Landscaping Ideas for Above Ground Pools
Create an attractive and functional above the ground pool design...
DOES YOUR ABOVE GROUND POOL dominate your back yard? The right backyard landscaping will help soften it's harsh exterior, and make it look like it belongs in your yard. To help, here are 14 of the best landscaping ideas for above ground pools we could find. Enjoy.
#1 A Touch of the Tropics
Here the owner has created the illusion of being in the tropics by using short tropical shrubs and palm trees to surround his pool. Not only do they add a touch of the tropics, but these plants are incredibly easy to take care of. In time, the palms may grow tall enough to provide a little shade as well.
#2 Keeping the Water Clean
No one wants grass and dirt in the pool. If you look closely, you can see that whoever owns this pool built it on a cement pad that extends beyond the diameter of the pool. Putting it next to a shade tree gives you somewhere to relax out of the sun and cool off on a hot summer day.
#3 Straight Off the Deck
This owner made it so you never have worry about getting in or out of the pool. The deck sits at the perfect height just above the lip of the pool. This makes it easy to get in and out, but also helps to keep the pool water from getting sloshed on the wood deck and soaking it. (Perfect for a quick dip while firing up the grill)
#4 Not Completely Above Ground
If you look closely, you can see that the majority of this "above ground" pool is actually below ground level. The owner has had a deck built down one side that makes the perfect place to lay out in the sun and then slide into the pool. The outer wall of the pool is protected by a row of hedges that may in time grow to provide privacy and a windbreak.
#5 Room for a Crowd
This looks more like a pool at the local club. The wide all-wood deck offers plenty of room for several chaise lounges so you can invite all of your friends. More importantly, the wood side cover and protect the sides of the pool from the elements and of course hordes of small children bent on knocking the pool wall over.
#6 It's Gotta Be Rock 'n' Roll
Here the owner uses rocks for the final entry and exit area of the pool, this will help keep the chlorinated water away from his lawn and plants. Note the pool cover on a roll designed to keep the heat in and the debris out. The wood deck in the background offers plenty of room for sunbathing.
#7 The Cabana Look
This pool has a beautiful wood fence that goes all the way around it, allowing the owner to secure the pool from the local kids. Note the gazebo in the background that provides everyone a place to get out of the sun for a while. Also, the trellis under the walk-around deck helps keep kids and animals out.
#8 Keeping the Grass Greener on the Other Side
Inside the pool are several thousand gallons of super-chlorinated water, the last thing you want on your lovely green lawn. Here the homeowner has created the perfect barrier using larger rocks that let the water filter into the ground without bleaching his lawn.
#9 Modern Security and Room to Sit
Most areas now have laws in place requiring you to secure your pool inside a locked fence. Rather than building a fence out in the yard around the pool, this fence is built right into the pool and features a small platform for mom and dad to sit on while the kids play, it also has a locking gate at the foot of the stairs.
#10 What Could Be Simpler?
A swimming pool needs two things to be successful, plenty of water and a level piece of ground. In this case, the homeowner decided to keep it simple with a poured concreted pad and a set of wood steps leading up to the pool. It's not fancy, but then who needs fancy when you have a nice big pool to play in?
#11 Creating a Unique Pool Space
As easy as it might have been to simply install this pool, the homeowner took it to the limit. Not only did creating a deck that blends into the surrounding trees add more room for everyone to spend time in the sun, it also helped to blend his pool into his yard rather than tearing up the yard to fit his pool into it.
#12 Anyone for Chess?
It seems as though this homeowner couldn't quite make up his mind what he wanted. In the end, he settled for a unique combination of concrete pavers and grass to create his own outdoor chess board. All you need now are some pretty big chess pieces and someone to play against.
#13 Trying to Blend In
With its wood siding sunk below ground level and the gravel surround, you might think this pool is trying to blend into its surroundings. Adding a few plants to go with it helps with the illusion. Note how the owner built a pump housing that matches the pool siding for the finishing touch.
#14 Bring the Desert to Your Oasis
When you think of having a swimming pool in your backyard, do you also think of it as being your oasis from the world? This homeowner decided to bring a touch of the desert to his backyard complete with palm trees and a small wood chip "beach" around his pool. The nice thing about palm trees is that they don't drop leaves in the pool water, but when they grow up, they provide plenty of shade.