Building a swimming pool in your backyard involves more than just the construction itself. It’s also important to look at your entire landscape to see how your dream pool fits into the existing landscape. In some cases, you may need to change your existing landscape to suit the pool design you desire.
Here are a few ideas to consider when thinking about the area that surrounds your pool.
- Look for plants that will not shed leaves into the pool and those that will not lure in bees or birds. Flowers, shrubs and trees need to be planted strategically so they don’t interfere with the swimming pools’ plumbing and other equipment.
- Adding mulch to your bedding areas will help plants retain moisture and thrive without frequent watering. In order for a lawn and plants to remain lush, they may need up to an inch of water a week – keep this in mind when talking with your pool builder about your landscaping plans. If you’re planning to run sprinklers or water your yard with a hose, make sure you’re not directing the water at the home or the swimming pool – you don’t want run off to flow into your pool.
- To conserve water when it comes to your landscape, you can aerate the lawn regularly – this will help open up the hardened earth and make it more prone to taking in any moisture that is available. Grass will grow faster in the spring and autumn simply because of the moisture in the air, but before you grab the lawnmower, if you let the grass grow to at least three inches in height, you can help the ground retain moisture.
- The hardscape is the all-encompassing area that can help make your entire outdoor living area more accessible and multi-dimensional. Included in a hardscape project could be a new deck, a walkway to and from the pool, seating areas, planters to hold foliage or even a sunken area with a fire pit and seating area and lighting to illuminate the area.
- An outdoor kitchen can include a sink, grill, refrigerator, stove top or a pizza oven and can be a space that might rival your indoor kitchen. Talk with your pool contractor about whether the area is suited for the addition of an outdoor kitchen and enhance the look of the area with stone or tile that complements your outdoor living space.
- Entertainment area – this might include a television, stereo, and wet bar to provide activity beyond swimming in your backyard oasis.
With a bit of consideration and planning, you’ll find that your outdoor space can be inviting & functional all year round.