An above ground pool is an economical choice for those who want to enjoy swimming in the privacy of their own backyard. However, the designs in above ground pools can sometimes make creating an aesthetically pleasing focal point in your outdoor living space a bit challenging. The good news is that it is possible to save money on your pool remodel and create a beautiful outdoor area at the same time. The secret lies in what you place around your above ground pool to make it more visually appealing. The right landscaping makes all the difference in how well the above ground pool ties into the rest of your outdoor space. A good selection of deck materials and plants will create an outdoor oasis that your family is sure to enjoy.
The first addition to your above ground pool should be decking that allows for easy access in and out of the water. You can also choose decking large enough to allow people to sit poolside that provides enough space for other elements of outdoor living. Standard resin pool decking is typically offered from the companies that sell above ground pools. These decks coordinate with the rest of your above ground pool and may include a covering or room for a chair or two
You can also opt for a wood deck built around your pool to your exact size and specifications. These decks can be customized to add outdoor living space for a table and chairs and even a grill. If wood sounds like too much maintenance, there are also options in composite decking that give you an even greater choice of colors and styles. Composite decking is virtually maintenance free and you don't have to worry about splinters in bare feet.
In addition to pool decking, the addition of plants and shrubs can add a lot to your above ground pool and surrounding area. Begin with a layer of mulch surrounding the pool area to house plants and shrubs of your choice. A line of evergreen shrubs makes a nice choice around the outside of the pool because it can hide the less than attractive walls of your above ground pool. Evergreens will continue to look good all four seasons of the year. In front of the evergreen shrubs, you can add color with blooming perennials and ground cover. Make sure the plants you choose will work well in the area based on the condition of your soil and how much sun the location will receive.
Trees are a lovely addition to an above ground pool because they can add both shade and color to your outdoor living space. However, you do not want a tree that loses many leaves throughout the season, unless you want to be skimming your water multiple times a day. Instead, choose trees with large leaves that don't come off easily. Make sure to cover the pool at the end of the summer, to catch the autumn leaves before they fall. Clean off the cover before removing for the next swim season so that no leaves fall into your pool.