In our first article in this series, we focused on how to use accent lighting options to add sparkle and pizazz to your pool and patio. Now we’ll turn our attention to ways you can improve the grounds around your pool. With a few simple, inexpensive, and easy to install elements, your poolside area will be more eye-catching than ever before. Rocks and stones are a wonderful choice because they are both versatile and durable.
A Rock Garden Can Add Low Maintenance Charm to Your Yard
Maybe you like the idea of adding a garden to your poolside area but you think you lack the gardening skills or time to pull it off. If you like the idea of a garden but don’t relish the thought of spending lots of time weeding and watering, a rock garden may be just the right option for you.
Rock gardens are a great way to fill up space. They’re also cheap to fill, easy to install, and can last for years to come. All you need to do is go to your local lawn and garden store and stock up on some river rocks, lava rocks, or whatever style of landscaping rocks you prefer. You can choose ones of all the same color and size, or mix and match to add interest. Create a new bed of dirt or find an existing flower bed in your yard and clear it out. For long-lasting results, you can lay down a layer of newspaper and then a layer of weed-resistant fabric. This will help to cut down on the presence of weeds. The rocks themselves, if layered deep enough, will also serve as an effective weed preventative.
Rock gardens are versatile enough to be used in any climate. They’re especially popular in areas with low amounts of rainfall as they can save time and cut down on the cost involved with watering plants. You could start with a small area or landscape with rocks around your entire pool and patio area.
Keep Feet Comfortable and Water Cleaner with a Stone Pathway
Walking through the grass right after you get out of the pool can be uncomfortable. It can also cause a slippery, muddy mess on your patio or inside the house. Those same bare feet tracking back through the lawn and into the pool can also end up getting your pool water dirty and filled with grass clippings, especially when the lawn has just recently been mowed.
You can avoid this problem by installing a stone pathway leading straight from your patio to your pool. Choose either matching stones or a variety of different sizes and colors to add aesthetic interest. There’s something about the rustic look of stone that can give any backyard a more serene, natural atmosphere.
Rocks and stones really do add timeless charm to your outdoor space, whether you incorporate them into a rock garden or stone path. In our next article in this series, we’ll consider how plants and planters can bring beauty and vibrancy to your poolside area.
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