Pools are extremely popular in Australia. A combination of hot climates and ample space means that a huge proportion of residential properties have their own private swimming pool, even in poorer neighbourhoods. One of the most popular jobs for landscapers is creating a relaxing, aesthetically pleasing environment around pool areas.
However, not everyone wants to or can afford to use professional landscaping services to craft their pool area. Some people choose to do their landscaping on their own. I’ve learnt from experience that landscaping around pools is something that can be quite difficult to get right. With this in mind, I’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of your pool area:
Start With Some Shady Plants
In my opinion, the first thing that you want to do is choose some shady plants to put around your pool. While a bit of sunshine can be nice, it’s also good to be able to relax in the shade from time to time. A bit of clever planning can give you the best of both worlds – shady areas for the hottest summer days and sunny spots where you can work on your tan when you want to.
A lot of people choose to use palms to provide shade around their pool. They have a way of creating a cool, relaxed atmosphere, and they don’t drop a lot of leaves or other organic material that can fall into the pool. However, there’s no reason why you can’t choose some sort of other plants if you want to.
Make Sure You Leave Space Around The Edges Of The Pool
In my experience, it’s always a good idea to leave at least a couple of meters of space around the edges of your swimming pool if possible. This will give your pool area an open, relaxed atmosphere, which can help you wind down after a long day at work.
It’s also a good idea to try and put a grassed area close to your pool. A lot of people like to have a quick swim to cool off and then to lay in the sun for a while with a book. Sure, you could spread your towel on a concrete path, but somehow it’s not quite the same as laying on a grassy area.
Avoid Plants That Drop A Lot Of Leaves
One of the most time consuming and frustrating things about owning a pool is keeping it clean. It’s a good idea to avoid plants that drop a lot of leaves, nuts or other organic material, as these can make your pool water quite dirty. For a low maintenance pool area, go for plants – like palms – that either have large leaves or that don’t drop their leaves very often.
Swimming pool landscaping can be fun and rewarding. If you’re thinking about either installing a new pool or upgrading an existing one, make sure that you put a bit of thought into landscaping the area. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, think about contracting an experienced landscaping professional.