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Modern Mansion's Guide to Pool Landscaping Done Right

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This post is the result of collaboration between Home Esthetics and Hewn and Hammered. CC-licensed photo by Gail Frederick.

Installing a pool in your backyard can be an exciting adventure when done correctly. Your modern mansion can be transformed in the process completely greatly emphasizing the living quality and the property value alike. It is recommended to plan this insertion as good as possible, if done incorrectly, you may be spending the majority of your time caring for your pool instead of enjoying it. You can avoid some of the most critical mistakes by taking the following considerations into account:

Determine Your Style

Unless you know what your specific style is, decorating your outdoor space can be troublesome. You may be tempted to rush out and purchase anything that promises to enhance your outdoors, but you should consider otherwise. Instead, carefully ponder the following:

What’s your style?

  • Collect examples of what you like- When you begin collecting a scrapbook of design ideas you like, you can carefully piece together a design that not only works for you, but the landscape as well. If magazines are out of the question, try the following suggestions instead:

  • Visit a nursery for ideas- Visiting a nursery is beneficial for many reasons. Not only will you be able to determine which plants you like and get a better idea of what exactly you want, you can also speak to a specialist who may be able to point you in the right direction as far as design goes. If all else fails, you can always hire a professional landscape artist.

  • Hire a professional landscape artist- A professional landscape artist is trained and educated in proper landscaping know how. Some may not see all the strategic planning that goes into a well-laid out yard, but a landscape artist makes it look easy.  

Essential pool elements – Fencing

Fencing offers array of benefits, but some of the most important ones are:

  • Privacy – By installing a fence or similar enclosure around the pool area, you're not only protecting you and your family from the vying eyes of strangers or neighbors, you're also...

  • Protecting your kids and pets – Kids and pets have a habit of getting into trouble at times we least expect it. Even a few seconds can have disastrous and fatal results. Take measures and install a fence for your peace of mind.

  • Fences don't have to ruin the beauty of your backyard – When most people think of fencing enclosures for pools, their minds are flooded with visions of bland fencing, but there's plenty of designs that function well for security, but also look great.

  • Serve as windbreak – In addition to providing privacy and protection, special designs like that made of bamboo or wicker, may serve as a windbreak. Dipping in and out of the pool can quickly become miserable as soon as the wind picks up, but a windbreak can eliminate any chills from a rogue wind.

Essential pool elements – Lighting

Of course, what pool would be without a proper lighting setup?

  • Patio lamp lighting – Patio lamp lighting not only illuminates the pool area, it can also look stylish while serving a purpose.

  • String lights – String lights add a whimsical and carefree element to the backyard. Of course, if plain white string lights bore you, you can purchase string lights with decorative covers.

  • Solar paneled path lights – If you intend to take late evening dips well past daylight, you should consider installing some solar paneled path lights to help see where you're going.

Essential pool elements – Plants

Picking plants or decorative trees for around your pool requires some extra thought. Consider the following when you visit your local plant nursery for poolside plants:

  • Shedding leaves – Plants with lots of foliage may be appealing to you because they can quickly fill in a rather empty space, but be wary of planting any plants with lots of foliage. Chances are you'll be spending a lot of time pool-side cleaning the pool rather than enjoying it.

  • Thorny or poisonous plants – Regardless of how pretty the plant looks, avoid planting it near your pool. It’s just asking for trouble.

  • Rooting systems –Some plants – like willow trees –have a root system that seeks out any source of water and will attempt to place the roots in the water source. While it may take a few years for the trees or plants to finally find a way inside your pool, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Insects – Summertime brings insects by the swarms. Rather than plant foliage that may encourage them to congregate in your pool area, consider looking into plants that are not only beautiful, but also repel them. For example, Lemon Balm – otherwise known as the mosquito plant – its scent and natural oils prevent mosquitos from coming near.

Planning your pool’s landscape doesn’t have to be all that difficult or time consuming. Simply apply the above strategies and you’re well ahead of the majority of pool buyers.

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