Shopping for pool decorations can be a fun activity. However, there’s something special about crafting your own thoughtful, handmade projects for an added personal touch. Check out some DIY projects that will make your pool area inviting for parties, activities, and more!
For backyards with an overhang or shade system by the pool, curtains are an easy and creative way to add delicate touches to the framework. Choose light, airy fabrics for the aesthetic, or opt for heavy-duty, thermal curtains that are both practical and fashionable. Consider your level of functionality before investing in outdoor curtains.
PVC pipe is the main component of these projects. Obtain longer pieces that will extend the length of the pool, as well as shorter sections for the sides and base. Thread netting through the top to create a makeshift net, and encourage the summer pool games to begin! Feel free to use extra material to create a basketball hoop as well or any other sporting equipment that requires a basket or hoop.
Plants and Flowers
Plants are the classic DIY project for any outdoor space! Place larger pots by the pool and plant vibrant flowers or fronds to add a splash of color to the blue water. Lining the patio with a thoughtful selection of petals is another simple activity for beautifying the area. For an added touch, lace strings of lights through leaves and tree branches to decorate for parties or nights spent outside.
Got a spare section of wall? Convert it into a convenient towel hanging area. Get some decorative hooks and install them in a row as a place to dry out wet towels or prepare dry ones for use. Visit a crafts store to grab wall letters to place above the hooks as well. If no wall space is available, consider getting a free-standing rack or flat piece of wood to customize.
Pool Noodle Projects
Foam pool noodles are a surprisingly versatile material for DIY crafts. Cut sections and attach them with water-resistant glue to create drink holders, or place battery-operated candles into inch-long sections to float on the water so they cast an ambiant glow on the pool’s surface. For a kid-friendly craft, string several noodles together to create makeshift rafts that will encourage even more water play. The options are endless!
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We can help get your pool area ready for all of your homemade touches. Our hardscaping services will ensure that your patio, and the pool itself, are all ready to be enhanced by your DIY projects. Contact us to get started today!
Time by the pool is not limited to July barbecues and lazy day lounging. With the right accessories and upkeep, your pool deck can boast year-round benefits! Here are some of our seasonal tips for maintaining an inviting pool deck all year long.
Turn Up The Heat
It’s easy to yearn for the summer heat, but there are ways to replicate the sun’s rays until it returns. Looking to entertain outdoors? Keep a basket with blankets close by for both warmth and comfort, and place heat lamps close to the seating areas to make them cozy throughout the colder months.
Speaking of heat, don’t be afraid to fire up the grill! If the weather permits, continue with the cookouts well past early fall. Be sure to check the propane tank or use dry charcoal, and to clear away any snow and debris before use. Taking a few extra precautions will pay off when you’ve created a delicious meal for friends and family to enjoy.
Swap Out Accessories
A light, breezy deck chair may not last through a harsh winter, just as a winter pool cover is not necessary for summer activities. Delegate space indoors to store outdoor items that will suffer outside their appropriate seasons. This will keep your furniture looking new and intact for years to come!
In addition, be sure to take advantage of a sturdy, walk able pool cover by setting up an attractive entertaining space. This can serve as an extension to the deck itself! Placing furniture on the surface is not advised, but a sound system or table with party essentials, such as snacks and drinks, will enhance the deck and the event in question.
Tend to Other Landscaping Needs
Staying up-to-date with the deck’s foliage guarantees a gorgeous space. Plant new perennials in the spring, and gear up for the cold by managing delicate areas with trimming and treating in time for winter. For added convenience, place ceramic pots around the deck and simply swap out their contents with seasonal flowers. The options are plentiful!
Decorate For The Seasons
Placing thoughtful decorations around the pool deck will create a festive vibe for every holiday. Spread a patterned tablecloth over an outdoor table, or cover the deck furniture with fabric shams that celebrate the season. For a simple, classic look, white light strings are a versatile staple long after the holidays are over, and create a beautiful ambiance for time spent outdoors.
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Looking to expand your pool deck’s usage? Let our team of experts advise you on the season’s current demands for your pool deck. At Blue Tree Landscaping, we pride ourselves on our outdoor expertise for any terrain. Contact us today!
Building a snowman is classic. It’s easy, fun, and allows for everyone involved to express their creativity with the season’s favorite activity. This year, craft a snowman that will complete your outdoor space!
Set The Foundation
Work to roll solid snowballs to allow the snowman to stay together. Don’t be afraid to add a touch of water to the snow if the powder is too fine to pack together; turning the hose on to a light mist will make the snow more malleable for shaping. When the balls are ready, flatten the top and bottom to create a stable foundation for them to sit on. Take care not to make the top one too large, and lift with your legs to get the layers on top. Snowballs can get heavy, and knocking them out of alignment can erase all the hard work spent rolling them into shape.
Smooth It Out
Nailing the classic snowman ratio is no easy feat, and sometimes the balls can come out lopsided or lumpy on one side. Taking a spray bottle filled with water to the uneven sections and smoothing them down with your hands is effective. Don’t forget to wear gloves while doing this task. If that proves to be too chilly, take a rag and smooth the snow down with that.
Bring It To Life
The tried-and-true snowman face has coal for eyes, but there are many options for crafting a snow face. Try using fruit or cookies to create a unique appearance. For other details, use real buttons for a cute and functional look that can be put to use for years to come. Above all, don’t forget the classic carrot nose, or use another vegetable of your choice for a unique touch!
Match The Snowman To The Decor
Cold-weather accouterments are the best part of accenting your frozen figure, and if your home is boasting a beautiful set of decorations, include your snowman in the fun! Wreaths, holly, or color-complimenting gloves and a scarf will match the color scheme of your exterior decorating. Place your favorite sports team’s apparel on, such as a baseball hat or a football jersey, to showcase your team spirit. Spring holidays approaching? Put a heart-shaped box of chocolates in its hands for Valentine’s Day, or let him sport a green ensemble for St. Patrick’s Day. The possibilities are endless.
Let Blue Tree Help
All this snow got you thinking of warmer days and landscaping ideas? Contact our dedicated team to get started on a plan today!
Winter can be harsh on homes, plants, and cars alike, but what about pools? The cover of your pool can take a beating, especially with the weight of snow as a threat to its structure. To avoid damage, here are our tips for managing heavy snow on your pool cover until warmer weather arrives.
Clean Up and Maintenance
Take a few quick trips outside to brush the snow off the pool cover surface. If the weight on top can be reduced, there is less chance of long-term damage or collapse. However, take care not to clear all of the snow. Weight on the pool cover will prevent wind and debris from damaging it or pushing it down below the water’s surface. Leave about an inch behind to keep it in place.
While outside, check the chemical levels. While there is less chance of evaporation in the wintertime, adding too many chemicals can damage the cover – and the pool – if it isn’t monitored. Adjust accordingly, to make the grand reopening of your pool clean and efficient for the spring!
Use A Snow Removal Tool
Your cover pump might remove excess water, but for fresh flakes, a different tactic is needed. If a heavier cleanup is needed, try an ice scraper or an apparatus with a foam or rubber head, to be gentle to the cover itself. This investment will provide peace of mind year after year, no matter the severity of the weather.
Invest in a Cover Pump
Get a machine to do the work for you! A pool cover pump is attached with wire and removes the water both from the surface of the cover and underneath it, regulating the pool’s water levels. This is especially useful for snow; when snow seeps underneath the pool cover and melts, it can disturb the water levels and the carefully laid-out surface that is protecting the system. Cover pumps are available online and wherever pool supplies are sold.
Consider Replacing Your Cover
For both above-ground and in-ground pools, the average lifespan of a high-quality cover can stretch to ten years or more! your pool cover is a few years old or sustained some rough seasons in the past, it might be time to replace it. There is a wide range of special pool covers that are geared toward handling the tribulations of winter weather. Don’t forget the tubes and weights to hold it down!
Trust Blue Tree
We don’t just install pools, we help maintain them! Our team of experts can guide you in choosing and installing the right means to protecting your pool cover this winter. Contact us for more information today!
Whether you’re hosting a cozy family gathering or a party with all your friends, the patio is the place to be. But when you want to entertain, a dated, neglected, or poorly designed outdoor space can put a damper on your fun.
Revamping the patio is a great way to create a comfortable outdoor haven that can even increase your home value. Read on to discover how you can create the patio of your dreams (and maybe even your neighbor’s dreams!) and become the envy of the block.
Add a Fireplace
This common indoor feature is right at home outdoors. In fact, an outdoor fireplace is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for almost every season. Set the mood for a romantic evening with a loved one or a fun night with the kids roasting marshmallows. If a permanent fixture isn’t an option, a portable fire pit is an excellent alternative. You can store it and use it for years to come.
Layer Your Lighting
No patio is complete without the right mood lighting, and a layered scheme is an excellent way to create an outdoor space that shines (literally!). You have plenty of options: Freestanding gas lamps offer functional illumination with a touch of glamor. Fans with attached light fixtures brighten the space and provide a comfortable breeze. White string lights add a delightful twinkle. The sky’s the limit!
Add Stylish Accessories
Not used to decorating outdoor spaces? Think outside the box! The kitchen isn’t the only room in the house that can boast statement-making accent walls: Tile or textured materials, such as stone and brick, enhance the patio space without taking up valuable real estate. To lend natural beauty and a splash of color, add hanging planters or an ivy wall.
If your patio is protected from the elements, you can even hang artwork, set out throw pillows, and incorporate other accents. Attach a glass-free window pane to achieve a rustic look, or hang metal wall art to match the furniture for an industrial-chic vibe. Swap out accessories to instantly refresh the space for different seasons and holiday.
Incorporate a Theme
Finally, it’s important to find your personal style and have fun with the patio! Travel lovers can imbue a cozy French restaurant feel or laid-back Spanish siesta elements. If you have a pool, opt for a nautical theme that’s fun in and out of the water. Follow a design path that suits your tastes, and the patio is sure to become your favorite spot to spend time.
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Let us help you elevate your patio game! We specialize in landscaping and hardscaping for every type of patio and enjoy customizing spaces to fit all types of homeowners. Contact our crew to get started today!
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!
Few things are more enjoyable than getting friends and family together to engage in friendly competition, especially in your own backyard. No matter the size or shape, any backyard can be transformed to house sports equipment, setups, and courts to satisfy even the most gung-ho sports fanatics. Here are some ideas to create the next go-to sports center for everyone to enjoy!
Invest in a Sport Court
Multi-sport courts are both trendy and low-maintenance. Outdoor sports tiles are easy to clean and arrange, and several companies boast notable safety approval reports. Plus, they can house several sport accessory forms, such as basketball hoops, tennis nets, and more. Choose a generic surface or customize your own!
Plenty of Open Space
This is the classic, fail-safe route for optimal backyard fun. A simple expanse of well-maintained lawn can play host to dozens of outdoor sporting activities. Set up a volleyball net, croquet wickets, soccer goals, and so much more! The versatility of a spacious backyard will please all age groups, and make your yard a versatile spot for games of all types.
Water Sports and Accessories
Pools can be excellent venues for outdoor sports. Sporting good stores and pool supply shops offer poolside basketball hoops and nets that stretch over the entire body of water, creating a makeshift court in minutes. For those with lakefront property, try a floating trampoline or water skis to amp up the activities even further! Even water polo balls and beach balls serve as tools in a variety of outdoor sports and are sold almost everywhere.
If the backyard is too small for traditional sports, make it a premium viewing spot! Invest in a television that will take center stage in your outdoor space, to watch the big game for every season. A prime sound system will enhance the space, immersing guests in a court side experience, and comfortable outdoor couches and chairs will beat plastic stadium seats any day.
No space at all? No problem! Tabletop tennis, pool tables, and darts are popular toys that can go both indoors and outdoors, and are durable and require little maintenance. Choose an air hockey table to create an arcade-like atmosphere or a rod hockey game for a nostalgic feel. Combine any of these with a sporty backyard to create the ultimate entertainment area.
Blue Tree Landscaping
Game on! Here at Blue Tree, we recognize the importance of a functional, fun backyard and want to help yours be the best it can be. Our team of experts will help design and implement the best surfaces and accessories for the space allowed. Call or email us to get started today!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Winterizing your property requires paying careful attention to your lawn. Most households remove autumn leaves from the lawn to prepare for winter. Unraked leaves can suffocate your lawn if left out through the winter. A layer of leaves can prevent healthy lawn growth the following year. The easy way to take care of your lawn is to remove the leaves with a leaf-blower or a rake. Rakes, however, offer the added benefit of removing thatch – dead grass tissue – from your lawn. Raking your lawn yourself can be a tiring and long process. Try hiring a landscaper if you don’t have time to rake the lawn yourself. Landscapers can help prepare your lawn for winter by testing your soil for pH and adding sulfur or lime as needed. It also helps to over-seed the lawn in the fall, preparing it to grow abundantly come warmer weather.
Winterizing Your Pool
Winterizing your pool can be more work than expected. A pool installation or landscape professional can be a big help. A week before closing, you must balance the pH of the water. Then, remove skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners, solar blankets, and ladders, clean the pool, lower the water level, drain and winterize the plumbing, and cover the pool. These complicated steps often require the help of a professional. The process for in-ground pools also presents a more significant challenge than above ground pools. Swimming pool installation experts and landscapers can help. Often people that install pools know them best – they can recommend the best maintenance and make sure your pool is in good shape to survive the winter.
Get any landscaping you need done before the winter! You also need to winterize gardens, shrubs, and trees if you want them to survive the winter and continue growing large and healthy come springtime. Spreading mulch, preening shrubs and bushes, protecting bulbs, and removing invasive weeds makes for a healthier garden and yard come spring. In wintertime, it’s often harder to get landscaping services. The ground hardens, making it more difficult to install landscape lighting, retaining walls, fences, or gardens.
Keeping Your Yard Healthy In Philadelphia’s Suburbs
Suburbs of Philly like Montgomery County and Chester County have some of the toughest winters. Persistent freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall can hinder the health of your yard and landscape if not properly cared for. Winterizing your lawn, pools, and the rest of your yard can mitigate the effects of a cruel winter. Listening to good advice from professionals like those at Blue Tree Landscaping is the best thing you can do for your yard and home.