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Here’s a quick checklist to get your pool ready for some wet fun in the summer sun.

  1. Sparkling water: If you’ve been battling with algae growth and murky pool water, call in the help of a pool contractor to help you to get your pool bright and sparkling once again.
  2. Reduce water wastage:
  • Invest in a pool cover to reduce evaporation, conserve heat and reduce the use of chemicals.
  • Allow the water level to be a little lower (your pool contractor will advise on a safe level) to prevent wasting water when splashing and playing in the pool.
  • Check all pool plumbing equipment for leaks.
  • Only use fountains and waterfalls when you are entertaining, to reduce evaporation.
  • Backwash the pool less often and try to install a poolside tank to filter the water for use on the lawn and garden. This equipment is available on the market.
  1. Safety first: Check your pool fencing and play equipment for weak points and have them fixed as soon as possible. Also examine the pool surrounds for loose tiles and paving blocks, as they can be dangerous to those playing near the pool area.
  2. Think about shade: Although the young ones will want lots of sun to tan their pale winter legs, remember that we live in a very hot climate and the sun can cause severe skin damage. It’s also nice to have a little shade at the shallow end of the pool, where young children can splash about under the watchful eye of an adult. Invest in a large cantilevered umbrella or elegant shade sail, available at homeware stores.
  3. Accessorise your pool surrounds. Buy sturdy and comfortable sun loungers, and maybe a daybed too – and definitely some side tables for cool drinks and snacks. Add scatter cushions with the lovely botanical prints that are in fashion this year. A must-have pool garden accessory is a large, all-weather storage box in which to store cushions, pool noodles, balls, bats, lilos and other poolside paraphernalia.
  4. Zhoosh up your pool garden: Don’t overplant or create a fussy garden around a pool; have a few large containers in strategic places to add some greenery or colour. Great accent plants include all the latest stripe-leaved cordylines like ‘Cha-Cha’, ‘Can-Can’, ‘Electric Flash’ or ‘Electric Pink’. Phormiums like ‘Blondie’ and Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ and ‘Goldmine’ will look equally elegant. For bright colour, fill up a few containers with petunias and pelargoniums.

Source: Tanya Visser. Image: Pixabay

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