With winter arriving it may seem like it’s time to pack away the swimmers and close the pool area for another year. But just because the water is cold doesn’t mean you can’t still use the area! By making your pool area both functional and beautiful you can create a relaxing area to spend time in year round.
Choosing the right pavers for around your pool improve the look of your area as well as the function. Firstly, when choosing pavers it’s important to pick ones that will be safe. Since they are next to the pool, they can’t be slippery when wet or grow too hot to walk on with bare feet. Durability is also an important consideration as they need to be able to withstand wear and tear from salt, harsh chemicals and frequent use. Finally, aesthetically speaking it’s important to choose pavers that match the colour tone, to create a seamless space that’s integrated well with your landscaping.
A wooden deck is a great way to instantly elevate and modernise your pool area. Play around with the positioning to create cool platforms over the water, a stylish wooden feature around the edge or a raised platform out of the splash zone to relax on. Timber looks great in nature, creating warm tones that contrast beautifully with lush, green plants and blue water. However, if you’re looking for something more durable and low maintenance, try composite decking. It is weather, fade and rot resistant while still maintaining the look of timber.
Creating a tranquil poolside oasis with plants isn’t hard, but there are a few things to remember when choosing what to plant. First, make sure not to select plants with vigorous root systems that will damage the surrounding area. Deciduous plants are also not ideal as the leaf drop and debris can clog the pool filters and increase your work load. Finally, water and chlorine will inevitably be splashed on them, so choose hardy plants that don’t mind as much.
Plants with tough, leathery leaves like mondo grass, Cordyline and Star Jasmine work great next to pools. If you don’t want to be filling plant beds, choose Cactus or succulents like agave, yucca or echeveria. They need little to no care, thrive in sunny positions and grow big enough to fill the space. Herbs are another, often underused option, as they’re tough, resilient and require only average soil. Lavender, rosemary, thyme and mint are all hardy plants that grow into beautiful bushes and lush groundcover that release a gorgeous fragrance when brushed against.
- Pool Fencing
For safety reasons, if you have a pool you’re legally required to have a fence around it. That doesn’t mean the fence has to be ugly though! There are many types of fencing to choose from that are safe, regulation and add to your space. Try timber or glass for a sleek modern look, or aluminium to bring in an industrial element.
So if you’re looking to update your pool area and create a space to be used all year round, contact us at Iconic Outdoors! Our landscaping experts will be happy to provide a consultation to help you decide how to upgrade your backyard to fit your family and lifestyle. Contact us on (02) 6360 1001 or send us an email through our website to get started today.