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You guys, our overgrown flower bed along the pool is out of control and I need your help! If you have been following us for a while, you know that this time last year, we were tackling our swampy pool nightmare. We bought our house in February 2018 and the house had been vacant for a couple years so the pool had not been open for two seasons.
Before we get started though, thank you SO much for all your emails, comments and messages about the new lighting in our house. Huge change right? The before and after is drastic so don’t miss that post. You guys are so sweet!
The previous owner had a waterfall setup with the white pipes but I have decided to cut the pipes and cap them in an effort to keep the pool clean. I spent the better part of last Summer cleaning mulch and debris from the pool so the waterfall is out.
Help with our overgrown flower bed along the pool
Last year we left this overgrown flower bed as it was and just trimmed the shrubs and tried to manage it as best we could.
The problem is the mulch runs into the pool when rains and the flowering trees dump leaves into the pool!
My goal is to make the flower bed maintenance free but still pretty. I decided to clean out the flower bed and redo the existing flower bed.
How to attack an overgrown flower garden
If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you may have seen the stories I posted while I was cleaning out the overgrown flower bed and trimming the shrubs. If I knew my mom wouldn’t kill me, I would have taken a chainsaw to the entire flower bed and started over. I decided to keep the peace and cut everything back and remove as much of the mulch as I could.
It doesn’t look like I did much below in the flower bed but this is the result of 4 hours of trimming the hedges and removing all the old mulch.
The problem is, what do I plant here and what do I use instead of mulch?
The picture above is last year with the black tarp over the pool and the overgrown flower bed before we cut it back. Don’t miss the swamp monster pool full of frogs and snakes post. It was a mess!
How to redo an existing flower bed
Many suggested river rock on my Facebook page but I am not sure that is the look I am going for.
I did find this image at hgtv and I like the idea of larger rocks and flowering ground cover in between.
Many of you also suggested flowering ground cover but some of you said the ground cover will take over the flower bed and be a impossible to maintain. Honestly, it would just be a matter of cutting the ground cover back each year right?
I like the idea of Hosta too as shown at Fine Gardening. It’s green and would fill in the big spaces without dropping leaves in the pool.
I would love your ideas on what to do with our overgrown flower bed so please either leave a comment below or send me an email.
This past week during April vacation, we worked like crazy people in the yard restoring the flower beds, dethatching the lawn and cleaning up from the winter. Did you see my dad’s lawn dethatching tips post?
We are opening the pool the third week of May this year and hopefully all the TLC last year, will pay off this year. We ended up replacing the pool filter last year and plan to replace a few more components this year in order to get it running more efficiently. Stay tuned we have a pool series that will start in a couple weeks and run for the entire summer. I am looking forward to your comments and emails about our overgrown flower bed along the pool.