Having your own pool in the garden is a real blessing on hot days. But the summer is gone, the footprints remain on the lawn. Cooling down or a well-tended green space, what has priority? Or is it even possible to set up a pool without damaging the subsoil? This guide gives valuable tips for setting up the pool on the lawn.
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Measures to protect the lawn
Lack of light and pressure take a toll on the lawn under a garden pool. Unfortunately, the fact that the fresh green dries out can only be avoided in the rarest of cases if the plant is left standing for a long time. Fortunately, new grass is sown quickly. It’s only annoying when the grass under the paddling pool begins to mold. Most of the time rotting causes a very unpleasant odor. The following tips will help to avoid this:
Set up the pool on the terrace
Unlike plants, wooden planks or paving stones on the terrace are not damaged by an inflatable pool. So that there is no risk of injury for the bathers, they should provide a soft surface with a pad . This also protects the material of the pool from sharp stones. Are suitable
- plastic mats
- or pond fleece
Advantages and disadvantages of different documents
fleece and foils
There are special PVC pads available on the market that are suitable for placing a pool on the lawn. However, they only protect the lawn to a limited extent. Their primary purpose is to protect the pool material. Mold can form under airtight foil. In addition, bacteria collect on the fleece over time, so that regular changing is absolutely necessary. Puddles on a slide increase the risk of injury due to the risk of slipping.
Plastic mats cushion movements somewhat due to their height. As a result, bathers exert less pressure on the lawn. However, the material absorbs water, which is also not good for the grass underneath.
In order to damage the lawn as little as possible, it is advisable to use wooden pallets as a base. The advantage compared to the other alternatives is that pallets do not rest on their entire surface if they are on feet. Thanks to the raised base, the air circulation under the paddling pool is maintained. If you set it up yourself, however, it is essential to ensure sufficient stability.
Mow the lawn short
Another option that will not prevent the lawn from drying out but will minimize the damage is to mow the grass short. In this condition, the green area is less susceptible to mould.
Remove grass first
Where there is no grass, no paddling pool can damage the green space. The best option is probably to completely remove the lawn at the location of the pool. This makes sense above all for a longer service life, since gardeners hardly have to make any optical compromises in this case.
Thoughtful garden design
Of course, the gardener could sow grass again after dismantling the pool. But is it really worth the effort? When the sun’s rays lure the first stalks out of the ground, it’s almost time to set up the paddling pool again. Therefore, it is advisable to consider the pool as an integral part of the garden. A creative gardener covers the circular area with a layer of mulch and places colorfully planted tubs. These are quickly put aside during the bathing season. The mulch layer not only enriches the underlying topsoil with nutrients, but also serves as a soft base for the garden pool.
Paving a lawn for a garden pool
Much more important than protecting the lawn is the safety of the bathers. A garden pool may only stand on a ground-level surface. On the one hand, this condition ensures safe bathing pleasure, on the other hand, the garden pool does not threaten to tip over. If the water were to spill over the lawn, the green would not only be gone at the location of the pool. By removing the grass at the site, the user should do the following at the same time:
- Poke the outline of the pool into the ground with a sharp spade
- Carefully dig up grass roots within the marked area with the spade
- Align straightedge
- Correct any remaining unevenness until the guideline is straight at every point
- Compact soil (filled water barrel, use vibrating plate)
- lay out any fleece
- Lay the ground sheet over it
- Set up the pool and fill it with water