Disguising our backyard eyesore
January 12, 2014 3:22 AM Subscribe
We have an above ground pool in our New England backyard. Can you help with strategies for hiding it?
posted by A Terrible Llama to Home & Garden (15 answers total)
We have a ton of backyard stuff to do so I'm not looking to dig holes for fence posts or anything, unless it seems like really the best option. The pool is surrounded currently by thick gravel on top of landscaping fabric to about 3' out around it (previous owners). I can't use anything too tall because the yard has enough shade, and it's pleasant when the pool is in the sun. Can't have anything that attracts birds or Japanese beetles. A bee or two is probably okay. I need to hide to 4' high.
I'm thinking maybe a bunch of wine barrels filled with short day lilies or something (but how do you keep a plant in a wine barrel alive long term?) Maybe some lattices propped up...somehow? Ornamental grasses in containers? Suck it up and pull up the landscaping fabric? Ask a bunch of deer to stand in front of it?
My fantasy would be some kind of ivy covering a scaffolding around it, but the landscaping fabric and gravel make that seem such a pain in the ass.
It's so ugly you guys. I know the advice will be to remove it but we have a five year old and we can't take her pool away, and plus, it saved our asses during the humid heat wave last July, when we didn't see a day under ninety for two weeks. I'm building a perennial garden back there and that pool really detracts from the pretty. (No offense, Mr. Pool.)