Do's and Don'ts of Pool Landscaping
Most people plan their summer vacations months, if not a year or more, out in advance. The excitement can be completely consuming when you start researching places to go, things to see, food to try and the local culture to experience. You and the family settle on the location, you make your travel and lodging accommodations and reservations for the local tours, experiences and restaurants. The countdown begins! So very exciting…
Then a global pandemic occurs. You are under a stay home order, every nonessential business is shut down, home schooling begins and ultimately, your well planned vacation is cancelled.
Now summer is upon us and what are you going to do to entertain yourself and your family for the next 4 months?
From my conversations with current and past clients, you are putting in a pool! I spoke with a local pool installation company owner and he stated that they are inundated with calls for new pool installation inquiries everyday. He is beyond saddened because he has to give them the news that he is booked out for new installs for the rest of the summer. He said, “I have had to turn down referrals from past customers and I just feel terrible about it!” The silver lining here is that he is also extremely grateful that in a global pandemic, where so many people have lost their jobs and some small businesses have had to close, his family owned business is thriving and his employees are happy that they do not have to worry about their job security.
So if you are one of the lucky ones that are getting a pool installed this summer, next to shape, design, hardscaping, you need to think about the landscaping. Chances are when you picture your dream pool, you likely imagine a backyard oasis. Landscaping around your pool can completely transform your space, but it can be tricky. Not only does that landscape need to align with your style but it needs to be able to suit its environment.
Here are some things to consider when selecting plantings for around the pool:
- Maintenance- Avoid plants that litter by dropping lots of leaves, needles, flowers, fruits, sap, or debris. This includes many trees but also some shrubs. If you would rather swim than tend, consider lots of containers with a drip system set on a timer.
- Safety- If planting very close to the pool or pool surround, avoid plants with sharp blades, thorns, spines that can cause injury. This includes cactus and some succulents.
- Privacy- No one wants to feel like they are being watched by the neighbors, peeking at you and your family in bathing suits.
- Design and theme of your home, yard, and existing landscaping.
- Climate- you want to make sure that your plants will survive the New Jersey summers and winters. NJ’s plant hardiness zone is 6a-7b.
- Balance, Proportion and Variety- Beware of plants with invasive roots that can tear up paving and impact stability of in-ground or above ground pools.
- Color, Texture and Scent- We all love bees but swarms of them near the pool is no-go. Avoid magnets such as honeysuckle, bottlebrush, wisteria and some perennials. Avoid flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow in color, as they are the most appealing to bees. Opt for flowers with red blooms. Bees do not see red, it appears black to them. Therefore they aren’t attracted to them.
Here are some suggestions of plantings that would work best for your pool landscaping:
And to bring in some color, here are some flowering options:
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