Above ground pools offer attractive cost savings and easy installation, but the supports and pool sides aren't hidden in the ground away from prying eyes. Doing the right landscaping work around the pool disguises the sides to create a lovely oasis that blends in with the rest of the yard. Follow these basic rules when adding plants to keep the area lush instead of cluttered with dead leaves.
Create a Privacy Screen
Tall evergreen shrubs and trees hide the walls all year round even when it's too cold to hop in the pool. Preventing a mess is easy with plants won't shed leaves that fall in the pool, especially when you avoid varieties that produce pine cones or flowers. A solid screen of greenery also gives you and your family more privacy while you're splashing around in the summer.
Pick Tough Plants
The sides of an above-ground pool are far from a hospitable place for plants to grow. Pick landscaping varieties that can handle tough conditions like:
- Flooding, which can happen every time a game of water tag creates waves
- Chlorine, a harsh chemical that burns delicate leaves
- High humidity, especially if you use a heater in your pool
- Extra heat, due to the warmth reflecting off the sides of the structure
Block the Roots
When it's time to install the pool, you must prepare the ground by removing all the grass and laying down a layer of gravel or sand to prevent the greenery from poking a hole through the bottom. Keep that area clear without having to resort to herbicides by installing a root barrier. Dig a slit around the edge of the pool walls, then insert a plastic or metal barrier a few inches tall into the soil to block roots for years to come.
Swap Turf for Upright Grasses
Finally, cut away the sod around the foot surrounding the walls and replace it with upright mounding grasses. These plants provide more visual interest, don't need regular cutting, and can handle the challenges of chlorinated water. The lack of irrigation needed for this type of plant also prevents the ground supporting your pool from getting muddy and settling irregularly.
Don't forget about the power of resilient plants to make your pool a natural part of the home landscape. You can still follow all the same designs principles you like for decorating the foundation of your house or hiding a well pump, just stick to plants that can handle growing next in a wet and chlorinated zone. For more ideas about pool care, contact a company like Hallmark Pool Supplies.