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    Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    Hi all -

    We have a 12'x36" above ground pool and placed the extra sand around the pool that we had left over after leveling the ground under the pool. We also used some larger river rocks to line around the pool to keep the sand in place. Well, that's not working so good. Just wondering if anyone has any inexpensive ideas for surrounding the pool with something to keep the sand in place and keep the kiddos from tracking it into the pool. We have a bucket by the ladder to wash off feet before getting into the pool but it's still kinda messy. Would like something like pavers or something that will be easy to maintain but don't know how to arrange them around the pool. Attached a pic to see how it looks now. Thanks for the ideas. - Julie
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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    For a pool that size you could get a remnant section or two of outdoor carpet in the color of your choice, cut to fit the surround. No weeds, no sand, no feet cleaning needed, sweep off or hose off. Looks tidy and nice. Accesorize with a potted plant. We actually put it at the other end of the pool by the solar cover reel to keep debris off the cover if it should unroll or touch the ground
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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    Hi,

    This is what I did with my 16' x 48" Intex last year. I think I spent maybe $150.00. The deck kept the pool much cleaner.



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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    Oh I love. love, love that idea!!! I will have Leo look at it and we'll be hitting the Home Depot soon!!! Thank you!!!
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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    Quest for you Mark -- do you keep your pool up during the winter or take it down?
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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    The pool in the picture was taken down this past winter because I knew I was going to install a bigger pool. Now that I have my bigger pool installed I will be leaving the pool up all year. It does get cold here but I will just run the pump during the winter and should be fine.

    Pic of new pool.


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    Re: Creative ideas needed to decorate inexpensively

    Hi Mark -
    Leo is getting ready to build the pool deck like yours. Just wondering where you found that need umbrella? We already have the deck box like yours. I think the deck will be about 8'x12' only because he doesn't want to cut down the decking boards and they were on sale almost as cheap as the 8' boards. We may get a 15' pool next year but that's as big as we can handle in that part of the yard.
    12'x36" / 2100 gal/ AG / Krystal Clear Model 603 filter cartridge pump ( cleans surprisingly well for a $35 pump!)

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