Top Tips for Creating Privacy for Your Pool or Spa
To create a sanctuary of complete privacy in your backyard, you need to implement a couple of clever tools. Outdoor entertaining areas often include cabanas, decking, landscaping, saunas and an outdoor dining setting. However if you want to preserve the aesthetic appeal and privacy of a property, for those big gatherings of family and friends, then you need to get creative.
Of course, a highly skilled landscape gardener can provide all of these installations, but if you wish to mimic the same effect for less money, here's a couple of indispensable tips for creating a peaceful little escape in your backyard.
Noise privacy is an aspect of the landscape architecture is often overlooked. People always consider visual privacy but rarely make provisions for blocking or minimising sound. This is a great investment and ensures your future sanity, particularly if you have neighbours who argue frequently, play loud music or otherwise disturb you. Likewise, any time that a BBQ gets too boisterous on your side of the fence, then you have the sound barrier that's more respectful to the neighbours.
There are several ways of doing this. Through insulation, in much the same way as a music studio. Or alternately the creation of white noise. This may sound horrible however it's really not! The implementation of a noise barrier could involve natural sound barriers like wind chimes; rustling trees and ferns; and the flowing water in fountains or water features.
Most people although they may be on friendly terms with the neighbours, would prefer to have their own little patch of grass to themselves. Visual privacy in a place that is overlooked by an apartment block, can be more challenging to achieve. However there are ways to make the backyard more discreet by using screens and structures.
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This is a beautiful way to create privacy because it's completely natural and creates a wild jungle-like atmosphere in some cases. If you prefer to create a contemporary and orderly vibe, then this is possible with plants too. Plants create aesthetic appeal and hide unsightly pool equipment out of view.
Bear in mind though that not all plants are created equal, in terms of how pool friendly they are. If you're unwilling to spend much time in the garden, then low-maintenance plants are definitely the way to go.
In this video by Landscaping Network, they talk about how to use different types of bamboo to great effect.
Plants to Avoid Close to a Pool
Many Australian natives as you probably know, shed a lot of seeds and leaves. Take extra care with putting Eucalyptus trees too close to the pool, as this will mean bucket-loads of leaves and seeds. They also intermittently drop brittle branches and bark that will clog up the pool filter.
Fruit trees nearby to the pool will mean that fruit and stones will sink into the pool. This is really hard on your good old pool cleaner, and may actually damage this expensive piece of equipment.
Also it's a good idea to avoid conifers, as their fine needles pass through the skimmer and are notoriously difficult to clean out of the pool, leaving a hard to remove layer of debris in the pool.
Flowers may sound great near the pool in theory. However just remember that where there are flowers, there are bees. And the poor little blighters seem to love committing suicide in the pool. Therefore for practical reasons, flowering plants and pools don't mix.
Plants to Choose Close to a Pool
Spiky ferns and other spiky plants create a large and effective privacy screen. However if you tend to have a lot of kids who use your pool, then spiky plants aren't a good idea. Remember that kids use gung-ho movements in the pool area, and their soft skin can get grazed by the harsh edges of these plants.
For a wild and overgrown look, you can create an eclectic hedge made from many different plant species. Choose from evergreen shrubs that grow quickly and tropical plants of varying height for a soft and overgrown feel. Alternately you can opt for one homogeneous species of hedge plant if you want a minimalist and modern look.
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Structures for Privacy
In the meantime, while your planted barrier begins to grow you can install a temporary structure that will still provide privacy. You could choose any real material for this but popular choices include brushwood, reeds and bamboo.
Tart Up Your Pool Fence
It's a legal requirement to have a pool fence in Australia for the safety of children. You can still make this fence really impressive rather than just a boring old fence, by adding plants to the interior and exterior perimeter of the fence area. You could also plant a climber on the fence to visually break up the structure. Although it's important to make sure it's not able to be climbed by children, or else it's a safety hazard.
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