Tropical Pools

Get the look and feel of the islands in your own backyard.

By Debra Maurer, Luxurypools.com

Tropical islands are some of the most popular vacation destinations, and it's easy to see what contributes to their allure: clear, beautiful water, stretches of white sand, natural waterfalls, and lush, colorful plants. But you don't have to rely on a stack of postcards and souvenirs to try to recapture the feeling of paradise. You can have it in your own backyard with a tropical-style pool and coordinating landscaping. Read on to discover what type of shape, materials, and special features are incorporated into pool designs to give them the look and feel of the tropics.

4 Things to Consider Before Making Your Fencing Purchase

The following is a good article about fencing for your landscape project from our friends at Tru-link Fence.

The right residential fence can offer great curb appeal, but there are a few things you need to think about before deciding what type of fence is the best fit for your property:

1. How will the fence blend with its surroundings?

First and foremost, you want a fence that will look great with your home and yard. An ornamental fence can add a look of stateliness and refinement to your property, while a wood fence offers a natural look and a beautiful accent to lush greenery. Vinyl fences are low maintenance and come in a variety of styles.

When contemplating a new swimming pool for your backyard oasis, it is paramount that ones takes a holistic view of the entire site, including the house. The following is a great primer about the basic priciples of Landscape Design that should always be considered when one is planning a swimming pool.

A pool isn't just about getting into the water to get refreshed. When you properly plan the environment around your pool, it can become a magical place that stimulates all of your senses and gives you a well-deserved refuge from a hurried world. From the Landscape Design Site, and Pool FYI

Seeing a Bigger Picture

by Bruce Zaretsky, Watershapes.com

Even these days, when new houses tend to be overly large and their lots tend to be quite small, it's rare to encounter a situation in which there's nothing in a backyard other than a basic patio. Indeed, there's almost always something more to do in designing a backyard — and on many happy occasions, there's actually a good deal to be done in integrating spaces beyond the patio into an overall design.

In our business, the areas beyond the patio are quite often the exclusive province of landscape materials – trees, planting beds and lawns, along with associated pathways, lighting arrays and the occasional sculpture. Our approach to these greener spaces will take another series of articles to address; here, let's stick with built structures and focus on