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Planting Around Your Swimming Pool: Types of Trees to Steer Clear Of

If you're considering have a swimming pool installed in your backyard, then you may already be thinking about how you can spruce up the landscape around it. After all, poolscaping can increase privacy, enhance beauty and offer shade. It also helps to blend the pool with the surrounding environment so it looks as if it belongs there naturally. However, when considering the landscape around the pool, you need to make sure that the pool's water will remain clean, that the pool will be easy to maintain and that swimmers will be safe. So, here are a few types of trees you'll want to avoid:

Messy Trees

Whether it's seeds, bark, needles or leaves, if you are considering planting a shedding tree around your pool, you may want to rethink that idea. Otherwise, you are going to find it very difficult to keep you newly-installed pool clean and beautiful. Plus, the more organic pieces that enter into the pool, the more likely the filter and pump system will get clogged. Tree species that tend to shed include maple, horsechestnut, serviceberry and birch.  Other examples of "messy" trees to avoid include silly oaks, jacarandas and gum trees.

Fruity Trees

You will also want to avoid any type of tree species that puts off fruit. Not only will these sweet fruits attract bees and flies, but the fruit can result in a big, stained mess on the pool deck and in the pool. Plus, if small berries or pieces of fruit get into the filter, it can cause the pump to clog up.

Flowery Trees

Another problem tree is a tree that has continuous blooms. While these are absolutely gorgeous for the overall landscape, they just aren't ideal for near your swimming pool. This is primarily because of the amount of debris that will come off of the tree as the flowers bloom, wilt and die. Plus, most flowering plants require pollination, which will attract bees, and you don't want these insects around the pool. An example of a flowery tree is the acacia species.

Rooty Trees

Probably one of the most important considerations when it comes to trees to avoid around your pool is trees with invasive root systems. Over time, trees will grow, which means that the roots will grow, and this can result in considerable damage to the pool. Certain species of trees with long or invasive roots can break through the pool's structure, which can lead to a very costly repair. These types of trees include species like silver maple, American elm, willow and poplar.

For more information about what types of trees to avoid around your swimming pool and what trees are actually recommended, contact a swimming pool service, such as Celebrity Pools, in your area. It's important to understand the landscaping options before having a pool installed, just in case you need to adjust your overall designs.