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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!

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.

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.

 

5 Pool Fencing Ideas for Your Home Landscape

Prosemediapicjuly2016For many, pool fencing is not just a great feature for keeping out unwanted guests, or making sure small children don’t go astray—it’s the law. However, more than a mere safety measure, a pool fence can also be a welcome aesthetic addition to any summer landscape. The trick is to match up your pool, home landscape, and fencing in a complementary way.

Pool Fencing Ideas for Your Home Landscape

Budget Fencing

A removable fence is a fast, easy option for anyone on a tight budget. These fences are best used as a secondary fence. For example, if there is already a perimeter fence that meets local laws regarding height and slat spacing, a removable fence can be installed around the pool temporarily.

Wood Fencing

When you want to keep your pool time fun away from the eyes of prying neighbors, a solid privacy fence can be a step in the right direction. There’s a wide range of styles available to help complement any decor. Double-check that the slats are spaced close enough to prevent anyone from slipping through.

Aluminum Pool Fencing

Affordable and hard-working, an aluminum tube pool fence may lack curb appeal, but it does get the job done. Just make sure there are no hand or foot holds that a youngster can use to pull themselves up and over the fence.

Mesh Pool Fencing

This pool fencing is nearly invisible, so families can easily keep tabs on what the children are doing, even from a distance. Mesh fencing is hard to climb over and under, so it definitely aligns with safety standards as well. These fences will require a few tweaks every now and then to ensure that the mesh lines up properly, and remains in good working condition.

Glass Fencing

When price, children, and nosy neighbors aren’t an issue, and the view is one you’d love to keep seeing, glass fencing can make your yard look larger, while retaining that easy, open view. Maintenance may be a challenge, but Blue Tree Landscaping can help keep your fencing in top shape.

Make a Splash

Want some added peace of mind? Install a pool alarm so if anyone gets too close to the water when no one’s around to supervise, you’ll be notified immediately.

Whether you’re ready to install a pool fence today, or need some help figuring out which fencing type best fits your home landscape, you should turn to the professionals at Blue Tree Landscaping.

Call Blue Tree Landscaping, the one-stop-shop for everything pool and lawn, and take your pool fencing from ho-hum to oh, wow!

 

Top Pool Design Trends for 2016

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Top Pool Design Trends for 2016

Infinity Pools

No longer reserved for the rich and famous, there’s no reason any backyard in the Montgomery or Chester County area can’t sport this sleek pool design. Known as a vanishing edge pool, these gorgeous inground pools are perfect for anyone who enjoys spectacular surrounding landscapes. Enjoy your view poolside.

Glass Tiles

You’re probably familiar with the typical pool siding or coping, but glass tiles are a newer addition that really kicks things up a notch. These tiles add a punch of color, and sophistication to any pool. There’s a wide range of tones to choose from in hues sure to dazzle any formerly lackluster pool.

Fire Features

Although we’re all enjoying the summer sun, there’s no harm in preparing for those chilly summer nights. Fire features are gas-powered, and can help shed a little light, and heat on your swimming pool area. It will add both drama, and excitement to any evening pool party.

Tanning Ledge

For anyone that loves to lounge in the sun, tanning ledges are the perfect place to soak up the sun, while staying partially submerged to beat the heat. Sometimes called a “Cabo Shelf,” or a “Baja Shelf,” tanning ledges hold somewhere between two to four inches of water. For those with children, they also make a great splashing zone.

LED Lighting

Not only a great feature indoors, LED lighting can jazz up inground swimming pools with a more colorful, festive approach. Nighttime swimming is no longer shadowy and dark, but rather a color-filled lightfest. Use strategically placed LED lights to enhance any landscape design, whether it’s in the pool or around it. Try rainbow hues, or stick with simple lighting techniques to complement your home landscape.

Pool Design for Drama and Fun

When it comes to pool design, there are a wide range of options. Consider using the features listed above to make your pool the envy of the neighborhood, as well as a family favorite. But, to get started, you’ll need to send in the professionals.

Blue Tree Landscaping handles everything from planning to maintenance to design and installation for landscapes and pools. Call Blue Tree Landscaping today to get the pool of your dreams tomorrow.