Above Ground Pool Landscaping Ideas

above ground pool landscaping

Its Pool Season and Time For a Swim

Summer has arrived and for those hot days where the mercury hits the 90 to 100 degree mark. This is a good sign that it is time to cool off and go for a dip in the pool. Usually traditional below ground swimming pools are very expensive to build and maintain throughout the year. Some alternatives are going to your neighbors pool, or buy / build an above ground pool. For those who think these pools are eyesores for your landscape should consider these above ground pool landscaping ideas.

Pool Landscaping Ideas with Plants and Flowers

Landscaping above ground pool offers numerous options for putting in some plants. Most plants will not be harmed by chlorine, but you must consider plants that are fragile to over watering alongside the pool. In addition if you are using a saltwater pool please check here to see if your plants can handle the occasional saltwater run off from your swimming pool.

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Plants to avoid:

  1. Acacia.
  2. Azalea.
  3. Bougainvillea.
  4. Crape myrtle.
  5. Dwarf arborvitae.
  6. Honeysuckle.
  7. Ash trees.
  8. Evergreen elm.

Using plants that do not grow very quickly, and the leaves don’t fall in the water would limit the amount of debris that ends up in your swimming pool.This is very important to maintain your pools filter due to it can break the water filter and damage the water pump.

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Using Decks For Your Landscape

Wood is great option for landscaping. Its natural look and durability make wood a great choice.

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Small above ground pool is enclosed with a wood deck over turf grass. The landscape is surrounded by trees and along the back of the house with decorative shrubs and bushes. Decks can add potted plants and trees placed in empty areas along the deck.
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A small above ground pool placed parallel to the back of this house with a connected patio / deck. The pool is slightly buried and the landscape is accented with a stone rock bed that is edged with a small brick border, separating the turf grass and stone mulch.
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For areas in your landscape that are size restricted, we show you how to incorporate this round 10′ wide pool with a small deck for access. This pool is located along side a sloping hill and takes advantage of its compact shape.
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This deck and stone mulch border offers a sleek and streamlined look for your back yard and above ground pool. The deck is finished with a light colored trim and pastel earthy color that compliments the dark, lush green turf.

Alternative Materials

Metal and composite materials decks offer a different look for your landscape. Aluminum is good sturdy material to use.  Other building materials include PVC pipes and plastics.

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Lightweight metal and plastic were used to build this deck. Along with the stone mulch under the deck and the brick and stone through out the patio, you have a sleek looking pool and deck.

Above ground pools can be just a refreshing and relaxing as a traditional swimming pool. I hope these above ground pool landscaping ideas will help transform a bland landscape into a party hot spot for you and all your friends, or at least a more relaxing pool environment.

Stay cool!

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