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Turn Your Mount Dora Pool into a Summer Retreat

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By Loretta Maimone   Follow me: Loretta Maimone on Facebook
Tue, May 27, 2014 at 11:30AM

We hope your Memorial Day was as bright and summery as ever! We’re getting into the peak of pool season here in Central Florida. The pool’s where we swim, exercise, and center our parties around; if you’re looking to change your backyard landscape, why not start here?

Try some of these design ideas to make your pool one of a kind:

Make your water move. Even the clearest, bluest water can seem boring if it’s stagnant. Try adding an element of moving water to your pool through the installation of a waterfall. While this isn’t a do-it-yourself job (you’ll have to contact your local pool designer), you can be in charge of the look you want for your own backyard. A waterfall coming out rocks gives off an oasis-y, natural feel, while simpler streams coming from the side of the pool itself are more simple and streamlined. The sound of moving water will also make for a serene atmosphere.

Light it up! Who says the only lights you need outside are your porch lights? Some of us already have simple white or yellow underwater lights installed, but you can take it a step further. Floating lights come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, perfect for a party or everyday relaxation, and usually run on solar energy. Pool light fixtures are inexpensive and easy to come by—just visit your pool supply store or browse online.

Plant some flowers. Adding plant life around your pool can brighten up the space. Try planting lush, colorful flowers on the grass directly around your pool’s deck. For some much-needed shade, you can add a litter-free tree like the queen palm that won’t shed unwanted seeds and debris into the water. Is your pool screened in? Don’t worry; you can add potted plants to the deck immediately surrounding your pool and accomplish the same tropical feel.

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