Swimming Pool Maintenance: Plants to Avoid

Swimming Pool Maintenance: Plants to Avoid

Pool owners spend a lot of time and money maintaining the serene look of their pool. Improper landscaping can result in extra work to maintain the health of a pool. Swimming pool maintenance is enough work on its own, so don’t add messy landscaping! If you have any of these plants near your pool, make sure you cut back or eliminate them altogether to prevent them from dropping leaves, seeds, and pollen into your pool: 

  • Acacia plants. Acacia plants are known for their soft, cottony bunches of flowers. This is also why they can be a pool owner’s nightmare. Not only to these plants have pods and sap, but when they bloom, they release flowers that spread pollen and tiny seeds.
  • Deciduous rhododendron. Rhododendron is a popular and beautiful plant that can either be deciduous or evergreen. One is great for pool-side planting, while the other is a terrible mess waiting to happen. While the evergreen variation rarely drops leaves, its deciduous cousin drops every single leaf come fall. Aside from leaves dropping, it also drops flowers throughout the spring and summer.
  • Crepe myrtle. Crepe myrtle is a type of flowering tree that blooms with big bold clumps of paper like flowers. While these flowers are breathtaking to look at, they can be back breaking to clean out of a pool. They drop hundreds of tiny flowers that will clog skimmers and dodge pool vacuums. That’s a lot of flowers you’ll be cleaning by hand.
  • Tulip poplar. Tulip poplars are another type of flowering tree that produces giant tulip-shaped blooms in the spring and summer. While they may look beautiful floating on the surface of your pool for a moment, they won’t stay there long. Tulip poplar blossoms grow soggy and sink to the bottom of pools, which will clog any device that tries to clean it. If it’s not flowers they’re dropping, its summer sap, leaves and sap in the fall, or winter twigs. Unfortunately, these beautiful trees are a pools’ worst enemy.
  • Bamboo. While clumping varieties of bamboo, like heavenly bamboo, are a great way to add a little privacy to your pool without the hassle, regular bamboo stalks are quite the opposite. Its tiny leaves are lightweight, and they are known for blowing around in the wind before settling in the backyard and pool.