How To Design Your Pool Landscaping for Style and Function
Landscaping can transform your backyard into a paradise that gives you more enjoyment of your home. If you have a backyard pool and are looking for ways to create a more functional space, your landscaper can help you find plants and trees that complement your home and work for your garden. Designing hardscaping elements that suit your home’s architecture and your lifestyle are important to creating a backyard that fits you.
Define How You Use Your Pool
Before you design your pool landscaping, think about how you like to use your backyard and pool. Is it a place for the kids to play and hang out? Do you enjoy entertaining, or do you use it as a spa? Is your pool the focal point of your landscape? Are you thinking of adding elements to your backyard, such as an outdoor kitchen, other water features or a fire pit? Are you looking for pool privacy ideas? Even if you aren’t going to add new features right away, thinking about your options now can help you when you do decide to enhance your landscape.
Before you get too deep into your pool landscaping, you should also consider your property. Think about drainage, not just in your own yard but also in your neighbor’s yard. Does your yard slope or have areas where you can’t seem to grow anything? You might want to look at the views around your yard. Do you have a specific place that gives you the best way to watch the sunset? Consider whether there are any elements in your yard that you either like or want to get rid of. Don’t forget to account for the practical elements, like how will people get to the pool or where will you store pool chemicals and equipment? Finally, find out about any local restrictions and codes that you need to be aware of.
Backyard Pool Ideas To Transform Your Space
Use native plants and hardscaping elements to increase the interest around your pool. You’ll need to consider the size and scope of your backyard and your budget, but with a little help from a professional landscaper, you’ll find the right ideas that work for you.
Use Pavers To Create Paths Through Your Yard
Stone pavers give you multiple options to make your yard safer and more functional. Having a path to the pool gives everyone a safe surface to walk on and prevents the grass from getting worn. Use light-colored pavers to avoid the heat absorption that makes the pavers hotter in the daytime.
Create Privacy and Zones
Use hedges and trees to create some privacy from the neighbors. You can also use plants and hedges to create compartments in your garden for different spaces that are linked together with pavers. Give people a place to talk and chat around a fire pit on a safe surface by using natural stone where chairs have a solid foundation. You may want a grassy area where kids can kick balls around or a place to install a sandbox or a jungle gym.
Add a Pergola or Gazebo
If you already have a patio, a pergola is a structure that can increase the shade over your deck. A gazebo is a covered, designated seating area that has a roof, but it’s set in your yard. These two structures can help you be more comfortable when the Louisiana sun is shining brightly. Your gazebo can even be a place to sit when it rains.
Install a Fire Pit or Fireplace
There’s something special about having a fire in your backyard. A fire pit or fireplace is better than a grill because you can sit beside it and enjoy the sounds and smells of wood burning while you’re in the great outdoors. It’s something you can enjoy all year long, even in the cooler months when your pool might be covered. Kids and adults can enjoy making s’mores or cooking hot dogs. Remember to check your local laws about fires in your backyard to make sure you meet any code requirements.
One of the best ways to make your pool more functional and stylish is to update the lighting in your yard to make it safer to swim at night. Think about specialty lighting, fairy lights or string lights, or check out solar-powered lights that light up stairs or gardens. Add a few electrical outlets to your sitting areas to keep your phone nearby.
Add Entertainment Elements
If you want your kids and friends to enjoy your backyard, you may want to include a big-screen TV that can be seen from the pool to watch movies or listen to music. Including these elements as part of your design can make them seem less intrusive and less like an afterthought.
Create a Workspace
Working from home seems to be a trend that isn't going to go away anytime soon. Whether you have kids who need a study place or want a different location for your workday, build a place in the shade near your pool where you can work. A view of your garden features can reduce your stress when you're meeting a deadline. You may want to get a booster for your router to have internet when you're outside, but this area can be an oasis when you need a break from your four walls.
Use Plants That Complement Your Pool Area
Don’t forget to consider which plants you use in your backyard, whether you need privacy or ambiance. Plants that don’t shed their leaves into your pool are better than deciduous trees that are going to be nightmare in the fall. Bamboo trees do well around a pool and can do well in the Louisiana sun. Ask your landscaper about native plants that are drought-resistant and need little maintenance.
Build an Outside Kitchen or Dining Room
Outdoor spaces are on-trend, and one of the best ways to increase the use of your backyard is to build a kitchen on your patio. Instead of just adding a grill, think about a pizza oven and full refrigerator that increases your capability to cook outside. You may even want to build a full sink and prep area so you can watch the family while you’re cooking. Eating al fresco can be enjoyable any time of day. You may find that when you’re not working, you’re spending all your time in the backyard.
Create the Ambience You Want With Pool Landscaping
With a little creativity, you can create a backyard that fits your lifestyle and design. GreenSeasons Landscaping can help you make your property beautiful with landscape design. Contact us to get started with your pool landscaping to make your pool more inviting and functional.