Pools, Plantings & Pergolas


Spring is here in full bloom and it’s time to get outside! Outlook visited with Andy Nelson of Nelson Landscaping to get the best tips on outdoor living.

What are some of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when putting in a pool?

A common and big mistake homeowners make is not planning the small details well enough. This includes things like not enough of a shallow end, minimal deck space around the pool or not installing a pool heater. Also, going with the cheapest bid… there’s usually a reason it’s the cheapest. 

When doing a pergola, when should it be attached to the house vs. freestanding?

We like to attach pergolas to the house when possible. Whenever you use a freestanding, four-post design, it makes for an awkward space on patios. Attached is a better option and generally it looks nicer. 

What are some of the trends this spring in outdoor living?

People are truly starting to utilize outdoor living as another living space. This means bigger patios and decks, and fire pits and fireplaces that add design and comfort to the space. One of my favorite trends is an automatic screen system which we professionally install. The retractable screen is controlled b