Creating More Living Space Outdoors

Practical Tips For Landscaping Around A Pool

by Emily Flores

When you're planning the landscape design for the area around your pool, it's easy to forget to take into consideration practical matters that will make your landscaping and pool easier to maintain. These tips will help you create a design that is practical for a poolside landscape. 

Choose the Right Mulch 

Mulching in the flower beds around the pool area is good idea because it holds moisture into the soil and gives garden a uniform, organized appearance. Unfortunately, mulch can also get picked up in heavy winds and blow into the pool area. To avoid this problem, line the flower beds with low shrubs or large decorative rocks, to help hold in the mulch and serve as a wind barrier. 

Alternatively, you may choose to mulch the flower bed around your pool with decorative stones. Rock mulch prevents evaporation of moisture in the soil, and won't blow away like more traditional mulches. However, caution must be taken to ensure that the stones don't end up in the soil itself. To prevent this from happening, lay down a plastic barrier between the mulch and the soil. 

Select Tidy Plants

Select plants that don't produce a lot of organic waste for the area around your pool. Trees that lose their leaves in fall aren't practical for landscape designs around pools, neither are evergreen plants that lose their needles quickly. Like the mulch, dead needles and leaves on the ground around the pool will blow into the pool.

Cacti and many succulents are a practical choice in warmer climates, as are spruce shrubs, because they retain their needles for a longer time than many other types of evergreens. If you're hoping to install flowering plants, avoid specimens produce a multitude of small blossoms that will eventually drop their blossoms, creating organic waste.

Select Flowers that Don't Attract Bees

Bees are a good thing in many flower beds, but a nuisance and a safety issue in the area around the pool. For this reason, avoid planting flowers that attract bees. Marigolds, carnations and geraniums are common flowers that attract few bees. 

Avoid Plants with Thorns

Thorny plants are a safety hazard in the area around the pool. Thorny shrubs like holly and thorny flowers like roses may be beautiful in theory, but their thorns are a safety hazard in areas where children are likely to be playing. 

These tips will help you as you choose the appropriate plants for the area around your pool. This will help you design a practical and successful poolside landscape. Contact professionals, such as T & J Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance Service, to help you actually carry the project through.