The Worst Trees to Plant Near Your Pool

Properly planted trees can add an impressive touch to any pool area, providing privacy and shade as you lounge around in your swimsuit. However, not all species of tree are suitable for this environment; particularly ones which shed leaves, fruit, flowers, or berries profusely or possess other undesirable qualities that might turn your dream backyard pool into an unpleasant experience. Read on for an insight into which are not suitable when considering landscaping options near a swimming pool.

Leaves: Oak and maple trees produce large leaves that can quickly clog skimmers, damage pool vacuum or cleaner systems and leave an unpleasant mess behind when their leaves fall in autumn.

Fruit: While trees produce various varieties of soft fruits that can add beauty and shade to a deck or patio space, some trees also produce fruits with soft pulpy surfaces which stain surfaces when dropped onto them by water or insects. Furthermore, some seeds from certain trees have sharp spikes that make stepping on them painful when you wear barefoot shoes.

Roots: Certain trees possess extensive root systems that can cause significant damage when planted too close to an inground or above-ground pool, according to Ned. These roots may poke through the liner of an inground pool and even penetrate concrete walls; oak, sycamore and some varieties of eucalyptus, ash and poplar trees in particular are particularly at risk in such instances.

Pollen: Certain trees produce large quantities of pollen that can aggravate seasonal allergies in some people, including sweet gum, tulip tree and sweet olive trees among others.

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus trees should not be placed near pool areas due to their sap dripping freely onto skin and eyes, creating an uncomfortable experience. Furthermore, when branches or leaves drop off this tree they bleed in an inconvenient process which makes cleanup harder still. Plus mature specimens’ flowers and leaves often leave dark blue stains which can be difficult to eradicate from pool water.

Crepe myrtles can also create an unsightly mess during their bloom season and should only be placed near gardens that do not include swimming spots in their landscaping plan. These and similar flowering species should be used sparingly near backyard swimming spots for best results.

Consider how tall the trees will grow and their canopy. Do you prefer for them to become focal points of the landscape or more subdued features? Will their shade cover all outdoor living space including your pool? Your answers to these questions will help narrow down your choices for trees near pools.

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