If you’re like the majority of homeowners, your backyard pool area is your sanctuary. It’s a place where you escape from the outside world and gather with family and friends for fun, quality time and outdoor enjoyment during the hot days of summer. When considering your poolscaping options, you want to achieve three primary goals, beautification, privacy and shade.

Creating a sense of privacy around you pool is an important aspect for you and your family. A well-designed landscape can be inspiring by providing a sense of calm, awe and balance while boosting your spirits and giving you solace. By spending some time to develop a plan, you can complete a landscape that suits your needs so that you have enough time to relax and enjoy your backyard oasis.

Landscape Design

There are many ways to formulate a carefully thought out design for your poolscape. You can check out several design layouts on the Internet, read some books or even take some courses if you’re that motivated. You can also opt to hire a professional landscape designer to help you accomplish your poolside landscaping goals. Whichever route you choose, you will want to consider having your personal tastes and style incorporated into the design. A good indicator of your preferred taste and style is the esthetic design of the inside of your home which can be extended to the outside pool area.

When you’re considering your design, maintenance is an important aspect because it will determine how many hours per week you want to spend tending to the gardens. For some people, it’s a passion, but for others, it’s a chore, so this consideration will go a long way in determining the complexity of the design. In the early planning process, your poolscaping budget should be the main topic of discussion. Ideally, it should represent approximately fifteen to twenty percent of the value of your property.

Decking

Adding a deck adjacent to your pool can add interest, beauty and visual appeal to your poolside retreat. It can be designed in a variety of shapes, sizes or heights and used for many purposes such as sun tanning, entertainment or a space for cooking and dining. Oversized umbrellas and planters can dress up the deck to create ambiance and style. You can choose from a variety of deck building materials like natural stone, concrete, cement pavers and wood.

Rockery & Trees

Poolscaping is more than just focusing on flowers, ground covers and shrubs. Rockery can provide an added dimension for privacy to your pool area. Natural stones provide varying heights and curves that can make the landscape interesting and unique. They can be used for both building or ornamental purposes and make a perfect complement to water for their form, texture and characteristics. When you integrate rocks into your poolscape, you create a dramatic focal point around the pool.

Trees are great additions around the pool and act as a privacy screen, but they should be planted far enough in the back to avoid falling debris into the pool. If you are considering adding trees to the landscape, varieties of conifer, certain species of flowering trees work well in addition to the layered look of planting trees with shrubs. Well-positioned trees can provide privacy, wind protection and an ideal shelter for visiting birds.

Structures & Fences

Structures and fencing can create a private oasis and greatly complement a pool. They’re ideal for providing an architectural feature to the backyard while offering some seclusion for the homeowner. Structures can be designed to maximize the potential of the pool views with relaxation areas. Some of the types of buildings to consider are pergolas, gazebos, pool houses and cabanas.

Fencing around swimming pools is not only mandatory by many municipalities for the purpose of safety for small children, but the right fence is a beautiful backdrop to the gardens and offers a great deal of privacy. To soften the look of fencing you can choose to add luscious flowering vines for a spectacular show of colours.

Contact us for all your poolscaping and landscaping needs, and our team of professionals will be ready to help you.