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Set up the pool in the garden - tips for location and ground


If you want to set up a pool in the garden, you have to ensure that the ground is level. My guide explains why this is so important.

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Temperatures of well over 30 degrees are not the norm in Germany, but they can make us sweat a lot. As June 2019 showed, climatic conditions are also possible with us, as we actually only know them from the Mediterranean.

If you have a garden or a large plot of land, you will sooner or later be thinking about setting up a pool. But before the bathing fun can start, some considerations are necessary. I can tell you from my own experience that rash action is out of place here, because once the pool is standing, it cannot be moved at all or only with a lot of effort.

So that you do not have to be annoyed afterwards because the location was the wrong one, or the pool size or shape does not fit, I have decided on this guide and will (hopefully) save you negative experiences with my tips.

The right location

First of all, I would like to clarify that my tips refer to the installation of inflatable family pools (Quick up) or the increasingly popular frame pools (pool with a fixed frame). If you want to build a pool yourself, you have to consider more and different criteria.

To find the right location for the garden pool, you should answer these 5 questions:

  1. What is the maximum size of my pool that it can be found in the garden?
  2. Do I want a sunny or shady location?
  3. The more sun your pool gets, the faster the water heats up.

  4. Does the pool damage my plants and shrubs in the area?
  5. Is the water connection close enough and / or is the garden hose long enough?
  6. Can the pool be placed on a paved or tiled surface?

The latter protects the lawn, because if you position your pool on the green area, you must be aware that the lawn underneath will be damaged.

➔ Privacy screen for the pool

Protection from prying eyes - © Chris Tefme - Your privacy is sacred to you? Then it is important to protect the pool from prying eyes. In the best case, your new one Badeparadies behind an opaque hedge, then the problem is almost solved. If this is not the case, you should take care of a suitable privacy screen, because among us, not every neighbor is keen to watch you splash around.

Planting a hedge may be an option in the future. Here I can recommend the loquat. The evergreen shrub grows quickly, but also has the disadvantage that it has to be cut at least every two years.

Anyone who does not want or cannot wait until the hedge has grown to a suitable height can use the “non-natural variant”. What is meant are privacy shield elements made of wicker or wood, which are really available in all sizes and shapes and which can also be assembled quickly. But a plastic privacy fence is also visually appealing and, above all, practical, because the material has the advantage that it is more durable and you are spared the annual wood maintenance.

The perfect surface

Location and privacy protection have been clarified, now it goes to the underground for the pool. This should be as horizontal as possible, because every centimeter of slope affects the water level in your pool. It is best to consider this point when choosing the location in your garden.

➔ Straighten the pool surface

© Tina Hankins - Very few people already have a completely flat surface. So my advice: straighten the ground!

  • Possibility Number 1
    They fill holes and bumps with sieved gravel or garden soil.
  • Possibility 2
    You completely remove the top layer of earth or turf - use a leveling stick or spirit level.

The "new" surface for your pool must be free of branches or stones. Even the smallest stone can be "dangerous" for your pool and make a hole in the pool wall or the pool floor.

If the pool is to be in the same place every year, it is worth paving or tiling this area.

➔ Place a protective layer under the pool

Fleece protects the bottom of the pool - © If the surface is flat and smooth, lay out a protective tarpaulin or use a fleece. This prevents weeds from spreading under the pool and protects the material on the floor against any pressure points that permanently damage the plastic.

Setting up the pool - when is the right time?

There is no such thing, because everyone has different preferences! It goes without saying that a pool in the garden is not set up in the winter months. May can be seen as a small guideline if the weather permits. It is best to wait for the ice saints, after which there is known to be no more frost.