Removing An Above-Ground Pool: How To Give That Dead Spot New Life

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Getting rid of an above-ground pool can open up a lot of space in your yard, both visually and physically. But even when the job is done and the pool has disappeared, there are some serious challenges that remain. Here's a brief rundown on what to expect after the removal and what you can do about it. 

The Problem

The ground on which a pool has sat may have a number of difficulties once it's been freed up. First and foremost, you may find that what you're left with is a large and unsightly circle of sand, gravel or crushed rock. This base was created to level the pool, and now it's your problem. Below that base (or instead of it, in the case of improper installation), the soil underneath will be heavily compacted -- possibly even depressed below the level of the surrounding yard. The dirt is likely to also have been damaged by leaking pool chemicals like chlorine, as well as years without sunlight or growth. 

The Solution

There are basically three different ways you can handle this post-pool challenge: cover the hole, replace it or embrace it. 

  • Cover the hole. Since you have a compacted, basically level space in your yard now, you could choose to cover the space with hardscaping and forget trying to grow anything new in the area. This is a perfect spot to place an outdoor room or patio, for example, by covering the ground with pavers, brick or fresh gravel. Bring in some lounges and a cozy fire pit, and you have a whole new way to enjoy the space. Landscape with shrubs and small trees around the space and add a lighted walkway to create some privacy and lure guests out to your new relaxation space. 
  • Replace the dirt. If you really want to recapture that space in your yard and blend it in, you may need to put some extra work and money into the project. First, the base of gravel or sand needs to be removed completely. Then, till the topsoil with a rototiller, but be sure not to mix in the undesirable subsoil by tilling too deeply. If it appears that the pool has leaked chemicals, you may need to work with an experienced landscaping services crew or have soil samples tested to determine how much topsoil may need to be replaced entirely. 
  • Embrace the space. A compromise between covering the hole and refilling it is to use the area for a new type of landscaping. Enclose the area with raised stone walls in a circular or oblong shape, and create a raised Neoclassical garden. Divide the garden into four "pie slice" shapes and place a beautiful fountain in the center as a focal point. Or bring in new topsoil to create a large berm, or raised area, where you can sow wildflowers or a colorful ground cover like Red Dragon Persicaria or Purple Sage. 

How you handle the challenge of redecorating a space covered by a pool is up to you. It depends on how much you have in your budget and what design you want to create in your yard. But it might be just the excuse you were looking for to create something new and inspirational in your humble backyard.

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