Tree By Swimming Pool

Pros and Cons of Planting Trees Near Your Swimming Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts by Platinum Pools

When adding trees to your yard, particularly around a pool, it’s essential to consider the location carefully. While a shade tree near your pool can be an excellent addition, choosing a spot that provides the benefits of shade without causing any damage to your pool, both above and below ground level, is essential. Considering these factors will help ensure that your pool remains in excellent condition while enjoying the benefits of a beautiful shade tree.

Why You Shouldn’t Plant Trees Around Your Pool

If you struggle to keep your pool free of leaves, you may feel tempted to remove all the trees around it.  However, having trees close to your pool can cause other issues, including:

1. Leaves and Needles

While trees near pools can certainly provide a lovely aesthetic, it’s worth noting that they can also cause some issues. One of the most notable problems is the accumulation of leaves and needles in the water, which can clog up filters and put extra strain on the filtration system.  It can eventually lead to the need for replacement.  Consider ways to mitigate this issue if you are concerned about the health and longevity of your pool’s filtration system.

2. Roots

When you look up while standing under a tree, you can appreciate the vastness of its branches.  According to research, a tree’s roots can spread anywhere from 2 to 7 times the diameter of its crown, posing a challenge for your pool.  As the roots of your trees may grow and spread, eventually, it may cause damage to your oasis. In the case of established trees, removal may be the best option to ensure the safety of your pool.

3. Animals

Trees can be a lovely addition to any outdoor space, as they can attract wildlife, including squirrels and birds.  However, with the presence of animals, there may be an increase in waste and messes, such as falling nests or beehives.  While it’s understandable to appreciate and enjoy animal life, it’s important to be mindful of the potential risks of having a pool nearby.  Unfortunately, the increased animal activity may lead to incidents such as getting trapped in the water, drowning, or getting caught in filters.  As such, it’s crucial to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both the animals and the pool owners.

The Worst Trees to Plant Near Pool Areas

Whether you’re planting new trees or evaluating the trees already near your pool, there are a few types that you should avoid:

  • Berry plants
  • Flowering trees
  • Fruit trees
  • Needle-bearing evergreens
  • Nut trees

The central recurring theme is to avoid anything that will fall off, like flowers, needles, nuts, and fruit.  Fruits, berries, and nuts also attract animal life.  Specific species to avoid include oak, elm, and pine trees.  In most situations, you’ll want to avoid trees by your pool, regardless of type.  All trees can cause problems for your pool in some way.

The Best Trees to Plant Near Pool

Using trees to provide shade for a pool isn’t impossible.  The best choice is evergreens that don’t have needles, such as laurel, acacia, and eucalyptus.  These trees can help provide shade without the risk of falling debris.

Palm trees are an excellent and time-tested choice for poolside landscaping in suitable climates.  Some olive trees don’t bear fruit, so they attract fewer animals.

Preserve Your Pool with a Pool Inspection

If trees surround your pool, regular inspection is essential.  Over time, leaves, needles, and root intrusion can cause pump, filtration, and structural problems.  Inspections can help catch these issues before they force replacement.  Your pump isn’t the only thing that can be damaged, though, and our inspection will cover everything from your deck to cracks in your pool’s substructure.

Remember that our team of experts is ready to take you step by step through the custom design of your new Platinum Pool.  Call us today for an appointment or visit our website for a free quote.