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Spruce Up Your Pool Deck with These Easy Planter Tips

Create additional interest in your outdoor living space by sprucing up your Atlanta backyard pool area with potted plants. Potted plant arrangements are an ideal solution because they can be easily changed based on your tastes and can be moved as needed.

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Here are some great tips for creating potted plant arrangements around your pool:

Complement the Pool’s Design Features

Consider your space and the shape of the pool. Basic rectangular pools lend themselves to simple topiary style arrangements placed in planters at the corners and at midpoints along the perimeter. Curved or kidney shaped pools are well accented by planters placed on the curves.

Choose Your Look

Depending on the look you are attempting to achieve you can opt for simple pots or urns filled with a single flowering shrub or opt for a more elaborate approach by mixing a taller topiary surrounded by greenery and flowering plants.

Consider Your Climate

If you live a very arid climate, consider using cacti varieties that thrive in your climate. You will also want to consider the amount of sunlight around the pool. This will help you determine which plant varieties will be successful in the area and require the least amount of maintenance, providing you more time to enjoy your outdoor living area.

Think About Safety and Maintenance

Potted plant arrangements are a beautiful addition to any pool area, but you will need to think about how their placement will affect safety and maintenance. Large and sturdy planters will be difficult to move and may be difficult to work around when pool maintenance is required. You may want to consider placing potted plant arrangements on casters for easier mobility during maintenance or if additional room is needed for entertaining around the pool’s edge.

Another concern when it comes to maintenance is when the plants begin to lose leaves or blooms. If you select plants that lose their leaves or blooms, be prepared for that debris to fall into the pool, creating a need for additional cleaning of the pool and filter system. Consider low maintenance options like evergreens and cacti that do not create a lot of mess. Visit http://hanover-cleaning.com/carpet-cleaning/ and get professional cleaning services.

Whether you desire a Grecian inspired getaway or a tropical oasis, you can create the look you want by following these great tips for creating potted plant arrangements around your pool. Good luck!

Create a Tropical Lagoon Style Pool with These 5 Design Features

Have you always dreamed of the chance to create a tropical lagoon style pool? Whether you are renovating an existing swimming pool or putting together plans for a new pool, now is the time to make those dreams come true. It only takes a handful of design elements to transform a standard pool into a tropical getaway. You’ll feel like you’ve left home and been transported to your favorite tropical destination. As you create a tropical lagoon style pool, consider the following design features.

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Planters with Tropical Plantings

It is up to individual pool owners to choose the tropical plants that will best fit their current landscaping and personal preferences. Popular options for tropical pool plantings include palm trees, princess flowers, hibiscus, and bird of paradise. Consider planting lush vines throughout the yard that can grow over fences and tree trucks and complete the tropical look for the landscaping. Don’t forget to coordinate the planters with the tropical aesthetic as well.

Fountains and Waterfalls

There are a wide variety of pool fountains or bubblers available with something for everyone. The shape and size of the pool will largely determine the options that will work best for your particular pool. Think about adding a waterfall or even several waterfalls as well if you have the space and the budget.

Travertine Deck

Travertine is a classic paver option for tropical lagoon style pools. It is cooler on the feet than concrete, brick, flagstone, slate, and bluestone. Its timeless beauty endures for many years without risk of cracking or damage. It is extremely slip resistant even when it is wet.

Wading Pool or Spa Area

Many tropical lagoon style pools feature a separate wading pool or spa area. One of the best aspects of adding this wading pool is the versatility that it brings. A wading pool is a safe area for young children to use while still getting to hang out with the family. Once the kids are a little older, it is easy to transform it into a spa area for adults.

Bridges and Stairways

If you have a pool with multiple levels (i.e. a waterfall that pours into the main pool) or have the space for larger pool features, you may want to consider adding a bridge and/or stairway. There are a variety of stone, concrete, and wood options available for both features.

Get Ready for Summer: How to Clean Your Pavers

Pavers are a beautiful addition to any home, but, unfortunately, in high traffic areas, they can become dirty and dingy. To avoid hours of scrubbing your pavers to get them back to new it is best to stain and seal them when you install them. But if you have chosen to leave them natural there are a few methods available to clean them based on what made them dirty.

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How to clean your pavers for summer:

First you need to determine what is soiling your pavers. You will handle food and beverage stains differently than oil based stains or dirt. If dirt is the culprit, cleaning is simple. Sweep the excess dirt off the pavers and blast them with the garden hose or a power washer to get them like new.

Food, beverage, and grease stains require immediate action but can be managed. First, you will need to blot any liquids or grease (don’t rub as it will spread the stain) or remove any leftover food from the paver. Pour full strength dish liquid on the spot and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Then you will rinse the area with hot water. If the stain remains you may need to use a commercial product meant for removing stains from concrete. These can be found at your local home improvement stores.

A new oil stain can be managed by sprinkling kitty litter over the area to absorb any oil above the surface of the pavers. Let the kitty litter sit for a few days to absorb the oil and remove the stain. If the oil has penetrated the pavers you will have more difficulty removing the stain. Again, you can try using a commercial product intended for removing stains from concrete. Follow the directions carefully for best results.

Based on the specific area you live in you may also have hard water which can leave mineral deposits on your pavers making them look less than appealing. To remove hard water buildup from your pavers you can use a commercial product or spray on solution that contains equal parts of white vinegar and water. You may need to scrub a bit, but this is a more environmentally conscious option for removing hard water buildup. As the buildup comes off, rinse, and repeat as needed.

With a little work your pavers will be ready for summer in no time.

How to Train Climbing Plants to Attach to an Arbor or Pergola

Arbors and pergolas are beautiful on their own, but the addition of climbing plants and vines adds to that beauty, adds additional shade, and provides an opportunity to customize your backyard area. Training climbing plants and vines is simple once you know the different types of climbers and understand what will work with your design of arbor or pergola.

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There are three main types of climbers: scramblers, clinging climbers, and twining climbers.

  • Scramblers require the most training since they don’t have a natural way to cling to a surface. Scramblers include climbing roses and bougainvillea. To train scramblers you will need to plant them close to the base of the structure and provide a way for them to attach. A simple solution is to place small hooks into the wood and attach the plant to the hook with a twist tie, leaving room for growth and movement. Once the plant is established the twist tie can be removed. However, if you want your plant to continue climbing, you will need to continue this training method up the side of the structure as the plant grows.
  • Clinging climbers have a natural ability to adhere to just about any surface with their adhesive pads or root system. Boston Ivy is a popular example of a clinging climber and is easy to train. To train a clinging climber you simply need to loosely weave cuttings close to the base of the structure so that they have access to the ground for nutrients. Be careful with clinging climbers! Given the right conditions they can grow rapidly and cause damage to your structure if they get too heavy. 
  • Twining climbers are natural climbers as well and climb up a structure via shoots called tendrils. There are several examples of twining climbers and many of them produce fragrant flowers when in bloom. Popular choices of twining climbers include: Jasmine, Honeysuckle, and Wisteria. Like clinging climbers, twining climbers are made to climb, but need a pole to initially attach to since their method of climbing is for their tendrils to wrap around a pole and move along it. You can also use the method for training that is used for creepers to help move a twining climber upward.

Now that you know how to train plants to climb your arbor or pergola, you can create a beautiful focal point in your backyard.