Once you've installed a swimming pool in your backyard, the next step is to make it a cohesive part of the property. The best way to do this is through the use of a poolscape. Your pool contractor can help you add water, light and design features that integrate the pool into your yard. Then, you can complete the process by adding the right plants to fill out the space. With the right balance of lights, accessories, water movement and greenery, you can make your pool a tropical hideaway. Here are some tips to help you create a poolscape you can be proud of.

Water Features

Fountains and waterfalls create a soothing sound of falling water. You can add these water features either alongside or as part of your pool. When you add a waterfall to your pool, you can use the pool water itself as the water source, so you have an endless flow of water cycling through.

Custom Lighting

If you want to be able to enjoy your pool in the evening hours, add underwater lighting that will illuminate the water even when it's dark outside. If you've added a fountain or waterfall to the pool, you can even add fiber optic lights for a unique touch. Add some lights to the nearby trees and any poolside vegetation, and light up your path to the pool for safety. If you want to save on your electric bill, look for solar-powered lights for these features.

Consolidated Controls

Even the best poolscape can be disrupted by the placement of various control panels and power switches around the pool. You can help maintain the continuity by routing all of your controls to a single panel just inside the door to your house.

Poolside Plants

Adding plants alongside your pool will help you create a cohesive sense of landscaping around your new poolscape. If you want to bring everything together and make your pool fit as a natural part of your yard, add some greens along the pool edge. Choose carefully, though, because evergreens that shed needles can lead to messes in the pool. You should also avoid flowers, as they can draw bees. Bees are a vital natural element in the ecosystem, but having bees nest alongside your pool can spell disaster.

For the best results, look for broadleaf greens like holly plants. These stand up to the demand of the environment without having the risk of shedding, root invasion or other common problems.

With the tips presented here, you can create a poolscape that brings your entire yard together. Make your backyard a relaxing escape from the world outside to make the most of the investment. For more information, contact Contemporary Pools Inc. or a similar company.

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