Category Archives: In Ground Swimming Pools

Get the Pool of Your Dreams

One of the best outdoor activities in the summer is taking a dip in the pool…assuming there’s one nearby to use! Whether your current pool is in need of updating, or you’re looking to install a brand-new backyard staple, there are many factors to take into consideration when looking into the process of getting a pool in your backyard. Here’s a general overview of things to keep in mind when researching details for planning

Create a Timeline

Right now, the weather is perfect for outside activities and the installation of outdoor landscaping. Different aspects of construction cannot be rushed, such as cement drying and laying surfaces. Since the summer months are approaching, vacations will be scheduled around this time as well. Be sure to plan early to get the services you need whenever is most convenient for you.

Consider Design

This goes beyond just the shape of the pool. There are many styles to choose from, such as infinity pools and various in ground designs. Certain hardscaping features like tile work, wall finish, and the surrounding ground surface should all be decided before proceeding with installation, as there are details that can add or detract from the overall image.

Choose Fun Extra Features Beforehand

External features are easier to implement later in the pool’s production. However, water slides, underwater bar stools, fountains, and similar details need to be decided on early in the timeline, in case they change the pool’s overall shape or estimated completion date. Take any fun additions into consideration and add them to the blueprints before starting construction.

Decorate

One of the most fun experiences in pool design is creating your own unique backyard features, and there is an abundance of technology on the market right now that will help create a truly one-of-a-kind pool. Lights and accessories can add to the aesthetic and be changed frequently for occasions and events. Consider color-changing lights, surrounding seating, and hidden sound systems that will make the pool the centerpiece for entertaining and home enjoyment.

Explore your options with Blue Tree! We are part of the process every step of the way, from initial planning to installation to putting the last touches on the finished product. Our team of experts will advise you on which courses of action to take to ensure that your pool is as picturesque and perfect as can be. Consider choosing us for a swimming pool project, and do not hesitate to contact us to get started!

Install a Fence in Time For Summer

Summer is approaching, and that means more freedom to venture outside and enjoy the weather. If this means fighting to keep family members and friends safe and private, it might be time to consider installing a fence to optimize every positive detail about your home. There are several reasons to look into this useful, decorative option and curate one to fit your needs.

Safety and Privacy First

Whether or not your household is cooking, entertaining, or relaxing outside, keep your activities to yourself with a fence that will shield you from any unwanted eyes. It can even serve to heighten security from less desirable aspects of any neighborhood, such as houses close to the street or wildlife that can enter the property with ease. Consider what threats your property’s location might serve, and build your fence based on those details and what you want your specifications to be.

Get Approval

If your new fence changes the dimensions of your home’s property, take the appropriate measures beforehand to make sure it is an acceptable move. Some locations may have restrictions or specific guidelines on any landscaping changes made to a property, especially where expansion is concerned. Contact your city hall or the correct, associated department for information on measurements and potential approval to move forward with the project.

Separate Work and Play

Yard space should be comfortable for everyone, not just children and pets. Sometimes, added privacy from neighbors or passersby on the street can be invaluable for a functional yard. If your ideal work spot is a cozy nook hidden in the backyard, or even the spacious front yard area, installing a fence to establish your personal space can do wonders for the sanctity of the yard.

Pool Fencing

Young children should be monitored closely around pools, and having a fence is another added security measure to ensure their safety. Read up on different modes of pool fencing to get protection that is both attractive and practical. This way, you can guarantee a stress-free environment when the whole family isn’t outside, and balls and toys will be less likely to roll into the pool accidentally!

Get Started Today

Let Blue Tree help you install the fence you need and want! We offer an extensive selection of products and associated services that give you a wide range of options for your next addition. Contact Blue Tree to get a quote about our services and to start planning for the best fence for your property.

Make Your Yard Kid-Friendly This Spring


Make Your Yard Kid-Friendly This Spring

With the changing weather, it’s time to start sending the kids outside to play again. If it’s time to renovate your back or front yard, taking the kids into consideration for remodels is a wise decision. Make sure all the corners and surfaces are ready for whatever rambunctious activity they come up with next!

Consider the Materials

Sometimes the location of backyard attributes is less important than the materials that make them up. Installing grass or turf in place of a harder surface is not only a safer option, but it can also be a more aesthetic one. Larger backyards can often incorporate both beautiful views and utility so that kids and parents are both happy!

Patios and walkways also make great additions to any spacious yard, and a little bit of sidewalk chalk can provide non-toxic fun close to home. When the sun goes down, patios also offer perfect surfaces for meals and events. Install lights and comfortable furniture to ensure that every family member is cozy and enjoying themselves when using the patio.

Account for Basic Safety

The appearance of your yard is important, but what happens under and behind surfaces can be pivotal to the overall structure. Always check for damages and general wear-and-tear caused by natural — and human — influences. Water damage and loose parts can cause problems, especially after the winter months, and taking that into consideration will ensure that your yard is safe.

Investing in snow removal services and any efforts to promote general upkeep are a must for conscientious parents and grandparents. Take care of any impending repairs before diving into any major changes to your yard.

Fence it in

If you have children who like sports, craft them a makeshift field by installing a fence that will enclose their play space and offer the privacy you desire. Not only will they have room to call their own, but balls and toys are less likely end up on the other side of the wall, or in the neighbor’s backyard.

Look into investing in a fence for your pool as well; especially with younger children. It will serve as added protection from falling or water incidents that can cause serious harm. This applies to pets too!

Start Today

Get ready for a spring makeover with Blue Tree Landscaping! Contact our team of experts to get a quote on brand-new amenities for your backyard. Whether you have basic commercial landscaping needs or need help with pool installation or lawn care, let us help you optimize your backyard for every family member.

Signs Your Pool Might Need Some Maintenance

Signs Your Pool Might Need Some Maintenance

As the weather begins to change, your pool might start to reveal the wear and tear it sustained during the cold winter months, and even before that. Foresight on a pool’s issues can be attained by noticing certain details early on, such as topical issues and potential damages caused by the pool’s environment. Here are some signs that your pool is in need of extra attention this spring.

Damage Caused by Ice and Snow

Ice can wreak havoc on an in ground pool. The expansion of the water can infiltrate both the walls of the pool and the surrounding landscaping, causing small cracks to form. If water or other substances enter these cracks, the damage it can cause can be costly when everything melts. This is not only unappealing, but a potential hazard underfoot.

Be sure to inspect your pool regularly for imperfections, and look into snow removal for the pool and the surrounding topography in your backyard. Removing the problem before it starts will decrease the chance of your pool suffering weather-related issues in the months to come.

Cleanliness

Depending on what surrounds your pool, there are certain factors that can affect its cleanliness. Dirt, leaves, animal residue, and other forms of natural waste are common contributors to a pool’s need for constant cleanup. Even remnants from backyard furniture or pool toys can deteriorate, causing plastic to get stuck in the systems that are essential to the pool’s functions.

All of those factors, in addition to the hazards they can cause, can leave unsightly stains and scratches on outward surfaces. Take care to check the surfaces of your pool for minor damages it may sustain. Taking the proper steps to fix anything that looks questionable will keep it looking picture-perfect for much longer.

Upgrade 

Even if there are no standing issues with a pool, sometimes a backyard can just use a makeover! Updating the overall look of your pool is one of the simplest and most enjoyable ways of giving it the attention it needs. Take into account the design elements you wish to incorporate that will increase your pool’s curb appeal and up-to-date functions.

Start Maintenance Today

Taking the correct measures to ensure your pool’s health, beauty, and functionality is necessary year-round. For any inquiries about upkeep, contact Blue Tree Landscaping to get a quote on the services we offer. Our capabilities include checking chemical levels, repairing visible damages, inspecting filters and drains, and much more. Call today to make sure your pool is ready for summer!

Landscaping for Modern vs. Traditionally Styled Homes

Decorate Your PatioYou want a landscaping design that compliments the style of your home and makes it a more inviting place for your family and guests — but you don’t want your design to be so “busy” or minimal that it’s distracting. The following are some ideas to consider when choosing a design for your yard, no matter what your home’s style is.

Landscaping for a Modern Home

With a modern home design — think informal with mixed materials, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an eye-catching shape — you can get away with more unique flowers, shrubs, and trees for your yard. You’ll also be able to use certain hardscaping materials, such as concrete or certain rock tiles that might not look as appealing when paired with a more traditional home.

Depending on your home’s materials and color scheme (inside and outside), you might choose a more minimal landscaping design, or else one that’s as quirky and vibrant as your home is. Nonetheless, when it comes to landscaping designs for modern homes, less is usually more. Don’t overload the yard with exotic or unique plants, or too many focal points. Have the backyard, for example, be focused around an outdoor living space.

Landscaping for a Traditional Home

A more traditional home — think of a formal design that may be more symmetrical and rectangular, made of brick or stone, with a gable roof or a front porch — will call for a more uniform design that is neither minimalist nor maximalist, but somewhere in between. You’ll want to stick with hardscaping materials (for walkways and patios) that are similar to the house’s materials (if only in color), and plants that are more common to your home’s region.

For your backyard, a traditional home usually calls for a more “traditional” pool shape, such as Grecian or Roman, but you could also do an oval or kidney shape. You could also add a waterfall or decorative rocks and plants to frame the pool. However, like with a modern home, you’ll want to make your outdoor living space your main focal point.

It’s Time to Take the Next Step

Choosing the right landscaping design for your yard doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you have some landscaping ideas in mind already, or are looking for someone to help you brainstorm, contact Blue Tree Landscaping to get started on your landscaping project today. Blue Tree will help you with all of your landscaping, hardscaping, and lawn care needs. They’ll help you to realize your vision for your yard, and maintain it all year round, too.

Yard Renovations for Kids Who Love to Play Outside

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For adults, outdoor renovations usually mean landscaping work, installing patios, and adding outdoor dining and grilling areas, among others. But if you have children, and you’re looking to renovate your yard, consider adding some kid-friendly changes. These renovation ideas will make your child want to spend more time outdoors — instead of playing video games or watching TV — which means that they’ll get more Vitamin D, exercise, and use out of your outdoor space.

Have a Designated Play Area

When brainstorming a design for your landscape, be sure to dedicate a specific section of your yard to your child. This doesn’t mean that they can’t play elsewhere in the yard, only that their swing set, toys, sandbox, and playhouse will be in the same area. Make sure that the area is covered in grass, padding, or soft ground if your child is particularly active. If you have younger children, this is a crucial move — it helps you to keep a better eye on them, and make sure they’re safe while outside.

This is also your chance to be creative and cater to your children’s imagination. Maybe you’ll want to include certain trees, shrubs, and flowers to make their area feel like a jungle paradise or a hidden forest. You could also add a hopscotch or four square area, child-sized furniture, a basketball hoop, a volleyball area, or an outdoor chalkboard — it all depends on what your child likes!

Other Child-Approved Ideas

Adding a pool to your yard is always a kid-approved move. If you already have a pool, or want to add one to your yard, consider adding a water slide or waterfall for your child. Another popular option: add an outdoor movie area. This is a great option for kids and adults alike, and will help you to bond more with your child outdoors. You could set up this area in a way that blends with an outdoor lounge or dining area. Further, you could also add a fire pit so that you can make s’mores with your child on nice summer nights — maybe during an outdoor movie.

It’s Time to Plan Your Renovation

If you’re ready to alter the look of your outdoor space — and make it more appealing to your child — be sure to contact your landscaper to discuss your ideas. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping for all of your landscaping, hardscaping, and lawn care needs — they’ll help make your outdoor vision come true.

What can you add to your pool during a renovation?

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The Best Features to Add to Your Pool During a Renovation

A swimming pool renovation is a great way to make your outdoor space more enjoyable and appealing to you and your guests. Whether you’re looking to improve an outdated pool design or to install an in ground pool, the following are some ideas to keep in mind when redesigning your outdoor space. A well-designed swimming pool can make your outdoor space feel like a never-ending vacation — without ever having to leave your property.

Shape and Materials

A rectangular pool — along with sleek landscaping and hardscaping — can offer a modern, minimalist look. However, sometimes a rectangular pool can seem outdated and uninviting. Change the shape of your pool to dramatically update your outdoor space. There are seemingly endless options, all of which contribute a different look and feel to your yard. An “Oasis” shape might be best for a mountain or beach retreat look, while a “Grecian” shape might work best with more traditional, formal homes. As for the material of your pool, a mosaic or stone tile design can add color to your pool and outdoor space for a refreshing, inviting look.

Add More to Your Pool

Make your pool more enjoyable and useful by adding features like new steps and ledges, a hot tub, or a tanning ledge. Change the mood of your pool for events or parties by adding LED lighting. Further, turn your pool into a true vacation retreat with waterfalls, rocks, and an elevated garden.

Improve Pool Maintenance

Luckily, in ground pools have become easier and cheaper to maintain over the years. Control and monitor the status of your pool through an automated electronic system, test out a new Chlorine-free purification system, or install a solar pool heater to reduce heating costs.

 Further Complement a Pool Renovation

A pool renovation is not complete without a landscaped backyard. In addition to a patio area, turn your yard into a true outdoor living space for entertaining family and friends with an outdoor bar or kitchen, cabana, and fire pit.

 Time to Get Started

Now that you have some ideas in mind for how to improve your outdoor space with a pool renovation, it’s time to make those ideas come to life. Blue Tree Landscaping will help you every step of the way, from the planning stage to installation, to updating and repairing your current pool, to ensuring that your pool renovation complements the landscaping of your outdoor space.

Why Fall is the Best Time to Start Building an In Ground Pool

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As the weather gets chillier and leaves start to change, you’re probably not thinking about taking a dip in your (imaginary) backyard pool anymore. But that doesn’t mean that fall isn’t a good time to envision cooling off in your home pool — when summer rolls around again, that is. You might not be able to use your pool until next summer, but you can — and should — think about planning and constructing your in-ground pool in the fall. Here are four reasons fall is the best season to break ground on your in ground pool.

Contractors are more available 

Most people think about building a pool when they’ll be able to use it immediately. That’s why contractors can be overbooked in the spring and summer months. In the fall, they have fewer pool projects, so they’ll be more available to answer your questions, tweak the design, and finish your project.

Pool materials are more affordable 

Many companies have discounted pools and pool supplies because they still want to sell these materials during the off season. Pool fencing, too, is often discounted in the fall. Additionally, you might be able to write off the tax accrued in financing your swimming pool in your year-end taxes.

The ground is better suited to building 

Summer rains can make the ground more difficult to build on. In fall, when many areas have dried off, all of the heavy machinery used for building won’t sink down into the ground and create ruts that ruin the effect of both the pool and your backyard landscaping. Also, if you have more leeway in the time you have to complete the project, you’ll be able to delay construction into the spring if you think of extra features or designs to add.

Your landscaping will be better off 

If you work on a pool building project in the summer, your landscaping will be barren or disturbed by the construction machines. After your pool project is completed in the fall, then you’ll have plenty of time to plant trees and flower bulbs. You’ll also ensure that you’ll be able to lay down grass seeding on any ground that’s damaged during the construction process.

Blue Tree Landscaping  

Blue Tree Landscaping thinks more about just building your pool; we think about creating a beautiful outdoor environment for your backyard by shaping your pool’s masonry, design, and construction plans. We’d be happy to help you design and build your pool using our expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD), scale drawings, and high-quality building materials. Bottom line: we care about creating an entire landscape, not just building a pool.

Interesting Lighting Ideas for In Ground Pools

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Unique Lighting Ideas for In Ground Pools

An in ground swimming pool is more than a great place to play and entertain — it’s also an obvious focal point. Is your in ground
pool properly using lighting to add ambiance to your yard? If not, look to these interesting ideas for unique pool lighting.

Multiple Lights

Far too many pools possess a single, lonely light at the deep end of the pool. Not only is this severely under-lighting the pool space, but it does nothing to highlight the area around the pool. Your pool deck receives plenty of use. Even at night it can benefit from properly placed lighting to subtly highlight the pool water. Multiple light fixtures and plantings around the pool will have this effect. However, to avoid harsh lighting on your guest’s faces, don’t point lighting directly at the surrounding tables and chairs.

Flawless Finish 

Avoid that shadowy pool look that seems to point out every pool floor flaw. For a pool that always looks its best, use multiple light fixtures, and face them directly across from each other. It instantly eliminates those pesky shadows.

Fantastic Fiber Optics 

There’s no electricity involved when you use fiber optics. Choose among colorful lighting or go with basic white. Either way, fiber optics may be used around the borders of the in ground pool and even up the steps. You won’t need to change light bulbs, either. It’s a less formal look for a tighter budget.

Fun Floating Lighting 

What could add more whimsy to an in ground pool than a floating lantern drifting upon pool waters? Use colorful lights to up the fun factor or keep it classy with white lights. These lights should never be tossed or thrown, so this may not be the best option for those with rowdy children or grandchildren.

Lovely LED Lighting 

The options are endless. LED lights look as good as they are versatile, offering energy savings and a variety of style choices. Use them in pools that have unique, yet hard to light, designs. Retrofit options enable owners of older in ground pools to receive a slick new update.

Install interesting lighting and not only will you get more use from your pool, but you will love the way it enhances an already successful landscape. Let the pros handle it all, if you’d like! Call Blue Tree Landscaping today. As the one-stop-shop for everything landscape and pool, Blue Tree will help you get the style you want.

In Ground Pools for Smaller Yards

002 (2)Some yards seem to have all the luck: there’s room for everything, and a sparkling in ground pool! But even a small backyard can handle an in ground swimming pool. In fact, there’s a lot of variety to in ground swimming pools, and it’s likely that you can find one to complement your little space.

Fitting an In Ground Pool in a Smaller Space

For a backyard that’s lacking, a swimming pool can provide countless hours of fun in the sun. A smaller sized pool, which is generally understood to be 600 square feet or smaller, won’t be any less delightful than a larger pool.

These pools typically aren’t deep, so diving is usually unsafe. Many of them are around five feet deep or less at their deepest point. However, even though diving may be discouraged, all regular pool games are more than possible. In addition, with a smaller pool, you may not be able to swim laps like you would in a larger one, but there are ways to get around this. You can install water jets and swim against the current, for example.

As you can see, having a small pool is the same as having a larger pool, with all the exercise and all the fun, but without the extra expense that goes along with it. Smaller pools use less chemicals and take less time to heat than their larger counterparts.

Making a Smaller Pool Feel Larger

The best way to make a small pool fit seamlessly into your space is to tuck it near a wall or fence that isn’t in the center of your yard. This way, you won’t take away from any gathering or play areas, you can use less fencing around your pool, and you will need far less pool deck to surround it.

You don’t have to stop at just a simple pool. When you want a truly show-stopping look, consider installing a waterfall. It’s the perfect addition when you need a focal point or have an area that won’t fit a pool deck. You can make great use of the space you have while still including a few special features like waterfalls.

With a small pool, you will still have your pick of shapes to choose from. Will you go with something curvy or boxy? Will you bump your pool up against a wall of your home or place it near a fence? You have options.

The Perfect Pool, Every Time

For an in ground swimming pool that fits your needs, call the professionals. Blue Tree Landscaping is a one-stop-shop for everything lawn and pool. From planning to repair to maintenance, Blue Tree Landscaping can handle it all. Call today to learn more.