Outside Pool Backfill
Once my pool is set up I have read that I should push dirt against the wall to prevent water from leaking underneath the pool. But my concern was that wouldn't the dirt eventually rot the walls because dirt holds moisture?
So after my pools set up should I be pushing anything against the outside walls? And if so should I be using sand instead of dirt?. Anyway, I am planning on putting gravel in a 3 foot perimeter around my pool, because the town requirements are 3 feet no sod around the pool. Please help need opinions!
Hi Ashley. Three foot of no grass around pool, I have never heard of that being a town requirement, but I love it. That is exactly how above above ground pools should be landscaped, with anything besides vegetation.
You would probably find the area around your pool is hard to keep the vegetation out of because of the moisture from the pool, including the splashing of the water.
I recommend to all of my customers that they spray weed and grass killer around the pool. On top of that I recommend using a layer or two of black landscape plastic. Now you are all set for landscape rocks or a little sand and patio blocks.
There are all kinds of ways to install non vegetation borders around above ground pools.
As for the bottom rails, they have been well treated and a little dirt will not hurt them. On top of that very small amount of dirt lay your plastic. the plastic helps to protect the wall from rust and to keep rain water from washing stuff out from under the pool.