Above Ground Swimming Pool Landscaping IDEAS
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Pool Landscaping

Above Ground Swimming Pool Landscaping IDEAS

This set of assembly guidelines is provided to share with you the modern day construction expectation governing our industry performance today. The National Swimming Pool Institute has an entire booklet on the building code construction standard for the assembly of Above Ground swimming pools. These standards are summarized here within this section.

This is intended to be a general assembly guideline and is not intended to replace the assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer.


Sod Removal From Affected Area


  • All sod is to be dug up from the area beneath the pool and, additionally, in accordance with all local building, fencing, and barrier code requirements, all the way around the pool wall to make your assembly task easier and less prone to accidental wall damage occurrences, such as dents and scratches, etc.
  • Certain areas of the country require up to 6′ of clear area cut all the way around the pool. Check local codes.


Site Drainage Considerations


  • You should also consider making provisions for additional site drainage from the areas around the perimeter of your new pool whenever the conditions warrant it.
  • Sometimes, a new pool will act as dam. It prevents the water from following its previous or natural path of drainage through your yard.
  • A dry yard could suddenly become swampy as a result, and many people mistakenly believe their pool is leaking when in reality it is not.
  • At your expense and discretion, some sites will need to have water channeled away from one side of the pool around to a lower side or area through a drainage ditch with a perforated drain pipe or “drain tile”.
  • If the site is nestled in a valley area of the yard, water flows towards it from all sides, more extensive work would be required. Handle this with the aid of professionals.
  • Most sites have a natural slope with adequate drainage.

Frame Assembly


  • In accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction booklet, and beginning with the uniform spacing between the track connections and continual verification of the relative roundness and levelness of the pool, the final assembly of your pool’s framework should be smooth as all of the pieces are uniform in shape and dimension.
  • Assemble all remaining posts, rails, etc. loosely at first until all are attached.
  • Plumb the posts as squarely as possible before tightening the screws and bolts completely.
  • Tighten screws and bolts to rails.
  • Attach the cover caps and decorative trim-work as applies.

Safety Decals & Warranty Information


  • It is generally required that you attach to the pool the safety and warning decals and signs supplied by the manufacturer in accordance with the locations outlined within the manufacturer’s instruction manual.
  • Be certain to save all manuals, instruction booklets, and product or warranty information for your pool and its associated products. You will need them in the future.