The Worst Trees to Plant Near Your Pool

Trees make an elegant addition to any landscape, and many pool owners wish to incorporate them into their backyards for an added secluded setting. Unfortunately, not all trees are suitable for this use and some can create issues in and around the pool and its environment – particularly ones that shed large quantities of buds, flowers, pollen, berries leaves and bark – this organic material can clog up pools quickly leaving behind dirty water behind them. Furthermore, some roots may damage or even burst through your pool shell casing due to having extensive root systems.

Mulberry, aspen, maple and cottonwood trees should not be planted nearby pools due to their extensive root systems, which spread from their trunks. Their roots can damage walls of pools as they look for moisture sources if placed too closely to their trunks.

Linden, Birch and Oak trees should also be avoided near your swimming pool to avoid issues. These deciduous trees produce leaves that fall into the pool that can be hard to remove; as well as sticky sap that oozes onto surfaces when wet causing hazardous and slippery walking surfaces. In addition, linden and birch trees produce fruit such as berries or catkins which litter your yard or swim area and Oaks are known for causing damage with their extensive root systems.

Trees that produce lots of thorns can also create other problems for swimmers in your pool, with those pesky thorns poking and scratching people at the same time as growing quickly to take over space you had allocated for it. Finally, their shade can block sunlight from reaching it, making your pool cooler than necessary.

Flowering Dogwood trees make an excellent shade tree choice, as these deciduous species boast striking spring blossoms with white, pink, and red blooms that attract wildlife. Small leaves make this tree ideal for smaller spaces while its flowers will only last temporarily; remove regularly to prevent an unattractive mess in your pool area.

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