Cesar’s Pool Service contractors offer landscaping tips

The landscaping around your swimming pool and the outdoor living space are what give your pool that added pizazz. A gazebo or pool house or landscapng items will add to the aesthetics as well as the privacy of your pool area When you’re working with your pool contractor from Cesar’s Pool Service, he will tell you don’t plant these trees around the swimming pool. “These trees” can include those with long-reaching roots, those that attract birds and bees and those that drop copious amounts of leaves or could drip sap in the pool or outdoor living space.

When you have a pool in your backyard – or a front yard – you will want to landscape with trees as a way to provide shade. When you have a swimming pool, though you need to put more thought into the placement of the trees as well as the type of tree. There are many trees that can wreak havoc on the pool and add to the time and effort put into pool maintenance.

Don’t plant these trees around the swimming pool

Deciduous trees, those that shed leaves annually, are not ideal for poolside planting unless you are diligent in the use of a pool cover and with skimming dropped leaves off the surface of the pool. Trees that bear fruit or berries can make a mess of the pool area as can pine trees that could drop pine cones and/or sap into the water. Maple and oak trees drop copious amounts of leaves – in addition to the “windmills” dropped from oak trees. These trees will not only drop a lot of leaves into your pool but will drop a lot of leaves in the deck area and if they get wet it can cause a heavy, soggy hard to remove pile of leaves.

The additional work of removing falling leaves, branches or other items can add time and money to your pool service contract.

Trees that shed bark will also be a nuisance and will add to the cleaning time you or your pool service contractor need to take to clean the water. Trees such as eucalyptus or birch should be avoided because they shed bark. Silver maple, hickory, red bud and sycamore are also problematic. Landscapers will tell you that planting rhododendron, wax myrtle and mountain laurel as a wind barrier or fencing around swimming pools are good choices. These trees offer year-round beauty and are drought- and disease-resistant in addition to being low-maintenance.

Nut bearing trees are attractive but should not be planted around the pool. These trees include almond, hickory, pecan or walnut. The nuts will fall from the trees and can cause problems with your filter and you’ll spend a lot of time skimming them from the surface or vacuuming them from the bottom.

Work with us or your landscaping professional to assure that anything you plant around your pool won’t damage it or make pool clean up more labor intensive. Many pool owners opt for potted plants as they are not only beautiful, but portable as well and can be moved around to give your pool side landscape a different look and feel.