Nothing compares to a cool, refreshing dip in the pool on a warm summer’s day. With some thoughtful design, your pool area can add immensely to the aesthetic appeal of your entire landscape. And when your design includes artificial grass, you’ve got all the bases covered – enjoyment, aesthetic appeal, and maximum functionality. Now we’re talking.
Installing artificial grass makes life easier
Most people design their pool area so there is a hard, waterproof surface immediately surrounding the pool, then lawn, flower beds, etc. are farther away. That way, chemicals in the inevitable splashed pool water won’t damage growing plants. And splashed water on a hot, hard surface will (hopefully) evaporate relatively quickly.
Your hardscape pool surround can be basic concrete, or it can be something more attractive such as pavers, but it is still a hard, hot, unforgiving surface. Who needs that?! It’s time to think beyond the obvious. So let’s examine all the reasons (and good reasons they are) for choosing artificial grass instead as the key design feature for your pool area. Aside from the pool itself, of course.
Not only does artificial grass improve your pool experience, it gives you more time to enjoy your pool -- and monetary savings you could put toward enhancing your pool area. No muss, no fuss, because it:
- Requires almost no maintenance (and what little it does need is quick and easy)
- Requires zero water
- Looks luscious and inviting all the time
It is also the most user-friendly pool surround surface:
- Bare feet love it because it is fluffy and soft and it never gets slippery when wet.
- Even with all the inevitable splashing, it drains right away and dries quickly.
- You never have to deal with mud and crud getting tracked around and into your pool.
- It looks prettier. You can install artificial grass right up to the coping for a seamless lawn that makes your yard appear more expansive and cohesive.
Do you have an existing pool with a concrete surround? No need to hire a jackhammer crew to come rip it out, just cover it over with artificial grass. No kidding. Talk about an instant makeover! (That said, this isn’t a DIY project, it’s one for our Heavenly Greens pros.)
Pool designs that work
There’s no rule that says your pool has to be a rectangle, or that it has to be any particular size, and there are lots of reasons why you should literally think outside that box. Artificial grass is perfect for free-form shapes. It can be cut to fit precisely, anywhere. It’s not as if you’ll have to squeeze your mower or trimmer into a weird space to cut the grass!
If you have a stunning view, consider an infinity pool. If your property slopes, consider infinity tiers. Or two or three tiers of “naturalized” pools that flow into one another to form a large, functional water feature. Add an adjoining or nearby jetted spa, and you’ll really be in business.
Add amenities for greater functionality
Upgrade your pool with a swim-up bar. You can build permanent stools into the shallow end or purchase weighted portable underwater seats designed just for this purpose. Add a solar shower that attaches to your garden hose. Build a fire pit nearby, for cozy post-dip warmups on summer nights.
Decorate your pool area with twinkly strings of lights. Or light the pool itself with floating solar lanterns. Set a mood with floating speakers – something soothing for a peaceful float, or rockin’ out tunes for your next pool party. Add a colorful shade sail (or several), or umbrellas shaped like palm trees. Hang a hammock in the trees.
And don’t forget poolside landscaping. Yes, your artificial grass will be lovely on its own, but plantings of colorful, fragrant flowers – in beds or in pots – will add the finishing touch to your pool area design.