Adding a swimming pool to your backyard is just step one when it comes to creating a personal space that you have custom designed. Everyone will have different amounts of space and different budgets to work with but there are many opportunities to customize your backyard and create a gorgeous project. You could want more privacy from your neighbors or just want to minimize the amount of debris that will end up in your pool. From rocks to plants you can choose to create a space that is low to high maintenance.
Is your fence not tall enough to block the nosy neighbors’ view of your swimming pool? Or maybe you just want the space surrounding your pool to feel secure and safe. Most people will opt for adding a privacy fence around the entirety of their backyard; be sure to check your state’s regulations for swimming pool barriers and knowing the extent of your property lines. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission has created guidelines to follow to protect your children and keep your pool as safe as it can be. If you don’t want to add fencing to your backyard there are also other ways of creating privacy such as shrubs or tree lines. These natural barriers can aesthetically improve your backyard while making it feel like your very own private little getaway.
As mentioned before trees and other shrubs can be added to create privacy but it can also fill in blank spaces in your landscape. We do warn against planting too close to your pool, research what you will be planting beforehand to avoid trees that shed a lot of leaves, flowers or fruit since you wouldn’t want those always ending up in your pool. Potted plants are a safe option for inground and above ground pools since they won’t create too much debris (especially those with low leaf litter). Potted plants or low-growing plants up to four feet tall would be the best choice to install within six to eight feet from the pool. You can even make a DIY project with blank pots and create cute artwork to add a pop of color to your backyard. A great plant to purchase would be citronella plants to repel mosquitoes away from your pool; these plants are low maintenance and smelling like citrus as well. Other mosquito-repelling plants include lemongrass, rosemary, marigolds, and basil.
Many pool owners choose to outline their landscapes or pools with stones, pebbles or rocks. You can create a stone pathway leading from your backdoor all the way out to your pool or even connect your mini garden to your beautiful oasis. If you are planning on hosting a lot of guests or parties in your backyard you may want to consider creating a spacious pool deck or a brick patio. If you don’t have the space to add a walkway or extra outdoor living room area you could always add a few river rocks or decorative rocks near your pool.
If you want to take a late-night dip in the pool, you’ll want to be able to see where you’re going. You can add tiki torches, lighting inside of your pool, string lights around your landscape or even solar-powered lights around the perimeter of your pool. There are many lighting features that we provide such as floating LED pool light options. Keep an eye out for lights that are waterproof and have an automatic time feature so that your pool can be lit the moment it becomes dark.
Add some extra wow factor to your pool with the inclusion of water features such as waterfalls and fountains. Fountains can give you’re pool a more modern look or even can be used to entertain younger children. Check out this rainbow fountain LED light that can be used with both inground and above ground swimming pools.