4 Tips to keeping your pool area open year round!

With winter arriving it may seem like it’s time to pack away the swimmers and close the pool area for another year. But just because the water is cold doesn’t mean you can’t still use the area! By making your pool area both functional and beautiful you can create a relaxing area to spend time in year round.

  1. Paving

Choosing the right pavers for around your pool improve the look of your area as well as the function. Firstly, when choosing pavers it’s important to pick ones that will be safe. Since they are next to the pool, they can’t be slippery when wet or grow too hot to walk on with bare feet. Durability is also an important consideration as they need to be able to withstand wear and tear from salt, harsh chemicals and frequent use. Finally, aesthetically speaking it’s important to choose pavers that match the colour tone, to create a seamless space that’s integrated well with your landscaping.

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  1. Decking

A wooden deck is a great way to instantly elevate and modernise your pool area. Play around with the positioning to create cool platforms over the water, a stylish wooden feature around the edge or a raised platform out of the splash zone to relax on. Timber looks great in nature, creating warm tones that contrast beautifully with lush, green plants and blue water. However, if you’re looking for something more durable and low maintenance, try composite decking. It is weather, fade and rot resistant while still maintaining the look of timber.

  1. Planting

Creating a tranquil poolside oasis with plants isn’t hard, but there are a few things to remember when choosing what to plant. First, make sure not to select plants with vigorous root systems that will damage the surrounding area. Deciduous plants are also not ideal as the leaf drop and debris can clog the pool filters and increase your work load. Finally, water and chlorine will inevitably be splashed on them, so choose hardy plants that don’t mind as much.

Plants with tough, leathery leaves like mondo grass, Cordyline and Star Jasmine work great next to pools. If you don’t want to be filling plant beds, choose Cactus or succulents like agave, yucca or echeveria. They need little to no care, thrive in sunny positions and grow big enough to fill the space. Herbs are another, often underused option, as they’re tough, resilient and require only average soil. Lavender, rosemary, thyme and mint are all hardy plants that grow into beautiful bushes and lush groundcover that release a gorgeous fragrance when brushed against.  

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  1. Pool Fencing

For safety reasons, if you have a pool you’re legally required to have a fence around it. That doesn’t mean the fence has to be ugly though! There are many types of fencing to choose from that are safe, regulation and add to your space. Try timber or glass for a sleek modern look, or aluminium to bring in an industrial element.

So if you’re looking to update your pool area and create a space to be used all year round, contact us at Iconic Outdoors! Our landscaping experts will be happy to provide a consultation to help you decide how to upgrade your backyard to fit your family and lifestyle. Contact us on (02) 6360 1001 or send us an email through our website to get started today.

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Excavator & Bobcat Loader Operations

We can take care of all the prep work for your backyard construction and transformation with excavator and bobcat operations. We use an E20 2T Excavator and 110 Tracked Bobcat, and can operate in narrow or tight access.

Bark Blowing

If you need mulch for your garden or soft bark chips for your play area, we can install it in bulk in hard-to-reach places to save you time and money.

Silt Fencing

For effective and simple erosion control on sloped blocks or areas prone to washing away, we do silt fencing with woven fabric and hardwood stakes. You’ll be able to create tiered garden beds easily without worrying about rain washing away plants, soil and mulch or barkchips.


There are a lot of concrete options available to match your space – we do colours, stencils, patterns and stains so you can choose something that matches your taste, space and lifestyle.

Garden Edging

For a functional finishing touch that subtly structures your garden, try garden edging. We do steel edging (using mild steel, galvanised steel or Coreten steel), paver edging, spade edging and timber edging.

Lighting & Electrical

Lighting your outdoor space is only limited by your imagination. Lighting can transform an entertaining space and highlight your backyard features. We install high quality lights including dusk to dawn sensors for a space that seamlessly adapts to your lifestyle.

Artificial Turf Prep & Installation

Artificial turf technology has improved significantly, with a large range of realistic turf on the market. We excavate your space, compact the base, install sand and turf for a low maintenance turf option with a range of styles, colours and piles available.

Prepping & Planting Gardens

Can’t get on top of your garden? We can lay down the foundations for your garden to thrive over the long term. We do rotary & ripping hoeing, soil testing & use of organics, gypsum and slow release fertilisers.

Lawn Seeding & Aeration

We seed Fescue, Couch, Rye Grass and Kikuyu lawn. Our Hydroseeding method can assist with rapid growth and long-term establishment.

Water Features

Water features and waterfalls are a beautiful focal point in an outdoor space, bringing tranquility to a backyard. We create in-ground and above ground water features and ponds using stone, concrete, stainless steel & copper.


To enclose your yard or pool, we specialise in timber, post and rail, glass, steel, aluminium, rural and security fencing. Not just for functionality, we pride ourselves in creating fences for aesthetics.

Steel Structures

To give your outdoor space some structure and create rooms in your garden for exploring and entertaining, we do arbors, archways and patios of any size. Choose painted steel for a grand, polished finish or rusted steel for a sophisticated, industrial finish.

Retaining Walls

Our expert team have built thousands of metres of retaining wall for happy homeowners. Using timber, concrete sleepers, stone, stacked block or Bessa block, you can achieve whichever style of wall you have in mind for your backyard transformation.


If you’ve always dreamed of building your great Australian deck for summer entertaining, we use ModWood Composite, Merbau or Stringy Bark decking to create a perfect pool area, entertaining space or verandah. No job is too hard – we do curved decking and full custom builds.


Thinking about revamping your pool area, courtyard, garden paths or entryway? We use high quality concrete, plastic, ceramic, clay and stone pavers, laid in expert patterns including herringbone and mosaic styles.

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