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What Trees Should I Plant Around My Pool?

Having a pool is about more than swimming, isn't it. When you install a pool, you’re also looking to make your home and yard more inviting. And nothing creates a spa-like atmosphere like lush greenery.

So what trees should you plant around your pool?

For starters, keep in mind that function is just as important as form. Think about how certain trees will work with your pool, not simply how they look.

Here are some tips for planning your landscaping after your pool is installed.

What to Keep in Mind

Debris

This is the most obvious thing to consider. Some trees shed leaves, needles, bark, and seeds. You want to limit any kind of debris that can clog up and dirty your pool. Trees that are very flowery or fruity are big culprits. They're beautiful … in your front yard.

Roots

Trees are powerful. Their roots can damage or destroy the shell casing of your pool. You'll want to choose trees with shallow root systems that run relatively straight. Trees such as Mulberry, Maple, and Elm have extensive root systems and you should place them far from pools.

Water

Be careful to choose trees that require less water. Some trees are super-thirsty and seek out water if they don't receive enough naturally. They can even break your pool shell to get a drink. A good example of this is the Weeping Willow.

Shade

Fun in the sun is more fun when you have a cool place to take a break. It's best to choose trees that offer a fair amount of shade. Be sure to do your research – you need to know how much the tree you’re considering will grow. While you want shade, you also want some space for sun.

Portable

If possible, choose trees that can be grown in large pots. That way, you can be certain that their root systems won’t damage your pool. And you can wheel them away when they're shedding.

Trees to Consider

  • Acacia trees
  • Any evergreen tree (Cypress, Spruce, Holly and Magnolia are a few examples)
  • Non-fruit-bearing olive
  • Oleander (a type of bush)
  • Windmill Palms
  • Rice Paper plants
  • Crape Myrtles
  • Trees to Avoid
  • Sweet-Gum
  • Ash
  • Cottonwood
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Walnut

For more extensive research, AMWUA (Arizona Municipal Water Users Association) has put together a handy index of trees and their poolside qualities.

Get in touch with us today for any advice about your pool. Here at The Great Backyard, we don’t just think of ourselves as folks who build or install your pool and that’s it. We want to help you create the kind of backyard experience that your family can enjoy for many years.

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