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Make Your Dream Of Owning A Pool A Reality

June 21st was the first day of summer in 2018, and this is the time that people are jumping into backyard pools and enjoying the water! If this is the year to begin construction on a pool of your own, there are a few factors to consider before getting started. Here are our tips for planning the pool of your dreams, from digging the hole to diving in.

Create a Timeline

Installing a pool is a lengthy process that spans over several months. The bulk of the construction should take place during mild months of the year when the weather will not pose a threat to the progress. Consult your contractor about the best time frame to perform certain steps in the process, from creating the hole to laying the materials, and even decorating the surrounding area.

Consider the Cost

A pool requires year-round maintenance to keep the structure intact, as well as the water and systems involved. See what type of pool can be maximized in your space, whether it be above ground or in-ground. There are pros and cons to both, from the cost of upkeep to amount of attention required, so write out a list and figure out what works best!

Once the type of pool is decided upon, compile a list of necessities. Equipment, insurance, and surrounding enclosures such as fences and retaining walls are all amenities to take into consideration during planning. Work with a budget to make decisions on what features to choose, such as polymer versus Pebble Tec walls, or a cement versus tile deck. If every facet of a successful pool is considered before construction, there will be no surprises later on.

Choose the Shape, Size, and Design

Study the layout of your backyard. Is the area long and narrow, uniquely shaped, or sprawling over an acre or two? In addition to the shape, the area immediately surrounding it needs to be considered, for a deck or furniture to accent the pool. Take measurements and draft up a few blueprints before committing to the details.

Keep It Beautiful

When the pool is installed, keep it clean! Chemicals are essential to balancing both the water’s pH and the pool wall’s integrity, and they flush out the filtration systems as well. Skim the surface for leaves and other debris, and invest in a vacuum that will travel underwater and remove buildup on the wall surfaces.

Let Blue Tree Landscaping Help

Above all else, enjoy the process! A pool is a personal venture, and it should be exactly to your specifications when the building begins. Take your time and craft something to be proud of. At Blue Tree Landscaping, we are a part of the entire process, from planning to installation to keeping the pool pristine year-round. Contact us for in-ground pools so we can get started!

Reasons Your Outdoor Pool Needs A Fence

When a yard has an outdoor pool, a fence might seem like a great option to help add some decor to the space. However, any enclosure like a fence can serve an important functional purpose beyond just looks, and stand as one of the focal points of the pool. If your outdoor pool doesn’t have one already, here are a few reasons why it could benefit from a fence, from the obvious to the fun:

Safety

First and foremost, a fence is an excellent safety measure for a variety of household inhabitants. Smaller children will be kept safe by being blocked off from the open water if the fence is secure enough, and pets that run the risk of slipping into the pool area will be shut out as well. If the design is solid, even larger forces such as debris from storms, or flyaway cushions from the furniture surrounding the pool, will be contained and blocked as well. Ensure that the material you choose to build your fence can stand up to most circumstances, and the worry of accidents or damage will be eliminated. It’s not a wise choice to make the investment if the fence can’t keep toddlers at bay.

Keeps unwelcome visitors out

Depending on the terrain of your yard, small creatures can wander near the pool of their own volition. This is out of the pool owner’s control, of course, so to save the risk of them falling in or damaging any of the surrounding equipment or surfaces, consider a fence that reaches the ground to minimize the intrusion of unwanted animals. This way, anything that enters the pool will be at your discretion, eliminating the worry of unwanted guests or endangering the creatures in question.

Boosts backyard style

Beyond the functionality of a fence, make a statement with yours! Choose from a variety of materials and styles to match your outdoor pool’s unique look and feel, from wooden to wrought-iron and beyond. A fence also serves as a prime decorating piece for parties, when the style allows for it. String lights through the slots of a thinner fence, or tie balloons to the posts to add a festive touch to any occasion. By protecting against inclement weather, a fence around an outdoor pool will accentuate every feature that brings the yard together, and maintain its many other uses as well.

Blue Tree

Let us help install the perfect fence to suit your pool! At Blue Tree Landscaping, our team of experts has ample experience implementing proper outdoor fencing that will create purpose and style that will last for years to come. Contact us for a quote to get started!

Getting rid of old trees in your landscape

For any homeowner planning to install an in-ground swimming pool, there are plenty of tasks on the to-do list. One step that some people fail to think about is removing trees from the area. If you’re considering an in-ground pool, read on for three reasons to have an expert remove excess trees in your landscape — before they cause problems for your pool.

Free Up Space

Even the simplest in-ground pool designs require plenty of space. For example, even if you decide to go with a relatively small 10-by-10-foot pool, an experienced pool builder will still need to design an adequate concrete deck. In addition, many homeowners decide to build a patio to go along with their in-ground swimming pool. These areas enhance the guest experience. Often, creating this space requires clearing old trees, and homeowners need to find the right landscaper to do the job for them.

Prevent Debris

Most pool companies that do not specialize in landscaping don’t consider the impact of surrounding trees on your in-ground swimming pool. However, it’s important to consult a landscaper with expertise in tree removal before choosing a pool company. No one will enjoy swimming in a pool filled with sticks, leaves and other debris from surrounding trees. You, the homeowner, also won’t enjoy the constant work of cleaning this foliage from your in-ground pool. Take care of the trees in your pool landscape before they become a real problem.

Consider Lighting

Don’t forget about lighting when planning your pool design. In addition to in-ground lights within your pool, you may want to install lighting infrastructure above your pool deck. Before installing landscape lighting, make sure no trees are in a location where they may block light from reaching the pool surface. Your landscaper can also help you figure out if there are old trees that may hinder your ability to install outdoor lighting fixtures in the first place.

Contact Blue Tree

You want your family and friends to enjoy the experience of swimming in your in-ground pool. Don’t let those old trees get in the way of your ideal pool design. Contact Blue Tree Landscaping today and see how our experienced, friendly landscapers can help turn your dream of having an in ground-swimming pool into reality. Our tree removal services have pleased many customers in the Philadelphia area. Call today for a free quote.

Protect Your Pets From The Pool

Keeping our kids safe and out of harm’s way around a swimming pool seems like a given, but what about our pets? Some of our furry companions cannot swim, or prefer not to engage in water. To eliminate any worries, here are some ways to take precaution against them sneaking in for an unsupervised swim.

Fence Them Out

The natural choice for keeping pets away is installing a fence that will stop them from walking into the pool and its surrounding area. Choose a fence that will cater to the pet’s size; a wrought-iron fence works well for larger dogs, but smaller animals such as cats, turtles, and various farm animals might need a more solid means of protection. Build the posts close together or with a thick material to optimize safety.

Wire Mesh or Wood

Wrap wire encasing around any existing fence to add a layer of protection for smaller animals. The design could be as simple as chicken wire, or a sleeker design from a home improvement store. Not only will this stop small pets from getting in, but creatures such as possums, squirrels, and rabbits will have a harder time entering the pool.

If the fence has yet to be built, consider a solid wood or plastic fence to surround the pool. The height can depend on the space available, and a simple latching system will make it easy to enter and exit throughout the day. The cost might be more in the long run, but in the winter months, that stable fence will hold up against harsher weather.

Add A Retaining Wall

For backyards with a hill, animals can climb up and around a ground fence and enter the pool area. By protecting the back of the pool with a sturdy foundation, animals of any size will have a harder time infiltrating that area. An additional fence can be built on top of this wall, to further protect against pests to the yard. Retaining walls can be customized to add to the aesthetic of the yard as well. You might consider tile work or stones that will stack and create a textured, unique surface to back the pool. Make it your own!

Contact Blue Tree

Let Blue Tree Landscaping help keep your four (or two) legged friends safe this summer! We specialize in hardscaping and preventative structures that will serve as functional, beautiful additions to any pool. Our team cares about your pets and your yard in tandem: contact us for a quote on your fence pool, or your next home improvement project!

Add Some Entertainment Elements To Your Yard

It’s party time! The weather is perfect for entertaining, both indoors and outdoors. Here are a few entertainment essentials that are worth the investment:

Pool Toys

These are cheap, fun staples for any backyard. Grab a few inner tubes at your local dollar store, or upgrade to giant inflatable animals to hold more than one person. There are several options for practicality and entertainment with pool toys; if your child is learning to swim this summer, pool noodles and arm inflatables will help them learn to stay afloat. Better yet, floating basketball hoops and coolers will cater to older members of the festivities. Visit a pool supply store or shop around online to stock up.

Outdoor Television

Relax with the setting sun and watch your post-work movie outside! Televisions often offer protective coverings for weather-resistant enjoyment. They can be free-standing, mounted to a wall, or wired to an overhang or gazebo post for ultimate convenience. Add in surround sound and create a full system for an authentic theater experience.

For a makeshift experience, try this: get a projector and a white sheet. Hang the sheet on a retaining wall or fence, pop a movie into the projector, and set up chairs to face it. If a pool is present, float on inner tubes for a new take on ‘theater seats.’ Include snacks and popcorn for instant outdoor entertainment for everyone to enjoy!

Volleyball Net

One fun way to get a sweat going and enjoy the spirit of competition is incorporating sports into outdoor activities. If the yard has reasonable space for a makeshift court, invest in a net with easy setup and take down. It can be used for volleyball and badminton, among other sports, and it provides fun for sports lovers of all ages. If it has the adjustment capabilities, stretch it across a pool and play water ball!

Contact Blue Tree

Make sure the rest of your yard is up to snuff with Blue Tree Landscaping! We specialize in optimizing home space for every homeowner’s needs, from tiny back lots to expansive backyard spaces with room to play. Get advice on the best adornments for summer fun, in addition to year-round services that will keep your backyard in pristine shape for any entertainment. Contact our team to get a quote today!

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!

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.

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.