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Upgrade Your Pool for Summer Entertaining

The summer solstice, which marks both the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, is coming up on June 21st. Around this time, schools are out, people are taking vacations, and many folks are hoping to enjoy a nice dip in the pool! If your pool’s amenities are outdated or need fixing up, there are a few ways to do this in time for more festivities.

Clean the Grout

If the pool’s surrounding surface has tiles, the dirt buildup in the cracks can be unsightly. Scraping it out works, but this can be a huge hassle. A power washer will get rid of dirt and buildup, without having to replace any cement or artificial stone that surrounds your pool area. The power washer can be used for the rest of your surfaces as well, such as wood patios, resilient fences, and walls that need cleaning.

Inspect the Pool

Most pools have plaster or Pebble Tec surfaces coating the interior. With winter weather and the wear-and-tear of extended use over the years, these surfaces might be starting to show deterioration. You many want to refinish any surfaces that are chipped or stained before they are put to use. Often, a harsher surface begins to peek out from under the smooth plaster, and fixing this is a safety and liability issue that you should try to take care of early.

Perform Some Touch-Ups

After a harsh winter, the landscaping around your pool might need replenishing. Plant fresh flowers and vegetation to give a lively vibe to any space, and paint over any faded decorations or surfaces that could use a new coat. Check out couch and chair cushions as well: sunlight can cause fading of colors and patterns, and it might be time to replace anything that looks lighter or loses its texture.

Decorate

One of the easiest and most attainable means for improvement, decorating your pool area is a personal and fun process. It can be as simple as changing out plants or color schemes, or can encompass projects that are larger in scale. Consider swapping out decorative tile work, large furniture, and lounge pieces to stay current with styles and give your whole backyard the makeover it deserves.

Contact Blue Tree

Let the experts join you in your renovations! Blue Tree Landscaping is proud to offer hardscaping and decorative services for backyards of any size. Call today for a quote or advice on getting started. Summer won’t last forever, but with a few tweaks, any backyard can be revamped for months and years to come.

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!

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!

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.

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!

 

6 Features That Can Make Your In-Ground Pool Shine

6 Features that can make your pool shineIs your inground swimming pool missing a little something? Design your pool to include elements that not only tie into your landscape design, but also fit your style. Add a bit of sparkle, and plenty of fun with these pool remodeling tips.

Features That Can Improve Your Inground Pool

Heater

It can take a week to open the pool for the season, and another week or two for the water to warm up. A pool is a major investment. Get the most out of it by extending the life of your pool with a heater, so you can swim around beyond those summer months.

Water Features

An inground swimming pool can boast fun touches, like water jets. Add a waterfall that’s hidden in a grotto, or go for a modern look with a wall of sheer waterfalls. Fountains, such as deck jets or bubblers, can be easily added to any pool–either within the pool itself, or as a detached feature that provides a touch of drama.

Hot Tubs

Get the spa feel right at home. Whether you install a standalone hot tub, or you include a spillover spa that connects your inground pool with your hot tub, it will quickly become a favorite pool time destination.

Water Slides

Gone are the days when water slides came in a single size. Today’s waterslides can have a fast drop, a gentle curve, or a corkscrew for longer slides. Children and adults can’t resist this eye-catching, interactive feature.

Lighting

Pool lighting is often overlooked, but the right lighting makes any space more appealing, and definitely more usable. Your pool lighting should match the tone set by the rest of your landscape. Look for long-lasting, energy efficient LED lighting, add a touch of ambience with submerged moon lighting, or consider the use of uplighting, in which lights can play against taller landscaping elements, like trees.

Pool Cleaner

Sometimes, it’s the elements you don’t see that make a project truly come together. A pool cleaner can brush, and clean your pool while minimizing the need for hands-on work. Simply empty the bag after it fills up, and in a matter of hours, you can relax in a spotless pool.

Update Your Inground Pool

Don’t let your inground pool just sit there. Make it a welcoming focal point, and a center of all the action, with these timely summer landscaping tips.

 

Renovating a pool can be tricky. Leave it to the experts at Blue Tree Landscaping. From design to planning and maintenance, your Philly home landscape is in good hands.

How to Prep Your Pool for the Summer

How to Prep your pool for summerSummer will be here before you know it, which means pool season approaches! Make sure your pool is ready to greet friends and family before that first Philly heat wave hits. These tips will have your pool up and running in a splash:

Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

Plan Ahead

Opening the pool takes time and patience. Start early, before the summer heat hits. Remember that it will take about a week for the water to clear up, supposing there aren’t any problems. The filter will require daily cleaning. No one should dive in until the pool floor can be easily seen. Until then, keep the pool covered to avoid additional cleaning. When it’s ready, grab a pool vacuum to remove any leaves or debris.

Chemical Open

Turn it all on. Empty out baskets, and look for leaks and cracks. It’s much easier to fix any small leaks now than to close everything down for full pool repairs later. Keep the pool cover on so you don’t have to deal with leaves and bugs falling in, making potential cracks more difficult to see.

Just Add Water

Chances are your pool water level is low after the long winter. Be sure to add more. Also remember to unclog the filter before you turn it on. Different filters have different needs. If you have a DE filter, you will most likely need to take it apart to clean it. If you have a sand filter, just set it for backwash, and it will do the rest. Don’t forget to put it back on the normal setting afterwards.

Test the Waters

Before you hop in, you need to know what’s in the water. Get the pool water tested to see where the chlorine and mineral levels fall, as well as the pH and alkalinity. It’s important to know for many reasons. Pool water that lacks calcium can actually strip it from grout and vinyl.

Swim More, Work Less

After your pool is ready to roll, there is still work to be done. Do a daily chemical check, get the pool tested about once a month, and vacuum at least once a week. Feels like too much? Call in the experts.

 

Blue Tree Landscaping can give you more than just a beautiful yard. Blue Tree is the one-stop shop for everything lawn, from planning to design and maintenance, even for pools.

Call the professionals at Blue Tree Landscaping today, and get your pool in shape the easy way.