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8 Reasons Why You Should Choose an Inground Pool Over an Above Ground Pool


Is there any better way to spend the summer than to relax in your own pool?

Probably not! But if you don’t have a pool of your own yet, you have a very important decision to make:

Which is better: an above ground or inground pool?

A permanently-installed inground pool can add value to your home, enhance your landscape, and provide an awesome place for entertaining, exercising, and lounging. An above ground pool, on the other hand, offers some of these benefits – but not all.

So let’s discuss all the reasons why an inground pool is the right choice for your home. That way, you’re well-equipped to make an informed decision about your next pool purchase!

Why Custom Inground Pools Are Better Than Above Ground Pools

1. Longevity

The crucial difference between these two pool options is simple: one is temporary, the other is permanent.

Your run-of-the-mill above ground pool will last somewhere between 7 and 15 years before it collapses completely (and that’s if the liners haven’t given out by then).

An inground structure, on the other hand, could very well last up to 50 years if built with the right materials. If it’s a concrete pool, you may need to resurface it every 9 to 13 years, but you certainly won’t have to worry about a complete structural disaster.

2. Quality

The majority of inground pools are made out of either concrete (gunite or shotcrete), fiberglass, or vinyl. Concrete pools are the most popular type of pool, because they can be formed to any size or shape for a truly custom inground pool.

Most above ground pools are considered temporary additions to your property, even though you have to spend a considerable amount of time and money on installation and upkeep. They range in quality from the typical $100 inflatable pool that you can toss in the garbage at the end of the summer, to the top end variety that will run you into the tens of thousands of dollars.

And because you might need to move (or even tear down and store) above ground pools in the winter months, they tend to not be a fixed structure. The frame that provides the strength for the pool is usually made of coated steel, aluminum, or a plastic resin – depending on the model.

3. Size

One of the best things about custom inground pools is having a “deep end.” That’s where you can dive, cannonball, and tread water without touching the bottom.

But with above ground pools, you’re limited to one uniform depth from one end to the other. And because young children may use the pool, it’s rare that above ground pools reach anywhere near the depth of inground pools.

Also, you probably won’t be swimming laps in an above ground pool any time soon. Sure, you could create an Olympic-size above ground pool – but it would cost a fortune in construction and future maintenance.

4. Features

Inground pools can have attached spas, fire features, waterfalls, fountains, and lighting, and they can be incorporated beautifully into your landscaping. They can also be customizable, so you can make your pool any color you like or have it built with negative edges that seem to flow into the horizon.

You can attach automatic pool covers or safety covers, benches, and swim-up bars. You could include shallow water tanning ledges, and build seating into the walls.

Virtually anything you and your pool designer can imagine can become a reality with an inground pool.

5. Appearance

Above ground pools can be somewhat unsightly, while an inground pool adds volumes to the aesthetic of your property.

When it comes to inground pool landscaping, you can surround the pool with gorgeous flower beds, grass or gravel, tile or stone – you name it. But incorporating an above ground pool into your landscaping can be very difficult, if not impossible. You may end up simply leaving it in a corner of your yard.

6. Custom Design

Aside from their considerably larger size, inground pools also come with another fantastic benefit: they can be designed in whatever size or shape you want them to be.

Above ground pools tend to come in fairly uniform design. Either a large circle, an oval, or maybe a rounded square.

Inground pools, on the other hand, can be any shape. Do you want a pool in the shape of an animal? Easy. Should your pool snake its way through your backyard like the Amazon River? Not a problem.

All you have to do is imagine it, and your Maryland custom inground pool builders can build it.

7. Installation

According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, there are around 5 million inground pools in the United States, compared to about 3.5 million above ground pools.

That’s a lot of pools that had to be installed by professionals. Unless you’re an expert on the process and know exactly what needs to be done to ensure your pool lives a long, sturdy life – leave it to the experts.

And yes, the cost of the high-quality materials for an inground pool may be more upfront – but that leaves out the price of the decking required for an above ground pool, which can be much more than the price of the pool itself.

8. Maintenance

It can hardly be argued: Maryland inground pools are much easier to keep clean. Their pump, filter, and cleaning equipment are larger, more effective, and save you considerable time and effort.

Not only can an above ground pool quickly become filthy on the inside – its exterior needs to be cleaned regularly as well. If not, it might become far more of an eyesore as it changes colors with rust, mold, or sun damage.

And if you don’t have a deck built around your above ground pool, it’s much harder to get around it to clean and vacuum.

But every pool, whether above ground or inground, requires careful construction and maintenance. That’s why you need the help of the Maryland inground pool builders at Woodfield Landscaping. We can help you design and build your personal pool and empower you to keep it in the best possible condition for years to come.

Contact us today to learn more!


9 Tips for Creating an Inviting Backyard Paradise


As we move into summer, we’ll be spending much more time in our backyards. Who doesn’t like kicking back and soaking up some warm sun while relaxing in a gentle breeze?

Sometimes a backyard can use a little improvement before it becomes the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a weekend. These changes can range from a simple rearrangement of patio furniture to a complete landscaping overhaul.

If you’re ready to learn you to turn your backyard into an inviting paradise, keep reading. This post will teach you everything you need to know!


How to Create an Inviting Backyard Paradise

1. Install an In-ground Pool and Other Water Features

While it’s true that you can install an in-ground pool in winter, the warmer months are just as good a time as any to do so – and you get to enjoy it right away!

Your in-ground pool doesn’t have to be a plain hole in the ground either. You can get much more creative with it, especially if you hire custom pool builders in Maryland to make your dream pool a reality.

Swimming pool builders in Maryland can incorporate all sorts of design elements into your pool, even raising it a few feet so you can treat it more like an outdoor structure than a mere swimming area.

To really emphasize the paradise aspect of your backyard, try to include other water features as well. A small fountain or lily pond can create a soothing, pleasant environment you want to spend hours in.

And it almost goes without saying – a hot tub or spa will seriously increase the relaxation potential of your backyard paradise.


2. Create a Perfect Patio

A patio comes in many styles, whether it’s a simple slab of concrete in your backyard or a natural extension of your home.

But if you want to make your patio an inviting area for your family and guests, put a little more thought into it.

Some elements to consider include:

  • Textured surfaces and colors that imitate stone for a more natural look
  • Planting beds and container gardens to bring the vegetation up close and personal
  • Comfortable weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor area
  • A temporary or permanent covering to shelter the area throughout the seasons


By including some of these features and thinking carefully about your patio, you can easily entice your loved ones to spend a little more time outside lounging in your backyard paradise.


3. Add a Fire Pit or Fireplace

Sure, it’s warm now, but incorporating fire into your outdoor living space transcends the seasons.

Not only will a fire pit add a sense of ambiance to your backyard – it can also be seriously useful. A fire pit can bathe the area in warm light or be used to cook delicious food outdoors.

If you want to get really creative with fire, you can even install a full fireplace with a chimney attached to your patio, complete with a hearth and mantel. Just check your local laws first – some cities and neighborhoods have rules and regulations related to burning on your property.


4. Stimulate the Senses

A garden provides a lot more than a place for a relaxing hobby in your backyard. It can also freshen the air with appealing fragrances and brighten the area with interesting color and texture.

Some of the best plants to spruce up your backyard garden include:

  • Lavender
  • Snapdragon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Maiden Grass
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Mint
  • Lemongrass
  • Geraniums


If you want to learn more about beautifying your backyard, check out this helpful blog post on spring landscaping.


5. Create Shaded Areas

maryland-pool-gazebo-builderAfter you’re finished sunbathing, you’ll probably want a nice shady spot to retreat to. It might be tempting to go back inside where it’s cool, but if you design your outdoor living space just right for hot weather, you won’t want to leave.

Remember, no matter how hot it is outside, your shaded area will be considerably cooler than the areas soaked in sunlight.

Your deck or patio can be shaded with mature trees, large umbrellas, retractable awnings, or even arbors planted with vines. Any spot in your yard can be shaded with a portable, pop-up canopy cover.

Also, remember your pets! If you have any outdoor animals, they need regular breaks from the summer sun just as much as you do. If your dog has a favorite area outside, add shade to it to make it cool and cozy.


6. Install Outdoor Lighting

Once the sun goes down, you may need a bit more light than what your fire pit puts out.

Landscape lighting adds a more high-end look to your backyard and makes it safer as well. You can choose spotlights to highlight specific features or floodlights to illuminate wide areas.

Solar-powered lighting is a popular choice for outdoor lighting because it’s easy to install and has no wiring. You can arrange these lights throughout your yard to outline pathways and brighten up your outdoor living area.


7. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you’re a big time griller and love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen.

You can opt for a simple countertop for food prep, or you can go all out and include other features like outdoor cabinetry and storage.

Some Maryland outdoor kitchens even include a mini-fridge and sink to make cleanup and preparation simpler. Incorporate these additions as well if you think they would help you become a true master outdoor chef.


8. Include Other Outdoor Structures

One of the best ways to bring your Maryland backyard paradise to life is to include eye-catching and functional outdoor structures.

For instance, gazebos and pergolas come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can give character to any backyard. Gazebos are roofed and typically enclosed structures, while pergolas tend to be completely open.

A raised deck away from your home can also be a fantastic structure to draw guests outdoors. Think about it – that seldom used space in the middle of your yard could easily become a popular party area after you add a wooden deck with weatherproof furniture to it!


9. Enclose the Space

Your backyard paradise will feel more like an oasis if you enclose it. Fences, lattice, garden walls, and even clever landscaping arrangements can screen views of neighboring yards. You can also enjoy a wall of green by planting a huge hedge that runs along the perimeter of your whole property.

And you don’t have to make your entire backyard a private space – if you want, you can transform just your patio and outdoor kitchen area into a secluded sanctuary.

You see? It’s not too difficult to make your backyard into an area you’d rather spend time in than your actual house! If you follow these tips, you’ll soon have your own personal outdoor paradise.

If you want help on your journey creating the perfect backyard, we’d love to help! Contact the team at Woodfield Landscaping today.


Give Your Lawn a Spring Wake-up Call


The threat of frost is just about over and we are starting to see daytime temperatures reach the mid-60’s. Birds are singing every morning, and everyone seems to have a little more pep in their step. I think it’s safe to say spring has sprung!

But now that the sun wakes up bright and early, it’s time to give your lawn a a little wake-up call of its own. Winter can wreak havoc on your grass, shrubs, and flowerbeds. Prepare your landscaping for spring, so this summer you can spend more time relaxing and having fun, and less time doing pesky yardwork!

Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to bring your lawn out of hibernation and get it looking great for this spring!

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Landscaping: Looking at the Big Picture

What is landscaping?

maryland-garden-landscapingIt’s more than just mulching around trees, planting new shrubs and mowing the lawn. Landscaping has a goal of improving appearance and functionality of a current landscape by adding or changing its features, layout, vegetation and many other aspects.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? So what’s the purpose?

As a Maryland landscaping company, this is what we hear from our clients who seek help of landscape contractors: it looks so much nicer! The aesthetics and the curb appeal are a few of the key benefits of landscaping. You will have a better chance selling a home with a well-maintained front lawn than one overgrown with weeds. Continue reading Landscaping: Looking at the Big Picture

Pros & Cons of Installing an In-Ground Pool in Winter


pool-in-winterCan an in-ground pool be installed in winter? Unfortunately, there is
no definitive answer to this question. The answer will be different for every homeowner and will depend on many factors.

Before you say “yes” or “no” to this decision, Woodfield Landscaping recommends you consider the following factors.

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Creative Ideas for Bringing Your Yard Indoors

pinecone-wreath-creative-ideasNature is beautiful.  Flowers, trees, grass, animals – they’re all lovely to see and watch all spring, summer, and fall.  But when the cold weather hits, all anybody wants to do is escape indoors.

If you like to stay warm but still love the look of the outdoors, Woodfield Landscaping has a few quick, easy ideas to bring a little bit of autumn into your home.  The best part is, all of these ideas use objects you can probably find in your own yard! Continue reading Creative Ideas for Bringing Your Yard Indoors

Halloween Landscaping: 6 ways to dress up your yard


The fall is here. Leaves are turning yellow and fall off, flowers quit blooming, and plants are getting ready for winter.

At Woodfield landscaping, we have one piece of advice  for you…

Embrace the death in nature and use it to get your yard Halloween-ready using these tips. Continue reading Halloween Landscaping: 6 ways to dress up your yard

5 Tips For Closing a Pool for Winter

flip-flops by the poolNight temperatures keep getting lower and unless you enjoy swimming in ice-cold water, your pool won’t be used until next spring. It is always a sad day when you realize the summer is over, but you need to get yourself together and deal with the last reminder of warm summer days – your swimming pool.

Woodfield Landscaping pool experts are here today to give you tips on winterizing your pool. Continue reading 5 Tips For Closing a Pool for Winter

Fall Yard Care and Landscaping Tips

fall landscaping

Are you excited for the fall? Is the main excitement about not having to cut grass anymore? That’s certainly a good reason, but if you want your yard to look nice and groomed throughout the winter, you might need to put one last effort into it.

Woodfield Landscaping is here to share a  fall landscaping checklist to help you get your yard ready for the winter. Continue reading Fall Yard Care and Landscaping Tips

6 Ideas For a Backyard Stone Walkway

backyard-walkwayA neat narrow pathway can add beauty and functionality to your yard. With a pathway, you can connect several destinations, create a handy shortcut or make a decorative statement. Whether you’ll use it just to get from the backdoor to the pool or to roam your yard enjoying the beauty, Woodfield Landscaping knows several tricks to make the pathway stand out. Continue reading 6 Ideas For a Backyard Stone Walkway

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