How to Landscape Above Ground Pools and Decks

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How to Landscape Above Ground Pools and Decks
Blend your deck and pool into your outdoor scenery by landscaping. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

An above-ground pool and deck are summer staples of the American backyard, offering space to entertain guests and a place to cool off on hot days. Unfortunately, both of these lawn fixtures can become eyesores if they are not properly landscaped. Landscaping around these hardscapes disguises rough edges and sharp lines while helping to blend the fixtures with the existing landscape. Landscaping is often as easy as planting flowers, bushes or small trees in the ground or in decorative containers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lattice board
  • Home skirting

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    Hang lattice board along the perimeter of raised decks to disguise the open space below. Paint or stain the lattice board to match the deck railing or the siding of your home. You may also use vinyl, plastic or aluminium skirting to span the gap between the raised deck and the ground. Plastic skirting is available in both faux brick and faux stone textures to better match some landscapes and home exteriors.

  2. 2

    Plant tall bushes, flowers and dwarfed trees against the deck or pool. Place shorter plants in front of those to create depth and better disguise the walls of your above-ground pool and the space between your deck and the ground. Landscape tall decks by planting climbing plants such as ivy and morning glory vines to grow on and cover tall sections of lattice board between the deck surface and the ground.

  3. 3

    Choose varying plants that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall to enjoy colour throughout the growing season. Choose bloom colours that complement the colour of your home or the siding of your above-ground pool, or choose one bloom colour to use throughout your entire landscape.

  4. 4

    Plant leafy plants such as ferns, hostas and ornamental grasses to create texture in the landscape that helps draw attention away from the straight lines on your deck and pool walls. Choose leafy plants in varying shades of green, yellow and purple to prevent plants from blending together and appearing like one overgrown mass of vegetation.

  5. 5

    Smooth the transition from indoors to outdoors by placing container plants on your deck. Hang containers of small flowers such as petunias from deck rails or decorate a corner of your deck with a container-grown tree, cascading flower or lush and leafy ornamental grasses or hostas.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid planting flowers, trees and shrubs that attract bees to better enjoy the time you spend on your deck or in your pool.
  • Plant perennial flowers to avoid the need to replant or sow seeds in future years.

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