We re-did the pool decking completely this spring. Before that was 3' concrete (broken) and outside of that was grass. Trying to mow in the "pool yard" was a disaster every weekend. Took down 2 pine trees, I had replaced the vinyl liner maybe 4-5 years ago and kept that. I also bought a Dolphin Nautilus CC (seen in action in the pic below) which has made my lift much easier. New Hayward VS pump, deck box, and some other smaller improvements that have been a nice touch.