Excess Pool Debris and Root Problems
Having nice shade trees around a swimming pool can make your landscape stand out, however you must choose your plants and trees carefully.
Excess pool debris from trees can include lots of ‘leaf litter’, excessive pollen, berries, or budding flowers. This buildup can cause extra work for you and your pool filter.
Additionally, trees with large root systems can damage pool walls, pool plumbing, and decks.
The Worst Trees For Pools
Some trees are constantly shedding buds, flowers, leaves and bark. With a little wind, this can fill your pool with debris.
Deciduous trees are not necessarily bad, but will give the backyard a bare appearance during winter. Small leaves from a willow or maple tree can be fairly manageable, but large leaves can clog skimmers and cleaners.
Most trees grow root systems of about the same size as the tree branch systems. Some trees have very aggressive roots that can damage pool walls or vinyl liners when planted too close to in-ground pool. In some instances, the root system becomes so large it can break up concrete structures.
- Walnut Trees
The Best Trees
The best trees to plant around a pool include:
- Evergreens (arbor vitae, cypress, spruce)
- Holly and Magnolia (also evergreen)
- Olive trees (non fruit bearing)
- Succulents (cactus, stonecrop, leatherpetal)
I don’t want to spend all my time outside cleaning my pool gutters and traps. I’d rather be lounging by the pool, drinking a cool beverage under a shade tree.
Debris from plants and trees is common, but can be minimized with the a little landscape planning and good placement around your pool. Ryno Lawn Care offers landscape design services and maintenance for your home or business. Call now or click here for a free consultation.