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Six Ideas For Landscaping Around Swimming Pools

There are several ideas that you may want to consider if you are going to landscape around your swimming pool. For some people, they are really not sure what to do. They may put chairs, tables, and even potted plants in random locations, but deciding on how to landscape properly might not be easy for them to accomplish.

This is why many people will hire a landscaper to come to their property in order to resolve this issue for them very quickly. If they can do this, they will be able to start changing the entire landscape of their backyard, all based around what will look great around the pool.

Here are six ideas that you ought to consider for landscaping around swimming pools, and also how to find a landscaper that will be more than happy to do this for you.

Ideas For Landscaping around Swimming Pools

For those that would not understand why this is a good idea, it has to do with improving the way that your backyard looks. The swimming pool is going to be a fun area for everyone to enjoy, but it’s nice to have landscaping around it.

It really doesn’t take a lot of effort for some of these ideas, whereas others may require a professional landscaping company to do many of these tasks. However, landscaping around swimming pools is going to be fun if you ever try it, and here are some great ideas for you to consider.

Put In A Waterfall

If you have a swimming pool installed, or even if you are putting one in, a waterfall is a great idea. This is going to require a substantial amount of rock, as well as plaster of Paris, in order to mold the entire structure in such a way that it looks completely natural.

The water will actually come from the recirculating pumps that can be installed into the existing water system for the swimming pool. This is one way that you can really make your entire swimming area so exotic looking, something that you may actually need a professional landscaper to do if you have never done this type of project before.

Create a Garden Theme

Adjacent to the perimeter of the swimming pool itself, you can start to build a garden theme. You are going to put bushes, vines, and flowering plants, ones that will give it a very tropical appeal. It is recommended that you also add rocks that are quite sizable on the sides which can complement the flora that you are planting. It will give it a very naturalistic appearance, and it may become one of your favorite places to relax just looking at your garden like oasis in your backyard.

Plant Grass

Most swimming pools are going to have concrete which circumvents the entire pool which is standard for any swimming pool that is installed. A large hole is dugout, the swimming pool is put in, and there is typically a perimeter of about two or 3 feet of concrete out from the edges.

However, you could plant grass all around the pool, or even build up the edges with dirt and plants on top of that. You would need to put some type of flashing of sorts around the pool perimeter to make sure that the dirt did not fall in.

However, most people will simply plant green grass around the edges of the pool if they do not already have concrete extending outward. This will make it nice for people to just sit on the side of the pool on soft green grass that is growing.

Install Palm Trees

Palm trees are one of those unique trees that actually have very shallow roots. If you have ever seen them being put in the middle of a street, this is why this is possible. A full-grown tree can actually be brought in, and by using a crane, you can drop the palm tree into the whole and it will grow quite naturally. It is recommended that you choose much smaller palm trees, perhaps only 10 or 15 feet high.

Bonsai Trees With Limestone

You can also install bonsai trees on the perimeter of your pool, specifically in areas where they will be segregated area you will want to have areas that are either lower in the ground, surrounded by rocks, with the bonsai trees in the center.

You could also have raised areas where you can do the same, perhaps adjacent to not only your swimming pool, but your hot tub if you also have one. This combination of limestone bricks, along with the bonsai trees, creates a very elegant appearance.

If you do have an existing swimming pool and it looks very plain, you really need to consider doing this. It’s actually simple to do, and if you don’t know how to do any of these things, you can always hire a landscaper to do it for you.

It may take quite a bit of effort on your part to coordinate purchasing and planting the palm trees, or properly installing the limestone walkway, but the other ideas are things that people can probably do on their own.

It’s a way of making your backyard really stand out, instead of just having a swimming pool that people can enjoy. It will make the entire backyard area come alive, and it will be a great selling point if you ever decide to sell your home.

However, while you are there, it’s going to be one of your favorite places to spend your time in your newly renovated backyard area all based around your swimming pool.

Landscaping and Drainage

Landscaping is in essence as much about what you don’t see as what you do see. Aesthetically landscaping needs to look good and it also need to be structurally sound and functional. one of the most important aspects of landscaping is the drainage. The only time drainage is appreciated is when it is raining. The rest of the time it doesn’t even really get noticed, especially if the drainage is well done. Anyone can dig a large trench through the middle of your yard to give the water somewhere to run, however it does not look very good.
Drainage should be considered as part of the landscape project as a whole and include solutions such as:-
-setting landscape levels to ensure that water is directed to drain points, street, away from the house.
-implementation of swales and spoon drains
-the use of gravel drains and agg pipes
-the use of pits, strip drains and concealed drains.
-underground piping of water, including extra drain lines if required to accept flows of stormwater
-as a last resort the use of pumps, sumps and pit drains.
Most drainage solutions are not very aesthetically pleasing ,so good landscaping will be built around making the drainage work whilst making it, if not invisible, at least as well concealed as possible. When you are planning your landscape project make sure you consider the drainage first. Ask your contractor what solutions they intend to implement during the construction of your landscape project.

Gold Coast Landscapers

What is landscaping. Is it an art form, is it engineering solutions, is it construction, is it problem solving to create the best possible solution for every individual situation, or is it just plain hard work? I would suggest that landscaping is all of these things and more. If designed and installed correctly landscaping address any drainage issues, create usable outdoor areas, be constructed with integrity to last the test of time and provide a eye pleasing finish for you to enjoy for years to come.

Whilst it is possible to teach different elements of landscaping the only real way to bring them all together is years experience of dealing with different challenges  and creating the solutions needed to overcome them and deliver the best possible finish to any landscape project. Any landscaper who aspires to be good at their job needs to learn through solving problems on the job and creating the best solutions. The question is; do you want someone learning on your job or do you want to feel sure that the person you engage has the experience to complete  your project professionally to the highest possible standard?

When you engage a contractor for your landscape project there are things you should check; 

Ask for and check references.

Check QBCC license details and history. 

Ask your contractor about different options for your works i.e fences, retaining walls, concrete etc. A good contractor will have at least 2 or 3 options and be able to explain the pros and cons. Make sure you feel comfortable with the person you engage for your project. Remember experience counts, not all good landscapers have been around for a long time but all landscapers that have been around for a long time are good ones.

When you engage a  contractor to deliver your landscape project ensure that they can complete the scope of works required to deliver the finished product. If other trades are to be engaged, such as plumbers, electricians, renderers ensure that the contractor you choose has a  Builder Restricted to Structural Landscape license, otherwise they will not be able to engage other contractors to perform your works legally.Potentially leaving you to deal with and organize other trades and contractors. This can be time consuming, add to construction time and costs and frustrating if you don’t understand exactly what has to happen to finish your landscape project. If you engage a contractor who is capable of quoting all of your works there should be nothing left out of the pricing, everything should be considered and the quotation should reflect the true cost of the project to be undertaken so that you don’t end up with a costly extras bill at the end of the job. This also means that the project is considered as a whole, all sections of works being performed in consideration of the next stage to provide you with the best possible finish to your landscape project.

Bluestone Landscaping has been servicing the Gold Coast/South Brisbane area for more than 10 years. Our staff have been landscaping for more than 25 years and are ready to provide you with the best possible service. We specialise in refurbishment and restoration of existing private residential landscaping. From repair/replacement of retaining walls to garden rejuvenation and full landscape refurbishments. We value our customers and endeavour to provide them with the best possible solutions, personalized service and an experience that means you will want to  refer us to your friends. Whether it be our polite, courteous staff; attention to detail; site cleanliness and organization or our willingness to go that extra yard to make sure our customers are happy.

If you are considering a landscape project that involves;

retaining walls; timber, concrete sleeper, linkwall,  block

retaining walls higher than 1 metre fences; colourbond, timber,  blueboard,  pool fencing.

concreting; plain, exposed, covercreting drainage

deckspergolas and patios paving 

tiling turf and gardens water features irrigation design  and consultation

Please contact us at Bluestone Landscaping for an obligation free quote. We Service all areas of the Gold Coast and South Brisbane. From Coolangatta, Elanora, Southport, Ormeau, Willowvale, Hope Island, Maudsland, Ashmore, Robina, Logan, Springwood and all areas in between. Whatever your needs we look forward to servicing you landscaping requirements.

Sustainable Gold Coast Landscaping Solutions

Sustainable landscpaing

Our core business is to provide a structural landscaping service for the Gold Coast. However we are preparing to provide our clients with some exciting new possibilities by incorporating sustainable practices into our landscaping. Fruit trees, rainwater harvesting, vegie gardens, aquaponics and many other ways for you to receive added benefits from your landscaping projects. The intention is to create landscaping that provides an interactive experience whilst producing something of value. The yard need no longer be a maintenance/mowing issue.

Types Of Gold Coast Retaining Walls

Types Of retaining Walls

Are you thinking of building a retaining wall? Retaining walls are an expensive item and you should do your homework.

Some things you should consider:-

  • is the type of wall right for your particular situation
  • is the wall aesthetically pleasing and will it complement your landscaping.
  • is the wall structurally the best choice for your landscape project.
  • how long will the wall last, how durable are the materials.
  • are you receiving value for the money you are spending.
  • make sure you engage a licensed contractor to perform your works.

At Bluestone Landscaping we build all types of retaining walls, including :-

  • block, rendered and core filled
  • concrete sleeper
  • link wall
  • timber sleeper
  • stone pitch
  • boulder
  • sprayed concrete

Because of this we will recommend the retaining wall solution that is best suited to your landscape project. Many contractors will only recommend the walls they specialise in, i.e boulder, timber sleeper etc.

Please call us for all your retaining wall requirements.

Bluestones’s Gold Coast Landscaping Ideas

Looking for landscaping or gardening ideas?  Why not try our new consultation service. Our consultant will spend time onsite with you to crete the best solutions for you landscaping challenges. Use our 20 years expierience to create the most effective solutions and ensure you get the best value for your money. This service could save you thousands and all for $110, fully refundable if you engage Bluestone Landscaping as your landscape contractor. So for landscape solutions and ideas contact us at Bluestone Landscaping.

What Should Gold Coast Landscaping Cost

What Landscaping Should Cost

If your planning a landscape project on the Gold Coast, but are not sure of the best solutions or what the cost will be Bluestone Landscaping  now offers and exciting new service.  Our consultation service will allow you to draw on our twenty years expierience in the industry to create the best solution for you prroject.

Solutions that will save you time and money and allow you to get the best value for your budget. Included in this service is a one hour consultation, sketch of proposed landscaping and an itemised quotation. All this for just $110 inc gst. The best part is that if you accept our quote and use Bluetone landscaping for your landscape project the $110 is fully refundable. So if you are unsure what to do with your landscaping or how much it will cost please call us at Bluestone Landscaping, landscapers for the Gold Coast.

Sustainable Landscaping On The Gold Coast

Sustainable Landscaping solutions

At Bluestone Landscaping on the Gold Coast we are recreating the service that we provide to our customers to include more sustainable landscape practices.  Fruit trees, vegetable gardens,  stormwater harvesting, aquaponics and eco friendly materials just to name a few. So if you are looking to engage the services of a landscaper on the Gold Coast and want more out of your landscape than something that looks good if you maintain it, please contact us at Bluestone Landscaping

Gold Coast Landscape Renovations

Is it time to update your yard? Looking for more space? Perhaps it’s time for a pool or an outdoor living area. Whatever you require will will be able to create it for you at Bluestone Landscaping. If  we don’t handle it in house we have a tried and trusted base of  affiliate businesses to perform specific sections of your landscape project. So from design through to final completion you need only deal with us to perform all your landscaping requirements.

Gold Coast Landscaping And Earthworks

Bluestone Landscaping would like to announce the addition of an excavator to compliment our two dingo (small bobcat) machines. Requiring access of only 1.2 metres we have the capability to perform most landscape excavations/earthworks in even the tightest of situations. This means we can further streamline the process of completing your landscape project as we no longer have to rely on other contractors  to complete excavations and earthworks for us.