Swim season is over and your pool is closed (that is the case for most pool owners in October) and you’re wondering: Is it time to upgrade your poolside landscaping? It just might be! The swimming pool contractors from Seahorse Pools & Spas in Fort Worth, Texas can help you plan for a new pool landscaping project, upgrade and update your outdoor living space and have the poolside area looking fresh when the 2020 pool season rolls around.

Here are some items to consider when it comes to new landscaping:

  1. Is the pool exposed to the sun all day?
  2. Is the pool in shade most of the day?
  3. Is the sun, or the shade, limiting the amount of time you spend in the pool?
  4. Are you looking for more space in which to relax when you’re not swimming?
  5. Do you want to add fire or water features or even a pool house?

Is it time to upgrade your poolside landscaping?

If shade or sun are major issues with the pool you can incorporate landscaping items that will help with that. Too much sun can make the deck too hot to walk on and could even heat the water so much that it isn’t refreshing to swim in. Too much shade and the water is cool, the outdoor living space isn’t comfortable because of the shade and if the shade is because of overhanging trees, the water could be filled with leaves and sap.

What can you do to take advantage of the sun and the shade or get a little more of one and a little less of the other?

  • Awnings – Decide if you want retractable or permanent awnings — this will be determined by the shade/sun at your home
  • Pergolas and gazebos – Consider a permanent structure as a way to improve the sun/shade space. If you have a pergola or gazebo constructed you may even want to add in an outdoor kitchen, more outdoor seating and other amenities
  • Potted plants – When you use potted plants as landscaping accessories you can move them from spot to spot as a way to provide shade or sun and to update and completely refresh the look of the poolside landscaping. Make certain your potted plants are on wheels so you can easily move them. Invest in potted plants of varying heights and shapes.
  • Umbrellas – Use umbrellas to provide movable shade and “pop” of colors. You can put umbrellas upright in a table or the ground or lie them on their sides, scattered around the pool area to provide shade and a space under which to lie and relax

These are a few of the ways in which you can add shade to the backyard and poolside area. Put together your budget and give us a call. Let’s put together a plan for your poolside design.