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    What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    We are looking for options for landscaping or whatever materials you all use around your AGP. We have a deck around half of our pool, and so far just clay dirt at the base of the other half. We originally thought we might put some shrubs around it, but I'm finding that we need to get right up to the pool edge for vacuuming and cleaning, etc. Wondering if other owners build the soil up next to the pool side? Any pictures with different options would be appreciated.
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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    If you go to Pinterest and search on "Above Ground Pools" you'll see a mess of pics with ideas.

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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    I originally tried rubber mulch, but it was too light and ended up all over the yard. Replaced it with river pebbles and have been very happy with them.

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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    Do y'all put some physical barrier between this surrounding material and the pool liner itself? I don't want river rocks scooting underneath my pool...
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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    Yes! Generally plastic edging! I also have river rock around mine.
    Just be sure that you dig out and put a little sand - tamp it down- then weed fabric and then the river rock. I added steppingstones to stand on while vacuuming.
    ALSO*** slope the base away from your pool so not to pool water around it and create a mosquito breeding ground. Yuk!
    Good luck. I'll post pics if I can find a second.


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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermommys4 View Post
    Yes! Generally plastic edging! I also have river rock around mine.
    Just be sure that you dig out and put a little sand - tamp it down- then weed fabric and then the river rock. I added steppingstones to stand on while vacuuming.
    ALSO*** slope the base away from your pool so not to pool water around it and create a mosquito breeding ground. Yuk!
    Good luck. I'll post pics if I can find a second.
    The purpose of the sand & tamping is to prevent it just being a muddy collections of rock *


    We have a 15'x48" Pro Series above ground pool - with salt water filter system!!! Year 7 and I'm trying to get more creative ... Really wish we could keep it up year round!

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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    We are in the same boat. Looks to me like an advantage to the Doughboy pools is any of them can be buried. I'm thinking this makes grading a whole lot easier since we can have dirt up against our pool and not void the warranty. Right now we have a muddy mess that isn't draining away from the pool. I may add a few hostas to soften the look after our dog is trained to stop digging everytime the Dolphin is running and we are out of sight. I've also found that using plastic hot tub steps are a great way to clean on the side without a deck--easy to move where you need them and not high enough for our 3 year old to get to the water.
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    Re: What Materials to Surround AGP With?

    Since they dug an extra 18 inches when they put the pool in, we put down barrier fabric, then sand, tamped it down, and topped it off with a delivery of 1" - 3" river rock. We get pretty fierce storms here and I'm not about to have smaller size stone that can blow around. We put a landscaping edge to keep it in and neat. Went around the equipment too. It also keeps the kids from walking right up near the pool. Now we need to figure out a deck... UGH.
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