Backyard Entertainment | 07/17/14

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If there’s one thing that the seasoned Arizonian knows all too well is that trying to keep their grass green during the hotter months is absolutely impossible. If you’re on the hunt for some lawn-free pool landscaping ideas to give your landscape around pool and yard a bit of a makeover, you’re in luck. Here are our favorite landscaping around the pool ideas, starting with:

Potted or Planted Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are a staple item when it comes to coming up with pool landscaping ideas. Not only are these grasses incredibly hardy, but they’re shed-free so you won’t end up with a bunch of unwanted debris in your pool and filters! Best of all, they blend seamlessly into almost any Arizona backyard and require very little maintenance and upkeep (you only need to give them a trim once a year, if that).

TIP: Pair ornamental grasses up with drought-tolerant young trees that will help create shape and aesthetic appeal.

Long Lasting Colorful Succulents

Succulents are the ideal plant for pool landscaping ideas that will incorporate bursts of color.  Not only can you find succulents in a variety of colors and textures, but they’re incredibly hardy and can withstand harsh conditions such as chlorine. Consider planting some agave, aloe, lithops and haworthia, or add some cacti if you’re planting them far away from paths.


Functional Patios and Paving

Gravel paving, flagstone paths, mulch paths and pavers are all popular choices for those who are looking to create a drought-tolerant backyard. This reduces the need for grass and can easily be attractively paired with a number of plants and pots, as well as water and fire features.

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Forever Green Synthetic Grass

All because you have a “grass-free” yard doesn’t mean that you can’t add some green.  An increasing number of pool owners are incorporating synthetic grass in with their backyard pool ideas as the brilliant green provides a stark contrast to the otherwise surrounding sun bleached Arizona landscape.



Shasta Pools is a Phoenix pool builder who provides a variety of services including swimming pool remodeling, commercial pool building, and pool service and repair. Since its establishment in 1967, Shasta has helped over 80,000 families realize their dream of pool ownership. By providing exceptional value, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service, the Shasta team continues to fulfill the corporate mission of astonishing and delighting their customers and exceeding expectations. You can learn more about Shasta Pools & Spas by visiting them online, or by connecting with them on Facebook or Twitter.