Great job, the pool is in, the water is clear and inviting, and you have spent a small fortune. But, you now have a big, expensive hole full of water in the back yard. How can you make your pool area more pleasing to the eye? Landscape it! Create an interesting and beautiful garden around your pool that will be the envy of your family and friends. The problem is, you have used up most of your budget on the pool. No Worries, with the help of a professional landscaper you can design the perfect pool garden on a budget.
Thinking about saving a little money by doing it yourself, unless you know all about drainage, correct run-offs, and where any reinforcing bars are located. Not to mention plumbing, your best bet would be to hire a professional. A landscape professional will be involved in the design of the pool; he will know how to address any issues that could possibly end up costing more if not dealt with properly.
Decide how much you can allocate to the landscaping. A good rule of thumb is three quarters of the cost of the pool, e.g. if your pool cost $20,000 you will need to budget $15,000 for good landscaping. Make sure to read your contract to ensure that everything is included (sewerage connections, tippage, rock excavation, and soil removal).
Make sure that your landscaper knows what your budget is, you may have to be a little flexible. Work with your landscaper to create a more effective garden.
There are a few ways to create a beautiful garden without breaking the bank. Instead of doing a lot of expensive paving around the pool, use more lawn. This will also reduce splash out evaporation by allowing water to return to the soil. Everyone knows how valuable water is in Australia right now, even the smallest things you can do to lessen water waste is important. Hopefully, you have already installed a rainwater collection tank, you can use the water that you are already collecting to water your garden. This will show that you care not only about making Australia more beautiful, but also, about conserving natural resources.
If your block slopes and requires retaining walls or drainage, look into less expensive materials. Your landscaper can suggest materials that cost less, but will be just as effective.
When choosing plants, go with smaller trees and plants, they are less expensive than the larger ones. By planting younger smaller plants, you can enjoy nurturing them and watching them grow, this will give you more involvement in you garden and it will satisfy the DIYer in you. Unless you included an in floor cleaning system in your pool, stay away from deciduous trees. The leaves from these trees will only add to cleaning time and cost for maintaining your pool. After all, you want to spend more time entertaining and enjoying your pool, not working on it.
You can have fun and be imaginative without the added stress of overspending to create an attractive and inviting pool side by working together with a landscaper who understands.