Landscaping soften the harsh lines of swimming pool equipment and help swimming pools to blend more naturally with the surrounding environment. If you grow plants that are tall enough, they will form privacy screens around the pool area. But plants must be chosen wisely.
While living in a warm climate offers a wider variety of plant choices than many areas, those faced with the job of landscaping near a swimming pool still have the basic considerations pool owners in any region must confront. Before making an impulsive trip to the nursery for whatever strikes your fancy, do some research.
- Low maintenance plants- Pools are meant to inspire relaxation, not physical labor.
- Broadleaf evergreens- Like Holly.
- Plants that are indigenous to your area or will adapt well to your climate. If in doubt, consult regional charts or your local nursery.
- Try to minimize lawns near swimming pools; this keeps the grass clippings out of the water.
What to Avoid:
- High scent flowers &/or fruit trees- Unless you enjoy the company of bees. This includes Wisteria, Sweet Clovers, Delphinium, Larkspur, Queen Anne’s Lace, Cosmos and many Salvias.
- Trees with invasive root systems- As the roots grow they can interfere with the pool structure. This includes ficus, elm and oak trees.
- Cactus- Remember that you are usually wearing a swimsuit while enjoying your pool. Cactus + exposed skin = Possible OUCH.
- Leafy trees &/or needle-bearing evergreen trees- Unless you thoroughly enjoy cleaning your pool.
- Lots of mulch-It can fly into your pool, or get strewn all over your pool deck on a windy day- and it’s not fun to step on.
Captain Ron’s Lawns & Landscaping Inc, is here to help create beautiful landscaping for your swimming pool.