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TrustDale Tip of the Day: *Plants for Poolside Landscapes

Landscaping is the finishing touch to your backyard oasis. Plants provide beauty and privacy around a swimming pool. They soften the harsh lines of swimming pool equipment and help swimming pools to blend more naturally with the surrounding environment. Your pool will be even more inviting when surrounded by the right plants.

Create a landscape that frames your pool and makes it the focal point of your yard. Plants that are tall enough will form privacy screens around the pool area. At the same time, you will want to choose plants that will be low maintenance and use less water. This will give you more time to enjoy your pool.

Here are tips to help you choose plants wisely.

1. Your pool and deck reflect a tremendous amount of the already intense Arizona sun. Choose plants that can take it.

2. Pick plants with a minimum of litter or that drop all their leaves at one time so you only have to clean up once a year. Constant leaf drop will necessitate constant cleaning and, if you get behind, will dirty your pool and possibly clog its equipment.

3. Plan for year round color and interest. Avoid landscapes that bloom only seasonably - you have to live with it the whole year.

*Source: http://www.gilbertaz.gov/water/popups/poolplants.cfm