Incorporate herbs or fragrant plants, which can transform a
pool day into a spa experience. Consider low-maintenance lavender
as an option.
Pool landscaping must marry a variety of different features
and plant requirements. As a result, a professional consultation
may be the route to take. Landscape architects will have the
know-how to select plant varieties that will be tolerant, beautiful
and fulfi ll homeowners’ wishes.
Backyard pools can make a backyard retreat that much more
enjoyable. Landscaping offers the softness and beauty that
adds a fi nishing touch to poolside retreats.
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