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Lanscaping an Above Ground Pool

How to Landscape an Above Ground Pool
in Greece and Cyprus


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The following practical advice applies to any swimming pool above the ground that fits in the garden of your ex-pat home living in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Apart from all the advice on the upkeep of the pool, there is the question of landscaping, adding outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

Do you have an above ground pool? Are you interested in making that pool blend in with your back yard rather that stick out like a sore thumb? Well, check out these useful tips.


Practical Steps

  1. Step 1: Use “sugar sand”, which is often used in play boxes, to create a small “beach” near the pool. Sand of this grade can often be purchased through a local gravel pit or cement company as well as your local landscaping company. Most of these companies will deliver for a small charge. You can use only about two cubic yards of sand and create a small “beach” where you can put chairs along with a table and grill. We completed the ensemble with beach umbrellas and toys. This is an easy affordable way as well to keep your above ground pool clean and free from grass and other harmful debris.
  2. Step 2: Use granite. This can also be purchased through a local granite pit or landscaping company. Depending on the size of the pool, you may or may not need as much granite. We have a 15' round, above-ground pool, and used only about four cubic yards of 5/8 granite chips to surround the pool. We completely encircled the bottom of the above ground pool with this beautifully coloured granite. This was helpful in tying in the pool to the surrounding landscape.
  3. Step 3: Accent the beauty of your above ground pool and backyard with plants. Of course, your climate will also play a large factor in the plants you choose.Impatiens and English Ivy’s are great potted plants that can be placed around your pool but can be brought in during the winter so that you do not have to replant every year, particularly if you have placed granite around your pool. If you are looking for a perennial plant that can be planted and will continue to flourish year after year, again depending on your climate, there are several that will fit the bill. Dwarf Rose Bushes, small evergreens, and begonias are hardy and beautiful and their root systems stay relatively small so that you can plant them next to your above ground pool without worry that the roots will damage the liner or walls of the pool. Of course, it is always a good idea to check with your local landscaper to get more ideas for what works best in your region.

Useful Tip

  • Lansdscaping an above ground pool can be fun and easy! No matter how you do it, whether you create a simple landsacping theme or go with something more elaborate, you can be sure that it will be a credit to your backyard and permanent above ground pool.


  • Please be sure that the above ground pool you are landscaping around is permanent. It is simply a waste of time to landscape around an inflatable pool that has to be taken down and removed with the seasons. Inflatable pools are also more subject to damage and have a very short life span.

Sources and Citations

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license. This is a re-worked article tailor made for the BritsinCrete audience and living on one of the Greek Islands such as Crete or mainland Greece/Cyprus as an ex-pat.

Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page.

Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their comments as well as advice from Brits in Crete.