Landscaping Ideas to Take Your Above-Ground Pool to the Next Level

Mar 30, 2021

If you have an above-ground pool, it may just be sitting on the lawn, trying to blend in nicely with the rest of your garden. Above-ground pools tend to be large, so some thought is needed to plan out the entire backyard space so that everything comes together beautifully. The good news is, there are plenty of options available to you if you wish to transform your above-ground pool into something that blends in well with the rest of your horticultural aesthetic.

Rock-Walls For Your Pool 

Whether your pool is a fiberglass above-ground pool, or something made out of a concrete form, you have the options of encasing the pool itself with something as attractive as a rock-wall formation. How you do this is entirely up to you – you could have slate walls, you could also have stone walls, you could also utilize brick. The important thing is not to leave your fiberglass above-ground pool’s equipment exposed to the elements, as it may affect their durability. 

Stone Slab Walkways 

If you’re tired of washing off your kids’ feet after their summertime daily swim, consider installing a small stone walkway to your pool. This can be done with simple paving stones, or, you can get creative and make it a feature of the landscape by installing gravel and then stone. Either way, the installation of a stone walkway will save you time and energy, and it will give your pool an antique and distinct look. 

Add Greenery! 

One of the most important things to add to any pool area is a sense of nature, amid the stonework. This can be done by installing raised garden beds, perhaps with the addition of some nice flowers. Other options include tropical trees like Araceae palm trees. Other, less tropical options include Creeping Jennys or cardinal flowers, or blue irises. The idea is that you’ll complement the pool with some greenery, which is a better look for any pool area than concrete and complements any stonework quite nicely. 

The Deck Area 

It’s important you don’t neglect your deck area when considering your above-ground pool installation. The deck area may be equally as important as the pool itself. After all, it is where people come to relax after a quick dip. There are plenty of ways to decorate your deck, but one idea could be wicker furniture with splash-resistant padded cushioning. Aside from that, everyone loves a good Adirondack chair. The area around your above-ground pool will be another aspect of your backyard sanctuary. Choose decorative items in a theme that you love, to ensure a cohesive look.

In-Pool Lighting 

One crucial factor that often gets overlooked by professionals when installing an above-ground pool is the lighting! Often homeowners find themselves reliant on in-house or deck-area lighting. Well, that can definitely change for the better, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. A series of cheap LED lights strung around the base of the pool, or even hung above your pool will give your pool illumination and create a party atmosphere. 

Rock Gardens Galore 

One of the cheapest ways to achieve a distinct, classy look around the outside of your pool is to put in a rock garden. Simply find several large bags of rock and several large bags of dirt and away you go. Scout out a location. You don’t want the rocks too close to the pool’s edge, as you want each to have their own feature power, and the rock garden to be an accent to your already gorgeous pool. Rock gardens are a great way to add something to look at on the outside of the pool that isn’t stone or concrete.

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