While you certainly should plan on some space for deck chairs around your pool, you should also consider the greater swimming pool area, when installing a swimming pool. Well-planned landscaping can positively influence the microclimate around your home and will also help to create a cleaner environment.
Sunny and Protected Location
First of all you should choose a sunny and protected spot for your pool. Direct exposure to the sun will lower the heating costs; protection from wind will cut the water evaporation. If you can’t find a spot, which provides both, use landscaping to improve the location. Plant shrubs and bushes to use as a windbreak, they don’t have to be too close to the pool. This way you don’t have to worry about leaves to clog your drain. A living windbreak can reduce wind speed for a distance of as much as 30 times the windbreak’s height.
Positive Impact of Trees
By simply planting trees and vegetation you will make a positive impact on the environment. Trees and vegetation control erosion, provide food, create habitat for wildlife, and clean the air by absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen. According to the National Academy of Science the planting of 100 million trees would equate annual energy savings of 50 billion kilowatt-hours in the US. This would reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of electric power plants by 35 million tons annually.
And here some numbers, of what you can safe individually: The U.S. Department of Energy estimates, that the proper placement of only three trees can save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy cost annually. The reason is, that you need less air-conditioning when the walls and windows on the sunny side of your house are shaded. Windbreaks on the other hand will help you safe on heating costs when the harsh winter north winds blow over your property.
Do you need more reasons to be persuaded why the landscaping of your greater swimming pool area should include some trees? Trees are perfect to hang up a swing. They provide shade for a sitting area or a sandbox. And don’t forget to plant two trees close enough together, so that you can relax in a hammock after your swim.