Tree Care Tips for Homeowners Who Want to Add an Inground Pool

Adding a pool to your property will certainly raise your home’s value; but be sure to take the proper measures to ensure your beautiful landscaping trees are not negatively affected by the construction and installation process. Trees add property value too! Continue reading to learn what you need to know about tree care before having an inground swimming pool installed.

Indianapolis Tree Care 317-590-1842

Indianapolis Tree Care 317-590-1842

Preventative Maintenance Should Come Before Installation

Before construction begins for your inground swimming pool, be sure to talk to your contractor about their internal safety standards and practices in regards to landscape protection. You will want to know where they will need to enter your yard, which equipment will be driven on your lawn, which trees will need to be removed (if any), and much more. You will need to develop a plan together that will protect your trees during the construction process.

Tree Location

If trees are too close to a swimming pool, several inherent risks are posed. Not only can the leaves and pollen jeopardize the clarity of your pool water and add to the amount of manual maintenance you need to do, it can affect the tree root system. Trees that are too close are more likely to develop root stability problems, which can lead to tilting, tipping, and falling. This can subsequently cause the tree to experience health issues and eventual decline. As for your pool, the filter can be affected by all the falling tree debris, resulting in costly repair and replacement bills.

The general rule of thumb is to make sure trees are at least 2 ½ times the tree’s trunk diameter away from the lip of the swimming pool. Here’s an example on how to do the math:

Tree Trunk Diameter = 36 Inches
36 x 2.5 = 90 Inches
*This tree should be at least 90 inches (7.5 feet) away from the pool’s edge.

Pool Installation Crew

It is important to discuss how your pool company plans on installing your pool. That is because the impact of construction equipment and crew members can be highly detrimental to existing landscaping trees. Compaction of the critical root zones of trees can be easily prevented by simply discussing the concern upfront, and strategizing a way to avoid tree damage during the construction phase. Certain tree species are more resilient to this type of stimuli, such as live oaks. However, it is still important to take the necessary precautionary measures anyway. Other tree species are particularly vulnerable under such conditions, such as Hackberry trees. These will quickly split, rot, and decline if impacted negatively by pool construction.

Additional Tree Care Tips:

🌳 It is best to install pools in the fall or winter when trees are dormant. The stress of the construction and hot summer heat can take a large toll on landscaping trees.

🌳 Watch out for root damage when the pool installers begin to trench the ground. Roots should be cut cleanly, and never ripped or torn. This could cause uneven regeneration or root rot.

🌳 Contact an experienced Indianapolis tree service company for more advice on tree care.

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Budget Tree Care 317-590-1842

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About Curt S.

Budget Tree Care is locally owned and operated here in Indianapolis, Indiana by Curtis Scott. After graduating from Manuel High School on Indy’s South side in the late 70’s, Curt began his tree service career with his older brothers who owned Timberland Tree Care and Midwest Tree Care. After many years of doing ground work (clean up and tree trimming) for them; and after both of them decided to retire, Curt opened up his own tree service business in 1991. Today, curt and his seven man crew trim trees, remove stumps, and provide lot clearing services all throughout the Indianapolis Metro area. On Curt’s free time he enjoys drag racing motorcycles, hunting deer in the fall, and fishing for bass and catfish in the summer. If you are looking for a born and raised Hoosier who has been trimming trees for over 30 years and understands the value of hard work, please give Curt a call at 317-590-1842 today.
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