Pool Landscaping: Designs and Dynamics

Other than privacy needs and budgetary provisions, which other factors would you consider foremost when constructing or remodeling a swimming pool? Well, you might find that many contractors tend to overlook the prerequisite of sunlight in the outdoor pool design plans.

Pool Landscaping: Designs and Dynamics

A swimming pool design idea should embrace the premier architectural composition of your home, and also the environmental features in the surroundings. For the latter, you can do plenty of things to add dense foliage on the periphery of the pool to provide for seclusion.

Despite the detail and resource demands for such an undertaking, you stand to enjoy several benefits. More so, if you’re living in a place like Wylie, Texas, a landscaped swimming pool would ideally add to the value of your property. Overall, a full package will include; paving, landscaping, and fencing. Here are additional swimming pool landscaping ideas:

Yard Dynamics: Ultimately, specific pool shapes complement the look of particular yards. To a greater extent, rectangular pools tend not to work well in confined spaces or odd-shaped yards. Conversely, you should focus on free-forming swimming pool designs that have no conventional shape in such an area.

Moreover, a detailed analysis of your yard will dictate the dimensions, configuration, view, and feel of the pool. Amid all these considerations, you also have to evaluate the available space and then factor in the proximity of the swimming pool to your home.

Often, a significant number of people have a preference for the free-form pool shapes. More so, because these forms are seemingly more visually appealing. On many occasions, these outlines begin with rectangular configurations. However, as you start to try your hand with circular formations among other geometric shapes, the square dimensions reduce and so does the swimming area.

Thus, to attain the same inherent square swimming area that you would have with a rectangular shaped pool, you have to make the overall size substantially larger.

If you’re looking for a personalized pool landscaping package that will suit your taste, contact Texas Outdoor Oasis for more insights into pool shapes and aesthetics.

Texas Outdoor Oasis Voted Best of Readers’ Choice 2020!

We are thrilled to announce that Texas Outdoor Oasis was voted the “Best Outdoor Structure Company” for 2020! Living Magazine readers submitted votes earlier this year for their favorite businesses in the Rockwall, Richardson, & Murphy communities. This award recognizes the hard work of the Texas Outdoor Oasis team and we honored to be selected.

Our team at Texas Outdoor Oasis is thankful for our customers, friends, and others who voted in support of the work we do!

Texas Outdoor Oasis Voted Best of Readers' Choice 2020!

Turn Your Backyard into a Tropical Paradise

It is summer:   time to get out the swimsuits and head for the pool.  More and more families are opting for backyard “staycations” in lieu of costly vacations leaving them frazzled.  A backyard swimming pool is no longer a luxury; it is almost a necessity in dealing with the Texas summers!  Plan ahead to save money by creating your very own personal tropical paradise.

Turn Your Backyard into a Tropical Paradise

Texans know that gardening in Texas requires a skill set all of its own. Texas Outdoor Oasis analyzes the climate of your area and chooses trees, shrubs, and flowers that will thrive in the rough Texas sun.  With over twenty years’ experience and a landscape artist with a degree in Agriculture from Texas A & M University, customers of Texas Outdoor Oasis are assured of receiving only the best guidance and landscaping advice.

Maybe your current outdoor space simply needs an update?  Personalize your outdoor landscape to suit your needs, desires, and location.  Not all plants thrive in all areas of Texas.  As Texas is divided into five agricultural regions, Texas Outdoor Oasis does the very best to merge your dream landscape with hardy plants that can thrive in consecutive days of 100 degree temperatures.

Worried about financing? Let us help you take that worry off your plate.  After approval, the possibilities are endless!  Whether you want an entire backyard overhaul or an update to your existing space, we are there to help you create your tropical paradise that you can enjoy year after year, again and again.

Contact one of our landscape specialists to map out a plan for your outdoor paradise today!  You want only the best for you and your family; we make it our goal to create a backyard oasis that will make you want to stay home and enjoy the Texas summer with friends and family, year after year.

Outdoor Living Areas: 3 Mosquito-Repelling Plants and How to Grow Them

Is there any greater hindrance to enjoying the outdoors in the South than mosquitoes? They’re annoying, they bite, and they can make you really sick.  But if you’re looking for an attractive, multi-functional, all-natural mosquito repellent, plants are the way to go. Here are three of the easiest-to-grow mosquito-repelling plants that can hide you from the pesky critters.

Outdoor Living Areas: 3 Mosquito-Repelling Plants and How to Grow Them

Basil

You might be familiar with basil’s broad, green, fragrant leaves. It’s true that basil is great for soups, sauces, and pasta. And that its flowers attract butterflies. But it also contains oils that make mosquitoes fly away.

Basil is easily grown in the ground or in a pot. Put it in full to part sun, water it when the soil is dry-ish, and it’ll be happy.

Then, when you’re ready to be outside, cut several sprigs from your plant. You can burn them on the grill or save them in a glass of water for later that day. You can also rub the leaves on your skin or clothing, but be warned: this could irritate your skin.

Mint

This is a popular herb for garnishes, desserts, and herbal teas. Its teardrop-shaped, textured leaves and cascading tendency make it beautiful too. Better yet, mosquitoes run from minty scents.

It’s best to keep mint potted, since it can be invasive. It likes part sun (but will tolerate shade) and dry soil. Water only when the soil is completely dry.

Mint’s mosquito-repelling powers can be activated in the same way as basil’s. Just remember, you have to release the oils for it to work. That means cutting, rubbing, or smashing part of the plant.

Marigolds

Much garden advice is centered on the pest-repelling powers of marigolds. And mosquitoes happen to be one of those pests. Their many-“fingered” leaves and puff-ball flowers make them an attractive addition to your outdoor living space. Not to mention the fragrance and dramatic colors of the flowers. Which also happen to be edible. Talk about multi-functional!

They grow well potted or in the ground. Plant them in full to part sun, and water when the soil gets dry. You can even remove dead or wilted flowers (known as “deadheading”) to encourage more blooms.

To release the oils and beat the mosquitoes, cut some flower stems for an arrangement.

Even though mosquitoes are a problem, you can repel them with attractive, 100% natural plants. Try it, and see if you don’t gain a sense of accomplishment, too!

Don’t have an outdoor living area you like to spend time in? Contact Texas Outdoor Oasis for a free estimate on your next project.

Get Gorgeous Decorative Concrete for Your Patio

If you’ve redesigned your patio, but it’s still looking a bit drab, it’s probably because of your concrete. Don’t settle for an ordinary, concrete patio when you can have gorgeous decorative concrete instead.

Get Gorgeous Decorative Concrete for Your Patio

Several advantages exist with decorative concrete. Though you can apply this concrete to a new surface, you can use it on an existing one as well. Also, because of its design flexibility, you’ll have almost limitless options of color and texture. You can even have it polished to create a smooth sheen for a fabulous look.

If you love slate, flagstone, tile, or even brick, you can select stamped or textured concrete to get the look that you want. This type of concrete is quite popular with homeowners today because of the variety of looks available. You can mimic the appearance of expensive-looking stone but at a more reasonable cost.

If you don’t want stamped concrete, but still want a lovely look and a uniquely patterned design, then opt for salt-finished concrete. Salt is pressed into the concrete. After it cures, the surface is power-washed to dissolve the salt, which will leave decorative pits in a distinctive, speckled pattern. This process even helps the surface to become skid resistant which decreases the likelihood of people falling.

You can also choose a broom-finished concrete surface, which is the most common. After the concrete is poured and troweled, a special broom is dragged across the surface, leaving a light texture on top. This method creates a non-slip surface, which is especially helpful if you have a pool and people are running around with wet feet and are dripping water.

With gorgeous-looking decorative concrete, your patio will feel like an extension of your home, and you can proudly show off your new surface design when entertaining extended family or other guests. For more information about decorative concrete and how to get it for your patio, please contact us today.

Improve Your Backyard And Prepare For Summer: Firepit Installation

Your backyard should be your oasis, a place you go to entertain family or be by yourself enjoying all it has to offer. Maybe your backyard doesn’t have what it needs to truly be a place you can relax and rejuvenate as the summer months inch closer. As warmer weather approaches and thoughts of entertaining outdoors become more of a reality, you may be mourning the limited use of your outdoor space. With a firepit in your backyard,  outdoor gatherings can last all night long as your guests warm themselves around the roaring fire. If you’re considering adding a firepit to your backyard, read on for some tips to make your firepit installation as simple and seamless as possible!

Improve Your Backyard And Prepare For Summer: Firepit Installation

Location

The first step to designing a firepit is choosing the appropriate location in your backyard. Choosing a space that has ample room to gather around while allowing the smoke and heat to disperse evenly is important for both your comfort and your safety.

Fire Pit Style and Size

Choosing the appropriate style and size firepit to suit your backyard will help with the overall appearance of your outdoor space. Choose between double-sided fireplaces to entertain ample guests, circular in-ground pits to double as entertainment and for cooking, sleek stones for a contemporary feel, or rugged cement bricks for a more natural, woodsy-inspired look. Whatever style you’re trying to achieve, there are many options to choose from. Picking the right sized firepit is just as important as picking the right style: if your firepit is too small for your sprawling backyard, you risk the warmth getting swept away with the wind. Make the fireplace too big and your backyard could become too toasty to enjoy!

Outdoor Amenities

In addition to adding a firepit, make sure you have the appropriate items to keep yourself and your guests comfortable and entertained. Research fire-safe lounging chairs and/or tables so you can enjoy a meal alfresco with the fire roaring.

Budget

Consider your budget before making any decisions. While creating a firepit typically won’t break the bank, it’s important to hash out how much you want to spend and where you want to allocate the money. Is the size and heat output the biggest factor? Or does the design matter more than the function? Going over specifics before beginning will ensure you have the funds necessary to make your firepit exactly what you want it to be.

Safety, Codes, and Regulations

When building a firepit, your safety should be of utmost importance. Brushing up on rules and regulations in your area will ensure your fireplace is up to code and safe. If you’re unsure how to correctly do this, contact a licensed landscaping company such as Texas Outdoor Oasis for assistance.

If you are interested in exploring outdoor firepit installation options, custom patio, pool, or landscaping needs to make your backyard the oasis you’ve envisioned for the summer, contact us today! Servicing the North Dallas area, we look forward to serving you.

4 Reasons Pergolas Are The Top Trend in Outdoor Living

Year after year, the internet bristles with lists of design trends. For outdoor living, they remain relatively consistent, including such items as lighting, shade, and quality. But one thing that isn’t included in many of these lists (and should be) is the addition of a pergola to your outdoor space. Read on to see why.

4 Reasons Pergolas Are The Top Trend in Outdoor Living

Pergolas provide a place to install ceiling fans

Ceiling fans make almost any list of outdoor trends, and we Texans know why. A good ceiling fan can keep an outdoor space comfortable even in the hottest parts of summer. Adding a pergola will give you a place to hang a fan and a reason to keep grilling all year round.

Pergolas provide the best of both worlds: Shade and sun

When the days get hot and long, a little shade goes a long way. A well-designed pergola can provide enough shade to keep you comfortable on a warm afternoon. But on those sunny winter days, a pergola will let the sun filter through, giving you a dose of Vitamin D to improve your health and your mood.

Pergolas provide additional protection for your home

While you sit back, sipping your sweet tea in the shade, your pergola is doing double duty. In the right spot, it can help shade and cool your home. With the right design, it can help protect your house from the wind and rain of those spring storms.

Pergolas define your outdoor room

Carve out a space for al fresco dining. Hang curtains. Set a settee. A pergola defines an outdoor room that can feel as cozy as any you have inside, but its open structure lets you enjoy the breeze, the flowers, or the aroma coming off that grill in the corner.

So what are you waiting for? Jump on the trend that won’t ever go out of style. Contact Texas Outdoor Oasis today to experience the joys of outdoor living.

Choosing Between an Outdoor Fireplace or a Fire Pit

An outdoor fireplace and a fire pit both can bring warmth and relaxation to your home’s backyard. Before deciding which one is perfect for your home, there are a few differences between the two that you should know about.

Choosing Between an Outdoor Fireplace or a Fire Pit

Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fireplace is literally a fireplace outside. Just like an indoor fireplace, it consists of a firebox and a chimney that the smoke goes out of going in one direction. This also makes it less likely to produce flying embers that can burn you or a guest. An outdoor fireplace is usually built or added on a concrete, stone or brick patio. The fireplace can block an outdoor view because to the height and mass of the structure. It will be the centerpiece of your patio. With the fireplace being enclosed, it would be easy to light even when it is windy outside. An outdoor fireplace creates a cozy, romantic atmosphere that is more enjoyable by a couple or a group of just a few people. The usual temperature of an outdoor fireplace is 180 degrees, which is cooler than a fire pit. You can either have a wood-burning or a gas outdoor fireplace.

Fire Pit

A fire pit is a hole either dug in the ground or within a masonry structure, in which the fire is kept burning and is prevented from spreading. It creates a campfire environment and is most enjoyable with a group of people. It is great for sitting around to make some s’mores, tell each other stories and play an acoustic guitar if you are musically inclined.  A fire pit is low to the ground, so it will not block off the view as an outdoor fireplace will. That is why a fire pit is more popular with homes that come with spectacular views from their own yard. It can reach up to temperatures of 360 degrees, which is much hotter than a fireplace. A fire pit, however, is harder to light and maintain a burning fire in windy conditions while an outdoor fireplace has no problem with windy weather. A fire pit can also be wood-burning or use gas.

Knowing these differences will help you pick which one will be best for your home. If you need more help choosing which one is best for your home, then contact us and get the professional help that your home deserves. Want to include both in your backyard remodel? We can help with that as well!

Questions to Ask Before Building a Swimming Pool

Summer is just around the corner, but it is not too late to get a custom swimming pool into your backyard to enjoy summer barbecues, 4th of July picnics, and the long hot weeks of August. If you are thinking about getting a custom swimming pool and turning your backyard into a summer living space, consider these questions to help plan your custom swimming pool this summer.

Can We Afford a Custom Swimming Pool?

Questions to Ask Before Building a Swimming Pool

This is a very good question to ask when considering exterior renovations like a custom swimming pool. Besides the pool itself, there are many other items to consider. Will you want an outdoor kitchen to create the perfect venue for neighborhood pool parties? How about a firepit and an outdoor living room for the evenings after a day in the pool? These items all impact your overall budget and the answer to the question of affordability. Here are a few items to think about when establishing your budget for a custom pool:

  • Pool Size
  • Amenities and Custom Add-Ons
  • Fencing Requirements
  • Location
  • Permits
  • Ongoing Pool Maintenance

Who will use the pool?

After you have looked at your budget for the whole pool project, you need to consider your family’s usage of the pool. School-age children may use the pool through the summer as a way to get their energy out. Health conscious adults may also use it for exercise and some people just love to throw a good party. The planning and pool design will be different for how it is used. Either way, it’s best to work with a pool company that has a variety of experience in meeting your backyard needs.

Who will build the swimming pool?

The best way to locate pool builders who are committed to quality construction is to ask for referrals from friends and family. Also be sure to check their reviews on the Better Business Bureau and Google. Once you have narrowed down your list of pool builders, it’s good to check their portfolio and see what types of pools they build.

For more information on custom pool design, please contact us today.

3 Kid-Friendly Landscape Design Ideas

When creating a landscape design with children in mind, there are certain things that you may want to include. This make the landscape design not only fun for them, but it helps to make sure it is safe for them as well. Here are 3 kid-friendly landscape design ideas.

3 Kid-Friendly Landscape Design Ideas

In-Ground Trampoline

One awesome kid-friendly landscape idea is an in-ground trampoline. This gives your kids the fun experience of jumping on the trampoline, but makes it much safer for them. A large hole that is the same diameter and height of your trampoline will be dug into the ground and then your trampoline is carefully placed inside this space. The landscape design around this hole can include stone or brick work, rocks, or whatever else you’d like to make the space look aesthetically pleasing and finished.

Rubber Tire Mulch Playground Area

Another awesome feature to include in your kid-friendly landscape design is a playground area filled with rubber tire mulch. The playground itself can include a slide, swings, a rope bridge, a rock wall, or whatever you think your children will enjoy. The rubber tire mulch is perfect for ground cover because it is a recycled resource that is excellent for the environment and it provides a good amount of padding for children to play on. This is very important if they accidentally fall. You can then create a barrier between this area and the rest of your landscape using a cement divider, a metal divider, stones, etc.

Splash Pad

If you want to get really creative, you can incorporate a splash pad into your landscape design. Textured pavers or brushed concrete are excellent options for the actual pad because they are slip-resistant and safe for your children to run and play on. You can then have several sprayers installed that squirt water at different times and distances. This creates a lot of fun for your kids and allows them to play safely in the water.

For more kid-friendly landscape design ideas, visit us at Texas Outdoor Oasis.