Not to be dramatic but there is NOTHING worse than having to fish out leaves, grass, sticks, and other lawn debris from your beautiful watery oasis. Your inground pool (or future pool) deserves to be surrounded by lovely landscaping that WON’T end up floating on top or sinking to the bottom or clogging up your filter. Put an end to endless skimming by planning ahead with your backyard layout and preparing a low-maintenance pool area.
Hesitant to fully commit to revamping your landscaping? Potted plants are the way to go! Create a lovely scenery with pots of various shapes and sizes. This keeps the plants from spreading into unwanted areas and makes them mobile, in case you decide to rearrange once in a while.
Grasses such as switchgrass, fescue, feather reed grass, and oat grass are an inexpensive provision of privacy for around your pool. These robust plants look lovely and they’re easy to care for, requiring little maintenance.
If you’re looking for extra privacy that isn’t a fence, hedges and trees are a great solution. For hedges, we recommend boxwoods or flowering hydrangeas. When planting trees, make sure you take into account how large they will grow and how their root structure works. Planting a tree too close to your inground could be the death of it if the roots push into and crack the foundation.
Succulents love the heat of summer but aren’t too keen on being super soaked. Make sure they are potted (so they can come inside during cold weather) and away from the splash zone. Succulents can make a lovely addition to the decor of your yard!
THE BUGS AND THE BEES –
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One of summer’s drawbacks is all the bugs! Make sure that whatever you plant near the pool and play area, you’re not going to be attracting a bunch of bees! While we love our winged pollinating friends, inviting them over for a pool party isn’t always the best mix. They tend to crawl into open soda cans and always end up falling into the pool and drowning. Keep bug repelling plants around your pool as well to cut back on ants and mosquitos – marigolds, geraniums, citronella, lemongrass, basil, eucalyptus, and evergreen shrubs.
Hoping that this has given you some ideas on how to prepare your landscaping around the pool! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us… we’d love to make your pool a true oasis for the whole family!
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