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How do we landscape around our pool?

We moved into a new home and installed a pool. It was the end of the season so we had to hold off on planting. We have no idea what to do and don't want to spend a fortune but of course we want it to look nice. Everything can be seen because of our fence. We are a corner house and need to block the view also, so when everyone drives by we don't need to wave hi!. We live in Fort Worth, Tx so the weather is nice all year long. Any suggestions on what to go with ?

This is the backside of the pool. We would like to use small rock for covering. No idea what to plant. Remember this can be viewed by folks driving by.
The cement on the end is going to have 2 lounge chairs. It does have a 2 foot garden area surrounding this area that we need to figure out what to plant so you can lay there. As you can see more street view.
  • Kimberly Barney
    Kimberly Barney Clarksville, TN
    on Apr 2, 2013

    I would suggest planting several zebra grass plants. They grow quickly and tall so they will provide privacy but not a full screen. You may also wish to purchase some large pots for colorful seasonal plants. If you want full screening, you may wish to build screens. There are several ways that you can decorate them to fit your style (i.e. metal tiles, wood blocks, glass beads, etc.).

  • SLS Construction & Building Solutions LLC
    SLS Construction & Building Solutions LLC Naperville, IL
    on Apr 2, 2013

    That pool is going to kill your water bill so I would look for items that don't require much if any water (xeriscaping) - your local university / coop generally has a ton of good advice With that, the first one I thought of for quick growing, low maintenance, doesn't really require water is an oleander & a couple of citrus trees for shade later Good choice on rock as mulch & grass cuttings makes a big mess when the wind blows My last few tidbits, look into a cover to help cut down on the evaporation - pumps do not need to run 24x7 - I used to get by turning it on when we were in the pool & about 2-3 hours at night - if you have a time of use plan, see about using that &/or look into multispeed - energy efficient pumps

  • LandlightS
    LandlightS Roswell, GA
    on Apr 2, 2013

    A "Spartan Juniper" grows to a mature height of 12 - 15 feet by 3 to 3-1/2 feet wide. It grows at the rate of 1 to 1-1/2 foot per year. Many of the landscape designers I work with use this variety as a barrier from other properties. It would act as a great privacy screen from the road, and from your photos', you could probable plant these on the outside of the fence.. Here is a link to one of the on-line nurseries. They state that it need no pruning, etc, etc. Good luck and enjoy your little bit of paradise http://www.evergreenplantnursery.com/Spartan-Juniper-p/junspa1.htm

  • TRD Designs Ltd.
    TRD Designs Ltd. Katonah, NY
    on Apr 3, 2013

    If at all possible, I would move that fence out further as it really is ruining the pools ambiance. Then some lawn around the coping would be fitting. I photo showing the entire pool from further away would be useful in order to give you a better feel on how to landscape this area.

  • 2mswings
    2mswings
    on Apr 3, 2013

    I would screen off the area with shrubs or native grasses.

  • Dennis W.
    Dennis W. Lindale, TX
    on Feb 11, 2014

    Ask Dennis.

  • Maria
    Maria El Paso, TX
    on Aug 8, 2014

    Pot plnting and a couple of chairs

  • Pattyscales
    Pattyscales Merritt Island, FL
    on Aug 8, 2014

    my suggestions for the fence is Sweet Autumn Clematis! -- it grows very fast and 1 plant covers up to a 50 foot spread, has a beautiful leaf, its actually an evergreen, and blooms profusely with white flowers in late summer through the fall. It would serve as a fence cover for privacy and you can plant some wildflowers or spring/summer blooming perennials in front of the clematis.

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