pool elevation

If you’re thinking about getting a pool, and you want to make sure it’s incorporated practically and aesthetically into your landscape, you may be wondering about elevation.

If you’re thinking about getting a pool, and you want to make sure it’s incorporated practically and aesthetically into your landscape, you may be wondering about elevation.  Pool elevation can drastically affect drainage, and any run-off that may end up in the pool.  It also changes how your yard looks and where you decide to place your pool.  If you’re curious about pool elevation in your yard, read on.


Aesthetics

 

First, let’s talk about looks.  A pool at a higher yard elevation is going to look well only if done correctly.  You may see some photos on our website of pools that start on patios or decks and are held back by a retaining wall at the far end.  If your yard heavily slopes, it’s best to start your pool on the higher end.  This way, when it rains, the water doesn’t harm the foundation of your pool or otherwise interfere with it.  The direction of rainwater should flow away from the pool, not towards it.

With an engineering degree backing my horticulture degree there is always an element of wishing I had been there at construction while studying historic gardens across Europe for decades.
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About 4 years ago a client said she wanted a walled orchard.
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Oddly, I knew where it should go, how it should look, how big it should be, how many gates it should have, and what each gate should look like.
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The Orchard is coming into its own this year, and will be ready for showtime pics next year. I've taken pics starting with virgin pasture.
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Sideways learning. Knowing, with confidence, how to design the orchard. Century old bricks, each gate custom. Yes, the expense matches its wonder. Building a pool or walled orchard, without confidence, I would have to step away. Too much money on the line, for mistakes. More, it's building someone's dream, one they will have to live with. No margin for error.
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Pic, above, here.
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"He started to worry though that he would getstuck in a job doing something he didn't believe in, so he quit and moved toSpain with his wife and he started to write poetry." .

Years ago, before the advent of cell phones, driving, I passed a huge white wisteria, in full dripping bloom, engulfing a mature loblolly pine. I made a mental note to get my camera, and drive by again. Somewhere in the bowels of my slide boxes, is that picture.
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Someone else thought the combo, white wisteria/loblolly pine, was threatening. Within the week, both cut to the ground, gone, poof. As if they had never been.
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Finding this, below, on Pinterest, recently, I'm able to relive those moments, a-thing-of-beauty-is-a-joy-forever.
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More particularly, the few days/moments of bloom, are Temporary Focal Points. In designed gardens, there is great humor, to me, in the Temporary Focal Point. Without effort Nature reigns, like electricity, all we can do is harness the magic.

//White wisteria in Japan. #gardenflowers:

Pic, above, here.

Garden & Be Well, XO T
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Within a week of photographing the white wisteria, and about a mile away, I discovered dogwood tree in full creamy white blossom, dripping with long light purple blossoms of a wisteria. Got pic of it too. About 2 years later, dogwood/wisteria were cut to the ground.
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John Keats, 1795-1821, below, from here.

About once a year, in a client garden, discovery is made outside, of an important piece of statuary, furniture, urn, wall art, tool, whose time to be displayed inside has arrived.
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Time is running out for many incredible exterior garden pieces. Alas, no one to notice, no one looking 'seeing', no one aware a precious bit of garden history about to be lost thru benevolent caretaking. Some, perhaps not of great value, instead, of great uniqueness and age.
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This week, it happened again. A terra cotta elephant, seemingly doodied-up for a minor diety's parade. India? He has survived enough years outside, many more, would see him destroyed. Cleaned & brought inside a glass top set atop his 'seat' and he's a perfect table beside a chair, for a glass of wine.

Alhambra, 1910, Tekniska museet:

Pic, above, here.
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Asked where Parade Elephant came from, "Former owners left him."
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Nice leftover.
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Look around your garden with new eyes, 'seeing' eyes. Be bold 'seeing' in your friends gardens too. See something, say something.
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At the front end of my career I saw fabulous rare things in client gardens about every 2nd - 3rd client. Now, once a year or longer. Another decade will be too late for many garden antiques.

From the 1st time studying historic gardens in Europe over 20 years ago, gravel changed every thought about a 'lawn'.
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Perhaps it was coming from a region of USA with ubiquitous patchy backyard 'turf' lawns.
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Gravel, below, set with a top rate template of plantings too. No worries what the plantings are, below, use the best plants in your zone fitting the appropriate sun/shade, size, foliage evergreen/deciduous.
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Best plants? Don't know best plants for your zone, USA? Go to your county/state/extension office online. Typical mission statement for the Extension Service,

"Mission

Our mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.

UGA Extension offers educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap status. "

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Your county Extension Service will have a listing of the best trees/shrubs/groundcovers/vines. Motivation is for the proper plantings, not to sell you something.
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Knowing the best plants for your specific location gives you liberty to copy good gardens world wide.
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Don't feel comfortable choosing the best plants for your garden plan? Take a picture of what you want, perhaps below, and ask your Extension Service agent, or their volunteer Master Gardener to choose for you.

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