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Pool Landscaping Ideas: 31 Simple And Budget DIY Ideas

1. A deck patioset on a hilly area.


Finish off your above ground pool with a wood frame, deck area, and rock retaining wall. Add some shrubs in a mulch bed to keep the grass from getting too close to the pool.


2. Adding a water feature to your pool, no matter the size, can dramatically increase its appeal.


By adding a water feature, you can turn a small pool into an eye-catching centerpiece. The tranquil sounds of the fountain will AMBIANCE in this meditative soaking pool.


3. Adding string lights to your pool is a great way to add some ambiance, without breaking the bank.


If you want to be more creative with your rectangular pool, try using string lights around it. This will give your background a modern and relaxed look, especially at night.


This unique pool design is much easier to use for DIY projects and more energy efficient compared to bigger bulbs.


The light setup will provide you with a beautifully lit backyard that bounces off the bright blue of your pool water - all year without getting a high energy bill! Ideas like this are perfect for decorating your whole pool area, just be sure not set up any lights near the actual body of water to reduce potential safety hazards.


Hang your lights along the pool wall or in another location away from the pool to make sure it's safe and easy to install.


4. LED lights installed inside your pool


To make your pool design more magnificent, set up LED lights along the edges of the pool. There is a wide selection of colors to pick from and they are easy to install. Did I mention that this will also help save on your electric bill?Replacing incandescent or halogen bulbs with LEDs will result in considerable savings.


With great LED pool lights, you'll have brighter, cooler, and more vivid lighting to show off your custom-shaped pool remodel. You'll also be able to change the color of the light to fit any occasion. Whether you're taking an early morning swim or relaxing in the pool at night during a hot summer day, LED lights will provide just the right mood for any situation.


5. A stone walkway made of interlocking stones, set in a pool of water.


If you want a one-of-a-kind way to get from your above ground pool back to your house without having to worry about taking care of plants, then you can make a path out of natural stone slabs. To do this fun pool renovation, collect enough different sized stepping stones to cover the area from your door all the way to the pool.


If you want your lap pool to be more than just a rectangular box, consider an interesting shape for the sides or follow the design of the pool itself. Adding different-colored stone slabs creates an eye-catching look, or if you prefer a subtler approach, match the color scheme of the existing deck.


If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your backyard without spending a lot of money, look no further than installing stone slab walkways. Not only will they give your backyard some personality, but they'll also help keep your pool water and deck clean.


6. Fresh hedge wall


A privacy fence made from foliage is a cheap and effective way to get more privacy around your pool, especially if you have a small pool. You will need to invest in shrubs or trees that can act as barriers or screens, but this can create an interesting remodel for your pool area.


This idea produces a beautiful marriage of privacy and décor while also acting as natural barriers to create your ideal pool.


7. Create a relaxing ambiance on your pool patio with fireplace lighting.


A firepit is a great, natural light source for your pool that doesn't draw too much attention. This beautiful, flickering light can breathe new life into an old pool and works well for rectangular pool designs both inside and outside.


Besides grabbing your guests' attention, a fire pit also serves to keep them warm while lighting up a large area, like your pool deck. And what's more cozy on a cold night than cuddling with friends around a fire? This tradition will help you relax in any seating area.


The great thing is that it doesn't matter what time of year it is – a poolside fire pit can add to the ambiance of any outdoor space and set the tone during every season.


8. A Vast Set of Stairs and a Hardened Concrete Seat


The barely visible extra-wide stairs are both aesthetically pleasing and practical, providing guests with an easy way to access the spa and fire pit area while also offering a lovely view.


The spa has a stone exterior, which gives it the appearance of a water feature, and also includes a waterfall. The smooth concrete bench and steps provide contrast to the rough stone on the side of the soaking pool. Both materials are selected to match local surroundings.


9. This summer, try using rope lighting in your flower beds for a unique and beautiful look.


Rope lighting in a garden is a way to add light and color to your plants at night. Rope lights are thin and flexible, making them perfect for winding around trees and plants. They come in a variety of colors, so you can create any effect you want.


If you want to add some extra color and light to your flower bed, consider using rope lighting. Rope lights are thin and flexible, making them perfect for winding around trees and plants. They come in a variety of colors, so you can create any effect you want.


10. If you want to add some character and style to your yard, consider building a rock garden.


If you want to add a touch of luxury to your pool without spending too much money, consider making a river rock garden.


In addition, you can spruce up your pool by adding an eclectically designed, custom-shaped rock garden. To create one, simply gather or purchase river rocks and fill a dirt bed with them. The main allure of having a rock garden is that they provide a muted but high-impact contrast to the rest of your outdoor area--giving it a natural look that has been remodeled.


It's important to choose the right location for your rock garden so that it complements the surroundings. You can use river rocks to make an accent border around the pool deck.


11. With the addition of planters, you can create geometric interest in your garden.


Instead of starting from scratch, fill in the spa. The challenge is to make it look like it belongs with the rest of the patio. Try this solution: they placed rectangular planters across the semi-circle pool which created geometric interest and planted ground cover plants that will eventually cover the slope with color—problem solved!


12. Make use of recycled materials to create lovely garden planters for your home.


Redecorating your pool doesn't have to be expensive. You can use old tires as pots for a more cost-effective and eco-friendly option. Just grab some tires, give them a coat of paint, and stack them.


Get creative with your pool remodel by filling them with dirt and your favorite plants.


13. Consistent colors and shapes


#uniformcolorandshape #abovegroundpool If you want your pool to look chic and modern, it's important to maintain the same angles and colors in both the stepping stones and lounge chairs. This particular pool is also positioned to stay cooler by being placed in the shade of the tallest tree nearby.


14. Making an ornamental grass border is easy and can add curb appeal to your home.


Use ornamental grass borders to cover any empty spaces around your pool and create a more uniform look. This design is perfect for anyone looking to add that extra bit of flair to their backyard without being too excessive or over the top.


If you want everything to tie in together, try planting the borders next to each other so they form a wall. Otherwise, feel free use them as accent pieces placed sporadically throughout different areas of your pool deck.


15. A Peaceful Getaway Surrounded by Rocky Hills


If you're looking for an amazing and unique pool design, check out AMS Landscape Design. This above-ground pool is built on the side of a hill with beautiful landscaping ideas surrounding it. It's definitely something different than your average backyard pool!


16. Incorporate plants into your design to create a softer feel.


You can make yourabove ground pool area appear more natural and inviting by planting flowers, shrubs, and other plants around the perimeter. You can also add mulch beds to help define the space.


17. Adding plants to your home or office is a great way to add some color and life.


Plants can help purify the air, improve your mood, and boost your productivity. Plus, they just make things look nicer!


Adding color with plants is a great way to spruce up your yard or patio. You can find many flowering plants that will add a pop of color to any space. For this poolscape, we used lounge chairs with brown frames and deep green cushions. The filtration system is hidden by the large pot in the flower bed, adding to the serene and natural feel of the space.


18. A patio extension with a Gazebo would be lovely.


By extending the patio and adding a gazebo, you can create a more comfortable seating area that is protected from the sun or rain.


19. To please all guests, try to have multiple entertainment levels.


A yard has been designed with multiple entertainment areas in mind. A spa is nestled in a semi-circle of shrubs and flower beds, while the lower level features the swimming pool. This allows guests to enjoy different activities depending on their mood or preference.


20. Add as many entries to the deck as you like!


The deck of this pool is built to go around the entire circumference, allowing access from all sides. The gravel placed around the perimeter helps with drainage during rain storms, and the mulch used for the trees keeps things consistent by using the same color wood as what is found on the perimeter ofthe deck.




This design was created with Shade in mind, utilizing nearby trees to provide coverage.


21. Pea gravel can take the place of cement and grass in your yard.


If you have a lot of family and friends over, it's a great idea to separate the deck from the pool. That way, the kids can play in the pool without disturbing the adults who are relaxing on the deck.


When your diving board starts to get old, you can replace it with a water feature. Water features are easy to add onto your existing pump system and they give your pool an upscale vibe.


Many people put grass around their pools, but this often gets torn up and muddy. To avoid this problem, consider replacing Grass with gravel in these areas.


22. Adding pool side seating on a hill.


This can be a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal. By adding chairs or benches along the edge of your pool, you can create an inviting space for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Not only will this make your pool area more attractive, but it can also increase its value.


Make the most of a hill by adding extra seating next to the pool and deck.


A pergola shades the seats in the far corner, while separating different zones with pink and cream flower beds. The side of the pool is finished with a stone wall, and stepping stones lead to various seating areas.


23. A Hill with Landscaping


Build a beautiful setting for your pool with bushes and flowers that compatible with the area. Not only will this provide ambiance, but it also does well in noise reduction. Finally, having wide steps for swimmers extend the look of the hill by providing extra safety and style.


24. Help your little ones enjoy the summer sun safely by creating a easy-to-follow path to the pool.


If you have a pool, implementing a gravel path is an excellent way to keep the problem of muddy or bare grassy areas at bay. Not only does it look nicer, but it can also help prevent rainwater from pooling near your swimming area.


25. The pool of your dreams awaits in the desert.


Maintaining a pool is more difficult than most people think, especially if you live in a desert climate. The water heats up quickly and evaporates rapidly in large pools, so the key here is to keep your pool small and deep. A small wall will also create shade, which is essential.


It's important to recycle water with a pump and scuppers to lower the overall temperature of your pool. Additionally, keeping the color of the walking area light will reflect heat from the sun. Finally, removing ground cover from the surrounding area will discourage wildlife from taking refuge in your pool from the hot sun.


26. Construct a stone wall surround to protect your property from intruders and pests.


This outdoor area expertly blended into the landscape by using locally found boulders, tiles, and bricks. The pool was used as an advantage to create different seating areas around it.


27. Crafting a Desert Oasis


This pool in the desertups its game with a stone façade. Cloakingthe roof of the seating area are clay shingles, while turquoise tiles doth bring another hue to matchy-match.


A simple bed of lava rocks and trees defines entertainment near the herewithal pool for your enjoyment.


28. You can create a beautiful pattern with grass and pavers.


You can design any pattern you want by simply alternating tufts of grass with square pavers. This way, you won't have to spend time mowing the lawn. A quick pass with a weed trimmer will suffice.


The siding of the infinity pool was trimmed to match the decking, and more greenery was introduced in potted plants.


29. Spruce up your garden with some colorful accent plants!


If you already have some plants in your backyard, adding more to your pool will give it a natural pool look. Poolside ground cover plants can make your pool pop with color and texture, making it appear more calming.


If you want to feel like you have your own private island, fewer, bigger plants are better than a lot of small ones. Go for tropical full-sun exposure plants that don't drop leaves and produce little debris.


30. Easy-to-Lay Brick Walkway and Patio


This beautiful walkway and patio are made with different sizes of whitewashed bricks, adding interest and dimension. Near the entertainment area is a lovely flower garden, contrasting with the low retaining wall. The lounge area includes a fire pit, perfect for cozy evenings outdoors.


Low-growing bushes not only make the fence line look softer, but they also hide the pool’s filtration system.


31. Half a deck and a privacy fence


The deck is a detached structure from the house. The owners decided to use it as an entertainment area by locating it next to the pool.


A high fence surrounding the property creates privacy for users. The table and patio umbrella give them a place for poolside dining.


So there you have it. For your in-ground pool, ideas like colorful plants with a lot of leaves around the perimeter of the pool (sides of the pool). Often a creative way is the best way, using things like privacy screens and tropical plants or palm trees. Enjoy!

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