An outdoor in-ground pool

You did it! You finally have the inground pool you’ve always wanted.  Ultimate Pool and Spa created an oasis in your yard, and there’s no better time to update your landscaping to place the focus on your beautiful new pool.  Landscaping is best done right after the pool has been installed, as chances are you had to remove fences or sheds, and possibly even had to remove previous landscaping in order for the install to be completed.  Take advantage of the situation and use the chaos to create peace in your new sanctuary.

Plan Ahead

The first and most important tip is to plan! Make sure you have a good idea of what you want, where you want to put it, and that it’s within your budget.  Everyone wants privacy around their pool area, but what fits your lifestyle better – a pool shed or large shrubs and trees? A pool shed would be better for people who like low maintenance yards, whereas some people don’t mind having to stay on top of sticks and leaves falling in and around the pool and enjoy the natural privacy trees can create.  Make sure what you envision is what you really want and will work with your style and budget.

Choosing Plants

When considering plants, it’s a wise idea to steer clear of flowering plants, at least immediately around the pool area.  The reason is twofold: One, no one wants to have to spend their pool time swatting away bees or sneezing due to allergies.  Secondly, flower petals eventually fall off, and if they’re too close to the pool, you’ll be spending time skimming them out.  This same idea applies to grass.  Lawn looks beautiful but it should be kept away from the pool to minimize clippings in the pool and damage to the grass itself, as it is quite sensitive to pool chemicals.

Shading & Lighting

Lastly, consider your shade and lighting options.  Lighting can double as a style feature itself as well as a safety measure, keeping you and your guests safe when walking around the pool area.  It can also be used to accent certain features of your outdoor oasis.  Shade is equally important when planning your landscaping.  Whether it be with an umbrella, a gazebo, or a full pool shed, providing yourself and your guests with a shaded area to get out of the sun is a vital part of landscaping around your pool.

Whether you want to stick with the beautiful landscaping you already have or want to completely redo your yard to enhance your new pool, the experts at Ultimate Pool and Spa are here to advise, from the first shovel to the last splash!