pool landscaping

Dos and Don’ts of Pool Landscaping

Summer is here! For those with a pool, it means more time spent in the water or lounging on the pool deck. 

Like all home improvements, landscaping around a pool area takes time and consideration to get just right. Beware – choosing the wrong plants in your pool area can make it feel less than luxurious. Some plants may even compromise the structural integrity of an in-ground pool. 

Not to worry, I’ve compiled some essential landscaping Dos and Dont’s to help you make the most of your pool area this summer.

DO: Avoid Messy Plants

When it comes to landscaping around your pool, not all plants are equal. While flowering trees may be beautiful elsewhere in a yard, next to the pool they could mean more work for you or your pool cleaner when they shed petals and leaves into and around the water.

DON’T: Choose Thorny Plants

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, lush rosebush? It may not be the best choice for your pool area, though. Thorny plants can pose a hazard to you and your guests when using the pool, especially with skin exposed by swimsuits. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the area immediately surrounding your pool, it’s best to choose plants without stickers and thorns.

DO: Opt for Low-Maintenance

Rather than deciduous plants that shed their leaves each year, consider perennials that will stay looking good year-round with just a bit of annual pruning. This will mean less sweeping around the pool each fall and will help your pool area look lush and inviting all year long.

DON’T: Forget about Roots

Certain trees with invasive roots can pose a threat to your pool’s structure and plumbing. Ficus, elm, and oak are just a few. Make sure to research any trees that you may want to plant around your pool. 

DO: Brighten the Night

Your pool area does not have to be enjoyed only in the hot sun of the afternoon. Install lighting around your pool to create a space that you can relax in any time of the day or night. Consider highlighting plants and trees surrounding your pool with spotlights to bring more attention to your beautiful landscaping.

DON’T: Go Exotic

It may be tempting to shop online for the most exotic plants for your pool area. Unfortunately, these plants may not thrive in your climate and could take more work to maintain if they are not in their native environment. Instead, shop at local greenhouses and garden stores to find plants native to your area that will flourish in your local climate.

DO: Keep Insects at Bay

Bee gardens have grown in popularity in recent years, but insect friendly plants are probably not the best choice for your pool area, where you’d rather spend your time working on your tan than swatting at bugs. It’s always a good idea to research the plants that you want to plant around your pool to find out if they’re pollinator magnets.

It’s worth taking the time to carefully research and consider the landscaping in your pool area to create something that is both beautiful and practical. With these tips you’ll be well on your way to a beautifully landscaped pool in no time. 

Are you updating your pool area this summer? Tell me about it in the comments!

backyard features

Backyard Features that can Increase Your Property Value

Every year, people gear up and get excited to spend more time outside – even if that means sitting out on their own property. More than ever before, outdoor living space has become just as coveted as indoor living areas. 

If you are revamping your outdoor living areas, take a look at 6 features that are most likely to increase your home’s value as well as your enjoyment factor!

New Deck or Patio

The deck or patio is the place where people congregate, grill, and enjoy each other’s company. Investing in a new one, especially if the current one is old or neglected. A patio typically costs less to install than a deck, but both offer high ROI (Return of Investment), making the spend well worth it while you live there and when you sell!

Outdoor Kitchen

Who doesn’t dream of an outdoor kitchen? If you love to entertain, an outdoor kitchen makes it more convenient to prep food and drinks while hosting, but also limits the number of times your guests walk in and out of the house. 

While an outdoor kitchen will give any outdoor space the ‘wow’ factor, it is also a more expensive project to take on. Outdoor kitchens typically see a better ROI in higher-end properties, because luxury buyers look for amenities, among other factors. . 

Irrigation System

Landscaping is a large part of curb appeal, and an irrigation system allows you to maintain an impeccable property with less maintenance. If you have a large yard, this feature is especially appealing to buyers. 


No matter where you live – country, city, or suburbs – people want privacy. Landscaping that creates additional privacy from neighbors is an excellent addition to your outdoor space. If you don’t want to install a fence, hedges, plants, and shrubs can all create the privacy you desire.

Outdoor Shower

If you already have a pool or live by the shoreline, an outdoor shower can add value. This keeps sand out of the house, and provide an easy way to rinse off after a day of fun in the sun. 

Fire Pits

Fire pits are one of the most popular ways to increase your home’s appeal, especially in the Northeast. Costs can vary, depending on if the fire pit is permanent or mobile, but many buyers appreciate knowing they can cozy up to an outdoor fire. Of course, make sure it’s permitted in your community before installing!