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Landscaping Foliage for the Winter

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Most of the focus for gardening and landscaping happens in the spring and summer months. After all, that’s when you consider calling up the pool builders or sprucing up the flowerbeds. However, the winter seasons provide a perfect spotlight for a variety of plants that can have your yard looking magical.


Believe it or not, there are a variety of vegetables that can spruce up your yard even in the winter. Cabbages and kales provide a unique color and texture to the otherwise dry and pale landscape of winter. What’s more, they can even handle most winters once the cool night temperatures begin to harden them.


There are also a fair amount of flowers that can tolerate the winter. Colorful camellias, for example, are very hardy and bloom in the fall and winter. Winter jasmine can also provide a bright splash of color for a low level of maintenance.

Trees and Berries

Of course, then there’s the festive evergreens, holly bushes, and winter holly plants that will always make your yard feel cozy. But don’t overlook other types of plants such as witch hazel, red and yellow dogwood, cotoneaster, and winter jasmine. Each of these can add a unique splash of color to your yard and will actually be complimented by snowfall.

We hope this has sparked some creativity towards your landscaping this or even next winter. These colder, grayer months can seem long, but at least you can have your yard looking warm and welcoming. Don’t have the time to get it there yourself? Visit our website today to see our services. Our pool builders and landscapers can help you create the yard you’ve always envisioned.

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Winterizing Your Yard

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One of the best things you can do for your yard next spring is winterize it this fall. Mellco Landscaping is often known for its pool builders, but our landscaping services go well beyond that so we want to give you some winter tips that will have your yard looking great next year.

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Of course, before you can truly winterize, you’ve got to clear away the autumn. One option is to simply get rid of the leaves by raking and bagging them up for the garbage. However, there’s another option that can keep giving throughout the winter. If you haven’t winterized your lawn mower yet, try mowing up the leaves. This shreds them up, making them perfect compost or garden mulch.


Now that your lawn is cleared, you can begin taking care of it. This is the time to get rid of any extra pesky weeds that might try to compete for nutrients during the colder months. Just like how pool builders will tell you to check the pH levels of your swimming pool before winter, it’s also a good idea to test your soil’s pH. This can help you know what nutrients need to be added. It also helps you know when you need to aerate your lawn before winter kicks in.


For more delicate plants and trees, make sure to have some sort of physical support in place to help them during winter storms. Otherwise, you can usually get by with simply watering your trees and shrubs during the late fall. Avoid this during the early fall, as it delays the needed time for leaves to fall off. Then, before winter really sets in and the ground begins to freeze, be sure to give them one last deep watering.

This may seem like a lot of work, especially with holidays approaching. But your yard will thank you. Many people who have hired pool builders to improve their yard space know that its important to winterize your pool, but that’s only half of the summer fun. Visit our website today to learn how we can help your yard into the perfect paradise for entertaining or simply relaxing.

Making Upgrades to Your Pool

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With each summer comes the excitement of reopening your pool, but after a while, you might feel like you need something else! While you might not know yet, what you might be feeling is an itch to add another feature or upgrade a specific portion of your pool. No matter where you live, there are proficient pool builders that can help you add on or fix up just about anything you need!

We’ve compiled some of the best add-ons and renovations for anyone that is looking to change up their current pool design.


Pumps, Filters and Systems – The first thing that needs to be taken care of before you are ready for any aesthetic touch-ups and/or add-ons is the pool’s overall system. This means fixing up and replacing filters, cartridges, pumps, sanitation systems and anything else that keeps the pool functioning properly.

Pool Decks – With a lot of pool splashing and outdoor weather taking its toll, your pool deck area might have cracks or uneven levels. In order to keep pool users and the integrity of the pool safe, you should consider making repairs to the pool’s deck area. While you’re at it, you can make the renovation a little fun and change from basic concrete to stamp crete or paver patterns.

Vinyl – If the vinyl is damaged, you might face problems that requires repairs. You do not want your pool leaking or there to be soft spots in the liner. It can be hard to find small tears or other vinyl damage, but a pool builder should be able to help if you feel like there might be a problem. Vinyl isn’t something that you only consider changing if there is a problem, but a nice change up if you are wanting a new aesthetic, especially if your vinyl is stained or getting old.


Spa – If you don’t already have one and if your pool isn’t heated to a high degree, an additional spa can be great for dips in the night or during colder weather. Pool builders can construct in-ground hot tubes or help you place an above-ground one where you want it.

Slides and Diving Boards – If you don’t already have one of these two options and you often have kids and young adults swimming in your pool, it’s almost a must to add on.

Water Features – simple or complex fountains or a running stream will add an extra dimension of beauty to any pool. If you want to change add more to your aesthetic, consider this.

Fire Features – There are a lot of fire pits that accompany pools because they are a simple yet wonderful contrasting outdoor feature. Whether it’s in-ground or lifted, far from or close to the pool, fires are great with a pool.

Lighting – You may not have the largest budget or you may already love your pool’s current design and features, but a simple change to the light in or around your pool might be all you need.

Pool Shapes – While you won’t be able to change your pools shape entirely, you might be able to adjust it a little. However, you will need to discuss it will your pool builders to understand their full abilities.

The ideas we’ve shared are just a few of the many things you can do to upgrade your pool. There are a lot more designs and landscaping ideas that you could also consider. For more ideas and to hear more about any of the ideas above, call your pool builders today!

Chlorine vs. Bromine Pools

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If you’ve been around many private pools during the summer, you likely understand that there are different kinds of pools. We aren’t talking about the shape, size or purpose of the pool, but what kind of pool it is chemically. Whether it’s to inform a family whether or not it’s safe for kids to open their eyes under the water or some other pool-related conversation, it’s not rare for pool owners to tell others what types of chemicals are used in the pool. This is a conversation that pool builders also have with potential buyers as they consider what chemicals they want in their hypothetical pool. While there are several different options, two are more common than the others: chlorine and bromine. However, what is the difference and is one better than the other?


It may be obvious that both chlorine and bromine are types of chemicals that help kill bacteria and other harmful contaminants, but are they more similar or different from one other? They really may be more similar than they are different, but how they are used and when they are used is where most differences are found. However, whether you have bromine or chlorine, you need to check your pH levels for both, they come in tablets, and can be dispensed through a floating dispense-feeder. Further, in terms of results, honest pool builders can tell you that both can get the job done, but they may have a preference between the two. Don’t worry, we’ll come back to preferences and which might be better.


Now, even though bromine and chlorine are similar in results and some dispensing methods, chlorine comes in more variety and with more dispensing techniques. While bromine tablets are always dispensed in a floating feeder, chlorine can also be added in pool skimmer baskets or feed through an automatic chlorinator that is installed into your pool’s filter system. In addition, chlorine not only comes in tablets but also in a powder form that requires manual dispensing by hand. Pool builders can tell you which might be the easiest or best for you, but a lot of people will agree that the automatic chlorinator is the most convenient for chlorinated pools.

Which is Better

The question then is, which option should you go with? As we’ve said before, there are pool builders that may tell you one might be better than the other, but both are efficient ways to kill bacteria. However, depending on your circumstance and diligence in maintenance, you might be able to find your preference. Bromine is known to be better in hot water because the heat doesn’t destroy bromine as easily as it does chlorine. So if you have a heated pool, bromine might be your thing. Further, there are some cheap versions of chlorine that might leave marks and break up easier, something you want to avoid in your personal maintenance.

If you have any other questions about chlorine and bromine, our pool builders can give you more details for each option. In addition, if you are looking to build a pool, you won’t find a better group of pool builders than the ones here at Odyssey Pools. Call us today!

The Difference Between Xeriscape and Zeroscape

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It is pretty common for people to confuse xeriscape and zeroscape with each other, and while some people may use the terms interchangeably, they are not synonymous. Even though the pronunciation of both words is pretty close, there is a significant difference between the two. To put it simply, xeriscape is an organized landscape design that focuses on using plants that hardly need water, and zeroscape landscapes are made up of dirt/gravel and basically zero plants.

That explanation might suffice on its own, but just in case you need a little more clarity, we’ll expand on both types of landscapes.


In this dry state, there are some areas that Utah landscapers will design and build out a xeriscape yard. A home with xeriscape will have an efficient irrigation system set in place; the homeowners will not have to worry about watering their yard and plants all that much. This is accomplished by planting shrubbery that can handle drought conditions. Plants such as yarrow, agave, white gaura, cactuses, California sagebrush, etc. are all perennials that Utah landscapers would use in a xeriscape landscaped yard. However, these Utah landscapers should also be able to provide you with a long list of other plants that would work as well.

A Xeriscape landscape is usually chosen by people that want to have a beautiful yard but do not have the time to maintain it, or by people who live in the desert. While you may expect to see this kind of landscape in desert areas, Utah landscapers can still make a home in urban or suburban areas look great! Some homeowners that want a xeriscape yard may also consider laying down turf and mulch instead of regular grass and soil. These kinds of yards still bring in wildlife and offer a serene habitat for all. However, the greatest benefit may be the cost efficiency — the summer water bills will likely see a major reduction.


Now, as we said before, there is a drastic difference between zeroscape and xeriscape, and that’s because zeroscape requires essentially zero planning and designing. A zeroscape yard will be made up of maybe a token plant here and there, but will mostly be made up of dirt and gravel. Unless homeowners that are really serious about emphasizing the lack of a lushes yard as the aesthetic, they really don’t even need Utah landscapers.


The only relations between the two different types of landscape are in pronunciation and the little amount of work they require to maintain. Besides that, the two are vastly different in design and purpose. If you are looking to implement a xeriscape design, contact a Utah landscaper or expert in desert designs.

The Best Time of Year to Build a Pool

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While you might think that the summer time is the only ideal time to build a pool, you’d be surprised to find that many people tend to choose one of the other four seasons when it comes to their pool endeavors. Sure, it makes sense to give your local pool builders a call during the summer time, but there are benefits to building a pool during the other three seasons as well. So, when deciding on the perfect date to begin the construction of your dream pool, make sure that you take the time to reflect on the various benefits that each season has to offer you.

Before giving your local pool builders a call, take a look at this brief guide we have come up with here at Odyssey Pools that addresses the benefits of building a pool during each season.

Spring Construction

The main benefit of building your pool during the spring is that you’ll have all summer to enjoy your brand-new pool. If you want to be prepared to jump into your pool on the first official day of summer, you might want to call your local pool builders as soon as possible to begin construction. However, you should also be aware that spring showers can cause delays in the construction of your pool. Another drawback is that pool builders might be booked out during the spring, so the earlier you consult with your local pool builders the better.

Summer Construction

Summer is going to be the best time to build your pool in terms of quick turn around rates. During the summer, the weather is dry, which helps you avoid drawbacks due to weather constraints such as rain and snow. However, you should be aware that pool builders will be even busier during the summer, as this is when people naturally go to their local pool builders for inquiries and projects.

Fall Construction

Fall is the best time to build a pool if you’re planning on other landscape additions as well. The fall is the best time to plant trees and flowers, so this is the ideal time to plan out your entire landscape design. Make sure that you plan your area carefully so that you don’t run out of room in your yard.

Winter Construction

While winter isn’t the most ideal time to construct a pool, and some pool builders don’t operate during the winter, you might be able to get major discounts on pool building services and equipment. One major thing that you have to worry about when it comes to winter construction, though, are winter storms that could dramatically hinder project process.

There are benefits to building a pool during each season, but they also have their drawbacks. If you’re looking for skilled pool builders to help you build the pool of your dreams, contact the pool builders at Odyssey Pools today.

There are benefits to building a pool during each season, but they also have their drawbacks. If you’re looking for skilled pool builders to help you build the pool of your dreams, contact the pool builders at Odyssey Pools today.

What to Consider When Buying a Pool

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There are three things to consider when you are planning on buying a pool: your yard’s layout, the shape/purpose of the pool, and the maintenance. If you have no idea where to start, either call some local pool builders or continue to read this blog. We’ll outline each one of these considerations below.

Your Yard’s Layout

One of the fastest ways you are going to figure out whether building a pool is realistic or not is by figuring out what you have to work with. Pool builders will tell you that no pools can be built in the front yard of the home; you will have to take a look at the area to the side or behind your home. If your house is built on a slope, it is not impossible to build a pool, but there will be some leveling involved in the excavation construction. Further, land and property professionals will have to inspect the yard to make sure that no unground lines or sewage passages will be affected.

These two factors aren’t usually a problem, but the size of your yard can be. However, if you have a big yard with an ample amount of space, there’s nothing to worry about.

The Shape and Purpose of Your Pool

Once you’ve found that there aren’t any issues with logistically installing a pool in your yard, the next thing you will want to figure out is how you will utilize your pool. There are a lot of different pool shapes and options that you can go with that should be tailored to how you want to use your pool.

If you have kids, the pool is not going to be seen as a lap pool or leisure pool, but a pool to jump into, dive in, and conduct chicken fights in. Without kids, you might want a pool for relaxation and leisure under the sun. Depending on your purpose, you will consider different shapes, accessories and aesthetic styles for your pool. Talk to a pool builder to see what types of pools and even freeform pools they can build for you!

The Maintenance

The last thing you will want to consider is what kind of maintenance a pool requires and how much it will require of you. Owning a pool really isn’t super challenging, but there is work behind having a healthy and function pool. Now, if you really don’t want to have to worry about balancing chemicals, checking filters, or cleaning out the pool, the pool builders that help construct your pool will also have pool cleaning services — if they don’t, you can find some.

If you decide to take on the work yourself, you will have to learn a bit about how your pool works to make sure all the readings look normal, and then you will have to put in the labor to keep it clean. During the winter, you will want to close down your pool, but if you don’t know how to do that, you can talk to pool builders for help.

Outside of your budget, these three thoughts are really the main things to consider when you start contemplating installing a pool. If you have any other questions, contact us, Odyssey Pool, the most reliable pool builders in Utah!

What Pool Shape Should You Choose

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When you are thinking about building a pool, there are a few different things you have to consider, and one of those things is what shape you want your pool to be. If you know how you want to utilize your pool and what kind of shapes there are, this decision shouldn’t be too hard. Obviously, there are some restrictions you must consider, such as how much space you have in your backyard, but besides that, you should be able to build the pool you want.

If you know you want a pool but don’t know what kind, pool builders can help you find your pool’s purpose. Once you figure out how you want to use your pool, then you can start thinking about the different shapes. Take a look at all the options before your local pool builders start excavating.

Common Pool Shapes

RECTANGULAR — The most common pool you’ll find will have a symmetrical rectangular shape. Usually, these pools have a shallow and deep end and are complemented by an accompanying slide or diving board. This is a great option for a family with rambunctious kids.

ROMAN — These pools may be similar to the rectangular pools in terms of size and shape but have half circles on both ends of the pool. Typically, Roman pools are used more for leisure. They will often have steps on one end and a bench or sitting area on the other. A lot of Roman pools are completed with simple fountains, waterfalls or an elevated hot tube at the side of the tube.

FIGURE-8 — When you see a figure-8 pool, it may look more like an hourglass with a wider middle. Outside of the design, there isn’t much difference between this pool and Roman pools in terms of utilization.

KIDNEY — If you’ve seen pictures of a skateboarder riding in an empty pool, it is likely in a kidney pool. These are in the shape of a kidney (or kidney beans) and usually do not have a ton of additional features. However, pool builders will have no trouble to build a fountain or garden area off to the side.

LAP — There really isn’t much more to explain here; lap pools also have a rectangular shape but are much slimmer and are used to swim laps.

L-SHAPED — The shape of an “L-shaped” pool is obvious, but they can be used as a lap pool with extra space for individuals to relax off to the side.

LAZY L-SHAPED — While there may be some relation to the L-shape pools, this one is more for aesthetics; instead of a crisp 90-degree turn, the breaking point is greater than 90 degrees.

FREEFORM — The last pool shape we will discuss here is a freeform pool, or, a pool that takes the shape of your choice. Because these are more customized, they are oftentimes more expensive than the typical rectangular pool. However, they accomplish whatever purpose you have. Just be sure you are able to demonstrate to the pool builders how exactly you want your pool to look.

Deciding on what shape of a pool you will build all comes down to how you want to utilize your pool. Some of the shapes really do overlap with others and you really can’t go wrong. No matter what shape you decide on, a pool in your backyard is going to a relaxing and cool way to take a break from the summer heat. When you are ready to start building your pool, contact us, the best pool builders in Utah.

How Deep Should Your Pool Be?

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When you start deciding on all the specifics of the pool you’ll build, you need to consider all the different factors. One of the decisions that you might make is how deep your pool should be. Ultimately, this all comes down to how you are going to utilize your pool. Once you consider all the different possibilities and determine its purpose, you should be able to come up with your decision.

Before you start speculating on all the different depths you would like your pool to be, you should know that, depending on where you live, there are specific rules/restrictions on how deep your pool can be. You can ask your local pool builder what the guidelines are like in your area, but typically your pool can be about 10-feet deep, enough to dive into.

Finding Your Pool’s Purpose

The first thing you should do to find the pool’s purpose is ask yourself a few questions. Do you have kids that will use the pool? Are you okay with them jumping in from a slide or diving board? Do you want the pool builders to simply help you build a lap pool? How much money do you have to spend? These few questions can really narrow your options fast!

ALL-PURPOSE — If you have a family that will want to play and walk around in a shallow part of your pool but also practice their diving and flipping abilities, you might want to ask the pool builders to construct a multi-leveled pool. This way, on one end, you can have kids and adults alike diving in the pool, and on the other side, they can casually play in the shallow end. These pools usually are about 3-feet in the shallow end and then slope down to 8-10 feet for the deep end.

LAP POOL — Perhaps you know that you just want to do some laps every day or every other day, a shallow lap pool will work nicely. These pools are usually 4-feet to 5-feet deep and can be more cost-efficient thanks to the size.

BOWL — For those individuals that are more interested in the aesthetic, you may want a pool with a unique bowling shape. These pools usually slope from all the walls and hit a maximum depth in the center of the pool — usually around 8/9-feet deep. Here, you can relax by the poolside, relax on a flotation device, dive in, dip in and hold to the side, or exercise by treading water. Pool builders would agree that these pools do work for just about anyone but tend to be more teenage/adult-friendly.

Whatever purpose you decide to go with, remember you budget and plan accordingly. Once you know your budget and purpose, you should be able to inform your pool builders what depth you are looking for. From there, they should be able to help you come up with a design.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, you can turn to us, the pool building experts at Odyssey Pools.

Needed Spring Accessories for a Pool

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With spring slowly approaching, it’s time to get started on maintaining your outdoor living space. Though it might still be cold out, you’ll soon walk out to warm, sunny mornings, and when this happens, you’ll want your swimming pool ready. If you’re looking to get started on the construction of a swimming pool, or if you’re still relatively new to owning your pool, there are a few accessories that you’ll need.

Here are some of the most essential pool accessories that other pool owners and your local pool builders will tell you to invest in.

A Pool Brush

Dirt and debris build up in pools, and over time, this can damage the integrity of your pool, especially if the dirt begins to build up in any cracks. A pool brush is necessary for proper pool maintenance; they help you clean up any algae, dirt and particles, as well as pool surface smoothing. Pool builders will tell you that this is one of the most fundamental pool accessories out there.

Pool Poles

Along with pool brushes, pool poles are another item that should be at the top of your list of essential pool accessories. Pool poles make pool cleaning easier — they allow you to fish for trash and debris in your pool that would be a large hassle without one. If you’re looking to make your pool pole even more efficient, you can use it as an attachment for things like vacuum heads, leaf skimmers and pool brushes.

Leaf Rake

A leaf rake may not sound like a pool necessity, but we’ll explain why you need one. When you go to uncover your pool, there might be a buildup of leaves, branches and other debris on the cover, and if you don’t rake this stuff off your property beforehand, a majority of that debris might fall into your pool, which just leads to more unnecessary cleaning.

Equipment Hooks

Equipment hooks are going to hold all other essential accessories to ensure that they last longer and aren’t scattered across your yard. Pool builders recommend equipment hooks to protect your accessories so that they will last you for years to come.

All pool builders will stand by this list of essentials, no matter how long you’ve owned a pool. You will need these tools to maintain it and make sure that it lasts you as long as possible. If you’re interested in learning more about pool building and maintenance, make sure to check out our website today.