Pool Landscaping Ideas to Make Your Yard Shine!

As we enjoy sitting by the pool, we can sit back, relax and take in the beauty of the summer sun. Yes, for those pool owners out there, now is the perfect time to make your home shine. However, in order to let your home shine, it is important to ensure that your pool landscaping meets your style.

Every homeowner is a little different. We all have our own sense of style and character, so now is the time to hone our creativity and incorporate some pool landscaping ideas that will make your pool shine. The possibilities to highlight your pool are virtually endless, so rest assured there are no wrong choices.

Simple Pool Landscaping Ideas

Designing custom landscapes can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple things even the busiest of pool owners can do to help transform your yard.

The key to quality design is simple: Integrate your pool into the backyard.

Design experts suggest creating a “bullseye” effect where the pool is the center of the yard, followed by “rings” that promote the pool.

An example of an immediate ring are adding shrubs around the pool. But be sure to keep the shrubs about 3 feet away from the pool wall because if they are any closer, then the roots may grow into the pool as the plants grow. The roughly 3-foot space will protect your pool from aggressive plant roots.

For more pool landscaping ideas, here are some simple ways to showcase your pool.

Create a Custom Deck


Decks are often the focal point of a backyard for a very important reason. The deck typically connects the house to the yard and showcases your pool, along with some nice patio furniture.

Every deck is like a snowflake. Each one is a little different, so make sure your pool stands out by customizing your deck to fit your yard. For example:

  • Place some potted plants on the deck (pending room) or plant some tall bushes near the corners.
  • Add some colorful annual along the outside of the deck.
  • Utilize gravel or rock around the outside pool to clearly separate the pool and grass (and make it easier to mow the lawn).

Feature a Walkway


Walkways help define the space in your yard and depending on the size of your lawn (and activity level of your kids), then walkways provide the general flow to your outdoor space, including the entry point to your pool.

Featuring a walkway make take some time and commitment, but a well-executed walkway really makes your yard stand out.

  • Start at the base of the pool to create a border (typically made from timber, stone, concrete or plastic).
  • Ensure the path covers the location of the pool equipment (but don’t plant anything too close to the equipment).
  • Create a walkway that leads to the house (to allow pool goers time to dry off and keep your home cleaner).

Add a Fence

First and foremost, if you are a pool owner, then fences are needed for safety requirements. Fences add protection to your yard and keep kids and animals out of the pool area. However, you can add some flair and showcase your style with a fence as well.

For example, if you have kids and want to keep their creative juices flowing over the summer, then add a chalkboard!

Design a Poolside Garden

Make your pool shine by adding bushes, shrubs or small trees to maintain the privacy of your friends and family swimming. For example, here are some pool landscaping ideas that will make your family smile!

  • Include some plants that are higher than the height of the pool to add dimension and feel.
  • Add a layer of mulch surrounding the pool area.
  • Plant some evergreen shrubs around the pool to enclose the swimming environment.

Determine If Your Yard Is Right For A Pool

If you are thinking about adding a pool to your yard, but are not sure if a pool will fit nicely, then take some time to think about the layout of your yard.

There are plenty of pool landscaping ideas to incorporate into your yard, but determining how you want the look and feel of your yard with a new pool is just as important as deciding the shape and size.

Things like landscaping, lights, paths and other accessories are only a few ways you can finish off your dream swimming pool. Here are a few other tips and tricks to consider.

  • Place a 3-5 foot border of decorative rock/gravel over a weed barrier around the outside of the pool walls to create a clean look and eliminate dead turf or weeds.
  • Plant a screen of tall evergreens on one or two sides of the pool creates privacy from neighbors and/or passers-by on the street and establishes a more pleasant swimming environment.
  • Transform the pool space with some patio blocks or deck to create a cohesive and productive area.
  • Lighting in and/or around the pool allows you to use the pool at night for entertaining or personal enjoyment.
  • Pool accessories such as safety railings, ladders, pool covers and locked gates add to the overall safety and enjoyment.

Also, it is important to check your local zoning and building ordinance requirements because it may be necessary to put a fence around your pool.

NAMCO solutes all homeowners that want to provide that summer feeling in their backyard. As part of our Staycation program, we encourage everyone to embrace the vacation lifestyle. Part of creating a backyard oasis including pool landscaping ideas that fit your style.

For other ideas and ways to embrace summer living, stop by your nearest NAMCO store to find that next addition for the oasis waiting in your backyard!

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