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Making an Outdoor Oasis Around Your Intex Pool

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For a couple hundred dollars and a few weekends of your time, turn your ordinary outdoor pool into an outdoor oasis!
Time: 2 Weeks Cost: $600 Difficulty: Medium
  • making an outdoor oasis around your intex pool, landscape, outdoor living, pool designs
We already had an area from our last pool but we needed to make an even larger area for the new pool and landscaping. Living in Minnesota we have to take down our pool every fall and set up in the spring.
  • making an outdoor oasis around your intex pool, landscape, outdoor living, pool designs
Lay out the area where your pool and landscaping will go. We suggest renting a sod cutter to make your job much much easier! Then let the sod cutter rip! We listed our sod for free on Craigslist but maybe even charge enough to cover the cost of the sod cutter rental.
  • making an outdoor oasis around your intex pool, landscape, outdoor living, pool designs
After you have installed your pool on level ground and filled it, it's time for the fun part. We purchased landscaping timbers from our local Menards for the border of the area. My husband used black plastic landscape edging around the pool and zip tied it to the poles so that the river rock would not fall down near the liner of the pool and possibly puncture the pool. River rock is mostly smooth stones anyways but you never know!
  • making an outdoor oasis around your intex pool, landscape, outdoor living, pool designs
Before laying down the stone, we covered the area with landscaping fabric. We then layed down the smooth stepping stones which we installed along the pool as a path to the ladder and also our sand filter and pump. So that we can see in the dark, we used some solar landscaping lights placed along the path. Finally we filled in the area with the river rock we purchased from a local garden nursery and had delivered. River rock is smooth so it won't hurt your feet when you step on it and is a little heavier than pea gravel which will stick to wet feet.
  • making an outdoor oasis around your intex pool, landscape, outdoor living, pool designs
Over where our ladder sits, we installed some hooks for towels on the fence. We also placed some square stepping stones so the ladder has a firm base to sit on when it's in the pool and there is somewhere to step off of the ladder. My husband also built a pvc pipe holder for all the pool floaties. Now it's time to sit back and enjoy your pool!!!! Bonus, no grass to mow or weed whack around the pool and it doesn't stick to feet and get in your pool either!

Materials I used for this project:

  • River Rock   (Local Garden Center)
  • Landscaping Timber   (Menards)
  • Landscaping Fabric   (Home Depot)
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  • Kathleen Mccarthy
    Kathleen Mccarthy Piedmont, MO

    nightime outback

  • Sally Renner Thomsen

    add some plants, more rocks, décor for night, looks good! :D

  • DORLIS
    DORLIS Silex, MO

    I would love a pool, but living in the middle of the woods I would be cleaning leaves and branches out of it with no time left for enjoying it. We also have raccoons who love to wash their hands and food.

    • Lezley Kay Ahonen

      You can purchase a tiny vacumn that floats around on top constantly and a pool cover for nighttime.
      if you really want a pool.

  • Jeanne Galloway
    Jeanne Galloway Cape Girardeau, MO

    This is our little Oasis

  • Yofrendonna
    Yofrendonna Newport, MI

    Very nice! I bought a 4'x16' pool for the 5 grandkids who live less than 10 miles from me. I maintained it for two years. Was used twice. Trashed it. Too much work

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