Pools, Plants, and Pebbles: Pool Landscaping Choices

A pool that is cluttered with debris can be a nuisance. A plain pool can be a bore. So when it comes to pool landscaping, it is very important that you strike the right balance. Consider choosing the right plants, choosing the right bedding or mulch, and methods to keep the plants and pool from cross contaminating.

The best type of plants for pool landscaping will have a minimum of litter or drop all their leaves at one time. This will significantly reduce the amount of time spent cleaning up leaves and debris. Not only does constant debris present a nuisance, but if cleaning falls behind, it can build up and possibly clog the pool’s equipment. Also consider blooming cycles and watering. Having different blooms all year long can enhance the feel and appearance of the pool. Pool landscaping that requires too much watering can damage decking and other equipment.

Choosing the right bedding or mulch is also very important. Different types of mulch have different benefits and drawbacks. Basing your choice on the layout of your pool and its proximity to the pool landscaping is very important. Organic mulch, such as those made from shredded bark and pine needles, help to conserve moisture. The soft, organic look also helps to break up the hard surfaces that surround your pool. Stone mulches are less messy and easier to clean. They also come in a vast array of color choices. Organic options are best for pools that have a lot of surface area between the landscaping and the pool; stone options work best in tighter spaces that are more likely to be walked on.

Pool water splashes, spreads, and is very hard to contain. According to Clemson University, “There should be no effect of pool water splashed on nearby plants from normal pool use.” However, there can be negative consequences from oversaturation.   Furthermore, splashes can transfer debris back into the pool. The best way to protect your plants and your pool from unintended water transfer is through edging. Creating a decorative barrier around adds protection and visual interest. Another idea is to add height. Garden beds that are elevated will help prevent cross contamination and unintentional tracking. The elevated pool landscaping will also add floral interest, drama, and height.

Whether your pool landscaping is designed around utility or decadence, making the right choices is crucial to both the ongoing maintenance and health of your pool. Find the right plants; use the right bedding; and protect your plants and pool. By carefully considering your options, you will ultimately save time and money. Make your pool landscaping something you can enjoy with very little time spent on cleaning and repairs.