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Safety, privacy, placement, access, maintenance. There's a lot to consider when installing a swimming pool in your landscape. And of course, plant selection and landscaping around your poolside will demand some thought as well. The plants you choose can serve different roles around pools but need to be chosen wisely.
From a maintenance point of view, evergreen or semi-evergreen plant varieties should be your first choice when choosing garden plants for around swimming areas. The fewer leaves dropped means the less you'll have to clean out of your skimmer or off the bottom of your pool. Not to mention the daily clean up if you're creating any patio areas.
Choose trees of a broad leaf evergreen nature over deciduous, fruit, or even conifer needle leaf evergreens. Needle leaf varieties still make quite a mess at different times of the year. Fruit trees are messy as well as being insect and bee magnets. And deciduous trees, even though they're great for shade in garden areas, simply drop too many leaves to be good choices for plants around a pool.
The plants you choose to surround your pool should be carefully considered before any buying or digging takes place. Once your pool is in place, you may find that it creates a sort of microclimate. A heated pool can raise humidity levels, and intense sunlight can fry nearby landscaping. Plants can get splashed with chlorine and other pool and spa chemicals. The trick is to find strong plants that can withstand your pool's microclimate, are easy to maintain and still look great.
Your swimming pool should be more than just a hole in the ground. It should serve as an oasis, a lush retreat for relaxation and fun. Unfortunately, many backyard pools are a tough environment for plants for a variety of reasons. Here are some things to consider when choosing plants for your pool area.
•    Reflected light and heat.
Many pool decks have a concrete or “cool deck” surface around them. These materials are usually light colored and therefore are prime sunlight bouncers. Couple that with the enormous amount of light being reflected off of the pool’s water surface and you’ve got a ton of rays.
•    Splashing of chemically-treated water.
If you’ve owned a pool for any amount of time, you’ve probably discovered that most pool sweeping devices are less than perfect. They frequently get stuck in corners, on the steps, etc. And when that happens, sometimes they can make a mess – water gets splashed up in large amounts onto the deck and possibly onto surrounding plants and soil.
However, unless you put an inordinate amount of chlorine and other chemicals in your pool, the amount of damage caused by treated water splashing on your plants will be minimal. Same goes for salt water system pools. Excessive, continuous runoff will cause problems, though. If you see evidence of leaves looking “bleached” or just outright dying right around the pool area, it’s time to investigate.
•    Messy plants
Stick to plants and trees that have minimal shedding.
•    Insect attractors
This is a no-no! Plants that attract insects should not be anywhere near a pool.
•    Roots
Avoid large trees or shrubs with extensive root systems that could damage the underground structure of your pool.
•    Thorns
Avoid overly thorny or otherwise dangerous plants around your pool for the sake of everyone’s safety and well-being.

 

By Oghogho Adedoyin




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