Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jersey Landscaping : Putting in a Pool

The winter that seemed as if it would never end finally has (probably—hopefully). Before you know it, Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer will be here. And if you’re tired of staring out the window pining for the pool and beautifully sculpted pool area landscaping that your neighbors have, well, there’s no better time than right now to join in on the fun!

Putting in a pool is perhaps the biggest and most impactful decision a homeowner can make. A pool will forever change the landscape of your property, and if you make the right choice, it will be there as long as you are.  Plus, proper landscaping around the pool and patio area can add ambiance and create an oasis of fun and relaxation right in your own back yard! With some carefully placed shrubbery, some summer blooms, and the right trees for shade, your pool and patio area can become the focal point of your home as well as the ideal site for hours of spring, summer and fall fun – with everything from barbecues to pool parties, and more!

Whether you and your family are just looking to pass the summer days away by lounging lazily in the pool or you’re looking to stay in shape in the water, a pool is a great investment. So, too, is the landscaping around your outdoor sitting areas. If you’re like most New Jersey homeowners, you have neighbors on all sides, so make sure that, when you create the layout of your pool area, you include plenty of natural landscaping elements to ensure your privacy.  Strategically-placed pagodas, stone walls, and conifers can keep out prying eyes as well as add a decorative touch to your backyard landscape. 

While it’s important to look to the added value of your home when putting in a pool, you can’t ignore the many hours of tranquility or splish-splashing fun that you’ll be able to enjoy when everyone else is sweating it out this summer. Good luck diving into the pool-building process, and don’t forget to leave room in your budget for the landscaping!

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