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Pool Landscaping Ideas

Updated on February 9, 2010

Do you have a pool in your backyard? Would you like to build one? If so, then you have probably thought about different pool landscaping ideas in the past, and you would like to make your pool look the best that it can look. There is no arguing that having a swimming pool in your backyard can be a very rewarding experience, and one that you will enjoy for years to come. If your swimming pool looks great, congratulations. However, swimming pool landscaping does not begin and end with the pool only. There are many other things that you must take into consideration when it comes to renovating your swimming pool and the surrounding area. So what are some of the ways in which the average homeowner can landscape the area around his swimming pool? That is what I would like to discuss today. By coming up with different pool landscaping ideas, and following through with them, you are giving yourself the opportunity to build something that will last you for a very long time, and bring much enjoyment to you and your family. If you don’t know just quite what to do in order to renovate your pool area, then don’t worry. I would like to talk about different ways that you can be renovating your pool area while enjoying yourself. If you do not know what to do about pool supplies, then I suggest looking on the internet. The internet contains a wealth of information about how to remodel a swimming pool. In addition, you can find many of your supplies for redoing your backyard pool on the internet. If you really want to, you can still go to a craft store, or similar location, but personally I am not a fan of brick-and-mortar stores, simply because I find it much easier and much more simple to just go on the internet to do any sort of shopping, and I believe that you will as well.

So now that I have convinced you as to why you should invest your time into pool landscaping, what kinds of things can we do to landscape our pools? One thing that we can do with pool landscaping is to decorate the area around the pool. For example, you can plant some trees around your pool, and in a couple years, they will have grown to allow you some shade in the summertime. You can also decorate your pool area with rocks and things of that nature. I find that using “natural” decorations, like trees and rocks works best for decorating the area surrounding your pool. In keeping with the concept of natural decoration around the pool, you can plant flowers around your pool, and that will make it appear that much more natural and in tune with nature. A warning: if you decide to plant flowers around your pool, be sure that you are willing to put in the time that it takes in order to upkeep your flowers. Flowers can take a lot of work, and it is best to be aware of that before you do any sort of work on your pool that involves planting flowers.

Now, I understand that all of this can be a bit overwhelming when you first start out with landscaping a pool, but there is a shortcut that you can take, if you so desire. If you are willing to spend the money, then you can hire a contractor or a landscaper to do the job for you. This will save you a ton of time and effort, but the downside of this is mainly the expense. If you feel that the expense is not something that bothers you, then by all means, go ahead and hire a contractor. Always be sure to check the reputation of the contractor before you hire them, because you do not want to hire a contractor that will scam you in any way.

I sincerely hope that you decide to remodel your pool area, as it can be a very rewarding thing to do, and it will make your summers that much brighter.


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      Roseanne 7 years ago

      Is it okay to put down grass around an above ground pool? We currently have rocks but I want to change the look without spending a fortune...

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      Angela Blair 8 years ago from Central Texas

      No pool here, Daniel -- but your great Hub makes me want one! Best, Sis