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5 Landscaping Ideas For Pool Lovers

Landscaping, Swimming Pools & Spas
By on Apr 21, 2014
5 Landscaping Ideas For Pool Lovers

To help your pool blend with the natural landscape of your backyard, it’s important to accent it with décor. Pool lovers can choose from any number of decorations and landscaping items to give their fluid addition just the right form and function for their needs. Find out what kinds of pool landscaping are available and what fits into the design plans you have for your backyard pool area.

Natural additions

A major step to blending your pool in with the backyard is to add some natural décor like plants and stones. Adding trees and shrubs a good distance away from the pool will accent it. Planting some perennials or annuals in flower beds around the pool will also help it blend with the landscape. Boulders and rocks that circle the flower beds or the area around the pool can help it stand out or remind you where it is if you happen to be walking around in the dark.


You might also consider installing a walkway or sidewalk in the backyard that leads from the back door to the pool. It can be made from flagstone steps, pavers, wooden boards or any other material that matches your pool or the landscape around you. It will help you navigate to the pool area at night, and it can be good for guests as well. Pathway installation costs between $2,800 and $4,100, though it varies by location, with homeowners in Washington, DC probably paying between $3,500 and $5,100 while those in Los Angeles likely paying between $3,800 and $5,500.


If you don’t want to spend all day in the pool, consider adding some seating around the pool. Couches, reclining seats or even lawn chairs can increase the appeal of the pool for guests and also be used during parties. Keep them well rooted to the ground to prevent them from flying into the pool during windy days or parties with a lot of people.


Lighting allows you to see the pool at all hours and you can light the water in a myriad of ways. Above the water, you can have tiki torches, lamps, Christmas lights or walkway lamps. You can also hire a swimming pool professional to install lighting under the water that can be different colors. Give your area that extra shine with some key accent lighting for any occasion.


It’s always nice to enjoy your pool without people leaning their heads over to watch or try to sneak in for a swim at night. Install fencing around the area of your backyard. Chain link is see through, so consider wood or brick as alternative options. The cost to install a fence averages between $2,400 and $3,400 depending on the type of fence.


Landscaping the pool doesn’t have to be an exhaustive and long-term chore. With the right plants, lighting and a little bit of time on your part, this fluid piece will effortlessly blend into the backyard and increase appeal when you go to sell your home in a few years. Doing some landscaping will especially help in the summer when you need shade while swimming under a hot sun or want to throw a pool party without disturbing the neighbors next door. Don’t wait until it’s scorching outside to do these landscape improvements.

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