Let’s face it: pool equipment is not very attractive in a backyard. Yet it needs to be close to the pool to keep it practical. People use many different devices for relocating pool equipment. Before you go into the expense of moving it out of sight, consider some alternatives.
Low walls, covered boxes and faux sheds can hide equipment really well but then you’ve got a ‘square thing’ sitting in the yard instead of the equipment. If the box isn’t integrated into the rest of your landscaping, it will stick out like the pool equipment does now. A great alternative to consider is using plants to obscure the view and add color and interest to your yard.
Before Relocating Pool Equipment, Consider Plants to Camouflage
Unsightly pool equipment can disappear completely behind a “green wall” that blends naturally with your landscape. You can find plants to fit your theme and hide your pool equipment from sight, no matter what type of landscaping you have.
Your first consideration is making sure you always have access to the equipment. Pumps fail and pipes leak, so you want to be sure you can get in there easily to replace broken equipment.
Plant shrubs that can support themselves around the equipment to create a solid screen. Leave at least one end open for access. Be sure to keep all greenery away from the equipment. Keep plants pruned, since these can end up interfering with your access to the equipment. Pretty flowering plants can be combined with fencing or lattice to hold it up.
Flexible vinyl or wood lattice can define any area, no matter its shape. Use lattice to support vines or keep plants from taking over the equipment area. Choose vines that don’t grow so large and heavy that they’ll end up breaking down the lattice, or prune the vines. Honeysuckle and morning glory are great choices here.
What Type of Plants to Use
Plant small flowering plants in any open space below evergreen shrubs or vines. Choose annual flowers that tend to hang onto their leaves and petals to provide color and replace them each year. Alternatively, use colorful pots to hide spaces below shrubs by placing them in front of the shrub trunk. Roses or other thorny plants are not a good choice here.
Create small hills or raised planting beds in front of pool equipment. These need to be keep away from equipment so make sure there is plenty of room to get around equipment.
Bushes that drop a lot of flowers, fruit or needles create a lot of extra work and may clog the pool equipment. Don’t use plants that have extensive roots, either, that may end up damaging your pool, deck or pipes.
Some localities have regulations about using plants or fencing around pool equipment to ensure that the equipment is properly ventilated. Check with the zoning office in your area to make sure you are in compliance. The pool equipment manufacturer typically also offers safety recommendations and your pool service can certainly help you with choices and feedback. Failure to leave adequate space can result in damage as well as a potential fire hazard.