Trees and Pools: How to Balance Both during Construction
The addition of a pool to your backyard can be a very rewarding investment.
You’ll have a new source of entertainment and exercise for your family and guests, as well as a beautiful new addition to your landscape.
However, it is understandable to have some concerns about the construction of a pool and how it will affect your backyard.
One common area of concern is how pool construction will affect the trees that are growing in your yard.
Let’s take a closer look at this concern and what you should be aware of.
How Close Can the Pool Be to the Trees?
One of the most common questions people have is how close a pool can be built in proximity to trees.
The general idea is that most tree roots extend about as far outward as the branches of the tree do.
If you know where the drip line is for your tree(s), the line where water drips off the tree when it rains, then you can get a good idea of what space to avoid for your pool construction.
However, this is not the case for every tree so it is a good rule of thumb to construct the pool at least 15 feet away from the base of any trees.
How Will Tree Roots Impact My Swimming Pool?
Tree roots may or may not impact your pool depending on what type of pool you have.
Concrete and fiberglass pools are less likely to be impacted by future tree root growth. Tree roots will generally not be strong enough to shift or puncture the material of these pools.
On the other hand, pools with vinyl siding have a higher potential of being impacted by root growth, so you need to think carefully about opting for this material.
Which Trees Should I Keep on the Property?
Deciding which trees to keep in your yard is going to need to be carefully considered. Fewer trees in your yard mean less to worry about during pool construction.
However, many people understandably want to keep as many of the trees they already have as possible for valuable reasons such as shade and privacy, not to mention aesthetics.
When deciding which trees to keep, you should be thinking about first, which will get in the way of construction. Furthermore, you’ll want to know which produce the most debris, or perhaps produce debris most frequently.
These will be the most troublesome for your pool and would be the best ones to consider removing.
How Can I Protect My Trees During Construction?
A good idea to protect your trees during construction is to install a temporary plastic fence around the drip line of your trees. Doing this will ensure that the tree roots do not get hit with any construction equipment.
This fence can also protect against ground compacting which happens with the soil is compressed under the weight of the construction equipment.
Should Dirt Be Built Up Around My Tree Bases?
It is very important that dirt is not built up around any tree bases. This dirt buildup can eventually cause root rot which can kill the tree within 3 to 5 years.
How Do I Handle Leftover Tree Stumps?
If a tree stump is left within the footprint of the pool it will need to be removed. To do this, make sure the person who removes the tree, leaves 3 feet of the stump above the ground.
Your pool contractor will then be able to use their own equipment to remove and dispose of the stump. If a tree stump is not located within the pool area, it can simply be ground down.
Can Trees Be Removed After Pool Installation?
It may be required to remove a tree after your pool has been installed.
However, the addition of the pool makes it somewhat more challenging and potentially more expensive, as the person who is removing it now has to work around the pool.
As you may imagine, this can also be quite messy.
It is possible to build a beautiful new pool in your yard without having to sacrifice all of your trees. The best way to learn about all of the options for your backyard is to schedule a consultation with our experts at Pleasure Pools. Get in touch with us today!