What on earth can you do with this?
Turf grass is definitely not the most suitable planting to have by a pool. Its health depends on good drainage, and will respond badly to chemicals splashing on it.
I recommend a paved area close to the pool, to act as a splash guard to the rest of your plantings, and then use rock mulch to provide an area to protect other plants in the landscape. Many plants are harmed by chlorine and other pool cleaners, especially the roots. My suggestion is to give enough room between the pool and the landscape, and use some kind of barrier planting to buffer the adjacent plantings in the rest of the yard.
Use these tips to add more value to your above ground pool:
Excavate to a depth of six to eight inches before installing pavers or concrete patio blocks. These should be on a bed of gravel and sand to make sure the whole area drains well. This is particularly important in climates where the ground will freeze in the winter.
Around the patio area, using regular garden soil mixed with 50% small gravel, make a raised berm or bed. Plant the sides and top with many of the hardy succulents that are available mail order or in many garden centers. Use a rock or pebble mulch for even more easy care.
These come in all colors from green to blue, mahogany and red, and that’s just the foliage. They bloom throughout the summer with butterfly attracting flowers of pink, yellow and white.
Grow these plants in groups and drifts to make a landscape that will be low maintenance and easy to care for, leaving you with more time to enjoy your lovely above ground pool.
This article contributed by Jacki Cammidge, Owner, Certified Horticulturist and Webmaster Drought Smart Plants